Thursday, August 31, 2017

By the Gods!

Maciste (Kirk Morris) seizes Queen Amoha (Laura Brown) in COLOSSUS & THE HEADHUNTERS  (1963)

This is an odd entry of the PEPLUM genre. Many of the cast, like Laura, only made a couple of films or no other production. Who they were or what happened to them is a mystery. The story itself is difficult to categorize : Is it jungle adventure? What time period does it take place? Etc. The film starts with a volcano scene from COLOSSUS OF THE STONE AGE but then proceeds to an altogether different setting and time. It's not one of the best PEPLUM productions but I find it vastly entertaining, many times in a 'it's so bad it's good' way. Also, Kirk is in top form here which helps a lot. As if things weren't odd enough already, a big part of this film was re-edited into another movie called MACISTE - AVENGER OF THE MAYANS (1965), which makes this film look like a masterpiece.

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