Thursday, July 4, 2013

30 Greatest Moments of PEPLUM Cinema: #17 - 'Climax/Eruption' from THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII


This scene stands at #17 on the list.

There are several climaxes from the different versions of this familiar story I could have chosen from, including the French version, SINS OF POMPEII, which is equally excellent but this one edged it out. This also edged out other climactic destruction scenes from other films like the one in THE COLOSSUS OF RHODES. Briefs shots or entire scenes from this film were re-used in other PEPLUM films, including shots of the erupting volcano.


1 comment:

Steven Lester said...

It was pretty good for the number of people who died and the building destruction, especially for 1959. The only thing I kept wishing they would do was show the camera shaking whenever things began to fall apart, to add a reason for it all happening. The explosive volcano was really good, especially the last blow-up, and the falling cinders looked quite hot and dangerous.

Of course, in all of these types of movies, the one reason all of these people die is that they aren't around where the main hero is. He never gets killed, so all they had to do was find him and then just go where he is. That's the trick. I saw this film when it first came out, but I don't remember any of this. I would have been 9 or so. This is turning into a great series.