Thursday, April 30, 2015

HERCULES UNCHAINED - 'Hercules vs Antaeus'


The first big screen fight between Hercules (Steve Reeves) and Antaeus (Primo Carnera).

Classic PEPLUM moment. This is part of the 30 GREATEST MOMENTS OF PEPLUM CINEMA.

This scene stands at #13 on the list.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

By the Gods!

Ombretta Colli and kirk Morris in TERROR OF THE STEPPES

One of many PEPLUM films set in Central Asia. Kirk played them all. Fun film.

Behind-the-Scenes


Pietro Francisci directs a scene from HERCULES (1958) with Sylva Koscina and Steve Reeves lying down unconscious. I love these behind-the-scenes photos from that classic film.

Monday, April 27, 2015

By the Gods!

Lex Barker is CAPTAIN FALCON

The film was also released under a Robin Hood title in the US and Germany. I'm still wondering what Lex is wearing there. These costumes also shows the difference between Italian and English sensibilities. I don't recall men wearing shorts in any English productions set in that period.

Movie Poster Mondays

US half sheet for HERCULES (1983)

This print is from a Canadian release or to be more precise from Ontario. It's incredible that this cheesy film was rated 14+.

Friday, April 17, 2015

By the Gods!

Alan Steel, as Commodus, shows who's the master of gladiatorial action in THE REBEL GLADIATOR

This scene happens at the beginning of the film. Great PEPLUM and one of Alan's best roles.

I'm taking some time off so see ya soon!

PEPLUM GIF Animation : SON OF SPARTACUS


Steve Reeves swings into action in SON OF SPARTACUS, also starring Gianna Maria Canale, Ombretta Colli, Jacques Sernas and all (Giovanni Cianfriglia as stuntman too)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

I Want Him Alive! - PEPLUM Cliché


Compilation of a popular PEPLUM cliché of the bad guys wanting to keep the muscular hero alive in order to kill him later or for him to fight as a gladiator. But this rarely works and usually backfires on the villains. So what attracted them first to the hero will eventually defeat them later. Ah!


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

By the Gods!

Steve Reeves, as Aeneas, shows his might in THE TROJAN HORSE

Aeneas wasn't a 'superhero' but what's a Steve Reeves film without a scene showcasing his strength? Great film.

Behind-the-Scenes

Steve Reeves and Virna Lisi in a behind-the-scenes photo from DUEL OF THE TITANS

Monday, April 13, 2015

By the Gods!

Claudette Colbert is CLEOPATRA (1934)

Dramatic photo. This happens at the very start of the film which is a great way to start the film but story wise the film could have been a bit more dramatic and the ending is unsatisfying even though production is top notch.

Movie Poster Mondays


Thai poster for HERCULES

Beautiful!  Perfectly captures the film.

Friday, April 10, 2015

By the Gods!

Rory Calhoun (second from left) and Gianna Maria Canale (lady on the right) star in THE TREASURE OF MONTE CRISTO (1961)

Watching this film you sorta wonder for whom it was made for: it's too low key for kids and too pulpy for adults. The interesting thing about this small film is the fact that Gianna speaks wonderful English in it. Someone uploaded the film on Youtube.

PEPLUM GIF Animation : TRIUMPH OF THE TEN GLADIATORS


Pietro Torrisi in TRIUMPH OF THE TEN GLADIATORS. 

POW!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

TRIUMPH OF MACISTE - Full Movie


Fan dub version of TRIUMPH OF MACISTE exclusive to PEPLUM TV. The film stars Kirk Morris as Maciste and Cathia Caro, Liuba Bodina and others.

This version is exclusive to this channel.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

By the Gods!

Slave girls are whipped into submission with a whipper in THE LOST WORLD OF SINBAD

A PEPLUM made in Japan, including obligatory dance number. The whipper's costume is even more tiny than those in Italian films. The film rarely plays anywhere around these part. It's very colourful and over-the-top as per Japanese cinema.

Behind-the-Scenes

Charles Laughton and Rita Hayworth enjoy a spirited conversation while the crew sets up the scene from SALOME

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Sandokan - Pirate of Malaysia - Steve Reeves

PEPLUM X Tuesdays


(Aldo Canti?)

Helen, Yes...Helen of Troy

PEPLUM X Tuesdays


Christa Linder - Don Backy

My son the hero (The Titans)

PEPLUM X Tuesdays


Serge Nubret - Giuliano Gemma - and all

Revenge of the Barbarians

PEPLUM X Tuesdays


Sappho - The Venus of Lesbos

PEPLUM X Tuesdays


Susy Andersen - Tina Louise

The Ten Commandments

PEPLUM X Tuesdays


Yul Brynner - Charlton Heston - John Derek

Omar Khayyam

PEPLUM X Tuesdays


Cornel Wilde - Debra Paget

Monday, April 6, 2015

By the Gods!

Clare (Judi Bowker) meets Francesco (St-Francis ; Graham Faulkner) for the first time in BROTHER SUN, SISTER MOON

Franco Zeffirelli directed this lush production. They don't make films like this anymore. I hope you had a nice Easter weekend for those who celebrate the holiday.

Movie Poster Mondays


Italian poster for ALI BABA AND THE SACRED CROWN

This film has many amazing posters such as this one.

Friday, April 3, 2015

By the Gods!

Fabiola (Michèle Morgan) and Rhual (Henri Vidal) meet in a garden at night in FABIOLA

One of the more poetic moments of the PEPLUM genre. Michèle is still alive (!) but Henri died tragically young (link to TRAGIC STARS).

Rik Battaglia, RIP


Sad news to report that versatile PEPLUM actor Rik Battaglia died last Friday. He was 88. Rik appeared in many PEPLUM films and here are just a small sample of his many roles. Rik was the lead star of many films but he often played supporting roles. The good looking actor was, back in the day, an Italian heartthrob and he had his fair share of beefcake moments. I really like Rik. Sniff. RIP!

First screenshot and above : Rik in THE MINOTAUR

Rik was great as ROLAND THE MIGHTY

Rik was in ESTHER AND THE KING co-starring Joan Collins

Rik with Liana Orfei in ATTACK OF THE MOORS

Rik in SODOM & GOMORRAH

Rik with Steve Reeves in SANDOKAN THE GREAT

Rik in CAESAR THE CONQUEROR

Thursday, April 2, 2015

HERCULES THE AVENGER - 'Hercules vs Antaeus'


Reg Park vs Giovanni Cianfriglia as Antaeus. 

Great fight scene!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

By the Gods!

Moira Orfei invokes the goddess Ishtar in HERO OF BABYLON

"Oh divine and powerful goddess of fire!"

The Dovekeepers on CBS

Sam Neil confers with Cote de Pablo and Rachel Brosnahan in THE DOVEKEEPERS

I tried (yes, tried) watching this mini-series on CBS last night and I couldn't make it more than 30 minutes into it. Last night was part 1 and tonight is part 2. Really bland and at times cheesy. Oh well...