Thursday, February 22, 2018

PEPLUM TV movie of the week: SEVEN REBEL GLADIATORS


SVEN REBEL GLADIATORS starring Roger Browne, José Greci, Pietro Torrisi, Erno Crisa, Alfio Caltabiano, Harold Bradley, Mario Noveli, Dakar and many more.

This movie caused some headaches with Youtube.

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PEPLUM TV clip of the week: Identifying the TEN GLADIATORS


Identifying the Ten Gladiators with Dan Vadis and the rest of the cast. That's Emilio Messina in the video's thumbnail. This is an update of an update I did a few years ago.

The first film had a different cast from the follow-ups, TRIUMPH OF THE TEN GLADIATORS and SPARTACUS & THE TEN GLADIATORS. The cast for those two films were identical.

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PEPLUM TV RETRO: MACISTE IN THE LAND OF THE CYCLOPS - Full movie


Starring Gordon Mitchell, Chelo Alonso, Paul Wynter, Dante DiPaolo and more. Also known as Atlas in the Land of the Cyclops.

This is a Fan Dub I made years ago.

Enjoy!

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PEPLUM TV WORLD: MACISTE - IL VENDICATORE DEI MAYA (Maciste - Avenger of the Mayans )


MACISTE IL VINDICATOR DEI MAYA, aka Maciste - Avenger of the Mayans, starring Kirk Morris, Barbara Loy, Luciano Marin and Demeter Bitenc. Very rare.

Unfortunately, English subs are incomplete (cropped out)

This is a very funny "Frankenstein" film, which is a combo of COLOSSUS & THE HEADHUNTERS, COLOSSUS OF THE STONE AGE and new scenes for this mess of sorts. Even though MACISTE in the title, Kirk Morris' character is called Hercules, not Maciste. This is me scratching my head.

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PEPLUM TV WORLD: KNIGHTS OF TERROR - Preview


Preview of KNIGHTS OF TERROR starring Tony Russel and Scilla Gabel. Finally got the English dub copy.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

By the Gods!

The SEVEN SLAVES AGAINST THE WORLD (1964)

From left to right: Pietro Marascalchi, Pietro Ceccarelli, Nello Pazzafini, Mario Novelli, Alfio Caltabiano and Gordon Mitchell. This is one of the 'Twin Productions', along with SEVEN REBEL GLADIATORS, even if both movies don't have the same storyline and characters. Pietro Marascalchi, who used to be a professional wrestler, is still uncredited at IMDb. This film is problematic because the word 'Slave' causes issues with Youtube. Also known as 7 SLAVES AGAINST ROME (UK title).

Behind-the-Scenes

Steve Reeves and tw0 extras wait for their scene while shooting THIEF OF BAGHDAD (1961)

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

By the Gods!

Samson (Taylor James) defeated the Philistine army in SAMSON (2018)

This is a new movie released in theatres last week. It ranked at #11 at the box office. The good thing thing about it is that it sorta celebrates the Hollywood Epic of the 1950s and 1960s. The bad thing is, well, it doesn't look great. Oh well...

I wanted to post the official trailer here but I'll link it instead.


Different titles: KNIGHTS OF TERROR

I finally got hold of IL TERRORE DEI MANTEL ROSSI (1963), known as KNIGHTS OF TERROR in English. I'm missing screenshots of the Italian and Spanish titles but since this movie is so difficult to come by that I thought I might as well do it now. I personally like KNIGHTS OF TERROR, which can be seen as a play with the word NIGHTS. The English copy is murky but it's in true widescreen which makes it better than the other ones.


This is the English version with Dutch title, which translates as THE TERROR OF THE RED COATS.

French version translates as THE CAVALIERS (or RIDERS) OF TERROR

The German title translates as RIDER OF TERRORS

Monday, February 19, 2018

By the Gods!

Gordon Mitchell, as Brennus, and Ursula Davis in BRENNUS - ENEMY OF ROME (1963)

This film ws retitled BATTLE OF THE VALIANT for its home video release back in the 1980s. It tried to remove all traces of the fact that it was an old movie. Ursula's real name was Pier Anna Quaglia. I prefer Ursula Davis. Gordon was born Charles Pendleton. He was also informally known as Chuck Pendleton. Hard to keep up with all these name changes and pseudonyms. Good film!

Movie Poster Mondays

Brazilian poster of 7 SLAVES AGAINST ROME (1964)

Also known as 7 SLAVES AGAINST THE WORLD. Nice poster. Notice how MGM is credited for this release.

PEPLUM TV WORLD: UNA SPADA PER L'IMPERO ( Sword of the Empire ) - Trailer


Rare Italian trailer for SWORD OF THE EMPIRE starring Lang Jeffries, José Greci and Enzo Tarascio

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Friday, February 16, 2018

By the Gods!

The SEVEN REBEL GLADIATORS (1965)

From left to right: Harold Bradley, Pietro Torrisi, Mario Novelli, Pietro Ceccarelli, Roger Browne, Jeff Cameron and Nazzareno Zamperla.

This is one of the quieter moments of this boisterous Michele Lupo film. It's fun but it's also quite silly. There were many of these types of stories in PEPLUM films: a rogue group of 6 or 7 or 10 men banding together to overthrow an evil ruler.

