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Virtual Film Category:Halloweek
Series Info
Series:Late Shift at the Grindhouse
Film Info
Rating:Not Rated
Runtime:84 minutes
Director:Mario Bava (Black Sunday)
Year Released:1961
Production Country:Italy


"It's great compared to most Hercules movies, much more colorful and imaginative."
—Michael J. Weldon, The Psychotronic Video Guide

"Bava is able to move us, to inspire us, to wow us, to take us to another, better world - one filled with smoke and lava and neon and beauty." —Sam Panico, B&S About Movies

"It's Bava's show all the way. His stock is trade is eye-catching, expressive visuals in which we only think we're seeing expensive scenery." —Glenn Erickson, TrailersFromHell.com

Immediately following the success of Black Sunday, Mario Bava was recruited to direct (and photograph) the second of Reg Park's Hercules films for producer Achille Piazzi. Freely departed from Roman mythology, the film gave Bava the opportunity to reimagine the sword-and-sandal genre. On its surface a jovial comedy adventure, Hercules in the Haunted World features a striking use of color, which would become one of Bava's directorial hallmarks. But this playful peplum is tinged with a sense of genuine foreboding, voiced by a masked oracle Medea in one of the film's most stunning sequences. When Hercules descends into the depths of hell and confronts Lico (Christopher Lee), who has the power to call forth corpses from their tombs, the film plunges into the eye-popping, bone-chilling horror for which Bava had recently become famous.

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