Thursday, October 30, 2014

Video of the week : THE SEVEN REVENGES - Dance

Dance sequence from the rarely seen Ed Fury PEPLUM called THE SEVEN REVENGES. What's interesting about this dance number was re-used for HERCULES - PRISONER OF EVIL (aka Ursus and the Terror of the Kirghiz) which this clip was taken from. THE SEVEN REVENGES, which is better than HERCULES - PRISONER OF EVIL, has never been released in such a stunning print or even released for the home market in English anywhere.

Exodus: Gods and Kings - Official Trailer

Official trailer for EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS - directed by Ridley Scott. Looks like a LORD OF THE RINGS revision of THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. It seems to be full of special effects like the screenshot below. Hmm.... Anyway, Christian Bale recently claimed that Moses was “barbaric” and “likely schizophrenic" which has upset a lot of Christians.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

By the Gods!

Alan Steel and Brigitte Heiberg in LOST TREASURE OF THE AZTECS

Also known as Lost Treasure of the Incas and Hercules and the Treasure of the Incas. In some version Alan is named Samson with the title of Samson and the Treasure of the Incas. The best PEPLUM Western ever made...well it's one of the few PEPLUM Westerns made in Italy.

Pompeian red? It’s actually ochre

Those rich reds adorning paintings in Pompeii were originally ochre — Italian researchers say they now think that sensuous Pompeian red is the result of an accident.

Researchers at the national science council (CNR) say the original signature color at the ill-fated city of Pompeii was probably yellow – ochre to be specific.

Before Mount Vesuvius blew its top in 79 A.D. and buried the city, it emitted high-temperature gas which turned the original yellow color that dark red. It’s not an entirely new discovery – ochre was also the main color at Herculaneum, sister city also buried by Vesuvius.

“Thanks to the investigations we have ascertained that the symbolic color of the archaeological sites in Campania is the result of the action of high temperature gas leakage which preceded the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D.,” says Sergio Omarini of CNR. “Experts already knew about the color alteration, but this research makes it finally possible to quantify to the extent of it.”


Monday, October 27, 2014

By the Gods!

Claudius (Barry Jones) has a heated discussion with wife Messalina (Susan Hayward) in DEMETRIUS AND THE GLADIATORS

I always thought that having Barry Jones as Messalina's husband was miscasting. Not because he's bad in it. In fact, he's probably the best actor in the film but I just can't imagine Messalina marrying someone like him, power or no power. It doesn't help that he's the only British actor in the film and his accent sorta clashes with the rest of the US actors. But he was excellent in his role nonetheless.

Movie Poster Mondays

Original Italian poster of THE MINOTAUR

I uploaded my Fan Dub version of the film to my PEPLUM TV Youtube channel last Friday but then removed it after someone mentioned the film is downloadable somewhere else, meaning the film is still copyright protected (by MGM) and I didn't want to get a strike from the painfully trite folks from Youtube. It's a shame 'cause it was a nice edit. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

By the Gods!

Pietro Torrisi and Sabrina Siani in THRONE OF FIRE

Thank god for PEPLUM films of the 1980s, which gave good actions roles to Pietro who always played secondary roles in films from the 1960s. He was still in great shape even after appearing 20 years prior in PEPLUM films of the golden era. Most of the films are terrible but they're fun to watch regardless, mainly for a couple of reasons: the level of cheesecake and beefcake was high!

I'm taking some time off next week. I should be back on October 27th. I hope you like the new format of the blog. I know I do. 


William Castle helps Rhonda Fleming with a scene for SERPENT OF THE NILE. Love this photo. Castle was slim here.