TRIUMPH OF THE SON OF HERCULES (1963)
aka TRIONFO DI MACISTE
Article 2022 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 9-27-2006
Posting Date: 2-24-2007
Directed by Tanio Boccia
Featuring Kirk Morris, Cathia Caro, Liuba Bodina
An evil queen is sacrificing peasant maidens to a fire god. Maciste is enlisted to defeat her and free the people.
I like to joke a little about how the same elements appear again and again in sword-and-sandal movies, and there is at least one storyline that repeatedly pops up in the form. The best known version of it is HERCULES UNCHAINED. The basic plot is this; an evil queen is doing something horrible to the peasants, a muscleman decides to stand up to her, the muscleman is captured by the queen, the queen gets the hots for the muscleman and uses magic to wipe out his memory and make her love him, he recovers his memory and escapes, he saves an imperiled women while peasants stage a revolt and defeat the evil regime.
That’s pretty much the plot in this one once again, and it makes this peplum utterly predictable; the only thing missing is a scene where Maciste bends the bars of a prison wall. The fantastic elements are the usual ones; Maciste has super strength, the queen has a magic sceptre, and the fire god is served by a race of horrific Uri men with long fingernails. Despite the fact that I have a soft spot for sword-and-sandal movies, I do find their repetitiveness rather tedious at times, and I’m afraid that’s the case here.