The Conquest of Mycenae (1963)

aka Ercole contro Molock

Article 3677 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 8-24-2011
Posting Date: 9-8-2011
Directed by Giorgio Ferroni
Featuring Gordon Scott, Alessandro Panaro, Rosalba Neri
Country: Italy / France
What it is: Sword and Sandal

The evil city of Mycenae terrorizes its neighbors and demands hostages for sacrifice to the human incarnation of their god Moloch. Can Glaucus, the prince of a neighboring city, find a way to infiltrate Mycenae and spark a revolution?

The movie actually begins with a scene that seems intended to generate a bit of sympathy for the Mycenaens and their plight, but after that, they’re the typical evil kingdom for these types of movies. And don’t let the alternate title (which implies that Hercules is in the movie) fool you; the hero is Glaucus, and he just calls himself Hercules when he willingly agrees to be a hostage in order to get access to the city. He’s strong enough, but not Hercules-style strong. Still, the movie has other fantastic content to it; there’s at least one moment where divine intervention steps in, and though the human/god Moloch is just supposed to be a mutilated human being, it looks like he has a few mystical powers as well. Other than that, it’s the usual sort of thing for a sword and sandal movie, with the order a bit scrambled (the hero’s dalliance with the evil queen is gotten out of the way earlier than usual), and some scenes appear to be missing (if the evil queen ever got her comeuppance, I missed it). Some of the special effects are quite bad; there’s a truly awful shot of a burning city at one point. All in all, it’s just another sword-and-sandal movie.

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