peplum movies list
A brother is cast out from his family, sold in to slavery and then returns years later as a man of power - but shows forgiveness and compassion to his family through the strength of character given to him by God. The list is arranged in chronological order. Hercules must save his true love from an evil queen. These ranged from the relatively small scale Ten Gladiators series, to the epic spectacle of The Colossus of Rhodes (1961) and Last Days of Pompeii (1959). The original and classic film that holds up surprisingly well today despite a rather slow plot. 1,213 31. Crowned as the “worst movie ever made” back in the 1980 book The Golden Turkey Awards, this is the movies’ most famous Z-grade clunker.Despite a discernible lack of talent and resources, auteur Ed Wood Jr. staged an alien invasion epic. Amalchi recovers to lead a revolt against the murderous Alboino and reclaim his woman. Magic and Gods would be completely eshewed, even when adapting legendary stories such as the Battle of Troy, and although there usually was still space for a musclebound hero, his strength would not be supernatural. For this feature we will classify a Peplum as any varient of the 'Sword and Sandal' era adventure film - but specifically that was produced in Europe and not just filmed there - thus incorporating the traditional muscleman films as well as historical epics and adventure pictures with a classical/ancient setting (from Ancient Egypt through to around 700 AD) but not including more modern-set historical epics and muscleman films or the Biblical epics of which the Italians shot many during the 1960s. Mr Universe 1950, Steve Reeves is by far the best known of the Peplum stars - after appearing in the original Hercules and its sequel, he was called in for dozens of similar roles in both traditional and historical Pepla. About this list: The official definition of a peplum film is a sword-and-sandal historical epic produced in Italy in the 1950s and '60s. ramona the chimp. A surprisingly dull retelling of the classic Argonauts tale from director Riccardo Freda. However, like most euro-cult expressions it has become confused and re-used heavily down the years - most often interchangably with the generic term 'Sword and Sandal' leading to many American made films being rather incorrectly classified as Pepla. The silent cinema had already created colossal movies based on ancient civilizations, but it is in the 1950s when peplums reach their apogee in Hollywood. The massive demand for muscle-bound heros during the genre's heyday meant that Reeves himself could not handle all of the roles and so producers scoured tough man competitions, importing dozens of musclebound Americans to play their lead roles - at the time, as was still the case many years later, an American actor was considered essential the help the film sell on the international market. Her father arranges the marriage to Alboino, which he believes will be beneficial to him, only to have Alboino kill him and leave Amalchi, his daughter's real love, beaten and left for dead. Films 98 Comments 10 Followers 34 pepla = Italian Sword-and-Sandal epics. The movie is filled with clichés, Feats of Strength, everything that a PEPLUM fan like me looks for in a PEPLUM movie. Alboino, the Lombard ruler, wants to marry the daughter of a neighboring king, but she loves another. Italian exploitation producers put out an increasingly perverse series of unofficial sequels and follow ups, including Bruno Mattei's Caligula et Messaline (1981) and Joe D'Amato's Caligula II: The Untold Story (1982) before the genre quickly vanished again in favour of cheaper to produce exploitation. From Mario Bava. The genre began to wane however, with Italian cinema as a whole, in the aftermath of the First World War - one exception being Mussolini's pet project Scipione l'africano (1937) about the destruction of Cathage and considered to be the largest scale epic ever made. Calling himself "Hercules," Glaucus defeats Mycenae's champions and gains the favor of the voluptuous Queen Demetra (Rosalba Neri) whose son, covered in a dog's head mask, has been raised as the living embodiment of the dark god Moloch and receives sacrifices in his sprawling underground grotto. A sequel quickly followed, Ercole e la regina di Lidia (1959) with Steve Reeves returning in the lead role. Thus performers like Brad Harris, Gordon Scott, Richard Harrison, Ed Fury, Mark Forest, as well as British born Reg Park all played their parts in the Peplum boom. Meanwhile, high priest Kahab informs his son, Katar, that their queen is not one of them but, unbeknownst to her, was kidnapped as a small child from the "world above." In contrast to Hollywood's output however, even the largest scale films would rarely exceed 90 minutes run-time and the overblown excesses of such productions as Twentieth Century Fox's Cleopatra (1963) were avoided.