The production had to shut down when the money ran out. James H. Nicholson and Samuel Z. Arkoff were shown rushes from the film and agreed to buy the U.S. distribution rights which gave the producers the money to continue production. With their own Steve Reeves movie (retitled _Goliath and the Barbarians (1959)_) in theatres only five months after the box office sensation _Hercules (1959)_, American International had one of their biggest hits up to that time. See more »
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"Terror of the Barbarians" with STeve Reeves of "Hercules" fame, is a very enjoyable sword and sandal epic. Reeves stars as Emiliano, aka Goliath, a Italian in the 4th century who seeks vengeance on the Barbarians who killed his father and plundered his village. Reeves is just great in this type of picture. Chelo Alonso is the love interest here and she's a real knockout, sort of a Halle Berry type with a great figure. Bruce Cabot, of "King Kong" Fame, co-stars at Alboino but shares no scenes with Reeves. Sigh.
Emiliano is a one-man army at first, so he dons a lion's mask and basically scares the tar out of the barbarians by yelling at them and then beating them senseless! They manage to capture him, but unsure of who Goliath is, they put him to feats of strength. Terrific torture ensues as Reeves is stretched, pulled and finally put between two horses to be torn apart! Wowza! Reeves of course triumphs and the surprisingly fair leader of the horde lets him go. This sits not well with Igor, Alboino's right hand man.
Reeves, despite himself, falls for the barbarian princess Landa, played by Chelo Alonso, and uses all his resources and some loyal friends, to save the day for his village. Nicely paced and well shot, I finally saw this on DVD and its one of Reeves' best efforts. It makes one wonder what he could have done with a real director and a solid cast. The music is better than average too. The barbarians are shown raping and pillaging, but they're not cardboard cutouts here and some are given real personality, i.e. Landa's father Delfo and Igor's sometimes ally, well played by Arturo Dominici. A well done b-movie.
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