Tuesday, February 26, 2019

By the Gods!

Caligula (David Brandon) tries to seduce Miriam (Laura Gemser) in CALIGULA 2: THE UNTOLD STORY (1982)

Like so many quasi-porn PEPLUM flicks from the 1970s and early 80s, this one is a combination of depravity and sheer boredom. The big budgeted CALIGULA (1979) was a notorious film known throughout the world, so of course that film inspired many to produce low budget knock-offs like this one in an attempt to capitalize on the infamous one. Brandon is actually an interesting choice for Caligula but the script is terrible and it doesn't give him a real chance to give a performance. The beautiful Laura Gemser's star, so popular in the 1970s 'Eurocult' films, was beginning to fade. Laura is a beautiful woman who starred in many not-so beautiful films, and this one is no exception. On the far right is Charles Borromel, a Scottish actor who actually appeared in PEPLUM films of the Golden Era, including THE LAST GLADIATOR (1964; aka MESSALINA AGAINST THE SON OF HERCULES). Who has seen this movie?


Scott Ochiltree said...

I have never seen this film.

Nevertheless, I agree strongly that the first CALIGULA movie was a boring unpleasant mess.

Anonymous said...

I've seen it and it is awful. There are two versions. The uncut one has some of the most sickening violence I've ever seen. European posters I have for it list the title as The Emperor Caligula.

stonesmasher said...

Unfortunately,I have seen this atrocity of a film.The guy who plays Caligula is a real creep.Watching him putting his hands on Laura Gemser made my skin crawl.