Mario Bava, the Italian Master of the Macabre, conquered the Sword and Sandal genre in between filming two of his greatest Horror masterpieces with the stunning fantasy epic HERCULES IN THE HAUNTED WORLD. The great Hercules must travel into the bowels of Hades with his trusted ally Theseus in order to retrieve the sacred stone that will restore life to his lady love, the Princess Deianara, but the treacherous King Lico will stop at nothing to see that Hercules is killed so that he may usurp the throne! The extraordinary use of color, sound, and lighting that would dominate Bava's later films are all present as Hercules battles his way through throngs of the undead in the underworld. His vibrant red, green, and blue hues are met with creeping mists, towering sets, and an incredible mix of matte paintings and miniatures that extend the modest budget into an elaborate production. Our dashing hero is played by the handsome and powerful Reg Park, who must use his brute strength to overcome a conniving Christopher Lee as King Lico. HERCULES has all of the exciting action and adventure of the Pepla films set to an eerie and frightening mood, while demonstrating that Mario Bava's skills as a director reach far beyond just the Horror genre.
If you liked HERCULES IN THE HAUNTED WORLD, check out:
CLASH OF THE TITANS, THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD, JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS.