Friday, July 13, 2018

By the Gods!

Gianni Garko, Carla Marlier and Steve Reeves, as Aeneas, in WAR OF THE TROJANS (1962)

WAR OF THE TROJANS is the British title while in the US, it was titled THE AVENGER, which is not very descriptive. If they had titled it AVENGER OF TROY or something similar it might have been better. The Italian title translates as THE LEGEND OF AENEAS. This is a sequel to THE TROJAN HORSE (1961). I like it and I'm glad it was made and while it's not on par with the first film it is still pretty good, with some memorable moments and good support from Garko. Director Giorgio Venturing made only 3 films and sometimes it shows.

Fotonovela: THE SINNER (part 10)

Part 10 of serialization of THE SINNER fotonovela starring Ruth Roman. One more instalment left. Click on image to see a larger size.








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Thursday, July 12, 2018

By the Gods!

Mark Forest, as Kindar, tries to negotiate a deal with Rosalba Neri in KINDAR THE INVULNERABLE

Rosalba and Mark are still alive. It would be great to have a reunion of sorts with the two. If only there was a PEPLUMCON. At first, I didn't think much of this film and now it's one of my favourites. There are some really beautiful and stunning scenes in this overlooked title. Rosalba plays the usual temptress who would love to have Kindar on her side but she's the bad girl.


PEPLUM TV Double Feature: HERCULES & THE MASKED RIDER


Starring Alan Steel, Mimmo Palmara, Jose Greci and Ettore Manni. Fun film. Enjoy!

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PEPLUM TV Double Feature: THE GIANTS OF THESSALY (re-upload)


Starring Roland Carey, Ziva Rodann, Alberto Farnese, Nadia Sanders, Luciano Marin, Raf Baldassarre and a host of other actors. Directed by Riccardo Freda. I re-uploaded the film in one file.

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PEPLUM TV Compilation: "He's a woman!”


Compilation of clips of boys revealed to be girls!

Titles:

THE IRON CROWN
THE QUEEN OF SHEBA
AMAZONS OF ROME
ROMULUS & THE SABINES
THE MIGHTY CRUSADERS
SAMSON & THE SLAVE QUEEN
FURY OF HERCULES
MACISTE - STRONGEST MAN IN THE WORLD
HERCULES AGAINST THE MOON MEN
SLAVE OF ROME

Enjoy!

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PEPLUM TV Trailer: HANNIBAL


Trailer for HANNIBAL starring Victor Mature and Rita Gam

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

By the Gods!

Bekim Fehmiu in THE ODYSSEY (1968)

This was a mini-series in 8 parts and broadcasted in Italy in 1968. The mini-series was dubbed in English (or at least the English dub doesn't exist). They also made a stand-alone film, by editing it down to its most crucial parts, which I'm sure was no easy task. This film was released internationally, including in English. This theatrical version was eventually shown on CBS back in 1978. I finally got a copy of this film, called THE ADVENTURES OF ULYSSES. It's from a VHS source so the image is fuzzy but the audio is okay. I was thinking of doing a Fan Dub of this, by looking for the specific scenes from the beautiful transfer of the mini-series and editing all those scenes together with the English audio from the film. Unfortunately, many scenes were shot specifically for this theatrical version that don't exist in the mini-series. Therefore, a Fan Dub is impossible to make. I might upload the fuzzy copy to my PEPLUM TV RETRO channel.

Vintage advertising

Huge poster in the lobby of a movie theatre for CLEOPATRA (1934), which states that it will open next Sunday.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Tab Hunter, R.I.P.


Tab Hunter passed away yesterday at the age of 86. His only PEPLUM film was THE GOLDEN ARROW (1962), co-starring Rossana Podestà and directed by Antonio Margheriti. Though released in Italy in 1962, the film was released in 1964 in the USA. Oddly enough, this film is very polarizing. I've heard people say it's good while others say it's total trash. I showed this film on my old Livestream Justin TV channel and the criticism it got was harsh. I think it's fun if a bit too fluffy. I don't understand the hatred. Oh we'll...Tab, R.I.P..



