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Maciste all'Inferno

Maciste in Hell

Italy 1925
produced by
directed by Guido Brigone
starring Bartolomeo Pagano, Franz Sala, Elena Sangro, Lucia Zanussi, Umberto Guarracino, Domenico Serra, Pauline Polaire, Mario Saio
written by Riccardo Artuffo

Maciste, Maciste (Bartolomeo Pagano)

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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While Maciste (Bartolomeo Pagano) is busy getting his cousin back together with the father of her child, the demon Barbariccia (Franz Sala) makes up a plan to drag Maciste to hell - and so he kidnapst the boy to lure Maciste out into the open to then transport him right to hell. Once there, he is made a prisoner of Pluto (Umberto Guarracino), lord of hell, but due to his strength, Maciste doesn't remain a prisoner for too long, and because he is such a righteous guy, he rights a few wrongs in hell. He is also irresistible to hell's girls, and there's the catch: As a mortal, Maciste can't be held in hell longer than 3 days, but if he's kissed by a female demon, he turns into a demon himself and is doomed to stay forever.

Enter Luciferina (Lucia Zanussi), Pluto's daughter, who is impressed by Maciste's strength and rightousness, and upon his request, she lets him have a look into his world via some device - and MAciste sees that his cousin and her lover are back together with their baby. Maciste is touched, and he wants to kiss Luciferina, but she turns him down because she doesn't want to turn him into a demon. But enter Plkuto's wife Proserpina (Elena Sangro), who wants just that and thus she seduces Maciste ... and poff, he's a demon.

Barbariccia in the meantime builds up an army to take hell away from Pluto, and he seems to succeed, too - until Maciste joins the fight and turns it in Pluto's favour. As a thank you, Pluto grants Maciste a wish and turns him back into human form so he can return to his world - but on the way there, he is lured into a trap by Proserpina, chained to a rock and kissed so he turns back into a demon, and into her sextoy. As a demon, Maciste spends many years chained to that rock ...

It'S Christmas on earth, and the son of Maciste's cousin prays for him - and since children's prayers on Christmas eve sometimes work miracles, Maciste is miraculously freed from his chains, turned back into a human again, and sent back to earth ...


Of course, on the surface Maciste all'Inferno is a cheesy muscleman epic and a film that perfectly blends in with others of the silent Maciste-series - but that said, it also features some striking images of hell, some not only for its time pretty impressive effects, touches of surrealism and a surprisingly big number of explicit decapitations that make this one quite memorable. And if you're willing and able to accept the genre-specifically corny basic plot, you will probably love this one!


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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