Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Adventures of Hercules II (1985)

Original title: Le Avventure dell'Incredibile Ercole

Director: Luigi Cozzi

Writer: Luigi Cozzi

Composer: Pino Donaggio

Starring: Lou Ferrigno, Milly Carlucci, Sonia Viviani, William Berger, Carla Ferrigno, Claudio Cassinelli, Ferdinando Poggi, Maria Rosaria Omaggio, Margit Evelyn Newton

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The World Needed a Hero. It Got a Legend.

Plot: Hercules searches for the Seven Thunderbolts of Zeus, which have been stolen by renegade gods.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

The first thing you'll notice is that the opening credits last nearly 8 minutes.  It's 8 minutes of titles and music inspired/ripped off by SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE (1978).  It's also an 8 minute sizzle reel of the greatest hits from the first film, HERCULES (1983).  Now there's only 80 minutes left in the picture.  If you saw the first film, it's pretty much more of the same as far as acting and production values are concerned.  Whoever dubbed Ferrigno has a voice that could easily pull off a great Adam West impersonation.  Hearing Adam West's voice in my head helped me get through it with a smirk on my face.  This picture, much like the last one, is a series of brief adventures/tasks that Hercules gets through with relative ease until the big fight with the baddie, King Minos (Berger), in space as neon animated characters that change into different animals and light fight until Hercules vanquishes him.  Oops...spoiler.  Then there's something about Hercules given more power from Zeus to push the approaching moon back to its rightful place.  It's about as so-bad-it's-good as the first film.  It's mildly entertaining and rarely boring in that there's a lot going on and the pacing isn't bad enough to bring on the sleep monster. 

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