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Hercules in the Haunted World back to product details

hatchet for the honeymoon
written by cammelltoe October 19, 2004 - 3:38 PM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Although HERCULES AND THE HAUNTED WORLD may at first seem a departure from Bava's better known slash-and spook stuff, rest assured, this is a gothic chiller scantily clad in a gladiater toga. Reg Park good-naturedly brings the son of Zeus to life. Guest star Christopher Lee plays a descendent of the Dracula he made famous with Hammer studios, the power-mad king Lykos. No matter what obstacle Lykos or the denezins of hades seem to place in his path, Hercules is able to defeat by picking up a big rock and throwing it. What really impresses here is Bava's realization of hades and, in the awesome climax, Lykos' haunted underground caves--- They are surreal dreamscapes conjured with light and shadow, sets and minatures that blow the mind, akin to the studio-bound surreality of some of the Shaw Brother's best, like THE ONE-ARMED SWORDSMAN. Extra bonus: a strange class/sexual struggle seems to be boiling directly underneath the surface of the relationship between Hercules and his 2 buddies, the sidekick and the comic relief, in which Hercules gets his girl, but sidekick has to sacrifice his, but sidekick gets to bang comic relief's girlfriend...? Worth Your time!


(Average 6.65)
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