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Hercules in the Haunted World (1961)

Directors: Mario Bava, Franco Prosperi
Starring: Christopher Lee

Genre: Adventure/Horror



Synopsis:
"Hercules (Reg Park) mustfight a monster made of stone, retrieve a golden apple from the tree of Hesperides, and brave the horrors of Hades to rescue his beloved from the clutches of the evil Lyco (Christopher Lee). Oracles, witches, and vampires abound in this delirious blend of sword and sandal adventure, horror, and psychedelia. Maestro Mario Bava's first color film is awash in a sea of primary hues, creepy atmosphere, and eye-popping imagery. Fantoma is very proud to present the original European cut of this widescreen wonder for the first time in the U.S." - from DVD Pacific


My oppinion:
Mario Bava has made some good movies, but this is not one of them in my opinion. First of all, some of the effects look less then good. Especially the monster made of stone looked rather awful and stupid. And the funny sidekick Hercules and Thesus brought with them was truly an annoying character. I felt of him a lot like I did the famous Jar Jar Binks (Star Wars). Some of the acting is rather bad, but Christopher Lee delivers the goods in my opinion. I haven't really seen too many of the Greek mythology movies, but for example "Jason and the Argonauts" (1963) is far superior to this one (Though Hercules isn't the "main" character in that movie), especially the special effects. To be honest, I had trouble keeping my eyelids open several times during this movie..
I will only recommend this one to Mario Bava fans, and I guess it's worth the watch if you're a fan of Hercules movies.

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