By the Gods!

Antonio Vilar and María Mahor in KING OF THE VIKINGS (1960)

I recently got a copy of this rare movie in English and I like it. It's a Spanish / Italian production with an entirely Spanish cast. I had a copy of this in Spanish (from a VHS source) and it's okay but this one makes the movie look less cheap, more robust. Will I upload it to PEPLUM TV? We will see. Not to be confused with LAST OF THE VIKINGS (1961).

Extra note: many have mentioned that this is really not a Viking movie in its original Spanish production. I'm aware of this but the English dubbing changed it to a Viking story (a common thing distributors did back in those days).

Non-PEPLUM PEPLUM films

SANTO VS THE MARTIANS (1967)

What seems to be an unlikely edition to the NON-PEPLUM PEPLUM movies is actually a distant relative of the PEPLUM genre so it's not surprising that there is a Santo story with a PEPLUM angle. But this one also has a sci-fi aspect to it, which, as we know, is a very common mash-up as well.

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Argos (Wolf Ruvinskis), the leader, tells his fellow martians that they need to blend in more with humans.


They emerge out of the chamber as Greek gods and Goddesses!

Argos starts identifying everyone with their new personas (from right to left): Cronos (El Nazi), Morpheus (Ham Lee) and Hercules (Ben Galan)

Female martians tuned into Greek Goddesses (from left to right): Aphrodite (Maura Monti), Selene (Eva Norvind), Artemis (Gilda Miros) and Diana (Brenda Corel).

They start their reign of terror, by appearing out of nowhere and terrorizing humans.

Santo is on the case!

Argos meets Santo in the ring.

But Santo is master of the ring. Argos has no chance of winning!

Monday, July 9, 2018

By the Gods!

Russell Crowe, as Maximus, in GLADIATOR (2000)

With the release of this Oscar® winning Hollywood film emerged a new trend of PEPLUM movies, which, by 2018, is all but dead. This Third Wave (with the Golden Era being the first and the second being the 1980s) had a good if uneven run. What's the next film, from Hollywood or from Italy, that will re-ignite the genre again, if ever? They actually thought of making a sequel to this even if Crowe's character dies at the end, by resurrecting him.


Movie Poster Mondays

Original Italian poster of LEGIONS OF THE NILE (1959)

Doesn't look anything like Linda Cristal. Simple poster for a somewhat grand production.

PEPLUM TV compilation: Oracles, Seers and High Priests


Scenes with oracles, seers and high priests from different PEPLUM films.

- HERCULES (1958)
- GOLIATH & THE REBEL SLAVE
- HERCULES AGAINST THE HYDRA
- THE WARRIOR EMPRESS (Sappho the Venus of Lesbos)
- GOLIATH & THE DRAGON
- HERCULES THE AVENGER
- SAMSON & THE MIGHTY CHALLENGE
- REVOLT OF THE PRAETORIANS
- THE MIGHTY URSUS
- ALI BABA & THE SACRED CROWN
- THE BACCHANTES
- SLAVE QUEEN OF BABYLON (2 scenes)
- HERCULES THE INVINCIBLE
- THE LAST GLADIATOR
- TRIUMPH OF MACISTE
- HERCULES IN THE HAUNTED WORLD

Enjoy!

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

By the Gods!

Jorge Rivero and Candice Wilson are Adam & Eve in THE SIN OF ADAM & EVE (1969)

A corny but entertaining retelling of the story of the beginning of mankind. This wasn't the first 'Adam & Eve' Mexican film, with a previous one made in 1956. It was a way to show nudity (no frontal) without it being pornographic. Beefy Jorge was famous for his many roles in SANTO films. Very little is known about Candice aka Candy or Kandy. According to IMDb, she only appeared in one other film.

