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Hercules in the Haunted World (1961)





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Horrormeister Mario Bava helmed this entry in the series, in which Hercules (Reg Park) must journey to the bowels of Hell to recover a magical plant that is the only hope of a dying princess.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Sandro Continenza, Franco Prosperi, Duccio Tessari, Mario Bava
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On DVD: Aug 6, 2002
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Reg Park
as Hercules
Leonora Ruffo
as Princess Deianira
Christopher Lee
as King Lico
Franco Giacobini
as Telemachus
Marisa Belli
as Aretusa
Ely Draco
as Jocasta
Mino Doro
as Keros
Monica Neri
as Rosalba Neri
Ida Galli
as Persephone
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Critic Reviews for Hercules in the Haunted World

All Critics (4)

Typical Hercules/Machiste nonsense not made better by the overrated Bava direction.

February 3, 2005
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Bava's innovative color cinematography sparkles in its own right, but becomes even more impressive when you realize what a limited budget the director had.

Full Review… | April 26, 2004
Combustible Celluloid

October 14, 2005

April 4, 2003
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Audience Reviews for Hercules in the Haunted World

I found this movie a lot of fun, it's much better than other Hercules movies from the 60s, maybe because Bava directs, so it has a bit of a horror feeling to it? It does have a classical epic story, though, which is really cool. It was better than I expected.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


The usual fun Bava fare. This time he sends Hercules to Hades (or Hell for those of you who've never read Bulfinch's Mythology) to save the woman he loves. One of Bava's more impressive features from a style standpoint with the lighting and camera tricks, even if the story is something you've seen before. Christopher Lee is the villain and the last ten minutes are creepy and amazing all at the same time. Hercules in the Haunted World also shows Bava's influence on future filmmakers such as Sam Raimi and Don Coscarelli. The Comic Relief Guy was too much, but overall this one's worth the time.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer


Update: I recently saw the great Fantoma DVD version with it's full aspect ratio and great colors.

The dialogue is pretty wooden at times, like all Peplum. Luckily Lyco and Hercules avoid the worst of it.

Many of the sets and lighting give the movie a psychedelic, horror feeling at times that makes this movie fun. There's still quite a few cheesy laughs here and there, such as the goofy rock golem scene, but overall it's a good film.

Andrew Kern

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