Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur (1994 TV Movie)
Hercules has settled down with his wife and children, but misses the good old days travelling around having exciting adventures. Then one day he is persuaded out of his farming "retirement" to help a distant village which is being attacked by an unseen monster.- Written by Rob Hartill
In Alturia, Danion and his brother Andius followed a treasure map to a long closed hidden door, open it and thus released the Minotaur. Hercules was enjoying life as a family father, albeit reminiscing his former adventures, especially enjoying telling them to his kids, when Iolaus dropped in literally, arousing more memories and demonstrating Eastern combat techniques. When Danion storms in expecting help, Hercules turns him away, but Deianeira insists he needs another adventure, so finally he sets out with Iolaus. Meanwhile a couple of young lovers is surprised in his entrance corridor by the now free Minotaur, who captures them, smears them with green slime and says the'll obey 'the future ruler of the world'. On arrival in Alturia, Hercules and Iolaus remark life seems to go about normally, and are told the brothers are the village idiots; the Minotaur swears he'll teach Herculues all about humiliation, out of hate for Zeus, who faces him and regrets having imprisoned him, not killed. When the inn-keeper tells them the village often gets a fake Hercules and deals with them unpleasantly, that starts Iolaus telling one of their adventures, till Trikonis and his burly mates challenge the 'rotten liars', leading to an impressive brawl. Hercules, the last one standing, checks in with unconscious Iolaus over his shoulder. At night the scum prepares to surprise them, but are killed by the Minotaur; Hercules rushes out to the noise, is found by the mob standing over the mutilated corpses, and chased as presumed murderer; he knocks a wall down so they can escape. When the mob has them trapped, the earth starts shaking and swallowing people, including Iolaus. Danion brings Hercules to the Minotaur's home; on the way Zeus explains he punished the formerly beautiful man by transformation for leading a bunch challenging the gods, and asks Hercules to do what Zeus still can't: kill the monster. Hercules's party of three enters the maze carrying torches and tells Danion to make a trace by trailing his spear, but he runs back scared, only one villager stays; the Minotaur wounds Danion, who drags himself back to them before collapsing; when the fat companion gets stuck, the Minotaur's claw kills him, then the earth swallows Hercules, who drops into a misty chamber the awaiting monster calls his damp home and promises to start Zeus' nightmare by killing his 'spoiled' son. They fight hard; when knocked down, the Minotaur explains Zeus could't kill him because he's his son too; now Hercules won't fight, but is forced to by a threat to Iolaus's life...- Written by KGF Vissers
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