Twins or doubles can be considered a cliche but these plot points don't happen too often in PEPLUMS so I won't describe them as such. Here's a few films with twins, usually one good and one evil, or bad guys morphed into the likeness of our Hero.
Rosanna Schiaffino plays estranged twins in THE MINOTAUR; it's a good role for her.
Gordon Scott fights with himself, in one of the best scenes in PEPLUM history, as evil Kobrak takes his shape, from GOLIATH & THE VAMPIRES.
Richard Greene times two in THE BANDITS OF CORSICA. Good film.
Robert Malcolm plays a dual role in SINBAD AND THE CALIPH OF BAGHDAD
I uploaded NEFERTITI QUEEN OF THE NILE at my SapphoPEPLUM channel and people keep posting the most ridiculous stuff that I had to stop automatic commenting. It seems that even after being dead for thousands of years, Nefertiti is still controversial.
Same scene, same film and yet different. The top image is from the French version and the image below is from the US version. The differences are odd: Massimo Serato holds his arm on his chest in the French version while he doesn't in the US version. This shot lasts about 30 seconds or more. Why the difference? In the following scene, after Hercules (Mickey Hargitay) throws the axe, we see a close up of Herc and then a group of women and that's it. In the US version, after he throws the axe there's no close-up of Herc; then we see the group of women who talks to Herc's best friend, which is not in the French version. Like I said, the differences are bizarre. Which version is the real version?
Gordon Scott in MACISTE AT THE COURT OF THE GREAT KHAN (aka Samson and the 7 miracles of the World). This scene is cut from the US version. In fact, well over 15 minutes was cut from the original Riccardo Freda directed version. A good 10 minutes was cut from the beginning alone. I just saw this version and it almost feels like a totally different film. The carefully paced direction was gutted and the US version basically looks like a highlights reel.
Dorian Gray, born Maria Luisa Mangini, died this year, back in February. She took her own life. Dorian appeared in a couple of PEPLUM films, including COLOSSUS & THE AMAZONS (above) and THE QUEEN OF SHEBA, as the handmaiden Ati (below). Dorian was eventually famous for her long blond hair so even if I saw QUEEN OF SHEBA many times, I never realized that Ati was her. RIP.
French poster for TRIUMPH OF HERCULES. I like the artist's attempt to paint that weird "jaws of death" torture device in the movie. I played this film on PEPLUM TV last week and it was fun. I'll be putting it in regular rotation there.
Mark Forest rescues Dea Flowers in KINDAR THE INVULNERABLE
One of my favourite PEPLUM films ever. It needs to be transferred on DVD with a beautiful print. It's a PEPLUM through and through alright, with the usual fun clichés but there are also some near poetic moments in this film. IMO, it's a stand-out, and not just because of Mark's super tight tights. Arf.