Friday, June 15, 2018

PEPLUM Break


I'm taking a break next week. I usually take a break every two months and I just realized that I haven't been on a break since the beginning of April. Time flies when you're having fun!

I'll keep uploading stuff at ALL my PEPLUM TV channels so keep an eye on them.

I'll leave you now with King Leonidas (Richard Egan) from THE 300 SPARTANS (1962), saying "From this wall, we do not retreat!"


Fotonovela: THE SINNER (part 8)


Part 8 of serialization of THE SINNER fotonovela starring Ruth Roman. Click on image to see a larger size.







Added to the permanent blog page of THE SINNER


Thursday, June 14, 2018

By the Gods!

Vladimir Sokoloff, Sabu and Daria Massey in SABU & THE MAGIC RING (1957)

Still looking for the color version of this hard to find movie, which is 61 minutes long. A B&W copy surfaced on Youtube a couple of years ago but it's not the same. I've already have a small list of titles I forgot to include in my ULTIMATE MOST WANTED List, which I'll be updating from time to time.

PEPLUM TV Movie of the week: THE GIANT OF MARATHON


Starring Steve Reeves, Mylene Demongeot, Alberto Lupo, Sergio Fantoni, Daniela Rocca.

Exclusive Fan Dub I've made.

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PEPLUM TV preview: TAUR THE MIGHTY - Preview


Preview starring Joe Robinson, Bella Cortez and Harry Baird. A different variation of the hero-in-peril.

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PEPLUM TV RETRO: CONQUEROR OF CORINTH ( The Centurian ) - Trailer


Retro trailer of CONQUEROR OF CORINTH, retitled here as The Centurian, starring Jacques Sernas, Genevieve Grad, Gordon Mitchell, John Drew Barrymore and Gianna Maria Canale. Rare.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

By the Gods!

The ending to THE QUEEN OF SHEBA (1952) starring Leonora Ruffo, Gino Leurini and Dorian Gray

I love this closing shot. Directed by PEPLUM maestro Pietro Francisci, who's films would define the genre. I made a permanent page with a visual overview of favourite themes and ideas on Francisci's films.

Behind-the-Scenes

An unknown starlet measures Steve Reeves' biceps in a publicity photo taken in Italy. There's a series of such photos of Steve with this unknown woman and they were used to drum up interest in Steve's rising stardom.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

By the Gods!

Mathos (Jacques Sernas) is confronted by guards in SALAMMBO (1960 ; also known as The Loves of Salammbo)

The guards in this film are probably the least effective guards in any PEPLUM movie, and that's saying something. It always irks me that the guards were so often ineffective in these stories. This actually makes the hero look not heroic since the guards are so incompetent. The guards' costumes were often reused in other films. Sernas, who's a natural blond, got his hair coloured dark, along with his skin. and it's not really convincing. Since he wears next to nothing in the entire film, his appearance becomes a liability of sorts, even if, physically speaking, he's very fit and he's up to the challenge and goes through the many actions scenes with some exuberance. I like him and in this movie he's effective in many scenes but he's also over-the-top and overacts shamelessly in many other scenes. An entertaining film that's very uneven.

Non-PEPLUM PEPLUM movies


This movie is not a PEPLUM and yet...

By looking at this image, wouldn't you think it was a PEPLUM?

The costume sure look like those from a PEPLUM movie.

There's a scene filmed at that famous waterfall.

There's revelry, with handmaidens plying a man with libations.

There's even a dance number.

Our heroes are surrounded by men with lances! That's Fausto Di Bella and Sherry Buchanan.

As you can see, this is actually a (disco) science-fiction movie.

The original Italian title is GIOCHI EROTICI NELLA TERZA GALASSIA (1981) which roughly translates as EROTIC GAMES IN GALAXY THREE. This movie was retitled with a myriad of different titles, including STARCRASH 2. The only connection this movie has with the Luigi Pozzi opus is that it uses special effects from the original STARCRASH. But it's actually just a PEPLUM movie with a (then) new fresh coat of paint.

Monday, June 11, 2018

By the Gods!

Edmund Purdom, as King Sveno, in THE LAST OF THE VIKINGS (1961)

Excluding Hollywood productions, is this he most over-the-top performance in a PEPLUM film? Mind you, I like it but wow! It's amazing that in contrast, Cameron Mitchell, who's known to overact, appears subdued in this film.

Movie Poster Mondays

French poster of HERCULES IN THE HAUNTED WORLD (1961)

There are some really great posters for this movie. This one is ok. 

PEPLUM TV Compilation: TRUMPETS & HORNS


Compilation of trumpets & horns from PEPLUM films. I've excluded most scenes from Hollywood productions. With Steve Reeves (from LAST DAYS OF POMPEII) and more.

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Friday, June 8, 2018

PEPLUM TV POLL: What's your favourite Brad Harris film?

What's your favourite Brad Harris 'Golden Era' PEPLUM film?

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For me, it would be a tie between SAMSON and 79 AD: THE DESTRUCTION OF HERCULANEUM, with GOLIATH AGAINST THE GIANTS a close third.


GOLIATH AGAINST THE GIANTS (1961)
Brad, as Goliath, with Gloria Milland 


SAMSON (1961)
Brad with Alan Steel


FURY OF HERCULES (1962)
This time, Brad played Hercules


79 AD : THE DESTRUCTION OF HERCULANEUM (1962)
Brad with Mara Lane

THE OLD TESTAMENT (1962)
Jacques Breathier with Brad


Non-Golden Era PEPLUM films, not included in the poll because of poll's limitations.

POPPEA'S HOT NIGHTS (1969)
Brad with his then wife Olga Berova


RETURN OF THE GLADIATOR (1971)
also known as THREE GIANTS OF ROME


HERCULES (1983)
Brad played a King in this production from the 1980s.


THE SEVEN MAGNIFICENT GLADIATORS (1983)
Brad co-starred with Sybil Danning and Lou Ferrigno 


Thursday, June 7, 2018

PEPLUM TV movie of the week: SAMSON (1961)


Starring Brad Harris, Alan Steel, Mara Berni, Luisella Boni and Serge Gainsbourg. Classic film!

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Article of the week: PEPLUM Rules






























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Movie Poster Mondays

Spanish poster of HELEN OF TROY (1956)

Sorta uninspired poster with a not so flattering photo of Rossana Podesta.  CINEMASCOPE is heralded at the top, the widescreen format still used as a selling point for epics. In WarnerColor!