Hercules Against the Moon Men

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Hercules Against the Moon Men
Promotional film poster
Directed by Giacomo Gentilomo
Produced by Luigi Mondello
Written by Giacomo Gentilomo
Angelo Sangermano
Arpad DeRiso
Nino Scolaro
Starring Sergio Ciani
Jany Clair
Anna Maria Polani
Music by Carlo Franci
Cinematography Oberdan Troiani
Distributed by Governor Films Inc.
Release dates
  • 27 June 1964 (1964-06-27)
Running time
90 min
Country France
Language Italian

Hercules Against the Moon Men (1964) is an Italian/French sword and sandal film. It was directed by Giacomo Gentilomo and starred Alan Steel (real name Sergio Ciani) and Jany Clair. The film runs for 90 minutes and is dubbed.

The film "blends" elements from a number of mythologies. Roman, Greek, Ancient Egyptian and Cretan elements are all thrown in.

In the original Italian-language version, the hero was not Hercules but Maciste, originally a hero in silent Italian cinema, and its original Italian title was Maciste e la regina di Samar (Maciste and the Queen of Samar). Its French title was Maciste contre les hommes de pierre (Maciste Against the Men of Stone), but the English distributors dubbed him to be Hercules, because Maciste was not well known to American audiences.


In ancient Greece, a race of evil aliens from the Moon land on Earth. For years they have terrorized the nearby city of Samar, demanding children for sacrifice in hopes their spilled blood can revive their dead queen. Now, the queen of Samar has made a pact with the Moon men to conquer the world and become the most powerful woman alive. The downtrodden residents of Samar cheer the arrival of the mighty Hercules, who on their behalf faces deadly obstacles, battles the Moon monsters and eventually confronts the leader of the Moon men, Redolphis, a metal-headed giant.



It was also shown on Mystery Science Theater 3000, making it infamous for its "Deep Hurting" Sequence (the very long sandstorm sequence). This sequence involved many of the cast floundering around pointlessly in a sandstorm for upwards of five minutes of screen time, in which no plot movement or character development is made at all. The "Deep Hurting" concept is introduced by Dr. Forrester as a follow-up to "Rock Climbing", a pain point of the movie Lost Continent that had previously been shown.

DVD releases

  • The film has received numerous 'bargain box' releases from various studios.
  • The MST3K version of the film was released by Rhino Home Video as part of the 'Collection, Volume 7' box set.

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