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Thesus (George Ardisson) and Telemachus (Franco Giacobini) are strapped and trapped by Procrustes in HERCULES IN THE HAUNTED WORLD

I never quite understood this scene. Was Procrustes supposed to turn them into rock men? Why would a rock creature want to torture these fellows? Why not just kill them? How did it strap Thesus' arms and legs with those blocky hands? Oh well...it's a memorable scene nonetheless.

1 comment:

Richard Svensson said...

As I recall it, the sadistical bandit Procrusteus invited people to rest in his home, but when they had lied down in his bed and fallen asleep he'd tie them up. If they were too tall he'd cut off the ends sticking out. If they were too short he'd stretch them in his specially constructed torture bed. Theseus stopped by Procrusteus on his way to Athens, and killed him when he realized what the villain was up to.
Maybe Bava's Procrusteus is a vision of the dead bandit in hell, turned into living rock, but still at it with his nasty bedside tricks.