Sons of Hercules: The Land of Darkness Part 1

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Son of Hercules: The Land of Darkness Part 1

Sci-Fi, Drama, Adventure | 81 mins | Released: 1963
Director: Alvaro Mancori
Starring: Dan Vadis, Spela Rozin, Carla Calo, Ken Clark, Maria Fiore, Jannette Barton, Ugo Sasso
Our Rating: 5
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Hercules saves a woman named Telca from a lion and arrives in triumph in her village. Telca’s father King Tedaeo offers Hercules Telca’s hand in marriage, if he brings back the tooth of a dragon. Hercules seeks help from a witch who gives him a spear that will kill the dragon but wants the same tooth as her reward. As Hercules has promised the tooth to King Tedaeo the witch warns him that the magic of the tooth will only work once.

In Hercules’ absence Telca’s village has been pillaged with all the survivors save Babar (the comedy relief) are taken as prisoners to the Demulus, a tribe that lives inside a mountain and eats the hearts of their prisoners.

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Movie Notes:

Hercules the Invincible (Italian: Ercole l’invincibile) is a 1964 Italian film directed by Alvaro Mancori and Lewis Mann and starring. It is the first of two directing credits for cinematographer Alvaro Mancori.

The film is also known as Son of Hercules in the Land of Darkness; this title was for a series of similar films repackaged for television, The Son of Hercules.

The film reuses footage and music from “Hercules (1958 film)” and other films in the genre.

For the US version, distributed by Joseph E. Levine’s Embassy Pictures, the dragon footage at the beginning has been removed and replaced with the dragon footage taken from Pietro Francisci’s Hercules (1958), which Levine had also distributed in the U.S.

Notable Quotes:

Ella, Queen of the Demulus: [to Ercole] “Tomorrow, in the arena, you will be torn into pieces by my elephants.”

Ella, Queen of the Demulus: “People of Demulus, the warriors proving they are worthy of the honor will eat the flesh of this powerful man. The one who’s able to tear out his heart will become commanding general over all my forces.”

Ercole: “The Demulus are going to pay dearly for this foul and cruel murder. I swear it!”