Despite its low-budget, Bava manages a surreal visual spectacle with some fun vintage special effects and his trademark atmospheric color photography. The plot is silly, but also fast-paced and full of memorably bizarre set pieces - a battle between Hercules and a gang of the undead is particularly impressive. Bava would go on to make much better films, but his visual style is firmly in place in this early effort.
Atmospheric comic book-y Hercules entry that has inventive moments and a story that engages with a beautiful color cinematography. Christopher Lee is an interesting villainous king that need to drink the blood of his niece in order to stay the ruler for all eternity. An annoying comic sidekick annoys too much and all the action scenes end with Hercules throwing something big. Still a solid "muscle man" fantasy movie.
Seconde réalisation officielle du metteur en scène Mario Bava dans laquelle il affirme son évident sens du décor et des couleurs. On retiendra quelques scènes particulièrement réussies. Dommage que Reg Park soit un Hercule un peu falot et balourd, comparé à quelques autres interprètes du fameux rôle, plus efficaces... www.cinefiches.com