PEPLUM Cliché : St-Andrew's Cross

It's pretty common to see people nailed or bound to a cross in PEPLUM films: most of them are directly inspired by Biblical stories which of course the crucifixion being the central symbolic imagery of Christianity. But the majority of films from the genre are not Biblical films and the use of the crucifixion goes beyond simple religious symbolism, as they're used to torture our heroes or heroines, to demonstrate heroism in the face of evil or sometimes even falling into the kinky S&M category. This is just a small sample.

Posted at the PEPLUM Cliché page.

Ed Fury in COLOSSUS AND THE AMAZON QUEEN (1960)

Steve Reeves in DUEL OF THE TITANS (1961)

Spela Rozin in HERCULES THE INVINCIBLE (1964)

CONQUEROR OF CORINTH

Gordon Scott in GLADIATOR OF ROME (1962)

Halina Zalewska in TRIUMPH OF THE TEN GLADIATORS (1964)

TERROR OF THE BLACK MASK (1963)

Pietro Torrisi in THE BARBARIAN MASTER (1982)

The Martyrdom of St. Andrew painted by Bartolome Esteban Murillo

1 comment:

Scott Ochiltree said...


Thanks for this first rate compilation.