Friday, December 19, 2014

By the Gods!

Gordon Scott, as Goliath (Maciste in the original), is about to show his strength in GOLIATH AND THE VAMPIRES

He breaks a lot of things in this. One of Scott's best PEPLUM films.


Diabolical Farida (Hélène Chanel) stings Maciste (Kirk Morris) in MACISTE IN THE VALLEY OF THUNDERING ECHOES. He got the point.

Virna Lisi RIP

Virna with José Greci and Jacques Sernas in DUEL OF THE TITANS

Virni Lisi died on December 18. She was 78. Though her PEPLUM resume is not as extensive as other actors Virna starred in a couple of PEPLUM films including DUEL OF THE TITANS. She mostly made Swashbuckler or period pieces, such as THE BLACK TULIP and A VIRGIN FOR THE PRINCE. She branched out into mainstream Hollywood films appearing in the comedy HOW TO MURDER YOUR WIFE with Jack Lemmon.

Here's a compilation of photos I've posted of Virna on my blogs. What a sad day. RIP.

Posted at the BABES & BEAUTIES permanent page.

Virna and Steve Reeves on horseback in DUEL OF THE TITANS

Steve Reeves, Virna Lisi and Jacques Sernas for a party for DUEL OF THE TITANS


A THEN & NOW I made with a recent photo of Virna

Claudine Auger (KALI YUG - GODDESS OF VENGEANCE), Virna Lisi (DUEL OF THE TITANS), Ursula Andress (SHE), Marisa Mell (DIABOLIK)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Video of the week : TERROR OF THE RED MASK - Dance and whipping!

Video of the week : Dance and whipping scene from TERROR OF THE RED MASK starring Lex Barker, Chelo Alonso and Livio Lorenzon.

A 2 in 1 combo: for those who like dance numbers and those who like whipping scenes!

SAPPHO - THE VENUS OF LESBOS - First 10 minutes

The first 10 minutes of SAPPHO THE VENUS OF LEBOS minus the opening credits. The film stars Kerwin Mathews, Tina Louise and Riccardo Garrone. Directed by Pietro Francisci.

This is my favorite set of sequences in a row from any film of the PEPLUM genre.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

By the Gods!

Rock Hudson, as Harun, reaches for the golden blade in THE GOLDEN BLADE

One of those studio bound B-movies from the 1950s that kids would love but today's jaded audiences would probably laugh at. Rock is not bad in the swashbuckling scenes. There's a scene in this which makes me really laugh : when one of the various magicians hired by the Grand Vizier in an attempt to remove the sword from the column and fails. A film that doesn't take itself seriously. 


Nick Nostro directing a scene from TRIUMPH OF THE TEN GLADIATORS. Nick is holding super buff Pietro Torrisi. Then there's Aldo Canti (center), Emilio Messina, Salvatore Borghese (on the ground) and Dan Vadis. In the back, from the left, it's Jeff Cameron, Stelio Candelli and behind Emilio is Romano Giomini. Cool photo.

Monday, December 15, 2014

By the Gods!

The rebels from THE SON OF SPARTACUS (aka The Slave)

The front row: Benito Stefanelli, Ombretta Colli, Enzo Fiermonte and Steve Reeves.

This film has two different versions. I did not make a scene by scene comparison between the US and Italian versions yet (I will do it in the near future) but I know the US version has a generic score while the Italian one basically has the same score from DUEL OF THE TITANS, also starring Steve. I prefer the Italian one. The US version lacks the strength of the other version with this generic different score we've heard a million times in other PEPLUM films. The story needs a main theme which is lacking in the official MGM cut. I made a Fan Dub with the English dub but with the Italian score. That's the best version of the two. It's the same thing with HERCULES: I created a Fan Dub of HERCULES with the better widescreen image from a French DVD (which, unfortunately, is not uncut) and added the US English dub, replacing the International English dub (which has a terrible voice actor for Steve). IMO, my Fan Dub is the definitive HERCULES version. Also, like so many recent transfers the image from the Warner Archive DVD for SON OF SPARTACUS is way too dark. The aspect ratio is good but it's lacking on both of these points.