Thursday, June 21, 2012
Maciste in King Solomon's Mines (1964)
like this rare peplum movie. for quite a while it's existence was in doubt, but here it is in all it's faded glory. it's a fun movie, and watching it this way is almost like seeing it on Channel 2 when I was a kid. which I didn't, since it never aired.
Wandisa Guida. she does the obligatory falling in love with Maciste, played by Reg Park. he's in five of these movies, and all of them are worth watching to some degree.
Maciste is in Africa, but that's no big deal. he goes where he is needed! a little editing would help this movie. his obligatory "gets pulled apart by some set of large animals" scene goes on far too long. there's a few other scenes like this, so just about five minutes or so would really help the movie along.
seeing it in it's original scope and nice color would be interesting, but it's fun this way as well.