Known internationally as HERCULES VS THE HYDRA, THE LOVES OF HERCULES is a 1960 adventure fantasy directed by Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia. The screenplay, such as it is, is by Luciano Doria. This Italian outing is mostly renowned for starring an expectant Jayne Mansfield and her then-husband Mickey Hargitay. The latter has the distinction of playing […]

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Bodybuilder Mark Forest makes his acting debut in GOLIATH AND THE DRAGON, a 1960 adventure fantasy directed by Vittorio Cottafavi. This picture was intended as a Hercules film and was shot as such under the Italian title REVENGE OF HERCULES, but American International Pictures changed the titular character to Emilius/Goliath to tie in with GOLIATH […]

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Steve Reeves liberates himself in HERCULES UNCHAINED, a 1959 adventure picture directed by Pietro Francisci. This is the sequel to Francisci’s 1958 HERCULES, which introduced Reeves to the world as the titular character. His second and last appearance as the hero features a screenplay by Francisci and Ennio De Concini, with cinematography by Mario Bava. […]

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Review: HERCULES (1958)

The meaty heroism ruptures the screen in HERCULES, a 1958 adventure yarn directed by Pietro Francisci. Based on the mythology of the same name with a solid dose of Apollonius of Rhodes’ ARGONAUTICA thrown in for good measure, this picture set the stage for Italy’s peplum genre. It also established Steve Reeves as a powerful […]

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Review: SPLIT (2016)

Much has been made about the 2016 thriller SPLIT and how it’s a “return to form” for director M. Night Shyamalan, who also wrote the screenplay. And maybe there’s enough to this picture to gloss over some of the filmmaker’s past sins, however overstated they may have become in cinematic lore. Notwithstanding any such context, […]

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Review: BEFORE I WAKE (2016)

Mike Flanagan continues to explore his interest in family horror with BEFORE I WAKE, a picture that has some good ideas but labours under cumbersome execution. The screenplay is by Flanagan and Jeff Howard, who collaborated on 2016’s OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL and 2013’s OCULUS. As with those outings, BEFORE I WAKE contends with a […]

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Review: KONG: SKULL ISLAND (2017)

KONG: SKULL ISLAND is a franchise movie designed to prop up yet another expanded universe. It’s the second film in Legendary’s so-called MonsterVerse, with the 2014 GODZILLA reboot the first entry. This 2017 picture is directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and features a screenplay by committee, with the 1933 original serving as distant, distant inspiration. It […]

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