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Hercules, Prisoner of Evil (1964)

Ursus, il terrore dei kirghisi (original title)
Hercules battles an evil sorceress who turns men into werewolves.

Directors:

Antonio Margheriti (as Anthony Dawson), Ruggero Deodato (uncredited)

Writer:

Marcello Sartarelli (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Reg Park ... Ursus
Mireille Granelli ... Amiko
Ettore Manni ... Ilo
Furio Meniconi ... Zereteli
María Teresa Orsini María Teresa Orsini ... Kato
Lilly Mantovani Lilly Mantovani ... Slave
Nino Fuscagni Nino Fuscagni ... Miko (as Serafino Fuscagni)
Giulio Maculani Giulio Maculani ... Varos
Ugo Carboni Ugo Carboni
Claudio Scarchilli Claudio Scarchilli ... Lava
Piero Pastore Piero Pastore ... Amko
Gaetano Quartararo Gaetano Quartararo ... Kirghiso Officer
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A monster marauds the land ruled by Prince Regent Zerah, who seized power 10 years ago through the assassination of the Great Khan, fears that local hero Hercules (Ursus) may wrest the throne from him. To solidify his power, Zerah plans to marry his cousin, Amiko, daughter of the Great Khan. Amiko, however, loves Hercules. Meanwhile, Hercules, while attempting to find and subdue the monster, is badly injured by the monster. Zerah takes advantage of this situation through attacks and pillage but Hercules recovers, defeats Zerah in combat. Zerah now reveals that Amiko is not the daughter of the Khan. The daughter is Katya (Kato), a young woman rescued years ago and cared for by Hercules and his followers. The truth revealed, Amiko now openly uses her sorceress-powers to turn Hercules into the monster, just as she'd enchanted various other men in the past. Hercules (now the unwitting monster) prepares to kill Katya on Amiko's orders. When Hercules' brother, Ilo, brings about the death of... Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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Adventure | Fantasy

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Zereteli: Torture him some more. Make him talk.
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Featured in Deodato Holocaust (2019) See more »

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Kinda likable
21 March 2013 | by a-eastSee all my reviews

Some reviewers have been decidedly unkind to this minor sword-and-sandal effort but those willing to indulge the sloppy dubbing, chopping editing, and murky prints may find a certain likable quality here. Think of it as an amateurish but enthusiastic high school play, or a big mutt who climbs in your lap and licks your face. Most of the faults cited by other reviewers can't be denied but the main problem here is Hercules' curious absence from the plot (due to injuries) for a 25-minute stretch in the middle of the movie. That's a real momentum killer. Did Reg Park become ill or otherwise unavailable during the filming and thus they had to film around him? (One fight sequence uses an obvious stand-in for Park, lending some support for this theory.) Yes, the monster is more laughable than frightening with a squawk like Rodan's, and disappointingly little is made of Hercules' superhuman strength. (He isn't even bare-chested very often.) Also note the puzzling Oriental decor in some of the palace interiors. However, if you're kind, all of these things might be viewed as part of the fun.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

31 July 1964 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Hercules, Prisoner of Evil See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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