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Film / Hercules Against the Moon Men

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Hercules Against the Moon Men is a 1964 Sword & 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:

  • Batman Gambit: Once Hercules is in her power, Samara sets Agar free (under pretense of banishing her), knowing that the girl will run straight to her pals in La Résistance to update them... allowing the army to follow her to them.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Billis, Agar and Samara
  • But Now I Must Go: And Agar goes with him.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The Captain of Samara's army finds the conspirators' hideout; but, instead of arresting them, he and the army join them, under the grounds that the soldiers are citizens too and have families (i,e, potential sacrifices) of their own.
  • Evil Redhead: Queen Samara is quite voluptuous and has red hair.
  • Fake Defector: According to Hercules movie law, Queen Samara tries slipping Herc a Love Potion. In this film, Hercules is smart 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.
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  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Samara routinely feeds her subjects to the "mountain of death" in ritual sacrifice, and gets angry when her advisor begs her to stop. Making this all the stranger is that it's never made clear what exactly the Moon Men need with the random sacrifices, as it's actually Billis that they need.
  • Love Potion: Queen Samara keeps one around her neck.
  • The Main Characters Do Everything: Hercules was summoned so that he could lead the people in battle against the Moon Men, but in the end, he does all the fighting himself while the locals wander around lost in a sandstorm.
  • Mr. Fanservice: A major selling point of the Sword & Sandal genre, the Hercules films, and their many followers, Hercules/Maciste's gleaming pecs are on full display.
  • Ms. Fanservice:
    • Jany Clair as Queen Samara is very curvy and her outfits really emphasize this.
    • Princess Billis, her half-sister, loves showing off her ample bosom. The framing of the shot where she implores Samara to allow her to marry Derex shows it off a lot, but makes it look like she is using it to influence her sister...
  • La Résistance: A group of citizenry led by Prince Derex opposes Samara.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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