GLI AMORI DI ERCOLE (THE LOVES OF HERCULES)-(HERCULES VS THE HYDRA) - "Mr. and Mrs. Hargitay Go To Italy" (1960)
Welcome to Sci-Fi Sword and Sandal Wednesday in The Dungeon! Tonight's extra special feature is called "Gli Amori Di Ercole," or "The Love Of Hercules," but one thing for sure, it's not about this poster! Number one, Jayne Mansfield is not a blonde in this movie, and number two, Mickey Hargitay as Hercules is not sporting a beard in this movie either! They do both wear sandals, so at least they got that part right!
I'm figuring Mickey and Jaynie were offered a chance to go hang out in Italy for a couple of months and get paid for it, so why not?? The other English title of this film is "Hercules Vs The Hydra" and here's just a taste of what you have in store for you if you're daring enough to view it!
Hercules is played this time by Mickey Hargitay, aka Mr. Universe 1955, and anybody who has seen it will never forget the Mickster's performance in "The Bloody Pit Of Horror!"
But it's his wife Jayne Mansfield that gets top billing! Check out that pair of macho guards!!
Just like the big, bad wolf, Herc huffs and puffs, and blows the door down!
This is a pretty cool shot of Herc in an Escheresque kind of way!
Jayne Mansfield had some special attributes you don't normally find in your run of the mill Sword and Sandal epics!
Herc is forced to throw hatchets at her, but manages to miss four times, and cut the binding ropes instead! What a guy!! Obviously, with talent like that he must be the son of a God!!
Titillating and tantalizing, that's what Jaynie brings to the table!
Mickey finally realizes that no matter how much he works out, Jayne has still got bigger guns than him!
The mythical beast, The Hydra has three heads, but it moves around so quickly, it was hard to get more than one in focus at any given time. All that smoke didn't help matters either! But give this movie some credit, unlike 90% of Sword and Sandal dramas, it at least had a monster of some kind in it!
The Amazons are going out tonight!!
This creepy forest of living ex-lover trees was pretty cool too! IMDB only gives this film a 2.7 out of 10 star rating! What? Are they out of their freakin' minds??
Jayne actually got to play two roles, one as Queen Deianira, and also as Hippolyta, the Queen of the Amazons who took on her looks in order to lure Hercules into her lair of deceit and death!
Wow, not over yet, there's still another monster!! And what the heck is this thing anyway, an Italian Yeti?
That's an Italian monster for you, going for the goods! You better back off buddy, Mickey Hercules doesn't take too kindly to monsters fondling his main squeeze!
When it's all said and done, Mickey and Jayne have time to have a nice picnic out in the country
This poster is a little bit truer to what you'll find going on in the actual picture! "Hercules Vs The Hydra" streams on Netflix, so it can be enjoyed for a pittance, and I recommend it!!