PEPLUM TV Double Feature: REVOLT OF THE PRAETORIANS


Starring Richard Harrison, Paola Piti, Moira Orfei, Piero Lulli, Giuliano Gemma and Salvatore Furnari.

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PEPLUM TV Double Feature: REVAK THE REBEL


Starring Jack Palance, Milly Vitale, Guy Rolfe and more. Directed by Rudolph Maté. Also known as THE BARBARIANS.

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PEPLUM TV Dance scene from NEFERTITI


Only the dance scenes with Liana Orfei. This dance sequence cuts back and forth between scenes with Edmund Purdom. I removed the scenes with Edmund Purdom to show only Liana.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

By the Gods!

Kirk Morris, as Hercules, in HERCULES, SAMSON & ULYSSES (1963)

This movie was finally released on DVD by Warner a couple of years ago. The image quality of their DVDs is good but always too dark. THE SON OF SPARTACUS suffers from the same problem, and its even darker than this one. It's annoying that PEPLUM fans wait and wait for 'official' releases of certain titles and when they're finally release, they're too dark or the wrong aspect ratio (the aspect ratio of this Warner DVD is also incorrect). This has nothing to do with the way the movie itself, but how it was transferred to a digital format. Oh well...



Behind-the-Scenes

Extras wait patiently on the set of SAPPHO - THE VENUS OF LESBOS (The Warrior Empress ; 1960)

Happy 4th of July!


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

By the Gods!

Hercules (Dan Vadis) is put to the test in HERCULES THE INVINCIBLE (aka The Son of Hercules in the Land of Darkness ; 1964)

This shot lasts just a few seconds in the movie. Can you image how long this shot took to set up just for a few seconds. This is the reality of movie making, even today. In the film Vadis is named Argolese, not Hercules, which is odd. If you look carefully at the set and costumes, everything was recycled from other productions, including the statues from HERCULES, SAMSON & ULYSSES (1963). A fun film but with some production issues, including the fake beard Vadis wears throughout.

Then & Now : Kirk Morris

Kirk in ATLAS AGAINST THE CZAR (1964) ; a recent appearance on Italian TV

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Blog note

No blog posts tomorrow!

In the meantime, read this: Canadian PEPLUM stars!



Friday, June 29, 2018

By the Gods!

Cornel Wilde and Massimo Serato in CONSTANTINE & THE CROSS (1961)

This is one of the super productions from Italy. Many scenes from this were re-used in other movies. It's also one of those movies with the supporting characters /actors being more interesting than the main character. It's filled with great actors in supporting roles, including Massimo Serato who steals the show from Cornel. Another great support comes from Fausto Tozzi. Serato and Tozzi make me forget about Cornel. Notice the extra standing in the background. He's standing in that famous Roman statue pose. It's funny to see all these little details from filmmakers who try to make their epic film appear more 'Roman.'

Fotonovela: THE SINNER (part 9)


Part 9 of serialization of THE SINNER fotonovela starring Ruth Roman. Only two more instalments left. Click on image to see a larger size.







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Thursday, June 28, 2018

By the Gods!

Claudius (Barry Jones), Demetrius (Victor Mature) and Messalina (Susan Hayward) in a ménage-à-trois of sorts in DEMETRIUS & THE GLADIATORS (1954)

Claudius and Messalina barely had a relationship going on so it wasn't surprising that Demetrius began an affair with Messalina but I always thought this sudden change in Demetrius' character to be a bit odd. Messalina is meant to show his downfall but there should have been more drama between them to make him want to go through all the trouble. More sparks. Still, a highly enjoyable PEPLUM. In fact, one of the best made in Hollywood. A real PEPLUM through and through.

PEPLUM TV Double Feature: CONQUEROR OF THE ORIENT


Starring Gianna Maria Canale, Rik Battaglia, Paul Muller and Irene Tunc. This is a Fan Dub I created for the channel. Enjoy!

