Hercules / Le fatiche di Ercole (1958)

2.5 out of 5

An important film that spawned so many similar titles the film is a little too episodic, a little too long and a little too prone to mixing in a number of mythological characters. The movie is not as good as it's sequel but it does have more than the occasional inspired moment.

The story features Jason and the Golden Fleece but the film is no where near as interesting as a more famous feature film that covers this theme.

There is a giant dragon monster in this and it looked in danger of falling apart nevertheless the film does not always fail in the effects department as Mario Bava's miniatures are great. The finale is more Samson than Hercules

Steve Reeves is the star and Sylva Koscina plays his girlfriend.

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