The most violent /shocking of the 'trilogy?'
I think Fistful is probably the most violent/disturbing of the three films becausse from the first minutes a young child is being shot at, his father beaten up in front of him. The massacre of the cavalary, though blood LESS is utter slaughter. The Baxters and men having their house torched and shot to death by a laughing ,leering bunch of villains also Joe's savage beating and the beatings of Silvanito by the Rojo's. This must have been really extreme for 1964.
For a Few Dollars more has it's fair share of shocking scenes, the murder of the woman and child (off-screen) by Indio's man, Indio shooting the Prison Warder through the hatch (once again off-screen) and the old cabinet maker being shot point blank.
By the time of the Good,the Bad and the Ugly the viewer was prepared for the murder of the family by Angel Eyes, his treatment of the Prostitute and the savage betaing of Tuco at the POW Camp. Tuco was also gulity of the torture of Blondie in the dessert.
I still think in it's context, Fistful is the most shocking...what do you think?