Superstrong hero Hercules, aided by young Ulysses and scientific wit Diogenes, journeys to Troy, where the city's virgins are being sacrificed to a horrible sea monster. When Princess Diana, heir to the Trojan throne currently being held by her evil uncle Petra, is selected to become the sea monster's next victim, Hercules must battle the monster - and Petra's warriors - in order to save her. Written by
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Not a great movie, this was (as has been pointed out) a pilot for an unsold television series (produced by Joseph E. Levine, who distributed the original Steve Reeves HERCULES) based on the adventures of Hercules. I remembering looking forward to this after seeing a magazine article featuring Carlo Rambaldi's sea monster. In truth, the monster is the only thing worth watching in the show. It's well crafted but badly used. In a few shots it looks very convincing, in others like a big mechanical puppet pointlessly waving its claws around. Still worth checking out for pre-CGI monster fans and Gordon Scott makes a solid Hercules as usual.
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