Ursus in the Land of Fire (1963)

URSUS IN THE LAND OF FIRE (1963)
aka Son of Hercules in the Land of Fire, Ursus nella terra di fuoco
Article 2862 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 3-9-2009
Posting Date: 6-14-2009
Directed by Giorgio Simonelli
Featuring Ed Fury, Claudia Mila, Adriano Micantoni
Country: Italy

Ursus must defeat an evil general who usurps the throne and tries to force the princess into marrying him.

If THE SIEGE OF SYRACUSE was an example of the type of Sword-and-Sandal movie rarely covered in this series, here’s one that sticks to the same formula that makes up most of the others that I’ve covered. Evil queen, evil general, oppressed plebians, feats of strength, super-strong hero who undergoes brutal tortures… you know the routine. It’s a hair more brutal than some of the others, and Ed Fury adds some slightly offbeat touches to his performance of Ursus, but the movie never strays too far from familiar territory. Now if only my print didn’t have some of the worst pan-and-scanning I’ve seen in recent memory…

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