Friday, May 6, 2022

Musings! (May 6)

Searching far and wide for all things PEPLUM! Luciano Marin and Steve Reeves in GOLIATH AND THE BARBARIANS (1959)


I got an email from about the delivery of the SON OF SAMSON Blu-ray. The BD will be available on May 10 but it will take a week or more to get it.
 Hmm...we'll have to wait and see.


Can you spot what's confusing about this French VHS cover for THE GIANT OF METROPOLIS (1961), starring Gordon Mitchell?

The back cover is a photo of FURY OF ACHILLES which also stars Gordon Mitchell. He's with Gloria Milland, who's not in THE GIANT OF METROPOLIS.


The only thing I bought recently. The illustrated book of THE ROBE. I got it for $5 on eBay! I'll try to read it this summer.



A SWORD  FOR BRANDO (1970; Una Spada Per Brando) 

A rare Robin Hood movie more often sold as a horror movie than a Medieval flick. In France, the title was VIRGINS FOR SATAN. It's very reminiscent of KNIGHTS OF TERROR (1963). It was directed by Alfio Caltabiano, who was an actor / stuntman in PEPLUM movies of the Golden Era.


Without searching the internet or any books, can you identify this movie starring Gordon Scott? This is the British title. 

No one identified the movie from the last MUSINGS! It was from REVAK THE REBEL (1960). I posted this screenshot because it's unintentionally hilarious. Witness the 'Carthaginian Army.'  


I've watched too many movies since my last MUSINGS! to list them here!

Yesterday I watched ATLAS IN THE LAND OF THE CYCLOPS and it occurred to me that even though the English title is ATLAS Gordon Mitchell is called Maciste in the movie. 

"Are you Maciste or Atlas?"


In HERCULES THE AVENGER (1964), there's a reused scene from HERCULES AND THE CAPTIVE WOMEN (1961) which is not scene in the latter. It lasts about 10 seconds. In CAPTIVE, this scene starts when Hercules dives into the water while in AVENGER, the scene shows Hercules waking up as the fog dissipates. 


This poster and title are not listed anywhere. It's not the official Spanish or Mexican poster. The official Spanish title was simply Hércules or Los viajes de Heracles. So where does this poster come from? Maybe it's fan made but it doesn't look like it with those folds. I can't find any info on its existence. 


It's always interesting to see how science fiction movies and TV series often used fashions from Antiquity for their futuristic vision. From STAR TREK to LOGAN'S RUN (below), the use of togas and short peplum dresses and tunics is omnipresent. Is this because of a lack of imagination from the costume designer or there's more meaning behind it?


Coming soon:

Edmund Purdom: obituary and that book on his life!


Anonymous said...

The movie with Gordon Scot is HERO OF ROME. This is a pretty good movie with an excellent story to it. This is a favorite for me .

PEPLUM TV said...

Yes the Identify movie is HERO OF ROME! Great job.

Anonymous said...

The illustrations from that edition of The Robe were used in a pre-production trailer announcing the film. There is also an edition of The Big Fisherman with illustrations by the same artist.

Anonymous said...

I got the Blu-ray of Son of Samson in the mail today (May 7) and watched it. It is the 89 version and has many things which were cut from the U.S. theatrical release such as the slave woman baring her breasts and the bloody closeups during the battle scenes. I think is is a beautiful transfer.