Friday, June 19, 2015

PEPLUM Break

By the Gods!

Sophia Loren, as Honoria, looking resplendent in ATTILA

She apparently hated making this film. Sophia is still with us. Hopefully for another 20 years. Aha!


RIPs : Pierre Brice and Richard Johnson


PIERRE BRICE


PEPLUM genre star Pierre Brice, who appeared in several PEPLUM films, earlier this June. He was 86 years old. Most notably Pierre played Dionysus in THE BACCHANTES, which is one of my favourite PEP films ever. I'm sad. His other films are THE PHARAOHS' WOMAN, THE COSSACKS and another favourite SAMSON AND THE SLAVE QUEEN or ZORRO VS MACISTE. Brice played Zorro. RIP Dionysus.


Pierre in DACII

Pierre was also in WITH FIRE AND SWORD co-starring Jeanne Crain


RICHARD JOHNSON


Also, British actor Richard Johnson died at the age of 87. Though his PEPLUM films are not as extensive as Pierre's, Richard Johnson did leave a mark in the genre with two notable roles, in JULIUS CAESAR (above) and COLUMNA (below).

Oddly enough, both Pierre and Richard died on the same day, June 6. All the PEPLUM stars are dying.


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Video of the Week 1 : GIANT OF METROPOLIS - Torture


Video of the Week : Torture scene from GIANT OF METROPOLIS starring Gordon Mitchell and Roldano Lupi One of many tests of endurance Mitchell is subjected too in this unique film. This clip is taken from my Fan Dub.

Video of the Week 2 : COLOSSUS OF THE STONE AGE - Lifting a Tree


Video of the Week 2 : More muscular action from COLOSSUS OF THE STONE AGE starring Reg Lewis among others. I always like seeing heroes lifting trees.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

By the Gods!

Moira Orfei and Gordon Scott in HERO OF BABYLON

Moira, being her campy self, dies again in a violent death. I love Moira for many reasons but maybe because she didn't seem to mind that her characters were often dispatched in the most unceremonious ways. Gordon is an impressive hero in this film!

Behind-the-Scenes

Riccardo Freda directs Gianna Maria Canale and Georges Marchal in THEODORA - SLAVE EMPRESS

Gianna was married to Freda. Interesting photo.

Monday, June 15, 2015

By the Gods!

The 'Apocalyptic' ending in THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE

One of the (many) things which disappointed me about this film is the fact that the truly amazing sets were so underused in the film. We see a lot of the sets during big crowd scenes such as this one but I always thought they would have been more stunning if the main characters could be seen just walking about them during other parts of the story, not just the climax. Oh well...

Movie Poster Mondays

 Belgian poster of SLAVE OF CARTHAGE (aka The Sword and the Cross)

In Cinetotalscope and Ferraniacolor!