tisdag 17 november 2009
The Witch's Curse (1962)
Original title: Maciste All'inferno
Peplum/Horror. Italy. Starring Kirk Morris, Hélène Chanel & Andrea Bosic. Directed by Riccardo Freda.
EVC (Holland). English dubbed. Letterboxed (slightly). The picture is a little stretched out so if you change the aspect ratio on your TV to 1:85:1 you get a pretty good widescreen.
This is one of the most horror influenced and bizarre peplas I have seen, and one of my personal favorites. Our hero Maciste rides in to 17th century Scotland (!), wearing nothing but underwear, to save a maiden from being burned at the stake due to a nasty curse cast by her long dead relative who was a witch. To save the poor girl Maciste has to enter Hell to seek out the witch and make her undo the curse. There he encounters a lion, the magic well of "Kirk Morris-movie flashbacks", monsters and the pittied souls of Hell. A Kirk Morris classic! 4/5