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Hercules in the Haunted World (1961)

Ercole al centro della Terra (original title)
Hercules must journey in Hades itself to retrieve the magic stone that will free his love from the powers of darkness.

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Marisa Belli ...
Aretusa
Ida Galli ...
Franco Giacobini ...
Mino Doro ...
Keros
Monica Neri ...
Helena (as Rosalba Neri c.s.c.)
Ely Drago ...
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Elisabetta Pavan ...
Tamar
Aldo Pedinotti ...
Sunis (as Aldo Padinotti)
Claudio Marzulli
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Upon his return from battle in the previous film, 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. Written by Anonymous

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Christopher Lee's voice was dubbed by another actor for the English-language version. See more »

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When Thesus attacks the stone creature his sword breaks in half, but later in the film his sword is intact. See more »

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[first lines]
Medea: This is Italia, a kingdom city of ancient Greece in an age of myth and legend. It is a time when Olympian gods and demigods rule over the elements of nature and control the destinies of men.
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Follows Hercules Unchained (1959) See more »

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Worth watching simply for Mario Bava
13 January 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

"Hercules In the Haunted World" is worth watching simply for Mario Bava. As usual, his visuals are absolutely breathtaking. His use of colors is gorgeous and perfectly complement the atmospheric set design. And like his other films, this achieves a sense of eerie dread at moments. The sequences in Hades in particular are very well conceived. More so than any other Sword & Sandal film, this is very easy on the eyes. Its very similar at moments to Bava's other films. Still, the flaws that plagued Bava are in full effect here, namely the favoring of style over substance. You never once care about any of the characters (many of whom serve no purpose), the film never really feels adventurous, and is endlessly confusing. Bava's detractors claim he ignored story in favor of set pieces. Thats not true of all his work ("The Whip and the Body" comes immediately to mind), but is certainly the case here.

The cast is pretty lousy. Its a bit surreal for Sword & Sandal fans to see such a typical and mediocre peplum story made with such skilled direction. You don't watch these films really for the story or acting, but for the adventure. However, the characters are so uninteresting there's never a sense of suspense thats needed. Reg Park as Hercules is bland where as Steve Reeves was charismatic and likable. Christopher Lee, a great actor, turns in one of his weakest performances. Hes never really given anything to do and the character never seems that evil. The rest of the cast seems to serve no purpose. Bava's haunting visuals are beautiful and the film is worth checking out for his fan club and Sword & Sandal buffs. (6/10)


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