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Maciste in Hell (1925)
"Maciste all'inferno" (original title)

 |  Fantasy, Horror  |  26 June 1931 (USA)
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The devil takes Maciste down to hell in an attempt to corrupt and ruin his morality.

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Luciferina - Pluto's daughter
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The devil takes Maciste down to hell in an attempt to corrupt and ruin his morality.

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The visual of some scenes in Hell, as a demon buried to the waist in ground, are from the published illustrated novel book by famous French illustrator Gustave Doré. See more »

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Visually nuts, as usual for Italian productions
6 September 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

So, before Enzo Castellari, Lucio Fulci etc, we have a nutso film where muscle man Maciste is drawn to hell to be corrupted. A silent film, no less, but full of mental imagery that is worth a look.

For instance, at one point Maciste punches a guy's head clean off, only for it to land on a pitch fork, re-heal itself, then get tossed back to the headless body to be re-attached! That's good stuff right there. Also, Maciste takes a ride on a dragon at some point and meets Lucifer and other folk.

At first I thought this silent film was a bit too heavy on the text, but you've got to admire the sheer ambition in the old visionary aspects, so I've marked the film up for that. I've watched quite a few silent films recently and there's always an emphasis on spectacle that makes them worth watching. This is no exception.

Docked points for a) Not having built a time machine to get Massimo Vanni in it and b) Not having Edwige Fenech in it.

Made before the Cinecitta existed!


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