Ancient Greece: Once again, some gods - Hera (Maria Rosaria Omaggio),
Flora (Laura Lenzi), Aphrodite (Margit Evelyn Newton) and Poseidon
(Ferdinando Poggi) - have decided to rebel against Zeus (Claudio
Cassinelli), have stolen his almighty seven thunderbolts, and have even
gone so far as to throw the moon of its orbit to - before long - collide
with the earth.
Zeus sees himself powerless - but he can send his son Hercules (Lou
Ferrigno) to earth to re-collect his Thunderbolts, which are hidden in
various beasts. Soon, Hercules - accompanied by female warriors Urania
(Milly Carlucci) & Claucia (Sonia Viviani) - fights beasts all over
the place & even in the underworld, including swamp creatures, a
Medusa like being (that's actually pretty well animated), a spiderwoman, a
fire creature, a soul collector and so on, and before long, he has
collected 6 of the seven Thunderbolts ... but he also hasn't got the
slightest idea where the seventh might be ...
Meanwhile the renegade gods are alerted by Hercules' successes and they
have revived his arch-enemy Minos (William Berger) to stop him. But Minos
proves to be too clever for even the gods, and, with the help of
hermaphrodite inventor Dedalos (Eva Robins) he employs science to
fight the gods and before long has eliminated Flora, Aphrodite and
Poseidon and forced Hera into submission.
Eventually, after they even had to kill Glaucia who has been turned to
the dark side, Hercules and Urania make it to Minos' place, where Minos
turns into a being of light, to be invincible to Hercules' strength. But
father Zeus turns Hercules into a being of light as well, and the two of
them have a truly tripped out, animated duel: at first they fight man
against man, then Minos turns into a dinosaur, and Hercules, to properly
defend himself against his adversary, turns into a giant gorilla, and the
2 fight King Kong vs.Godzilla-style
- until Minos turns ihnto a boa constrictor & tries to strangle
Hercules the ape. But ultimately our apeish hero can defeat Minos the
snake ... and all is well ?
Nope, the seventh Thunderbolt is still not found, and the moon is
approaching earth ever faster.
Eventually it is revealed that the Thunderbolt is hidden in Urania, who
gladly gives her life to save the earth, and Zeus then lets Hercules grow
to planet size to keep the moon away from the earth and put it back into
its orbit (really) ... now all's well that ends well.
Nope, like its predecessor Hercules
from 1983, this is not really based on the actual Hercules-legend, rather
it's another free-for-all, anything-goes, over-the-top, trip-like fantasy
hommage and in-joke at the same time. Like the first one, this one is
rather despised by genre buffs who take things too seriously altogether
and just can't see the fun-aspect of fantasy. What they are missing out on
are wonderfully colouful special effects (ranging from ridiculous to
really good), incredibly campy sets and costumes, and an animated climax
that has to be seen to be believed.
If you can accept mindless, colourful fun in your life, have a certain
predilection for camp and don't give a shit about genre boundaries, you
might just love it like I did.