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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.

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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

Audience Reviews for Hercules in the Haunted World


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
Andrew Kern

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
Aj V

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Where would Hercules be without rocks? He uses them for everything! Great, scary zombie rising from the grave scene and chase through the closing cave walls. But seriously, Hercules throw another rock at something!

R.John Xerxes
R.John Xerxes

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