A religious sect led by Gustav Weil hunts all women suspected of witchcraft, killing a number of innocent victims. Young Katy, Gustav's niece, will involve herself in a devilish cult, and become an instrument of Justice in the region.
Raiders, attacking the village of Goliath and young Ciro, transport Goliath's girlfriend, Guja, to the island of Salmanak. Goliath and Ciro follow. Salmanak, nominally ruled by a Sultan, is actually controlled by the vampire, Kobrak. Kobrak has an ally in the villainous Astra, a beautiful woman who exerts influence on the weak-willed Sultan. Meanwhile Goliath allies with Kurtik, leader of the Blue Men. The Sultan's soldiers soon capture Goliath but he escapes, after rescuing Guja, and together the two flee to a cave in the desert. There they discover the waxed bodies of Kobrak's victims and reunite with Kurtik. Kobrak arrives, puts Goliath in a pit, encloses him in a bell, and tortures him with sound waves. Goliath survives, thanks to balls of wax in his ears provided by the repentant Astra, but Kobrak succeeds in turning himself into a replica of Goliath. The "bad" Goliath and the "good" Goliath battle. Virtue triumphs, Kobrak's victims are revived, Kurtik is installed as the new ... Written by
dinky-4 of Minneapolis
This was the first of the Italian sword and sandal/mythological muscleman movie for Gordon Scott. See more »
At the beginning of the film Maciste jumps into the sea holding an ax. When he is in mid-air he lets go of the ax which can clearly be seen dropping the water some meters away from him. In the next scene, underwater, the ax is back in his hand. See more »
Kobrak, the Vampire:
[speaking of Goliath/Maciste]
I want him alive. His magnificent body can serve as a model for the army of slaves with which I shall conquer the world.
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Of all the Italian gladiator films I've seen, this one has one of the most interesting plots. We often saw giant monsters etc. in these films, but vampires never really appeared in them. This is the exception. Known as "Goliath and the Vampires" or simply "The Vampires" on TV, the title really tells all. Still, it's an oddly interesting sword-and-sandal film, if only the print I saw hadn't been so poor.
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