An Italian Sword and Sandal? Where’s the handbag? Big chest, vulnerable queen, prisoners, heathens, a body count. It’s enough to make DeMille blush. Samson and Delilah (1949), Quo Vadis (1951), The Ten Commandments (1956), Ben-Hur (1959), Spartacus (1960), El Cid (1961). These epics put this to shame. Headhunters, second-rate Hercules, a suspension bridge. Road to nowhere? Taxes, World’s Most Adorable Pet, “Nummy Muffin Coocol Butter”, Shedding, Sick Frank, Reunion. “Colossus and the Headhunters. The struggles of a Greek Immigrant in a tough job market”, “Starring the law firm of Morris Brown and Leroy”, “Oh you know I had Malatesta one time. It made me itch like crazy.” “This movie is like a storm raging inside you” or “Another Italian Government collapses”?
Unfortunately, not well enough to comment. I don’t believe I have seen it since they left SciFi, as it is not in my collection, and not available in the Gizmoplex. I do have the Shout! DVD on my wish list, but it has a lot of company right now. It is apparently Swords and Sandals without Herc, so that should at least be entertaining.
“Maciste” first appears in cinema in 1914’s Cabiria, which is also the first epic. (It may also be the first film with a moving camera? That seems unlikely but I’ve heard that.)
The screenwriter was literate enough to know that (some variant of) Maciste was Hercules’ surname (Makisto?) apparently, but subsequent filmmakers just fell back on that name because of its cinematic tradition.
IOW, it should be understood to be Hercules, even if subsequent films didn’t realize that.
I have no idea what kind of name Colossus is supposed to be or who it alludes to. Not that it matters, since it’s really Maciste. What’s weird is that he gets called Maciste in the English dub instead of the weird made up name in the title. So really, what was the point?
One of the more implausible moments in the film occurs early on when Maciste helps some islanders escape death by volcano. The raft used to transport them is a tiny affair that’s standing room only and has no visible supplies. And somehow, we’re expected to believe that they could have traveled several days under such conditions. After that, it’s a typical Sword & Sandal plot of a treacherous court flunky attempting to usurp the throne from the rightful ruler. One of the more significant differences is that the requisite curvy queen who desires to get into the loincloth of the well-oiled beefcake protagonist is not evil for once.