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Hercules the Avenger (1965)

La sfida dei giganti (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 13 August 1965 (Italy)
Reg Park returns to his antics of old as the man of iron in HERCULES THE AVENGER. The Son of Jove undertakes another journey into the nether realms battling zombies and monsters in order to... See full summary »

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(as Maurice A. Bright)

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(dialogue) (as Enzo Gicca), (original screenplay) (as Enzo Gicca)
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Hercules
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Regina Leda
Giovanni Cianfriglia ...
Adriana Ambesi ...
Deyanira (as Audrey Amber)
Gianni Solaro ...
Teseo
Luigi Barbini ...
Xantos
Franco Ressel ...
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Luigi Donato ...
Timoniere
Marisa Belli ...
Regina dei figli del sole
Corrado Sonni
Mimmo Poli ...
Gerone
Giulio Maculani
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Reg Park returns to his antics of old as the man of iron in HERCULES THE AVENGER. The Son of Jove undertakes another journey into the nether realms battling zombies and monsters in order to rescue his son, allowing goddess Gia an opportunity to place her own slacker son in Hercules' sandals. There's something for everyone: ghouls, dragons, sweating men and girls in skimpy outfits. Written by Anonymous

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2.35 : 1
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Anteo: Drive them into the Valley of Agony... and block the way out!
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Tired and shoddy (but with a fun villain)
21 June 2013 | by See all my reviews

More or less "Reg Park's Greatest Herc Hits", since huge chunks of this film are lifted lock, stock and barrel from HERCULES IN THE HAUNTED WORLD and HERCULES AND THE CAPTIVE WOMEN (both 1961). A wraparound story is concocted about Hercules questing for his missing son Xanthus, who is imprisoned in the supernatural domain of Gia the earth goddess. Meanwhile, Gia's evil son Antaeus — himself a demigod — impersonates Hercules and takes over the city-state of Syracuse with the help of its ambitious queen. Ruling as a mad, barbarous tyrant, Antaeus (Giovanni Cianfriglia) starts exiling and slaughtering people at whim, generally soiling the name of Hercules something fierce. Naturally, the real Herc takes umbrage at this...

If you've already seen HAUNTED WORLD and/or CAPTIVE WOMEN then there's really no point in watching this one. All of AVENGER's monster action and FX scenes are borrowed from those films, only with different dialog dubbed in. Its main cheesy pleasure is Gianfriglia's Antaeus. A schoolyard bully in a he-man's body, he's such a cruel, arrogant jerk that you keep watching for the moment when Herc finally kicks his butt. He's at least good for a few laughs, as when barking commands such as, "Drive them into the Valley of Agony... and block the way out!"


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