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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
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Persephone
Franco Giacobini ...
Telemachus (Telemaco)
Mino Doro ...
Keros
Monica Neri ...
Helena (as Rosalba Neri c.s.c.)
Ely Drago ...
Jocasta (as Ely Dracò)
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Raf Baldassarre ...
Un mercenario
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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Due to his height and imposing, massive frame Reg Park had to do all his own stunts, as was common for sword and sandal films as there were simply no Italian stunt men available who were big enough to double for body builders of Park's stature. See more »

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Near the beginning of the film Thesus tosses his lover (Dania?) in to a river to keep her safe from their attackers. But moments later, after Hercules rescues them, she is completely dry and not a hair out of place. 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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What's the big deal?
24 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

HERCULES IN THE HAUNTED WORLD was directed by Mario Bava. I rented it. And I don't see what the fuss is all about. Physically, Reg Park fits the bill as Hercules but he simply can't act and has no charisma whatsoever. The story is very slight and after a while, the excellent cinematography can do so much with so little. Some scenes are beautiful and the whole golden apple moment was excellent, and the living dead attacking Hercules was equally fun but there's simply nothing much going on here to warrant this much attention.

The problem with HERCULES IN THE HAUNTED WORLD is that, for an action film, it's very static. One only has to look at other Peplums, including those with Reg Park, and see how those film actually fit the bill as action films. HERCULES AND THE CAPTIVE WOMEN, though somewhat more cheesy than this Bava flick, was more fun to watch because it moved like a serial of yore. Reg was more animated in that film too.

Mario Bava is a unique director, with a unique style, who was just not suited for action films.


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