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The Witch's Curse (1962)

Maciste all'inferno (original title)
Maciste travels to Hell to find a witch and make her undo a curse she put on the surface world.


Riccardo Freda (as Robert Hampton)


Eddy H. Given (story by), Oreste Biancoli (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirk Morris ... Maciste
Hélène Chanel ... Fania
Vira Silenti Vira Silenti ... Martha Gaunt
Angelo Zanolli Angelo Zanolli ... Charley Law
Andrea Bosic Andrea Bosic ... Judge Parris
Donatella Mauro Donatella Mauro
Gina Mascetti Gina Mascetti ... Barmaid
Antonella Della Porta Antonella Della Porta ... Doris
John Karlsen ... Burgomeister
Antonio Ciani Antonio Ciani
Pietro Ceccarelli Pietro Ceccarelli ... Goliath (as Puccio Ceccarelli)
Remo De Angelis Remo De Angelis ... Prometheus
Evar Maran Evar Maran ... Villager
Charles Fawcett Charles Fawcett ... Doctor
John Francis Lane John Francis Lane ... Coachman (as Francis Lane)


Maciste travels to Hell to find a witch and make her undo a curse she put on the surface world.

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After the fires of Hades and frenzied attacks by ferocious beasts, there remained only the venom of 'The Witch's Curse'


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Release Date:

November 1963 (USA) See more »

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Panda Film See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the third, and last, Maciste film produced by Panda. See more »


After Maciste kills the lion in Hell, one of the lion's eyes blink. See more »


[first lines]
Judge Parrish: [reading] In the name of the king of Scotland, and with the authority as conferred upon me, I, Edgar Parris, justice supreme of Loch Laird of the kingdom of Scotland, on this, the first day of November year of grace 1515...
Fania: [in the form of the old Martha Gaunt] Curse you!
Judge Parrish: ...condemn hereby to be burned alive the sorceress...
Fania: Malediction!
Judge Parrish: ...Martha Gaunt for witchcraft.
Fania: Curse you all!
Judge Parrish: This woman, with her evil match, having had communion with the devil and other malignant spirits, has...
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Strangling lions was easy
4 July 2008 | by unbrokenmetalSee all my reviews

In the 16th century, a witch is burned at Scotland, not forgetting to leave a curse behind. A hundred years later, the curse drives people mad - some kill themselves, some see ghosts in the shadows, some suffer from ridiculous overacting (don't miss the fat woman yelling „The witch is back again! It's the end for all of us!"). Suddenly Maciste rides into town, he looks like he came to the set of the wrong movie. It wasn't the only case of Maciste in the wrong millennium (see „Zorro Contro Maciste" by Umberto Lenzi), but if he is in Scotland, he should get a proper costume instead of the stone-age loincloth that was outdated in ancient Greece already. He tries to put an end to hysteria and terror by going down to hell and find the witch! „He can strangle the lion, but there's no man alive who can conquer the devil", they say, but where there's muscles, there's always a way. Director Freda knew what the public wanted, he made enough other movies including Maciste flicks - there even is a flashback to previous adventures -, so you get the fires, the beasts, the drama and all. My only regret is I had to watch this as a full screen copy with poor colors, because in the original wide screen format, it must be quite a show.

(Edit 2017) Nine years after my review above, I got the opportunity to watch a restored version in original scope format, running 88 minutes instead of 75 minutes (among the scenes cut from the old American DVD were a fight against a snake, Maciste crossing the rain of fire, and a flashback showing him in Ancient Egypt). I was right, it's quite a show in proper quality.

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