Wednesday, October 30, 2019

By the Gods!

Halloween week continues here at PEPLUM TV

Today, it's HERCULES AGAINST THE MOON MEN (1964), starring Alan Steel, Jany Clair, Anna Maria Polani, and Delia D'Alberti.

Hercules (Maciste in original; Alan Steel) is surrounded by the rock Moon men

A colourful Action/Horror PEPLUM directed by Giacomo Gentilomo. Original title: MACISTE E LA REGINA DI SAMAR, which translates as MACISTE AND THE QUEEN OF SAMAR. A meteor crashes on Earth and the evil being from it makes a pack with Queen Samara (Clair) to enact  some nefarious evil plot: to revive their Queen Selene via human sacrifices.

Part typical PEPLUM, part horror movie, this is a stand-out of the genre simply because it's so colourful and it delves headlong into the supernatural. Jany Clair makes a great villainess and the movie is packed with 'Feats of strength' in which the director wasn't shy showing massive close-ups of Steel's muscles in action. Steel is in top form and clearly had fun making the movie. It's everything a PEPLUM should be with elements of horror and sci-fi. Great fun!

Hercules showing his mettle!

Queen Samara (Jany Clair) talks to her outer space master

Above & below: Billis (Delia D'Alberti) is to be sacrificed by the Moon Men in order to revive Queen Selene

Anna Maria Polani, as Agar, is captured by a Moon Man in HERCULES AGAINST THE MOON MEN


David C. Matthews said...

The sci-fi/horror element are what make Hercules Against the Moon Men my favorite peplum film; plus the fact it has my favorite death-trap.

Richard Svensson said...

One of my absolute fave peplums! Completely unfairly maligned by "connoisseurs" of "bad movies." It's action-packed, endlessly inventive, and features an enthusiastic star. What more could you wish for?