Monday, January 8, 2024


Richard Harrison in THE SARACENS (1963) 

A mini-Richard Harrison fest today. This movie is another fun action adventure with Richard. This film is often overlooked and albeit it's not the biggest budgeted film ever made but it's quite memorable in parts. The best thing about it, aside from Harrison, is the score. Once you hear it, you'll never forget it. The sword fight at the end is one of the best in the PEPLUM genre. I have several copies of this, including on Fan Dub in English, but no HD version. I wonder how Richard is doing these days. 


Anonymous said...

Spectacular new banner, the best so far! Thanks on the recommendation about the film score, I will have to check it out.

Were classic peplums screened in stereo sound? I haven't been able to find any info on this. On film scores, one thing I want to do is to simply play a film and just listen to the soundtrack so as not to be distracted by the visuals. How does it hold up? Peplum aficionados, try this out.

Personally, I find most classic peplum soundtracks rather average and in particular, battle scenes (which were usually filmed in long shot) tend to put me to sleep, so I have to turn off the sound otherwise I get blasted by an unrelenting cacophony of loud stock music unrelated to the action, trumpets, drums, horses, clanging weapons etc. I get the same effect with old westerns. In short, battle soundtracks with no contrasts are boring.

Anonymous said...

A cool lobby cards set for the film was posted at this blog last month.