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Hercules Against the Moon Men (1964)

Maciste e la regina di Samar (original title)
Unrated | | Adventure, Fantasy | May 1965 (USA)
Hercules is summoned to oppose the evil Queen Samara, who has allied herself with aliens and is sacrificing her own people in a bid to awaken a moon goddess.

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Maciste / Hercules (as Alan Steel)
Jany Clair ...
Queen Samara
Anna Maria Polani ...
Nando Tamberlani ...
Gladius, the Chancellor
Delia D'Alberti ...
Princess Billis / Selene (as Delia d'Alberti)
Goffredo Unger ...
Remar
Anna Maria Dionisio ...
Taris, Tirteo's Wife
Paola Pitti ...
Tirteo's Daughter (as Paola Piretti)
Giuliano Raffaelli ...
Tirteo, the Innkeeper
Stefano Carletti ...
Mogol
Roberto Ceccacci ...
Rudolphis
Attilio Dottesio ...
Xelon
Franco Moruzzi ...
Timor (as Franco Morici)
Jean-Pierre Honoré ...
Darix, Samara's Cousin
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In ancient Greece a race of evil aliens from the moon land on earth. For years they've terrorized the nearby city of Samar, demanding children for sacrifice. Now, the queen of Samar has made a pact with the moon men to conquer the world and become the most powerful woman alive. However, the residents of Samar, sick of all the chaos, cheer when the mighty Hercules shows up to put a stop to it all. Written by Anonymous

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This would be the final film project for director Giacomo Gentilomo. He left the film industry to pursue a career as a full-time painter. See more »

Quotes

Maciste: [to Claudis] Your daughter is as courageous as she is beautiful.
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Under the Evil Influence of Uranus
18 May 2008 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

While this film made a very funny episode of MST3K, I am reviewing the film itself, not the MST3k version.

Giacomo Gentilomo and other Italian directors of the 1950s and 1960s made Hercules the James Bond of classical times. Smart, impossible to defeat and always pure of heart, Herc always got the goods and the girl. Sergio Ciani (AKA Alan Steel) plays Hercules this time. A former stunt double for Steve Reeves, Ciani does as well with this role as any of his predecessors. It has been noted that Ciani was shorter than the other Hercs in the series. While this is apparent in the film, it's worth noting that he was a mere two inches shorter than the larger-than life Reeves.

I found this film to be much more entertaining and polished than it had a right to be. The directing, editing and cinematography were fine, and the only pacing disaster was the seemingly endless sand storm. the film's art design was superior to the rest of the series. It is not surprising that Director Gentilomo became a full-time professional fine artist shortly after making this film.

In Moon Men, Hercules must face the evil power of the moon and the supernatural creatures who came to earth on a meteorite and use human sacrifice to wield mysterious power. In addition, he has to face a powerful and power-hungry queen allied to these creatures and the evil influence of Uranus. As ridiculous as this plot is, it is, at least, creative, and offers some innovative opportunities for very different fight scenes, sets, and subplots. The script is about as straightforward as it gets, and the English dubbing is actually pretty good.

Silly, but harmless. An extra star for the costumes and creative use of effects.


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