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While Maciste (Bartolomeo Pagano) is busy getting his cousin back
together with the father of her child, the demon Barbariccia (Franz Sala)
makes up a plan to drag Maciste to hell - and so he kidnapst the boy to
lure Maciste out into the open to then transport him right to hell. Once
there, he is made a prisoner of Pluto (Umberto Guarracino), lord of hell,
but due to his strength, Maciste doesn't remain a prisoner for too long,
and because he is such a righteous guy, he rights a few wrongs in hell. He
is also irresistible to hell's girls, and there's the catch: As a mortal,
Maciste can't be held in hell longer than 3 days, but if he's kissed by a
female demon, he turns into a demon himself and is doomed to stay forever.
Luciferina (Lucia Zanussi), Pluto's daughter, who is impressed by
Maciste's strength and rightousness, and upon his request, she lets him
have a look into his world via some device - and MAciste sees that his
cousin and her lover are back together with their baby. Maciste is
touched, and he wants to kiss Luciferina, but she turns him down because
she doesn't want to turn him into a demon. But enter Plkuto's wife
Proserpina (Elena Sangro), who wants just that and thus she seduces
Maciste ... and poff, he's a demon.
Barbariccia in the meantime builds
up an army to take hell away from Pluto, and he seems to succeed, too -
until Maciste joins the fight and turns it in Pluto's favour. As a thank
you, Pluto grants Maciste a wish and turns him back into human form so he
can return to his world - but on the way there, he is lured into a trap by
Proserpina, chained to a rock and kissed so he turns back into a demon,
and into her sextoy. As a demon, Maciste spends many years chained to that
It'S Christmas on earth, and the son of Maciste's cousin prays
for him - and since children's prayers on Christmas eve sometimes work
miracles, Maciste is miraculously freed from his chains, turned back into
a human again, and sent back to earth ...
Of course, on the
surface Maciste all'Inferno is a cheesy muscleman epic and a film
that perfectly blends in with others of the silent Maciste-series
- but that said, it also features some striking images of hell, some not
only for its time pretty impressive effects, touches of surrealism and a
surprisingly big number of explicit decapitations that make this one quite
memorable. And if you're willing and able to accept the genre-specifically
corny basic plot, you will probably love this one!