Friday, August 29, 2014

By the Gods!

On the island of Atlantis, Hercules (Reg Park) has to pass a test powered by the forces of Uranus in HERCULES AND THE CAPTIVE WOMEN

The colossus of Atlantis!

Back next week.


Filming scenes with the top half of the colossus statue for THE COLOSSUS OF RHODES

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

By the Gods!

Massimo Girotti and Gianna Maria Canale in SPARTACO - SINS OF ROME

Great photo!

PEPLUM Fascination : Big heroes and little kids

The huge success of PEPLUM films in the 1950s and 60s was due in part to how young kids, mostly young boys, were impressed by the muscly action going on on the big screen. One can measure a film's "success" by what I term the "fascination" aspects within the stories, which made kids flock to theatres to see more and more. The producers of these European films KNEW about this (unlike today's films) and they intentionally tried to milk it for all its worth, even having a kid hang around  in one scene to gawk at the big Hero.

IMO, this is what makes these films so great and fun, and unique. Today's action films have none of this 'fascination' aspect and I'm rarely impressed by any Hero or stories. The PEPLUM films from the Golden Era knew how to bring out the little kid in all of us.

From HERCULES UNCHAINED. The kid is not acting there. He's mightily impressed by Steve.

Mark Forest looks like a giant to a boy in HERCULES AGAINST THE MONGOLS

Aeneas (Steve Reeves) and his son (Charles Band) in THE AVENGER (War of the Trojans)

Little kid looking up to Henri Vidal in FABIOLA

Boy watches Harry Baird and Joe Robinson arm wrestling in THOR AND THE AMAZON WOMEN

A boy tries to help Ursus (Samson Burke) in VENGEANCE OF URSUS

Gordon Scott and his son in CORIOLANUS : HERO WITHOUT A COUNTRY

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

PEPLUM X Tuesdays

Kellan Lutz as Poseidon in IMMORTALS

PEPLUM X Tuesdays

Mark Forest and Chelo Alonso in SON OF SAMSON

PEPLUM X Tuesdays

Hedy Lamarr and Victor Mature in SAMSON AND DELILAH (1949)

PEPLUM X Tuesdays

Pam Grier in THE ARENA

PEPLUM X Tuesdays

Steve Reeves and Reg Park (center)

Monday, August 25, 2014

By the Gods!

Richard Harrison in GLADIATORS 7 (1962)

Movie Poster Mondays

German poster for SPARTACUS (1960)