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Goliath and the Vampires (1961)

Maciste contro il vampiro (original title)
Goliath must save the kidnapped women of his village from an evil zombie leader who needs their blood to feed his soldiers.




Cast overview:
Gordon Scott ... Maciste (Goliath)
Leonora Ruffo ... Guja
Jacques Sernas ... Kurtik
Gianna Maria Canale ... Astra
Rocco Vidolazzi Rocco Vidolazzi ... Ciro (as Rocco Vitolazzi)
Mario Feliciani ... Sultan Abdul / Omar
Vanoye Aikens Vanoye Aikens ... Amahil (as Van Aikens)
Annabella Incontrera ... Magda
Guido Celano ... Kobrak, the Vampire
Emma Baron ... Maciste's mother
Renato Terra ... (as Renato Terra Caizzi)


(Contains spoilers) Raiders, attacking the village of Goliath and young Ciro, transport Goliath's girlfriend, Guja, to the island of Salmanak. Goliath and Ciro follow. Salmanak, nominally ruled by a Sultan, is actually controlled by the vampire, Kobrak. Kobrak has an ally in the villainous Astra, a beautiful woman who exerts influence on the weak-willed Sultan. Meanwhile Goliath allies with Kurtik, leader of the Blue Men. The Sultan's soldiers soon capture Goliath but he escapes, after rescuing Guja, and together the two flee to a cave in the desert. There they discover the waxed bodies of Kobrak's victims and reunite with Kurtik. Kobrak arrives, puts Goliath in a pit, encloses him in a bell, and tortures him with sound waves. Goliath survives, thanks to balls of wax in his ears provided by the repentant Astra, but Kobrak succeeds in turning himself into a replica of Goliath. The "bad" Goliath and the "good" Goliath battle. Virtue triumphs, Kobrak's victims are revived, Kurtik is ... Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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Released theatrically in both the US and UK exclusively as Goliath and the Vampires. American International Television shortened the title to The Vampires for TV-prints, one of which was used for the Sinister Cinema DVD release in 2004. There is no evidence that this film has ever been released as Samson vs. the Vampires. Kino Lorber were rumored in November 2019 to be planning a Blu-ray disc of that title, but their catalog has no mention of it. See more »


Characters appear in different parts of the set without any explanation as to how they got there. See more »


Sultan Abdul: It sickens me that my people must witness such hideous displays of cruelty.
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Referenced in The Oral Generation (1970) See more »

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Proficient capable adventure just some dull parts in a sandstorm/wandering or near the Kobrac's castle wandering but otherwise, pretty above the usual of these type of adventures. There is clever spots and interesting things particularly the main guy is believable.

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Release Date:

April 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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