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The Adventures of Hercules (1985)


THE ADVENTURES OF HERCULES (1985)


Le avventure dell’incredibile Ercole (original title)

1961 Italy | USA | Netherlands
Direction: Luigi Cozzi (as Lewis Coates)
Writer: Luigi Cozzi (as Lewis Coates)
Actors: Lou Ferrigno, Milly Carlucci, Sonia Viviani

The film opens explaining the story of Zeus’ Seven Mighty Thunderbolts that kept peace. One day, other vengeful gods (Aphrodite, Hera, Poseidon, Flora) stole these lightning bolts to create chaos. The lack of these thunderbolts has rendered Zeus powerless and sent the Moon on a collision course with the Earth. As the humans on Earth begin to suffer, two sisters named Urania and Glaucia speaks to the Little People and learn that only Hercules can save them now. After hesitation, Zeus finally decides to send Hercules back from the stars to Earth to aid the humans, but the vengeful gods resurrect their own warrior: King Minos. They believe that King Minos, with the help of Dedalos can defeat Zeus with science. Thus begins Hercules’ quest to find the Seven Mighty Thunderbolts, which are hidden inside monsters across the Universe.


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Hercules (1983)


HERCULES (1983)



1983 Italy | USA
Direction: Luigi Cozzi (as Lewis Coates)
Writer: Luigi Cozzi (as Lewis Coates)
Actors: Lou Ferrigno, Brad Harris, Sybil Danning

King Minos and sorceress Adriana plan to conquer the world with her magic and his giant robots. To make matters worse, they also plan to sacrifice Hercules’ love interest Cassiopeia. Hercules teams up with sorceress Circe and tries to save both his girl and the world.

Filmed back-to-back with The Seven Magnificent Gladiators in Italy in 1982. The Seven Magnificent Gladiators was filmed first, followed by the shooting of Hercules, which began on 12 July 1982.


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Triumph of the Son of Hercules (1961)


TRIUMPH OF THE SON OF HERCULES (1961)


Il trionfo di Maciste (original title)

1961 Italy | France
Direction: Tanio Boccia (as Amerigo Anton)
Writers: Arpad DeRiso (story and screenplay), Giovanni Scolaro (story and screenplay)
Actors: Kirk Morris, Cathia Caro, Ljubica Otasevic

The evil Queen Tenefi, who’s usurped the throne of Memphis, demands that a steady supply of young women be sacrificed to the God of Fire inside the Mountain of Thunder. Maciste intervenes and saves from this sacrifice a village’s women including the beautiful Antea. Maciste then becomes involved in an effort to restore to the throne of Memphis its rightful ruler, Prince Iram. To accomplish this task Maciste travels to Memphis but is betrayed by the silk merchant, Omnes. The Queen’s soldiers capture Maciste and he’s forced to undergo a Trial of Strength in which two teams of horses try to pull him apart. Impressed by his beauty and strength, the Queen calls an end to the Trial and then touches Maciste with her magic scepter which erases his memories and places him under her power. A female oracle then gives Antea a dart which, when fired into Maciste, will restore him to his senses. Antea sneaks into the Queen’s palace, successfully uses the dart, but falls into the hands of the Queen


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Hercules Against Rome (1964)


HERCULES AGAINST ROME (1964)


Ercole contro Roma (original title)

1961 Italy | France
Direction: Piero Pierotti
Writers: Arpad DeRiso (screenplay), Arpad DeRiso (story) | 2 more credits »
Actors: Sergio Ciani, Wandisa Guida, Livio Lorenzon

Hercules comes from Greece to Ravenna, Italy, because a friend from childhood days has sent for him: Hercules should help the Roman Emperor who is in danger because of an intrigue lead by the leader of the pretorian guards.


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Hercules in the Haunted World (1961)


HERCULES IN THE HAUNTED WORLD (1961)


Le fatiche di Ercole (original title)

1961 Italy
Direction: Mario Bava, Franco Prosperi
Writers: Mario Bava (screenplay), Mario Bava (story)
Stars: Reg Park, Christopher Lee, Leonora Ruffo

Upon his return from battle in the previous film (Hercules Conquers Atlantis 1961), the great warrior Hercules learns that his lover, Daianara, has lost her senses. Acording of the oracle Medea, Dianara’s only hope is the Stone of Forgetfulness which lies deep in the realm of Hades. Hercules, with two companions, Theseus and Telemachus, embarks on a dangerous quest for the stone, while he is unaware that Dianara’s guardian, King Lico, is the one responsible for her condition and plots to have the girl for himself as his bride upon her revival.

