Hercules Against the Mongols (1963)
aka Maciste contro i Mongoli
Article 5860 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Domenico Paolella
Featuring Mark Forest, Jose Greci, Maria Grazia Spina
What it is: Sword and Sandal
Hercules (actually Maciste) sets himself agains the three sons of Genghis Khan.
For some reason, most of the movie guides for fantastic movies omit this title, though it’s understandable why; outside of the hero’s great strength, there isn’t any other fantastic content. However, those books have listed other sword and sandal movies that have even less fantastic content, and at least in this one, we get a real show of super-strength, especially when Hercules goes into battle with a tree as a weapon. Nevertheless, this is a very dull example of the sword and sandal films; it throws in all the usual stuff, but they never build a decent story around it. It’s for sword-and-sandal completists only.