Spaghetti Westerns are a type of Western movie made popular in the 1960’s. The term was cemented with Sergio Leone’s fantastic Dollars Trilogy starring Clint Eastwood; those films sparked many popular Westerns that were produced and directed by Italians. Since then, Spaghetti Westerns have influenced many films both inside and outside the Western genre. Some great modern examples can be found in some of Quentin Tarantino’s films, and now the Spaghetti Western has found its way into The Legend of Zelda.
In Beat Down Boogie’s fan film Hang Em Hyrule, Zelda seeks retribution for the demise of Link at the hands of Ganondorf. True to any Western there’s plenty of stare-downs and gunplay in this well-made film, along with nods to the franchise and a great twist. I’ll never be sold on guns in any Zelda game, but it works well in Hang Em Hyrule.
Viewer discretion is advised, as there is Western-typical violence and blood in the video below. If you like this fan film, check out Beat Down Boogie’s other projects on their YouTube channel.