A demobilized centurion returns home to Pompeii to find his father murdered by a gang of black-hooded Christian robbers that terrorizes the city and he decides to investigate the matter while the nearby volcano threatens to erupt.
Mount Vesuvius looms ominously over the doomed city of Pompeii, a city in turmoil. Its citizens are being terrorized by a group of black-hooded thieves on the rampage, murdering entire families, and looting their homes. Strangely, they're also leaving a calling card. The sign of the Christian cross is being left as a remainder of who has carried out these terrible acts. On his way into the city, Centurion Glaucus Lito, is looking forward to seeing his father after completing his military service. When he arrives at his father's house he finds it in ruins and is told that his father has been murdered by the same masked raiders menacing the city. Glaucus begins to make enquiries, aided by the help of his friends, but begins to doubt that the peaceful Christian community are responsible for these murders. He soon finds out that the situation is a lot more complicated than he originally thought. After more extensive enquiries he discovers a conspiracy within the political and religious ...Written by
Christine Kaufmann, the actress who played Ione, the Consul's daughter, in the movie was only 13 years old at the time. A few years later she married Tony Curtis and "Spartacus," Kirk Douglas was the best man at the wedding. See more »
The material spewed from Vesuvius plunged the city into darkness and many of the people of Pompeii died from the gases and especially from breathing in the volcanic ash. However, this would not have been visually dramatic. See more »
Skip the first 80 minutes and watch the final 15 minutes
Oh man, if life was so dull in Pompeii, I think most people would have left the place long before the Vesuvius erupted! A mostly covered-up Steve Reeves tries to find out who is behind his father's murder - as if it could be anyone else other than Fernando Rey (when has he NOT played the villain?). A total drag, until the good special effects take over in the last 15 minutes. *1/2 out of 4.
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