Couldn’t resist a title like this. I should have but I had to push on. It is good for some laughs and Mark Forest get to show off his grimacing skills while pushing some lightweight props around.
Maciste is minding his own business when he spots villagers being run down by some strange guys in white. His dad Hercules must be on vacation so he deals with the weird army. A dying villager says the village has been destroyed and Princess Salirah has been kidnapped. Maciste isn’t putting up with this nonsense.
He comes across a group holding Bangor (Paul Wynter) prisoner and once again the fight is on. The strangers have to hightail it underground as the sun is coming up. Both feel guilty about the Princess being captured so they allow themselves to be ambushed and herded below. They’re tossed into a large cell with the villagers and then put to work pushing a huge wheel around that makes diamonds.
Running the place is Queen Halis Mojab. She’s not an albino like the rest of them. Just for fun Salirah is to be sacrificed…but first….Maciste and Bangor have to fight to the death….or a reasonable facsimile The winner gets a cage match with a guy in a gorilla suit. Maciste knocks Bangor out and gets in the cage. No one in a gorilla suit is going to best him. This is so bad that you can see the flesh of the man in the suit around the eyes.
While all this is going on, Bangor’s girlfriend,a handmaiden to the Queen, sets up an escape that gets Maciste, Bangor and Salirab back to the surface. The Queen doesn’t know her handmaiden arranged it. On the surface Salirah is dropped off at the sacred waterfall for safekeeping.
Down below the High Priest Kahab is a real piece of work. He’s plotting with his son Kathar to get him married to the Queen. He also tells him her secret. It’s so secret even she doesn’t know it. As luck would have it Kathar and his boys manage to recapture Maciste and Bangor.
Time now for a test of strength. Huge slabs of concrete will be piled on top of each other. If Maciste lets them drop daggers will pierce Bangor and Salirab’s boyfriend. The Queen is impressed as Maciste struggles but doesn’t break a sweat. She eventually calls it off…for a while. The High Priest isn’t happy.
If you’ve gone this far you might as well stay till the finish. Something like this thankfully doesn’t come along too often but it is some fun to see how far the Sword and Sandal genre will reach.
In Mark Forest’s brief movie career he not only played the son of Hercules but actually played Hercules along with Goliath and the son of Samson.
This was the last of Paul Wynter’s three movies.