Goliath and the Vampires (1961)
"Maciste contro il vampiro" (original title)

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Goliath must save the kidnapped women of his village from an evil zombie leader who needs their blood to feed his soldiers.

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Cast overview:
Jacques Sernas ...
Gianna Maria Canale ...
Rocco Vitolazzi ...
Mario Feliciani ...
Sultan Abdul / Omar
Vanoye Aikens ...
Amahil (as Van Aikens)
Annabella Incontrera ...
Guido Celano ...
Kobrak, the Vampire
Emma Baron ...
Maciste's mother
Renato Terra ...
(as Renato Terra Caizzi)


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

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Release Date:

April 1964 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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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Edited into Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 9 (2002) See more »

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Very entertaining Peplum-horror "hybrid"
28 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is probably the first "Peplum" movie I ever saw, so I'm pretty biased about it, but even considering that, it's very entertaining. As one reviewer on another site points out, it's a revenge story (an unusual thing for this category of film), and one that's surprisingly violent at the beginning. And also that the requisite little kid sidekick isn't squeezed edgewise into scenes, but used in a pretty clever way. Along with that, it has plenty of good "formula" things - the harem girls, a pretty good supernatural monster, a "villainess" (albeit the kind who changes sides - I prefer the "unrepentant" kind), and (as many posters have pointed out) the "Blue Man Group." Gordon Scott always fit so easily into these movies (I might be the only one on earth who thinks that "Danger : Deathray" is okay, thanks largely to him), as did the Italian actors in this one.

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