Saturday, August 19, 2006

IX. MISCELLANEOUS PEPLUM EPICS WITHOUT A PRIMARY HERO & PEPLUM ‘80’S STYLE


There were several Italian sword-and-sandal films that did not feature a major superhero (such as Hercules, Maciste or Samson), and as such fall into a sort of miscellaneous category. Here is a list of the best-known titles:

* ATLAS (1961) Mark Forrest directed by Roger Corman

* ALI BABA AND THE SEVEN SARACENS (1963) aka SINBAD VS. THE SEVEN SARACENS, Gordon Mitchell

* BRENNUS, ENEMY OF ROME (1964) aka BATTLE OF THE VALIANT, Gordon Mitchell

* CAESAR, THE CONQUERER (1963) Cameron Mitchell, Rik Battaglia

* CAVALIER IN THE DEVIL’S CASTLE (1959)

* COLOSSUS OF RHODES, THE (1960) directed by Sergio Leone

* CONQUEROR OF ATLANTIS (1965) Kirk Morris

* CONQUEROR OF THE ORIENT (1961) Rik Battaglia

* CONSTANTINE AND THE CROSS (1960) aka CONSTANTINE THE GREAT, Cornel Wilde

* CORIOLANUS, HERO WITHOUT A COUNTRY (1963) Gordon Scott

* DAVID AND GOLIATH (1960) Orson Welles

* DUEL OF THE CHAMPIONS (1961) aka HORATIO AND CURIAZI, Alan Ladd

* ESTHER AND THE KING (1961) Joan Collins, Richard Egan

* FURY OF ACHILLES, THE (1962) Gordon Mitchell

* GIANT OF METROPOLIS, THE (1962) Gordon Mitchell, Sci-fi theme

* GIANTS OF ROME (1963) dir. by Antonio Margheriti, Richard Harrison

* GIANTS OF THESSALY, THE (1960) directed by Riccardo Freda

* HEAD OF A TYRANT (1959)

* HERO OF BABYLON (1963) aka BEAST OF BABYLON VS. SON OF HERCULES, Gordon Scott

* HERO OF ROME (1964) aka THE COLOSSUS OF ROME, Gordon Scott

* HEROD, THE GREAT (1958)

* INVADERS, THE (1961) aka ERIK, THE CONQUERER, Cameron Mitchell, directed by Mario Bava

* KINDAR, THE INVULNERABLE (1965) Mark Forest

* KNIVES OF THE AVENGER (1967) aka VIKING MASSACRE, directed by Mario Bava

* LAND OF THE PHAROAHS (1955) Joan Collins

* LAST OF THE VIKINGS (1961) Cameron Mitchell, Broderick Crawford

* LION OF ST. MARK, THE (1964) Gordon Scott

* LION OF THEBES, THE (1964) aka HELEN OF TROY, Mark Forest

* LOVES OF SALAMMBO, THE (1959)

* MARS, GOD OF WAR (1962) aka VENUS AGAINST THE SON OF HERCULES

* MASKED MAN AGAINST THE PIRATES, THE (1965)

* MINOTAUR, THE (1961) aka THESEUS AGAINST THE MINOTAUR

* MONGOLS, THE (1961) directed by Riccardo Freda with Jack Palance

* PERSEUS, THE INVINCIBLE (1962) aka MEDUSA VS. THE SON OF HERCULES

* QUEEN OF SHEBA, THE (1953) directed by Pietro Francisci

* QUEEN OF THE AMAZONS (1960) aka COLOSSUS AND THE AMAZON QUEEN

* REVOLT OF THE BARBARIANS (1964) dir. by Guido Malatesta

* ROLAND, THE MIGHTY (1956) dir. by Pietro Francisci, Rik Battaglia

* ROME AGAINST ROME (1963) aka WAR OF THE ZOMBIES

* SECRET SEVEN, THE (1965) aka THE INVINCIBLE SEVEN

* 79 A.D., THE DESTRUCTION OF HERCULANEUM (1962) Brad Harris

* SWORD OF EL CID, THE (1962) aka THE DAUGHTERS OF EL CID

* SWORD OF THE CONQUEROR (1961) Jack Palance

* TAUR, THE MIGHTY (1963) aka TOR THE WARRIOR, Joe Robinson

* TEMPLE OF THE WHITE ELEPHANT (1965) aka SANDOK, THE MACISTE OF THE JUNGLE (Note* - this was not a Maciste film however)

* THOR AND THE AMAZON WOMEN (1963) Joe Robinson

* TIGER OF THE SEVEN SEAS (1963)

* ULYSSES (1954) Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn

* VULCAN, SON OF JUPITER (1960) Gordon Mitchell

* ZORIKAN THE BARBARIAN (1964) Dan Vadis

PEPLUM 1980’s

Peplum/Sword and Sandal principal did return to Italy during this decadent decade and upped the gore and nudity – can’t be bad really……..

* ATOR, THE FIGHTING EAGLE (1983) aka "ATOR 1", Sabrina Siani, directed by Joe D’Amato

* BARBARIAN MASTER (1984) aka SANGRAAL, THE SWORD OF FIRE

* THE BARBARIANS AND CO. (1987) aka THE BARBARIANS, directed by Ruggero Deodato

* BLADEMASTER (1985) aka "ATOR 2", Miles O’Keefe, directed by Joe D’Amato

* CONQUEST (1984) aka CONQUEST OF THE LOST LAND, Sabrina Siani, directed by Lucio Fulci

* HERCULES (1983) Lou Ferrigno, Sybil Danning, directed by Luigi Cozzi

* HERCULES 2 (1984) Lou Ferrigno, directed by Luigi Cozzi

* INVINCIBLE BARBARIAN, THE (1982) aka GUNAN THE WARRIOR, directed by Franco Prosperi

* IRON WARRIOR (1986) aka "ATOR 3", Miles O'Keefe, directed by Alfonso Brescia

* IRONMASTER (1983) aka THE WAR OF IRON, directed by Umberto Lenzi

* QUEST FOR THE MIGHTY SWORD (1989) aka "ATOR 4", directed by Joe D'Amato

* SEVEN MAGNIFICENT GLADIATORS, THE (1985) Lou Ferrigno, Dan Vadis

* SHE (1983) Sandahl Bergman, Gordon Mitchell

* SINDBAD OF THE SEVEN SEAS (1988) Lou Ferrigno, directed by Luigi Cozzi

* THRONE OF FIRE, THE (1983) Sabrina Siani, directed by Franco Prosperi

Let the reviews commence...............................................................

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