Perfect PEPLUM TV programming

If I had a PEPLUM TV network, how would I schedule movies?

Here's a programming that would be cool.

The first three. THE TITANS followed by another whimsical PEPLUM, SAMSON & THE MIGHTY CHALLENGE and continued with the fun and goofy COLOSSUS AND THE AMAZON QUEEN. Pretty even films and smooth sailing up to now. These three films have contests or competitions in them.


1 - THE TITANS (1962; aka My Son, the Hero; aka Sons of Thunder)

Starring Giuliano Gemma and Serge Nubret


2 - SAMSON & THE MIGHTY CHALLENGE (1964)

Starring Sergio Ciani (aka Akan Steel) as Hercules


3 - COLOSSUS & THE AMAZON QUEEN (1960)

Ed Fury and Dorian Gray

COLOSSUS would then be followed with THE GIANT OF MARATHON, starring Steve Reeves and Daniela Rocca, who is in both films. So, transitioning from comedies to serious action film.


4 - THE GIANT OF MARATHON (1959)

Steve Reeves as Phillipides

After GIANT, I would follow it with a presentation of FURY OF ACHILLES. So far so good. Both films have Olympic-style competitions in them.


5 - FURY OF ACHILLES (1962)


Now this is where things get pretty interesting:  I would follow FURY OF ACHILLES with THE TROJAN HORSE. What would be amazing about this is that where FURY leaves off TROJAN HORSE continues almost at the same spot of the story. There's some overlapping between the stories and of course the actors are not the same but this would be amazing. It's a nearly perfect double feature. And it fills in the story smoothly in 3 hours, and it's so much better than TROY (2004).


6 - THE TROJAN HORSE (1961)

Steve Reeves and Mimmo Palmara

THE TROJAN HORSE would be followed with its sequel, WAR OF THE TROJANS. Again, almost seamless transition...but that's not all...


7 - WAR OF THE TROJANS (1962; aka The Avenger; aka The Last Glory of Troy)

Steve Reeves in sequel to THE TROJAN HORSE

WAR OF THE TROJANS ends with Aeneas (Reeves) and the founding of Rome therefore it should be followed with DUEL OF THE TITANS which of course is the story of Romulus and Remus and the founding of Rome, also starring Reeves as Romulus.

8 - DUEL OF THE TITANS (1961; aka Romulus and Remus)

José Greci, Virna Lisi and Jacques Sernas

 If you have all these titles, watch them in this order. It's seriously great.

2 comments:

David C. Matthews said...

A Peplum channel? I love the idea!!

TC said...

Yes, The Trojan Horse works well as a sequel to Fury of Achilles, although it was made earlier.

I would also include Ulysses, with Kirk Douglas, after The Trojan Horse and The Avenger/War of the Trojans, since it is based on The Odyssey and is a sequel to the story of the Trojan War.