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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.

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Cast overview:
... Hercules (Ercole)
... King Lico (Licos)
... Princess Deianira
... Thesus (Teseo)
Marisa Belli ... Aretusa
... Persephone
Franco Giacobini ... Telemachus (Telemaco)
Mino Doro ... Keros
... Helena (as Rosalba Neri c.s.c.)
Ely Drago ... Jocasta (as Ely Dracò)
Gaia Germani ... Medea
Raf Baldassarre ... Un mercenario
Elisabetta Pavan ... Tamar
Aldo Pedinotti ... Sunis (as Aldo Padinotti)
Claudio Marzulli
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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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Reg Park had to do all his own stunts, as was common in "sword-and-sandal" films--there were simply no Italian stunt men available who were big enough to double for such massive, imposing body builders as Park and his colleagues. See more »

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Near the beginning of the film Thesus tosses his lover (Dania?) in to a river to keep her safe from their attackers. But moments later, after Hercules rescues them, she is completely dry and not a hair out of place. 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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More Haunting Bava Visuals
24 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

In terms of story and plot, this HERCULES film is arguably every bit as good as(and quite often better than)many others. The main flaw being the common solution Hercules uses for every problem he faces.

Still this movie is great fun to watch in either language(as the dub isn't too bad--only its too bad Christopher Lee didn't do his own) and features lots of terrific haunting color visuals from a master-Mario Bava. Any Gothic Horror fan will find much to enjoy here.


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