Loves of Hercules, The / Gli amori di Ercole

1.5 out of 5

Jayne Mansfield pushed two of her talents to the fore by playing both an evil queen and a good queen as her husband of the day Mickey Hargitay grins, looks lost and completely out of his depth in this dreadfully wobbly and inept slice of dusty sandal stupidity.

Among the monsters on display a Hydra is a pretty decent effort in a school-project-for-a-carnival kind of way but living trees and a sort of Carry on Screaming style bigfoot creature do not really work beyond their ability to provoke unintended mirth.

The under dressed interiors give the impression of a community theatre stage play, the cast appear uncomfortable on location and the extras seem to wander off doing their own thing, albeit in costume. Indeed the film is only interesting for a guest appearance by the J and B bottle of Italian cinema waterfalls Le cascate di Monte Gelato to the north of Rome, but that too has been used far better elsewhere.

Direction seems non existent to the point of anarchy and when a horse looks straight into camera it is clear the game is well and truly up. Only completists and fans of Italian waterfalls need seek this out.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics