Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Hercules vs. the Moloch (1963)

Original title: Ercole Contro Moloch

Director: Girogio Ferroni

Writers: Remigio Del Grosso, Arrigo Equini, Giorgio Ferroni

Composer: Carlo Rustichelli

Starring: Gordon Scott, Alessandra Panaro, Rosalba Neri, Arturo Dominici, Michel Lemoine, Jany Clair, Nerio Bernardi, Nello Pazzafini

More info: IMDb

Plot: A deposed prince arrives in a city ruled over by a cult that worships an evil monster as a god. He becomes a gladiator and his feats in the arena earn him a place on the queen's royal guard, but secretly he plots to lead a revolution and destroy the creature that has enslaved the people.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

I guess you could say this is a run of the mill Sword & Sandal picture except that it stars the great Gordon Scott as Hercules/Glauco.  He's not THE Hercules but he doesn't claim to be either.  That's just his moniker to certain people.  He's about the only reason to watch this.  He's a talented, physical actor so his fight scenes, particularly the ones where he's in the gladiatorial ring, are outstanding.  The rest of the movie is OK.  Everything is adequate if not a little above average but not so much that anything great stands out besides Scott.  The copy I had was a crappy fullscreen VHS print.  I'm sure if I'd watched a great looking widescreen print and put it up on my big screen that would've made a difference.  Gordon Scott fans won't want to miss this one.  With that beard and hair he makes for a great Steve Reeves when you can't get Steve Reeves, not that Scott isn't great on his own, see.

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