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Hercules Against the Moon Men

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Director  Giacomo Gentilomo
Music director  Carlo Franci
Language  Italian
2.5/10 IMDb

Genre  Adventure, Fantasy
Country  France Italy
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Writer  Angelo Sangermano, Arpad DeRiso, Nino Scolaro
Release date  27 June 1964 (1964-06-27)
Screenplay  Arpad DeRiso, Nino Scolaro
Cast  Alan Steel (Hercules), Jany Clair (Queen Samara), Anna Maria Polani (Agar), Nando Tamberlani (Gladius), Jean-Pierre Honoré (Darix), Delia D'Alberti (Billis / Selene)
Similar movies  Hercules (1983)
Tagline  Earth's mightiest man battles moon monsters!

Hercules Against the Moon Men (1964) (a.k.a. Hercules vs. the Moon Men and Maciste vs. the Moon Men) is an Italian/French sword and sandal film. It was directed by Giacomo Gentilomo and stars Alan Steel and Jany Clair. The film runs for 90 minutes and is dubbed.


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Hercules against the moon men 1964


Hercules Against the Moon Men movie scenes

In ancient Greece, a race of evil aliens from the Moon land on Earth. For years they have terrorized the nearby city of Samar. Hercules (Alan Steel) attempts to free the people of the kingdom of Samar from the rule of their evil queen (Jany Clair). She is under the spell of invading Moon Men who demand children for sacrifice in hopes their spilled blood can revive their dead queen.

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The queen of Samar has made a pact with the Moon men to conquer the world and become the most powerful woman alive. The downtrodden residents of Samar cheer the arrival of the mighty Hercules, who on their behalf faces deadly obstacles, battles the Moon monsters and eventually confronts the leader of the Moon men, Redolphis (Roberto Ceccacci), a metal-headed giant.


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In the original Italian-language version, the hero was not Hercules but Maciste, originally a hero in silent Italian cinema. Hercules Against the Moon Men "blends" elements from a number of mythologies. Roman, Greek, Ancient Egyptian and Cretan elements are all thrown in. Filming took place in Italy, primarily at the Cinecittà Studios, Cinecittà, Rome and in Lazio, Italy.


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The original Italian title of Hercules Against the Moon Men was Maciste e la regina di Samar (Maciste and the Queen of Samar). The French title of the film was Maciste contre les hommes de pierre (Maciste Against the Men of Stone), but the English distributors dubbed him to be Hercules, because Maciste was not well known to American audiences. For audiences who wanted to see an accurate interpretation of the Hercules story, the film "... made little or no effort to remain faithful to antiquity."

Film historian Gary Allen Smith noted: "In this combination of peplum and science fiction, this silly, but diverting, entry has the indomitable Alan Steel (real name: Sergio Ciani) fight a collection of Moon monsters before the inevitable cataclysm destroys the invaders. In the film's one inventive touch, the sequences which take place in the mountain kingdom of the Moon Men are filmed in sepia tone, rather than full color ... or Cosmicolor, as stated in the American publicity material."


Hercules Against the Moon Men (given as Hercules Against the Moonmen) was also shown on Mystery Science Theater 3000, making it infamous for its "Deep Hurting" Sequence (the very long sandstorm sequence). This sequence involved many of the cast floundering around pointlessly in a sandstorm for upwards of five minutes of screen time, in which no plot movement or character development is made at all. The "Deep Hurting" concept is introduced by Dr. Forrester as a follow-up to "Rock Climbing", a pain point of the movie Lost Continent that had previously been shown.

DVD releases

Hercules Against the Moon Men has received numerous 'bargain box' releases from various studios. The MST3K version of the film was released by Rhino Home Video as part of the 'Collection, Volume 7' box set.


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