Saturday, August 04, 2012
Sword and Sandal Theater: Son of Samson
Maciste (Mark Forest) wanders into Egypt just as the aforementioned evil queen has her husband the Pharaoh assassinated. Seems Pharaoh had just learned that the queen had been selling peasants as slaves to the Persians. The Pharaoh isn't thrilled and the queen decides she has a better chance of controlling the Pharaoh's wandering son than the old man, so zap, it's an arrow to the back.
However the son has just saved Maciste's life and also been saved by Maciste. This will be important later when Maciste tries to help the peasants and slaves and he thinks he can rely on the young Pharaoh for help. But Pharaoh's slinky former step-mother puts a magic necklace on him that makes him forget his friends, so Maciste is on his own.
There are the usual strong man stunts and pitched battles you'd expect. As I said the production values on this one are high and the costumes and sets are impressive for the genre. Mark Forest looks massive and heroic. Chelo is hot. What more do you want from a Saturday afternoon movie? I had a lot of fun with Son of Samson. 3 out of 5 Sandals for this one.