Film: Hercules Against The Moon Men

Hercules Against the Moon Men is a 1964 Sword And Sandal movie. The movie, like Colossus and the Headhunters, isn't actually a Hercules movie but a Maciste movie, with the name changed for US release.

Somewhere in the ancient Mediterranean world, a ship from the Moon crashes into a mountain, and the occupants insist on getting human sacrifices at what is now the "mountain of death". Enter our hero, "Hercules," played by Alan Steel. Hercules helps free the sacrificial victims, but the Queen of Samar is in league with the Moon Men now, and sends her armies out to stop Hercules. Swordfights and buffalo shots ensue. Then, the Moon Men reveal their master plan to revive their dead queen and merge the Moon with the Earth. Can the Herc get to the mountain in time to save the girl and the world?

For the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode see here.

Hercules Against The Moon Men provides examples of the following tropes:

  • But Now I Must Go: And Agar goes with him.
  • Fake Defector: According to Hercules movie law, Queen Samara tries slipping Herc a Love Potion. In this film, Hercules is Genre Savvy enough to only fake drinking it and pretend to be Brainwashed and Crazy for long enough to seduce the location of the Moon Men's lair out of Samara.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Samara.
  • Mr. Fanservice: It's a Hercules film so naturally Hercules is this.
  • Panty Shot: Hercules wears nothing but a tunic in most scenes, leading to plenty of these.
  • Shirtless Captives: Hercules wears an exomis-style tunic for most of the film, but after being captured by Samara he is next seen shirtless and in chains and then placed in a bizarre torture machine.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Agar when she changes from her boy disguise into her normal clothes. Crow's comment about it is the Trope Namer.
  • Surprisingly Sudden Death: Herc and Agar's father are moseying through a secret tunnel, then suddenly WHAMMO! spikes shoot out of the wall to impale the old guy.
  • Take Over the World: What the Moon Men plan to do with the power from all their sacrifices.
  • You Have Failed Me: The Moon Men get fed up with Samara's failed attempts to kill Hercules. Rocks Slam Dance, Samara Dies.
    • Samara also has the only one of her guards to survive a battle against Hercules put to death for unclear reasons.