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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.

Director:

Riccardo Freda (as Robert Hampton)

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

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)
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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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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

November 1963 (USA) See more »

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Panda Film See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This was the third, and last, Maciste film produced by Panda. See more »

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

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[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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Decent Sword and Sandals movie nicely performed by ex-gondolier Kirk Morris and compellingly shot by Riccardo Freda
26 August 2015 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Riccardo Freda's Mucleman great success is compellingly directed with startling visual content . Martha Gunt (Vira Silenti) is accused of witchery by a nasty judge (Andrea Bosic) and Maciste (Kirk Morris) attempts to free her and demonstrate her innocence . As Maciste travels to Hell to find a witch and make her undo a curse she put on the surface world . After the fires of Hades and frenzied attacks by ferocious beasts , there remained only the venom of 'The Witch's Curse' .

This classic Sword and Sandals movie gets an atmospheric and stunning direction from genre master Riccardo Freda . This is one of the many muscle men of Peplum who dominated Italian sword-and-sandal epics in the early 60s, it results to be a crossover of Greek Mythology , Peplum , witchery and necromancy , ordinary bare-chested bondage scenes , epic with adventures , struggles , bizarre scenarios and being quite entertaining . Here appears several mythological characters such as Prometheus , Cyclope , Sysifo , a demoniac serpent and several others . ¨Maciste all'inferno¨(1962) resulted in this film being one of the few in which the hero's name, Maciste, was used in the English dubbed version . for other films involving Maciste, when the English language track was recorded in the US, his name would usually be changed to a more familiar name such as "Goliath" or "Samson" . This movie , also known as "Maciste all'Inferno" or "The Witch's Curse" inspired a wave of Italian Peplum films blending mythological/fantastic/horror elements . The film belongs to sub-genre blending fantastic , horror and Peplum , like are : ¨Hercules in the core of earth¨ (Mario Bava) , ¨The conquest of Atlántida¨ (Vittorio Cottafavi , 1961) and ¨Maciste against the vampire¨ (Giacomo Gentilomo,1961) . Once the genre had lost its audience in the mid-60s, producers and filmmakers maintained for a few more years in war stories and westerns .

The picture was well starred by Kirk Morris , he often dyed his pompadour-styled hair blond and he had a slight, sulky resemblance to Elvis Presley. Italian Kirk Morris -born Adriano Bellini- was born in the late 1930s and plucked from the canals of Venice for his go at moviedom . A gondolier when discovered by an Italian movie producer, he was deemed a perfect speciman to showcase their spectacles and a fitting hero to help offset the silly special effects and ridiculously dubbed dialogue and he was one of the very few Italian bodybuilders to achieve stardom in the sword and sandal/mythological . This also made him one of the few leading performers who was able to speak the Italian dialog from the script. Morris eventually migrated to the United States where he went into the advertising field . Years later he returned to Italy and the movies , this time as a producer . If one must try to distinguish Kirk from the rest of the mythical bodybuilders such as Steve Reeves, Gordon Scott , Alan Steel or Sergio Ciani , Richard Harrison , Dan Vadis, Reg Park , Rock Stevens , Brad Harris , among others . Other than that his stoic posing of Hercules, Samson, Maciste and the others were no better or worse . Besides , appearing famous Eurotrash babes such as Helene Chanel and Vira Silenti and notorious Italian secondary as Andrea Bosic .

Colorful cinematography in Mario Bava-Style by cameraman Ricardo Pallottini in gaudy colours and groundbreaking atmospheres . Being shot in the marvelous caves of Castellana Grotte, Bari, Apulia . Appropriate and eerie music score by Carlo Franci , including creepy chores . The motion picture was well directed by Riccardo Freda who used a number of aliases during his career, including Robert Hampton or George Lincoln and as screenwriter Riccardo Fedra . Riccardo Freda (¨Secret of Dr. Hitchcock¨ , ¨The ghost¨) along with Mario Bava (¨Planet of vampires¨, ¨House of exorcism¨) are the fundamental creators of Giallio genre . Freda worked in many popular genres, including viking films, Peplum, spaghetti westerns, action, and even Softcore, but it is his horror films and Giallo mystery films which stand out and for which he is best remembered . His artistic spirit led him to a strong belief in the importance of visual composition in filmmaking . Freda along with Vittorio Cottafavi continued to realize films in the historical-spectacular style , at which he developed a considerable skill and mastery . From the mid-50s Freda's liking make for atmospheric and colorful scenes of shock began to itself apparent , especially in such Musclemen epics as ¨Teodora¨ , ¨Spartacus¨ , ¨Giants of Thessaly¨ , ¨The seventh sword¨ , ¨Maciste all's inferno ¨, the latter a gripping/horror Peplum and of course ¨Maciste in the court of the Great Khan¨, one of his best films . In the early 60s , he was a pioneer in Italy of horror-fantasy films frightening audiences the world over , especially with ¨I Vampiri¨ and ¨L'Orrible Segreto del Doctor Hitchcock¨ as he combined with that wide-staring of actress , the British-born Barbara Steele . He also made adventures as ¨Black Eagle¨ , ¨The son of Black Eagle¨ , ¨White devil¨ , ¨Son of D'Artagnan¨ , and uncredited ¨Daughter of D'Artagnan¨ ¨. From there he went to melodrama and spy films as ¨¨Mexican Slayride¨and ¨Coplan FX18¨ and even made some western as ¨No killing without dollars¨ with Mark Damon and signed under pseudonym as George Lincoln . Freda's movies had popular appeal , and were usually commercial hits . Several were French/Spanish/Italian or other European co-productions . He has been called a filmmaker "who brings some style to exploitation pictures", and has something of a cult following . Rating : 6.5/10 , better than average Muscleman movie .


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