FOLLOWS

  • Hercules (1958)
  • Hercules Unchained (1959)
  • Hercules Conquers Atlantis (1961)

FOLLOWED BY

  • Hercules Against the Moon Men (1964)

Edited into Hercules the Avenger (1965)


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Hercules (1958)


HERCULES (1958)


Le fatiche di Ercole (original title)

1958 Italy
Direction: Pietro Francisci
Writers: Appollonius of Rhodes (poem), Pietro Francisci (adaptation)
Actors: Steve Reeves, Sylva Koscina, Fabrizio Mioni

In this melange of characters and events from separate mythological stories, Hercules, demigod and superman, arrives in the ancient Greek kingdom of Iolcus to tutor Iphitus, son of king Pelias; immediately on arrival, he falls in love with the king’s delectable, briefly clad daughter Iole. Before he can win her, he must succeed in a series of quests, in the course of which he teams up with Jason, true heir of Iolcus, whom he accompanies on the famous voyage of the Argonauts

FOLLOWED BY

  • Hercules Unchained (1959)
  • Hercules Conquers Atlantis (1961)
  • Hercules in the Haunted World (1961)
  • Hercules Against the Moon Men (1964)

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Hercules Unchained (1959)


HERCULES UNCHAINED (1959)


Ercole e la regina di Lidia (original title)

1959 Italy
Direction: Pietro Francisci
Writers: Pietro Francisci (story), Sophocles (story based on: play “Oedipus at Colonus”)
Actors: Steve Reeves, Sylva Koscina, Sylvia Lopez

En route to Thebes for an important diplomatic mission, Hercules drinks from a magic spring and loses his memory. He spends most of the movie in the pleasure gardens of Queen Omphale of Lydia. While young Ulysses tries to help him regain his memory, political tensions escalate in Thebes, and Hercules’ new wife Iole finds herself in mortal danger.

FOLLOWS

  • Hercules (1958)

FOLLOWED BY

  • Hercules Conquers Atlantis (1961)
  • Hercules in the Haunted World (1961)
  • Hercules Against the Moon Men (1964)

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Hercules Against the Mongols (1963)


HERCULES AGAINST THE MONGOLS (1963)


Maciste contro i Mongoli (original title)

1963 Italy
Direction: Domenico Paolella
Writers: Alessandro Ferraù (screenplay), Luciano Martino (screenplay)
Actors: Mark Forest, José Greci, Maria Grazia Spina

Though Genghis Khan eventually sought peace with the West, his death in 1227 AD puts into power his three war-like sons: Sayan, Susdal, and Kin Khan. These sons quickly overrun the city of Tuleda and take prisoner Princess Bianca, though young Prince Alessio escapes. Hercules comes to the rescue of Bianca, winning her freedom in a tournament in exchange for becoming a slave himself. Forces from the West soon come to re-take Tuleda and Hercules — freed from his bonds — helps to dispatch Genghis Khan’s three sons while again saving Bianca and reuniting her with her young brother.


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Mole Men Against the Son of Hercules (1961)


MOLE MEN AGAINST THE SON OF HERCULES (1961)


Maciste, l’uomo più forte del mondo (original title)

1961 Italy
Direction: Antonio Leonviola (as Leonviola)
Writers: Antonio Leonviola (story) (as Leonviola), Giuseppe Mangione (story)
Stars: Mark Forest, Moira Orfei, Paul Wynter

Maciste arranges for himself and his new friend Bangor to be captured by a mysterious band of white-clad marauders and taken to an underground city. There the two are forced to turn an enormous wheel along with other captives as part of a gold-and-diamonds mining operation. The underground city’s queen, Halis Mosab, takes note of the handsome, muscular Maciste and chooses him to be her consort if he can meet such challenges as saving the kidnapped Princess Saliura from a gigantic ape. Maciste kills the ape and carries Saliura back to the aboveground world. The white-clad marauders can’t follow them if it means being caught in the sunlight which instantly dissolves them. Maciste then returns to the underground city to save the other captives. Meanwhile, high priest Kahab informs his son, Katar, that their queen is not one of them but, unbeknownst to her, was kidnapped as a small child from the “world above.” If Katar can marry her, their children can be “normal” and can live in the world of sunlight. Katar sees Maciste as his enemy and is pleased when the re-captured Maciste is now subjected to a test of strength which will not only kill him but also Bango and another captive named Loth who is in love with the Princess Saliura.


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Hercules, Prisoner of Evil (1964)


HERCULES, PRISONER OF EVIL (1964)


Ursus, il terrore dei kirghisi (original title)

1964 Italy
Direction: Antonio Margheriti (as Anthony Dawson), Ruggero Deodato (uncredited)
Actors: Reg Park, Mireille Granelli, Ettore Manni

The mighty Ursus is given a potion to drink that transforms him on certain nights into a murderous werewolf. Ursus kills several innocent people in the forest in this unusual film before realizing that he himself is the creature the local villagers are seeking to destroy. Ursus is referred to as Hercules in the English-dubbed prints.

The film is filled with a variety of horrific themes and elements, featuring a killer werewolf, and is as much a horror film as it is a peplum.


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