Monday, August 31, 2015

By the Gods!

Ramon Novarro, as Ben-Hur, becomes one of the many men as slave in BEN-HUR (1925)

As great as the the 1959 version is much of the latter's success depended a lot on this silent version, which it freely copied, often nearly scene for scene.

Movie Poster Mondays


Good poster and artwork but does it really show that it's a comedy?

Thursday, August 27, 2015

By the Gods!

Giovanni Cianfriglia in THE PIRATE OF THE 'BLACK HAWK'

Giovanni has less than a minute of screen time in the standard European pirate flick. It's one of those pirate movies which takes place almost entirely on land.  There aren't any truly memorable scenes in this production directed by the usually dependable Sergio Grieco. 


A scene from THE MIGHTY URSUS starring Ed Fury. Classic breaking chains bit seen in many PEPLUM films.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

By the Gods!

Hercules (Maciste in original, Alan Steel) tosses a Moon man out of the way in HERCULES AGAINST THE MOON MEN

I love the tinted look of these scenes in the film. The script is a bit facile and there is some padding here and there but this is fun, colourful movie with a very bad rep.


Steve Reeves greets a man while promoting HERCULES (1958) in Italy.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Hercules (1958)

PEPLUM X Tuesdays

Sylva Koscina

The Invincible Gladiator

PEPLUM X Tuesdays

Richard Harrison - Isabelle Corey

Sodom & Gomorrah

PEPLUM X Tuesdays

Anouk Aimée

Herod the Great

PEPLUM X Tuesdays

Edmund Purdom - Sylvia Lopez

Hercules, Samson & Ulysses

PEPLUM X Tuesdays

Mario Novelli - Willy Colombini

Meet the Spartans

PEPLUM X Tuesdays

Travis Van Winkle - Sean Maguire - Kevin Sorbo

Monday, August 24, 2015

By the Gods!

Jeff Chandler, Louis Jourdan and Debra Paget in BIRD OF PARADISE

All three actors would have solid careers in the PEPLUM genre. Though not 100% PEPLUM, I consider South Sea adventures to fall under the PEPLUM umbrella. The stories and themes are pretty much identical to many PEPLUM films. I finally saw this film a year ago and I was disappointed by it. Way too serious and unfocused. But great locations and good looking cast help make it watchable.

Movie Poster Mondays

Turkish poster for TAUR THE MIGHTY

Colorful and accurate artwork.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

By the Gods!

Demetrios (Sal Ponti) fights off Andex the Giant (Robert 'Big Buck' Maffei) in ATLANTIS THE LOST CONTINENT

One of many Hollywood's attempts in trying to make a PEPLUM film, in style and action, including using scenes from other films, like QUO VADIS for this one. It's a mish-mash of genres: sci-fi, fantasy and Antiquity. It's basically Dr Moreau story transplanted in a different time. Not a big fan of it (the main characters are point blank annoying) but I love everything to do with Atlantis so I mostly give it a pass.