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Le Avventure dell'Incredibile Ercole

The Adventures Of Hercules
Hercules 2

Italy/USA 1985
produced by
Alfred Pecoriello, John Thompson (executive) for Cannon
directed by Lewis Coates (= Luigi Cozzi)
starring Lou Ferrigno, Milly Carlucci, Sonia Viviani, William Berger, Carla Ferrigno, Claudia Cassinelli, Maria Rosaria Omaggio, Ferdinando Poggi, Venantino Venantini, Laura Lenzi, Margit Evelyn Newton, Eva Robins, Cindy Leadbetter, Raf Baldassarre, Sandra Venturini, Andrea Belfiore, Alessandra Canale, Pamela Prati, Christina Basili, Serena Grandi, Paola Marcari
written by Lewis Coates (= Luigi Cozzi), music by Pino Donaggio (taken from the film Hercules), special effects by Giovanni Corridori, Armando Valcauda

Hercules, Hercules in Italy, Hercules (Lou Ferrigno)

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Ancient Greece: Once again, some gods - Hera (Maria Rosaria Omaggio), Flora (Laura Lenzi), Aphrodite (Margit Evelyn Newton) and Poseidon (Ferdinando Poggi) - have decided to rebel against Zeus (Claudio Cassinelli), have stolen his almighty seven thunderbolts, and have even gone so far as to throw the moon of its orbit to - before long - collide with the earth.

Zeus sees himself powerless - but he can send his son Hercules (Lou Ferrigno) to earth to re-collect his Thunderbolts, which are hidden in various beasts. Soon, Hercules - accompanied by female warriors Urania (Milly Carlucci) & Claucia (Sonia Viviani) - fights beasts all over the place & even in the underworld, including swamp creatures, a Medusa like being (that's actually pretty well animated), a spiderwoman, a fire creature, a soul collector and so on, and before long, he has collected 6 of the seven Thunderbolts ... but he also hasn't got the slightest idea where the seventh might be ...

Meanwhile the renegade gods are alerted by Hercules' successes and they have revived his arch-enemy Minos (William Berger) to stop him. But Minos proves to be too clever for even the gods, and, with the help of hermaphrodite inventor Dedalos (Eva Robins) he employs science to fight the gods and before long has eliminated Flora, Aphrodite and Poseidon and forced Hera into submission.

Eventually, after they even had to kill Glaucia who has been turned to the dark side, Hercules and Urania make it to Minos' place, where Minos turns into a being of light, to be invincible to Hercules' strength. But father Zeus turns Hercules into a being of light as well, and the two of them have a truly tripped out, animated duel: at first they fight man against man, then Minos turns into a dinosaur, and Hercules, to properly defend himself against his adversary, turns into a giant gorilla, and the 2 fight King Kong vs.Godzilla-style - until Minos turns ihnto a boa constrictor & tries to strangle Hercules the ape. But ultimately our apeish hero can defeat Minos the snake ... and all is well ?

Nope, the seventh Thunderbolt is still not found, and the moon is approaching earth ever faster.

Eventually it is revealed that the Thunderbolt is hidden in Urania, who gladly gives her life to save the earth, and Zeus then lets Hercules grow to planet size to keep the moon away from the earth and put it back into its orbit (really) ... now all's well that ends well.

 

Nope, like its predecessor Hercules from 1983, this is not really based on the actual Hercules-legend, rather it's another free-for-all, anything-goes, over-the-top, trip-like fantasy hommage and in-joke at the same time. Like the first one, this one is rather despised by genre buffs who take things too seriously altogether and just can't see the fun-aspect of fantasy. What they are missing out on are wonderfully colouful special effects (ranging from ridiculous to really good), incredibly campy sets and costumes, and an animated climax that has to be seen to be believed.

If you can accept mindless, colourful fun in your life, have a certain predilection for camp and don't give a shit about genre boundaries, you might just love it like I did.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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