Thursday, March 24, 2016

Adventures of Hercules II (1985)

aka Hercules II, aka Adventures of Hercules

How bad is it? It's astoundingly cheap-looking, with minimal plot.
Should you see it? Meh. If you loved the original, you'll tolerate this.

The woman wearing a codpiece almost distracts you from the SFX.

First of all, the title of this film is problematic, as it's the sequel to the Ferrigno "Hercules," which caused it to be released as its own prequel - or sequel, depending on numbering. It's more of the same, but done worse and, more importantly, missing Sybil Danning's notable charms.

Herc has to recover seven thunderbolts that Zeus lost and which are now protected by monsters and he has to do it before the Moon crashes into the Earth (don't think too hard about it). The main fun to be had watching this is catching all the stolen ideas, from the 1933 "King Kong" to 1981's "Clash of the Titans," with "Star Wars" and Godzilla films thrown in as well. The special effects are extremely poor for the budget and the set design and costumes are often laugh-out-loud funny. Unfortunately, it's pretty dull and plodding otherwise.

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