” width=”283″ height=”400″ />Hercules, the man, the myth, the legend… This legend of the son of the king of the Greek gods has been told many times over in just about every form of media that is out there… As a matter of fact I would go so far as to say that the legend of Hercules is probably one of the better ancients myths that the modern world knows about!
Now for me personally I have only seen the the Hercules TV or Movies that Kevin Sorbo did back in the 90s. But the one thing I am is a fan of Ancient History, as well as B-Movies… And that is why I am glad that I have recently discovered the movie, Hercules (1983):
Written and Directed by: Luigi Cozzi (Contamination). Starring: Lou Ferigno (The Incredible Hulk), Sybil Danning (Halloween), William Berger (Night Of The Assassin), Rossana Podestà (Sunday Lovers), Mirella D’Angelo (Caligula), Delia Boccardo (Inspector Clouseau), Claudio Cassinelli (The Mountain Of The Cannibal God).
This movie follows the ancient Greek belief in the Greek Pantheon of gods, including Zeus (Cassinelli), Hera (Podestà) as the King and Queen of the gods, and their Children, such as Aries, Athena (Boccardo), etc… With that said, a great test for humanity is discovered by Zeus who refuses to do anything to help them… Of course this is until Athena persuades Zeus that it would be wise to imbue at least one of the humans with at least some of the powers of the gods…
So after forming the powers that this human would have Zeus sends from their home (which it turns out in this movie, the Greek gods didn’t live on Olympus, but actually lived on the moon.) Zeus sends the power to Earth to find the person that will become the most physically powerful person on Earth.
Now the power ends up landing with in the baby Prince Hercules, with whom it turns out is the Prince of the City/State nation of Thebes… The only problem with this is, is that it looks like Thebes is about to have some major problems!
You see it turns out that a traitor to the crown of Thebes by the name of Valcheus (Played by: Gianni Garko) has conspired with Ariadne (Danning) and Hera to take over the Ancient world one city/state at a time…
With that said at the end of the final battle for the Crown of Thebes occurs, a search is done to try and find out what remains of the royal family… Fortunately it looks like despite the fact that the former Queen has ended up killing herself, A Nurse maid has taken Hercules away before he can be murdered by Valcheus’s oncoming forces…
Now after a harrowing trek through the woods in the arms of his Nurse maid, and a dangerous boat ride down a major river (that is made even more harrowing by Hera’s persistent attempts to end Hercules’ life.) The boat that Hercules is on stops on the shore that is on the property of a youngish couple who decide to take Hercules in to their home and raise him as if he was their own…
Cut to about 20 years later, Hercules is now a farmer who is glad to help his parents in their farming. That is of course until his parents are killed! (His father being killed by a bear, and his mother being killed by a device that had been sent down from the moon to kill Hercules!)
With that said, grief stricken by the loss of his parents, Hercules decides that after the funeral for his mother, he will head off on a quest to discover why he is so powerful, and why that power has brought so much tragedy to himself and everyone around him. His first stop being to the great City/State of Tyre, where King Augias (Played by Brad Harris) who is holding a special games to determine the best warrior to go on a secret mission for him, little does Hercules know that going to these games, will ultimately lead Hercules down a dangerous road toward his destiny!
Now what I liked about this movie and what I truly do think makes this an awesome b movie is a couple of things.
1. Lou Ferigno. This guy’s career just screams a cheesy B-Movie good time! And this movie was no different! Mr. Ferigno I gotta say did an incredible job in this movie playing the son of the gods!
2. The next person that I thought that I would mention here is Sybil Danning. Now I haven’t really seen much of her work yet. As a matter of fact Hercules happens to be one of the few movies that I have seen that Ms. Danning has been in to date. And I gotta say that her role as Ariadne was really quite enjoyable! Another thing that I thought you guys might find interesting is the fact that we here at ABM recently were able to meet up with Ms. Danning at the most recent Weekend Of Horror Convention (An annual horror movie convention that is held a couple of times a year by Creation Entertainment. For more information on the convention, click here:) But she was fun to meet, and I gotta say that at the convention it turns out that I had actually seen Ms. Danning before in the movie, Halloween!
3. Another great thing about this movie is just how campy it truly is! I mean this movie throws out the idea that the planets were actually created by a pot that looks like a space craft!
With that said folks, if you are looking for a fun campy good time, then Hercules is not a bad way to go!