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Hercules in the Haunted World (1961)

Ercole al centro della Terra (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror | April 1964 (USA)
Hercules must journey in Hades itself to retrieve the magic stone that will free his love from the powers of darkness.

Director:

Mario Bava

Writers:

Sandro Continenza (story and screenplay) (as Alessandro Continenza), Mario Bava (story and screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Reg Park ... Ercole
Christopher Lee ... Re Lico
Leonora Ruffo ... Principessa Deianira
George Ardisson ... Teseo (as Giorgio Ardisson)
Marisa Belli Marisa Belli ... Aretusa
Evelyn Stewart ... Persefone (as Ida Galli)
Franco Giacobini Franco Giacobini ... Telemaco
Mino Doro Mino Doro ... Keros
Rosalba Neri ... Elena (as Rosalba Neri c.s.c.) (credit only)
Ely Drago Ely Drago ... Giocasta (as Ely Dracò)
Gaia Germani Gaia Germani ... Medea
Raf Baldassarre Raf Baldassarre ... Un mercenario
Elisabetta Pavan Elisabetta Pavan ... Tamar
Aldo Pedinotti Aldo Pedinotti ... Sunis (as Aldo Padinotti)
Claudio Marzulli Claudio Marzulli
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Storyline

Upon his return from battle in the previous film, the great warrior Hercules learns that his lover, Daianara, has lost her senses. Acording of the oracle Medea, Dianara's only hope is the Stone of Forgetfulness which lies deep in the realm of Hades. Hercules, with two companions, Theseus and Telemachus, embarks on a dangerous quest for the stone, while he is unaware that Dianara's guardian, King Lico, is the one responsible for her condition and plots to have the girl for himself as his bride upon her revival. Written by Anonymous

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Details

Country:

Italy | West Germany

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

April 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Italy

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Sir Christopher Lee's voice was dubbed by another actor for the English-language version. See more »

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[first lines]
Medea: This is Italia, a kingdom city of ancient Greece in an age of myth and legend. It is a time when Olympian gods and demigods rule over the elements of nature and control the destinies of men.
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Fairy tale Images
14 July 2003 | by BruceCorneilSee all my reviews

Not really an action movie as you might be led to believe by the title and given the fact that these epics were invariably promoted with chunky poster art of Hercules holding a boulder aloft ready to drop it on some unfortunate adversary. In fact, he does manage to fill the mandatory quota of rock throwing in this particular sword and sandal outing but at other times it's a bit slow moving. Not that it really matters because it still has a lot going for it.

Apart from anything else, it's a gorgeous looking film. The sets, costumes, special effects and camera work are a joy to behold and director Mario Bava's distinctive style is very much to the fore. Bava specialized in the creation of surreal and subtly sinister atmospherics and there's plenty of that.

Reg Park had a vibrant and attractive screen presence and turned in a convincing performance as the muscle bound super hero. His fellow players were also well cast and provided (dare I say it ?) "strong" support. And there are enough suspenseful moments along the way to keep the sandman at bay.

You could never say that "Hercules in the Haunted World" moves along at a cracking pace. It's more like a pleasant, slow boat ride through a kaleidoscope of fairy tale images.


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