Hercules Against the Moonmen’s plot concerns the arrival on Earth of an asteroid, out of which emerge a group of Aliens, thinking that they are in “War of the Worlds” presumably, so similar are the concepts. These poor confused creatures promptly re animate the corpse of an evil sorceress in their bid to take over the world. Fortunately, one Greek hero in a tabard is there to stop them.
Hercules is played by Alan Steel (renamed so as not to frighten the Americans from Sergio Ciani) who certainly gives his all to the role, as far as can be made out through the frankly horrific dubbing. He seems to be having a great time throwing paper Mache rocks around and spends an awful lot of his time heaving about in front of the camera covered in sweat for no readily explainable reason bar the predilections of the director.
The aliens themselves are well realised for the time, including the semi impressive rock monsters which work better in some shots than in others. The evil sorceress is played with great relish entirely appropriate to the part and the damsel in distress (as she is for much of the movie is extremely easy on the eye. Well, whenever Hercules gets out of the way.
There are lots of fun moments in this film though the storyline is analogous to a piece of broken string, so thin and full of holes is it, but then this movie isn’t about the story, it’s about spectacle and melodrama and it delivers these both with aplomb. This is a genre which is often sneered upon or simply overlooked but it proved massively influential, leading to some of the great Ray Harryhausen and Hammer epics of the 60s and 70s and eventually to such marvels as “Gladiator”. The soundtrack can be a bit much on occasion, really trying too hard to make something out of nothing, but it’s all part of the laugh really. Completely undemanding and reasonably diverting, watch this film with no preconceptions and I suspect you will really enjoy it.
Director: Giacomo Gentilomo
Cast: Sergio Ciani, Jany Clair, Anna Maria Polani, Nando Tamberlani, Jean-Pierre Honoré
Country: France, Italy