Film / Colossus and the Headhunters

Colossus and the Headhunters is a 1963 Italian Sword & Sandal movie in the same vein as the earlier Hercules movies. Bulky hero Maciste (whom the titular Colossus presumably refers to) helps lead a party of survivors from his tribe's homeland, which is destroyed in a volcanic eruption. The survivors float to an island where they're embroiled in a fight between two warring nations, one of which is dubbed the Headhunters. Central to this conflict is a coup attempt by the evil Kermes and his fight against Queen Amoa. Can Maciste help resolve the situation?

Trivia note: The film Hercules Against the Moon Men was also about Maciste, until the English dubbing crew decided to capitalize on the bigger name recognition of Hercules.

For tropes and specifics relating to the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version, please go to the episode recap page.

Colossus and the Headhunters contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Kermes imprisoned and tortured the King, betrayed his country to a group of savage headhunters, slaughtered hundreds, and then kidnapped the Queen... only to reveal that his end goal is simply to become her advisor? Way to aim low, villain!
  • Holding the Floor: Milana's excruciatingly long dance to stall for time.
  • Leave the Camera Running
  • Made of Iron: Colossus/Maciste takes an arrow to the upper chest/shoulder, but seems to walk it off after a few minutes.
  • Non-Action Guy: For much of the movie, Colossus/Maciste is rather unheroic.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Amoa is almost certainly destined to be Maciste's lover. She doesn't sell it very well, however.
  • Standard Female Grab Area: Amoa is strong enough to hold her own in a sword fight, but can't even pull away from one middle-aged man holding her forearm.