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PEPLUM TV Double Feature: LAST OF THE VIKINGS


Great cast, including Cameron Mitchell and Edmund Purdom. This is a Fan Dub made by me. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

By the Gods!

Richard Harrison and Salvatore Funari in REVOLT OF THE PRAETORIANS (1964)

I've been getting reports that Richard Harrison had died when in fact the man who died, who is also named Richard Harrison, was a Reality TV star. This Richard is still with us. This is a fun film with some of the best 'thumbs up' numbers of any movie uploaded at my PEPLUM TV channel.

Behind-the-Scenes

Susan Hayward chit chats with Delmer Daves during the filming of DEMETRIUS & THE GLADIATORS (1954)

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

By the Gods!

Elisa Montés, Alan Steel, Lia Zoppelli and Nino Dal Fabbro in SAMSON & THE MIGHTY CHALLENGE (1964)

Made at the tail end of the PEPLUM genre explosion, production wise, I really like this film: the costumes, the sets, etc, all excellent. It's probably one of the last Italian PEPs that had an elaborate production and didn't re-us stuff like most films made during the end of the PEPLUM trend. Alan Steel (nee Sergio Ciani) was perfectly cast as Hercules. His sense of comic timing was excellent (this is a comedy). At one point in his career, Steel gained some weight (or became less buff) but he lost most of it for this movie. The daughter's character, Omphale, is truly annoying. At first, her hatred of Hercules is funny but her character is one note and her scenes quickly become tedious for the rest of the movie. But Lia and Nino's characters are fun throughout. Fun film with a terrible, unwarranted reputation.

Different titles: PERSEUS THE INVINCIBLE

PERSEUS THE INVINCIBLE (1963) starring Richard Harrison is a great PEPLUM film, full of action, color and monsters. This is definitely one of the top PEPLUM films made during the Golden Era. Here are the different titles in my collection. I'm still missing the German version.


Original Italian version
The original Italian version is simple enough: PERSEUS THE INVINCIBLE.

French version
The literal French translation of the Italian title.

Spanish version
This Spanish version translates as THE VALLEY OF THE STONE MEN. The Spanish version is different than the Italian version, with different intro, additional special effects and added scenes.

US TV release title
This is the title shown for the US TV release. It was never released theatrically in the US (but was in the UK). It's from the SONS OF HERCULES series.

PEPLUM TV FAN DUB version
This is the Fan Dub title I created for my own personal edit.


Monday, June 25, 2018

By the Gods!

Gianna Maria Canale in CONQUEROR OF THE ORIENT (1960)

Gianna gets top billing even if her role is nothing more than a cameo. There's a big scene that was cut from the US print but even with this missing scene, her scenes were probably filmed in a couple of days. When people critique the PEPLUM genre as being low budget cheapies, I always disagree with them. But in this case, they're right. This was a very low budget production. My opinion on this is sorta ambivalent. There's no going around the film's low budget and its obvious limitations. And some of the direction is odd but I still like it because it follows the typical PEPLUM template. I did a Fan Dub of this and uploaded to PEPLUM TV.

Movie Poster Mondays

US half sheet of THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII (1935)

Aside from Basil Rathbone, there were no big stars in this PEPLUM of the 1930s (which were rare). They should have focused more on the destruction of Pompeii. This design was pretty much the standard for that era. I had a poster for original KING KONG and it looks exactly like this one.

PEPLUM TV RETRO: BY THE GODS!


Compilation of 'By the Gods!' clip! By the gods!!!!

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Friday, June 15, 2018

PEPLUM Break


I'm taking a break next week. I usually take a break every two months and I just realized that I haven't been on a break since the beginning of April. Time flies when you're having fun!

I'll keep uploading stuff at ALL my PEPLUM TV channels so keep an eye on them.

I'll leave you now with King Leonidas (Richard Egan) from THE 300 SPARTANS (1962), saying "From this wall, we do not retreat!"