Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Podcast: Hercules (1983)

Direct download.

Your Stupid Minds returns to two of its most favorite loves: buff dudes and Golan-Globus films. It’s 1983’s Hercules starring The Incredible Hulk’s Lou Ferrigno! Director Luigi Cozzi (hiding his intense Italianness behind the pseudonym Lewis Coates) brings Hercules to the big screen for the 80th and definitely not last time.

When the gods are hanging out on the moon and incredibly bored, Zeus (Claudio Cassinelli) decides to give a random baby super buff powers. Hera (Rossana Podestà) takes exception but Zeus never listens to her so who cares? Hercules’s parents are killed in a successful coup, but baby Herc escapes and is raised by a nice infertile farming couple.

Tragedy causes him to travel to Thebes to fight against other buff dudes, and he must team up with Circe (Mirella D’Angelo) in order to rescue his true love Cassiopeia (Ingrid Anderson) and battle against the evil King Minos (William Berger) and Adriana (Sybil Danning). That’s a lot of names so let’s just leave it at that.

Some Notes:
  • Who's buffer? Lou Ferrigno or Dolph Lundgren?
  • Sybil Danning also appears in Caged Heat.
  • Yes, Lou Ferrigno does throw a guy in a cheap bear suit into space.
  • Available to rent on Amazon Prime, but with the Steve Reeves poster and inexplicably labeled as released in 2009.

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