PEPLUM genre star Pierre Brice, who appeared in several PEPLUM films, earlier this June. He was 86 years old. Most notably Pierre played Dionysus in THE BACCHANTES, which is one of my favourite PEP films ever. I'm sad. His other films are THE PHARAOHS' WOMAN, THE COSSACKS and another favourite SAMSON AND THE SLAVE QUEEN or ZORRO VS MACISTE. Brice played Zorro. RIP Dionysus.
Pierre in DACII
Pierre was also in WITH FIRE AND SWORD co-starring Jeanne Crain
Also, British actor Richard Johnson died at the age of 87. Though his PEPLUM films are not as extensive as Pierre's, Richard Johnson did leave a mark in the genre with two notable roles, in JULIUS CAESAR (above) and COLUMNA (below).
Oddly enough, both Pierre and Richard died on the same day, June 6. All the PEPLUM stars are dying.
Moira, being her campy self, dies again in a violent death. I love Moira for many reasons but maybe because she didn't seem to mind that her characters were often dispatched in the most unceremonious ways. Gordon is an impressive hero in this film!
The 'Apocalyptic' ending in THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE
One of the (many) things which disappointed me about this film is the fact that the truly amazing sets were so underused in the film. We see a lot of the sets during big crowd scenes such as this one but I always thought they would have been more stunning if the main characters could be seen just walking about them during other parts of the story, not just the climax. Oh well...
Christopher Lee as King Lico in HERCULES IN THE HAUNTED WORLD
Legendary actor Christopher Lee died yesterday. He was 93 years old. Chris made TONS of films, many bad, many classics. He's been an enduring presence in movies and TV since the 1950s. He'll be mostly remembered for his turn as Dracula in the many Hammer films he made co-starring Peter Cushing. He'll also be remembered for LORD OF THE RINGS and those STAR WARS films of the 1990s. Christopher appeared in a couple of PEPLUM films in Italy including HERCULES IN THE HAUNTED WORLD along with Reg Park (first 4 photos). He was quite effective in RASPUTIN THE MAD MONK. He was one of a kind. RIP.
Reg Park was Hercules in HERCULES IN THE HAUNTED WORLD. Two tall fellows.
Chris with Leonora Ruffo
Chris with Raf Baldassarre
Chris in THE WHIP AND THE FLESH co-starring Daliah Lavi
Above and below : THE PIRATES OF BLOOD RIVER, co-starring Kerwin Mathews
Robert Blood (Sean Flynn) is held by two shipmates while Abby (Alessandra Panaro) tries to protect him from more flogging in SON OF CAPTAIN BLOOD
One of three PEPLUM films Sean made in Europe. He also made other films before dying tragically in 1971. This was supposed to have been a big break for Sean and it was released by Paramount but critics destroyed the film upon its release and well Sean's acting career was limited. Alessandra, a PEPLUM regular, has a sizeable role in this.
John Payne, as Barbarossa, and Donna Reed in RAIDERS OF THE SEVEN SEAS
The first time I saw this film I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. A United Artist film so this "B-movie" has higher than expected production values. No one today watches these films except for fans like me and retired people. Aha! Payne is unrecognizable in this film but still excellent. And Donna is, well, Donna Reed. She was also star of GREEN DOLPHIN STREET in which she has one of the most amazing scenes I've ever seen so by the time she made this the beautiful gal was familiar with the genre.
Leonardo Severini and Hélène Chanel watch some spectacle in SAMSON & THE 7 MIRACLES OF THE WORLD
This scene is cut from the US edition. A good 10 to 15 minutes were cut from the original version directed by Riccardo Freda. The changes are not that earth-shattering to the story...it simply sets up the world the story takes place in. The beautiful Hélène Chanel doesn't make a convincing Chinese woman. Hélène appeared in many classic PEPLUM films and she's one of the underrated Queens of the genre.