THE CONQUEROR OF ATLANTIS (1965)
aka Il conquistatore di Atlantide
Article 4363 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Alfonso Brescia
Featuring Kirk Morris, Luciana Gilli, Piero Lulli
Country: Italy / Egypt
What it is: Sword and Sandal
A Greek named Heracles finds himself stranded in a desert where two chieftains are at war with each other; each believes the other side is responsible for raids and robberies. Heracles discovers the true culprits are the residents of the lost land of Atlantis and its army of robot-like warriors.
I was wondering if I was finished with the Italian sword and sandal movies of the sixties, but it looks like there are still a few out there for me to catch. Though our hero is fairly strong, I’m not sure he can really said to have super-strength; however, the existence of Atlantis, the army of robotic warriors, and a few other concepts add to the fantastic content of this one. For a sword and sandal movie, it’s not bad; the dubbing isn’t very good and the story is a bit silly at times, but at least it keeps the action going, and it avoids some of the more obvious types of filler that populate these movies, which is my way of saying that there isn’t a single plot-stopping liturgical dance. I do wonder why the English version opts for the name of Heracles rather than the more famous Hercules variation, but perhaps the use of that more famous name would have raised the expectations of our hero’s strength. Oh, yes, there’s an evil queen, but she doesn’t fall for Heracles and remains a minor plot element; the real villain is the evil scientist. This one is an adequate time-killer for a sword and sandal fan.