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Hercules in the Haunted World (1961)

Ercole al centro della Terra (original title)
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:

Mario Bava (story), Sandro Continenza (screenplay) (as Alessandro Continenza) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Reg Park ... Ercole
Christopher Lee ... Re Lico
Leonora Ruffo ... Principessa Deianira
George Ardisson ... Teseo
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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An eerie journey into suspense and adventure! See more »


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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

April 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hercules in the Haunted World See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

SpA Cinematografica See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

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Re the above, for the record Pluto's daughter is not called Persephone in the original version, but 'Myosotide' (spelling not guaranteed). It's explicitly stated at one point that she's Pluto's daughter with Persephone. That mistake must have been added in the dubbing. 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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Mario Bava's atmospheric peplum gets first-rate treatment on a new Fantoma DVD.
6 June 2002 | by TheVidSee all my reviews

Sword-and-sandal afficionados will be happy to hear that this lush Mario Bava-helmed Hercules movie is getting a widescreen treatment on DVD. It's one of the more atmospheric Italian schlock epics, full of the imaginative and colorful set pieces distinctive to the renowned Italian filmmaker, Mario Bava. Reg Park was among the most impressive bodybuilders to ever play the mythical hero and he is given generous opportunity to strut his stuff. Hercules literally goes to Hell to defeat satanic villain Christopher Lee in this engaging muscleman movie, a definite kitsch classic of it's kind, now being made available in it's once-glorious Super Technirama format on videodisc.


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