I uploaded this to PEPLUM TV channel and Youtube has partially censored it (demonetized, meaning it won't be seen to people who don't follow my channel). Why? Because of the words 'Rebel' and 'Gladiators' in the title. Yes. I figured this out as I tested it when the film was still in private mode. When I uploaded it with its full title (and kept it in private mode), it was demonetized. Just as a test, I simply changed the title to 7RG. It suddenly became monetized. So, I made it public and the film was viewable for everyone for two full days. But then Youtube demonetized again. I guess the bots caught on. Since they've banished this upload in the Youtube phantom zone, I thought I might as well re-instate its full title.

Imagine, a channel about, among other things, gladiators and I can't use that word. Youtube is very crazy these days.

Fotonovela: THE SINNER


part 2 of serialization of THE SINNER Fotonovela. Click on image to see a larger size.





Added to the permanent blog page of THE SINNER


Thursday, February 15, 2018

By the Gods!

Gordon Scott as Mucius in COLOSSUS OF ROME (aka Hero of Rome, 1964)

I'm getting ready to write part 2 of 'Serious PEPLUM films.' This film would be considered a serious production. It's a straightforward 'action' story of the famous Roman general. The one aspect of this film which sorta makes it less serious, and more of a typical (read: fun) PEPLUM production, are a couple of over-the-top 'Feat of Strength' scenes, such as this one, which belongs more in the 'super' hero category than standard historical drama. But I understand why they did this: Mucius singlehandedly saved Rome from those pesky Etruscans, and I guess these scenes are sorta symbolic of this heroic undertaking. Great photo!

PEPLUM TV movie of the week: HERCULES & THE TYRANTS OF BABYLON


Starring Peter Lupus, Helga Liné, Livio Lorenzon, Mario Petri, Anna Maria Polani, Pietro Torrisi and more. Directed by Domenico Paolella.

This is an exclusive version of this movie I edited together. In most versions, the wrestling match is shortened. In this version, it's complete.

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PEPLUM TV preview of the week: THE LION OF THEBES - Fight!


Preview of THE LION OF THEBES starring Mark Forest, Yvonne Furneaux, Pierre Cressoy, Massimo Serato and others. The wrestlers are Emilio Messina and Nello Pazzafini. Mark's stuntman is Giovanni Cianfriglia. IMDb incorrectly credits Emilio's brother, Roberto, instead of him.

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PEPLUM TV WORLD: LES CAVALIERS DE LA TERREUR ( Knights of Terror )


French version of KNIGHTS OF TERROR starring Tony Russel and Scilla Gabel.

This is the first non-English Fan Dub I ever made. I used the German film and replaced the German track with the French audio (from a poorer copy). An English copy is nowhere to be found (and if I find one, I'll upload it to the FIRE & SWORD channel).

A rare film in any language.

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PEPLUM TV RETRO: HERCULES AGAINST MOLOCH - Full movie


Starring Gordon Scott, Alessandra Panaro, Rosalba Neri, Arturo Dominici, Jany Clair, Michel Lemoine and Pietro Marascalchi as Moloch.

This is the widescreen VHS version. Good news, I have a beautiful version in widescreen from a clear source and I'll do a Fan Dub of it (but not now since I have so many other titles to do in the meantime). In the meantime, enjoy this version.

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PEPLUM TV FIRE & SWORD: SAMSON & THE SLAVE QUEEN - Trailer


Action packed trailer for SAMSON & THE SLAVE QUEEN starring Alan Steel, Pierre Brice, Moira Orfei and others! The trailer is, well, deceptive.

I tried to do a Fan Dub of this and I wasn't able to create one. I'll try again in the near future. It's such an entertaining movie.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

By the Gods!

Kenneth Haigh as Brutus in CLEOPATRA (1963)

Kenneth passed away on February 4 at the age of 88. He appeared in a handful of genre films, including ROBIN & MARIAN (1975). An excellent actor, who made his name on the British stage. He's quite good in CLEOPATRA even if his scenes are few. The most crucial scene, when Julius Caesar is killed during the Ides of March, we see everything through the eyes of Cleopatra with the help of a High Priestess. Personally, I don't like how that scene was directed mainly because it robs an amazing moment (and the potential stellar acting from the excellent cast, including Kenneth) of all its dramatic weight. RIP.

Behind-the-Scenes

Gina Lollobrigida poses for photos during the filming of HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1956)

Remarkably enough, Gina got a Hollywood Walk of Fame star just a couple of weeks ago!



Tuesday, February 13, 2018

By the Gods!

 John Gavin as Julius Caesar in SPARTACUS (1960)

John died on Feb 9 at the age of 86. His only PEPLUM role was that of Julius Caesar in SPARTACUS. It was a supporting role. He had a commanding physical presence whenever he was on screen. He's also more known for his role in Hitchcock's PSYCHO (1960). He quit acting after appearing in some TV shows like THE LOVE BOAT. At one point in his life, he became a US ambassador to Mexico. Below: with Charles Laughton


Then & Now: Bella Cortez

Bella in ALI BABA & THE SACRED CROWN (1962) ; a recent photo of Bella!

Monday, February 12, 2018

By the Gods!

Dead female gladiators in THOR & THE AMAZON WOMEN (1963)

There are two storylines in this film: the one with Thor (Joe Robinson) an his friend Ubaratutu, played by Harry Baird, and there's the storyline with Susy Andersen, as Tamar, becoming, against her will, a warrior who has to survive a female dominated society. This scene is from the latter. It's an odd thing in that one could edit out the storyline with the two men and one would end up with a new film. The creator of this unique production, Antonio Leonviola, also did the same thing previously with a Twin Production, called TAUR THE MIGHTY (1963), which has almost the same cast, crew, locations, etc.