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Hercules in the Haunted World (1961)

Ercole al centro della Terra (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror | April 1964 (USA)
Hercules must journey in Hades itself to retrieve the magic stone that will free his love from the powers of darkness.

Director:

Mario Bava

Writers:

Sandro Continenza (story and screenplay) (as Alessandro Continenza), Mario Bava (story and screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Reg Park ... Ercole
Christopher Lee ... Re Lico
Leonora Ruffo ... Principessa Deianira
George Ardisson ... Teseo (as Giorgio Ardisson)
Marisa Belli Marisa Belli ... Aretusa
Evelyn Stewart ... Persefone (as Ida Galli)
Franco Giacobini Franco Giacobini ... Telemaco
Mino Doro Mino Doro ... Keros
Rosalba Neri ... Elena (as Rosalba Neri c.s.c.) (credit only)
Ely Drago Ely Drago ... Giocasta (as Ely Dracò)
Gaia Germani Gaia Germani ... Medea
Raf Baldassarre Raf Baldassarre ... Un mercenario
Elisabetta Pavan Elisabetta Pavan ... Tamar
Aldo Pedinotti Aldo Pedinotti ... Sunis (as Aldo Padinotti)
Claudio Marzulli Claudio Marzulli
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Storyline

Upon his return from battle in the previous film, the great warrior Hercules learns that his lover, Daianara, has lost her senses. Acording of the oracle Medea, Dianara's only hope is the Stone of Forgetfulness which lies deep in the realm of Hades. Hercules, with two companions, Theseus and Telemachus, embarks on a dangerous quest for the stone, while he is unaware that Dianara's guardian, King Lico, is the one responsible for her condition and plots to have the girl for himself as his bride upon her revival. Written by Anonymous

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An eerie journey into suspense and adventure! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy | West Germany

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

April 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hercules in the Haunted World See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Blu-ray)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The Opera Theater Oregon commissioned composer Patrick Morganelli to write a companion piece to the film, Hercules vs. Vampires, which premiered in Portland in 2010. In April 2015 the work was staged by the Los Angeles Opera. See more »

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Near the beginning of the film Thesus tosses his lover (Dania?) in to a river to keep her safe from their attackers. But moments later, after Hercules rescues them, she is completely dry and not a hair out of place. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Medea: This is Italia, a kingdom city of ancient Greece in an age of myth and legend. It is a time when Olympian gods and demigods rule over the elements of nature and control the destinies of men.
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Referenced in Planet of the Vampires (1965) See more »

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Terror-Muscleman epic with a magnificent villainous , Christopher Lee and professionally directed by the master Mario Bava
3 July 2007 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This second film by Mario Bava is also known like ¨Hercules in the haunted world¨ or ¨Hercules vs. the vampires¨ . Here Hércules (a wooden Reg Park , the same of ¨The Conquest of Atlántida¨ by Vittorio Cottafavi) along with Teseo (Giorgo Ardisson) and Telémaco (Giacobini) travel to dead land located into center of earth . Hercules taking on king Lycos (Christopher Lee in similar acting his recent ¨Drácula¨ by Terence Fisher , though his voice was dubbed by another actor for the English-language version) has abducted his sweet-girl, Deianera (Leonora Ruffo) and she has lost her ordinary condition as well as senses . Hercules is accompanied by charming characters with mythological names as Teseo (from legend minotaur) , Telémaco (from Ulisses) , Perséfone (abducted by Hades) . As Hércules embarks on a risked quest for a stone , while he is unaware that Dianara's guardian , King Lycos , is the one responsible for her kidnapping . The trip is plenty of several dangers , a foggy sea , the garden of Hesperides plenty of apples , the encounter with Persefone or Proserpina , meeting with goddess Aretusa , the fighting against a monster of Stone , the bloody liana and trespassing a marshy lagoon with objective to achieve the magic rock . And the creepy final confrontation with Lycos and the eerie ghouls in some terrifying scenes .

The picture results to be a horror , sword and sandals epic with adventures , struggles , absurd humour , bizarre scenarios and being quite entertaining . The comic relief to be in charge of Telemaco's character was written by scriptwriter Duccio Tessari , who usually includes humorous touches , for example : ¨The Titans¨ and various Spaghetti Western . Besides , appearing famous Eurotrash babes as Rosalba Neri , Evelyn Stewart or Ida Galli , Leonora Ruffo and the habitual nasty , Raf Baldasarre . As usual , colorful cinematography by cameraman/filmmaker Mario Bava in gaudy colours and groundbreaking atmospheres . Appropriate music score by Armando Trovajoli . The motion picture was co-directed by Franco Prosperi , known director of shocking-documentary such as ¨Mondo Cane¨ and Conan rip-offs . The film belongs to sub-genre blending fantastic , horror and Peplum , like are : ¨Maciste in the inferno¨ (Riccardo Freda,1962) , ¨The conquest of Atlántida¨ (Vittorio Cottafavi , 1961) and ¨Maciste against the vampire¨ (Giacomo Gentilomo,1961) . The picture will appeal to Mario Bava fans.


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