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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 Mireille Granelli ... Amiko
Ettore Manni ... Ilo
Furio Meniconi 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
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Adventure | Fantasy

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Zereteli: Torture him some more. Make him talk.
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Ursus Minor.
10 August 2017 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Directed by Antonio Margheriti (Cannibal Apocalypse), with help from assistant director Ruggero Deodato (Cannibal Holocaust), this mid '60s horror/peplum gives very little indication of the future gory delights to come from either film-maker: Terror of the Kirghiz is strictly family friendly fodder, as brave warrior Ursus (muscleman Reg Park) protects his people from a marauding monster (a man in an unconvincing mask and hair glued to his torso), wicked tyrant Zereteli (Furio Meniconi), and a scheming witch, Amiko (Mireille Granelli).

Lots of dull dialogue and badly choreographed fight scenes make for a really boring viewing experience, with Park putting in a forgettable central performance as the bland hero: the bodybuilder might have the physique, but he sure lacks the charisma. Mind you, with such an uninspired script and flat direction from Margheriti, he never really stood a chance.


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