Prehistoric cave-stud Ari wins lovely virgin Listra in a pig-catching contest, but their attempts at "Ding-Dong" keep getting interrupted by idiot battles between his tribe, The Cave ... See full summary »
When Emanuelle (Gemser) arrives in the small Italian village heads start turning and eyes start popping. All males in the town are falling all over themselves trying to get a look (or a ... See full summary »
Top Nazi officials, intent on rooting out traitors and those in the military who may be plotting to overthrow Adolf Hitler, recruit and train a group of beautiful prostitutes whose mission ... See full summary »
Roman emperor Caligula leaves the last days of glory amidst orgies of food and sex. During a show by two nude slaves, the emperor is particularly attracted to one of them, Lysia, ignoring ... See full summary »
History tells us that Nero was the Emperor who fiddled while Rome burned. What you would expect from a decadent Roman Empire on the decline are all shown here by the late Bruno Mattei. The ... See full summary »
The production recycled virtually all of the $20 million worth of sets, costumes, props, and extras from Caligula (1979), when it was feared that the latter would never be released due to numerous pending lawsuits. In the opening credits, there is a legal statement acknowledging this: "Certain elements of the sets and decorations created for the film Caligula by Danilo Donati have been used in the production of this film without his consent." See more »
When the fly is buzzing around in front of the Roman guard's face (just before he eats it), if you look carefully, as it flies in front of his face, you can barely see the string holding up the fake fly being dangled in front of the actor's face. See more »
'Caligula' is without a doubt one of the most controversial films ever made. Like the man of the title, the history of how the project came to be is fascinating. It caused such an uproar that it was pulled from theatres, but wasn't forgotten. Before it's release though, something pretty strange happened. A film crew took some of the leftover sets, hired a few of the same actors and came up with a "sequel." If you've seen the first film, then you would probably expect more of the same. You'd be pretty much right, but the quality is quite a different story.
Pros: Game cast. Memorable score. Beautiful costumes and sets. Unintentionally hilarious. Steady pace. Crazy, blood-soaked finale.
Cons: Some awful dubbing. Threadbare plot. Choppy editing. Uninspired direction. Nearly all intentional humor falls flat. Story is all over the place. Anticlimactic.
Final thoughts: 'Messalina, Messalina' is not an easy film to review. The only reason it was made was to use the expensive sets from a film feared to never be released. In other words, this alleged sequel is totally superfluous. That being said, it can be enjoyed in a "so-bad-it's-good" way. If you need a few laughs this will do the trick.
My rating: 2.5/5
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