UGH! a TERRIBLE MOVIE FROM START TO FINISH! rEMINDED ME OF "lASERBLAST," BUT THAT MAY BE AN INSULT TO "LASERBLAST." iNCOHERENT, SLOW-BURN, FAMILY DRAMA WITH A SPACE WEAPON THROWN IN, AND jAMES Franco playing another lout of a villain. THE BROTHERS WHO MADE THIS USED ONE OF THEIR OWN SHORTS AS INSPIRATION, BUT ''BAG MAN'' WAS FAR BETTER AND NOT AS INCOHERENT. they don't get around to using the gun early enough. poor dennis quaid is killed early on, and none of the characters are genuinely sympathetic. michael b. jordan fans will see him in a last minute walk on during the finale. wait for the rental!
âGoliath and the Barbariansâ director Carlo Campogallianiâs âSon of Samsonâ ranks as an above-average peplum about palace intrigue in 11th century BC Egypt, with beefy Mark Forest as Maciste flexing his oily pectorals and biceps in several displays of monumental strength as he topples a tyrant and sets enslaved men and women free. Our heroâs hand-to-hand combat scenes with a lion and a crocodile are far from convincing. Mind you, the fight with the lion tops the ephemeral water struggle with an ersatz looking crocodile. Nevertheless, the exotic setting of Egypt with its historic pyramids, our heroâs brawls with the Queenâs army, a stone cell that nearly crushes him, the obelisk erection scene, a supernatural necklace, and a minor surprise or two make this sword and sandal saga a better-than-average entry. Campogalliani and scenarists Oreste Biancoli of "Atlas Against the Cyclops" and Ennio De Concini of Romulus and Remus donât deviate from the usual formula. The Queen is treacherous beyond comparison and she tries to enchant our brawny champion. Of course, everybody here including Brooklyn born Lou Degni has been dubbed but thatâs part of the charm of these Italian produced spectacles. Surprisingly, the violence appear rather graphic with weapons piercing bodies and bright red blood splashed across the bodies. "Hercules vs. the Hydraâ composer Carlo Innocenzi contributes an atmospheric orchestral soundtrack, particularly so during the suspenseful moments. Lenser Riccardo Pallottini was no stranger to the genre; he would later photograph the Gordon Scott movie "Samson and the Seven Miracles of the World" as well as the Gordon Mitchell peplum "Atlas Against the Cyclops." Chelo Alonso makes a villainous queen and her scene where she throws herself to the crocodile rather than being "branded to ashes" is neat.