Friday, May 26, 2017

By the Gods!

Euryale (Ángela Pla) discovers the 3 dots on Perseus (Richard Harrison) in PERSEUS THE INVINCIBLE (1963, aka Medusa vs the Son of Hercules)

In the storyline, Perseus doesn't know his past and only the three dots connect him to the Queen mother. I like this angle to the story. Perseus was the son of Zeus but this is never mentioned in this film. One of the stand-out of the PEPLUM genre and, imo, it's Richard Harrison's best.

As I noted yesterday, I'm taking so time off. Make sure to keep an eye on PEPLUM TV for new uploads. Back soon!

PEPLUM Banners

Here's an overview of the previous banners for the blog since I started it back in 2010. Which one is your favourite?


Steve Reeves - HERCULES (1958)

Hedy Lamarr - SAMSON & DELILAH (1949)

Alan Steel - SAMSON & THE SLAVE QUEEN

Reg Park - HERCULES IN HAUNTED WORLD

COLOSSUS OF RHODES

Kirk Morris - TERROR OF THE STEPPES

Mark Forest - LION OF THEBES

Steve Reeves - MORGAN THE PIRATE

Mark Forest - HERCULES AGAINST THE BARBARIANS

APHRODITE - GODDESS OF LOVE

Steve Reeves - SON OF SPARTACUS

Moira Orfei - HERO OF BABYLON

Pietro Torrisi (far left) - THE TRIUMPH OF HERCULES

Kabir Bedi - THE BLACK CORSAIR

THEODORA - SLAVE EMPRESS

Mikey Hargitay & Jayne Mansfield - THE LOVES OF HERCULES

Sylva Koscina - THE LAST ROMAN

MACISTE VS THE MOLE MEN

Gordon Scott - GLADIATOR OF ROME

THE GIANTS OF THESSALY

 HERCULES IN HAUNTED WORLD

Gianna Maria Canale - HERCULES (1958)

Alan Steele - HERCULES VS THE BLACK PIRATES

Dan Vadis - SPARTACUS & THE TEN GLADIATORS

Annie Gorassini, Iloosh Khoshabe and Bella Cortez - VULCAN - SON OF JUPITER

Fulvio Carrara, Steve Reeves, Willi Colombini - HERCULES (1958)

QUO VADIS

Fredric March & Claudette Colbert - SIGN OF THE CROSS

THE EGYPTIAN

Alan Steel - HERCULES AGAINST THE MOON MEN

Sylva Koscina and Steve Reeves - HERCULES (1958)

Tina Louise - SIEGE OF SYRACUSE

Reg Park and Mimmo Palmara - HERCULES & THE CAPTIVE WOMEN

JASON & THE ARGONAUTS

Dan Vadis - HERCULES THE INVINCIBLE (aka Hercules in the Land of Darkness)

Massimo Girotti and Isabelle Corey - HEAD OF A TYRANT

Genevieve Grade and Gordon Mitchell - CONQUEROR OF CORINTH

Nancy Kovack - JASON & THE ARGONAUTS

The cast of SEVEN REBEL SLAVES

Steve Reeves - HERCULES (1958)

Richard Harrison & cast - REVOLT OF THE PRAETORIANS

Gian Paolo Rosmino and Gina Rovere - HERCULES (1958)

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Google+ banner : Steve Reeves and Sylvia Lopez - HERCULES UNCHAINED

Twitter banner : Dan Vadis - HERCULES THE INVINCIBLE (aka Hercules in the Land of Darkness)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

By the Gods!

Gordon Scott in HERCULES AGAINST MOLOCH (1963)

This film is one of those PEPLUM 'Frankenfilms' : big chunks of it were taken from two movies and re-edited with new scenes. Fortunately, the scenes re-used from both films, THE BACCHANTES and THE TROJAN HORSE, both released in 1961, were also directed by the director of HERCULES AGAINST MOLOCH, Giorgio Ferroni. Ferroni is one of the best directors of the genre and I love all his films, including this Frankenfilm. Aside from Gordon Scott, who's in top form here, this movie is one of those rare films which hits all the right PEPLUM notes. It's a virtual PEPLUM buffet. I finally got a nice widescreen copy (thanks Alan) and this screenshot is from this copy (I already had one in English and widescreen but it was from a fuzzy VHS source). Will I make a FanDub with this? We'll see. 

Video of the week : DESERT RAIDERS - Full Movie


Full movie starring Kirk Morris, Rosalba Neri, Hélène Chanel and Paul Muller.

An exclusive FanSub I made. For film purists, I had to make some changes to film in order for it to be viewable on Youtube.

Enjoy!

I'm taking some time off after tomorrow. I'll be uploading more clips and films to PEPLUM TV channel during that time so make sure to keep an eye on the Youtube channel. You'll soon notice a 'theme' to the uploads.

Action clip of the week : GOLIATH & THE CONQUEST OF DAMASCUS - Wrestling!


Wrestling scene from Goliath & the Conquest of Damascus starring Peter Lupus, Helga Liné, Mario Petri, with Nello Pazzafini and Emilio Messina as the wrestlers.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

By the Gods!

Cleopatra (Vivien Leigh) and Rufio (Basil Sydney) await the departure of Caesar (Claude Rains) in CAESAR & CLEOPATRA (1945)

As noted in the post below, Roger Moore is supposed to be in this film. There are some scenes with Roman soldiers and I scanned them. Is that Roger behind Vivien? It's like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Roger might have worked on the film as an extra but it doesn't mean he appears on screen.

As I've said many times before here at the blog, I like this film. In fact, this was the film that made me love the genre before learning all about Italian PEPLUM films. I know it's not perfect by any means but I still enjoy it, mainly for its opulent production values.

RIP : Roger Moore

Roger Moore died on Monday, May 23. He was 89. Though he'll be remembered for playing James Bond in 7 films and also having the lead role in the THE SAINT TV series, Roger wasn't a stranger to the PEPLUM genre. In fact, his very first role was appearing as an extra playing a Roman soldier in CAESAR & CLEOPATRA (1945). It's amazing that he was still Bond in the 1980s 40 years after his first film.


DIANE (1955)
A fresh-faced Roger is entangled in a love affair with Lana Turner. Good film!

THE KING'S THIEF (1955)
Roger co-starred with PEPLUM star Edmund Purdom (left)

ROMULUS & THE SABINES (1961)

Roger was Romulus in this comedy set during the first days of Rome. Scilla Gabel was one of his love interests (above). Roger looked the part but the PEPLUM genre wasn't his calling.