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89 Ratings

Hercules in the Haunted World

Ercole al centro della terra (Hercules in the Center of the Earth)

Directed by Mario Bava
Italy, 1961


Hercules must journey in Hades itself to retrieve the magic stone that will free his love from the powers of darkness.

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Hercules in the Haunted World Directed by Mario Bava

Critics reviews

It’s is the darkest and most beautiful of these works of fantastic adventure. Bava uses large splashes of color and dreamily abstract vistas to create a world that seems inexhaustibly deep. It is a breathtaking example of the ability of cinema to construct worlds before our eyes that invite our minds to enter and wander.
November 06, 2017
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With Hercules in the Centre of the Earth, Bava, who shared writing credits with Sandro Continenza, Franco Prosperi, and Duccio Tessari, created a work that taps into the deepest spirit of the fantastic in spite of his low budget, cramped production, and the regulation tropes of peplum inimical to his dark and anarchic storytelling spirit.
May 20, 2016
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