Saturday, April 27, 2013
Sword and Sandal Theater: Goliath and the Vampires
Anyway, this one stars former Tarzan actor Gordon Scott as Goliath (originally this was a Maciste movie) who does all the usual muscle-man stunts, pulling down ceiling supports, uprooting trees, bending cell bars, etc. Scott was tailor made for these roles as he really looked like he could pull your arms out of socket if you messed with him. He was known for doing most of his own stunts, though I did notice several times when a not terribly convincing stunt man was used. Scott's build, with his enormous shoulders and tiny waist, was hard to double.
As I mentioned earlier, Goliath and the Vampires has a lot of sorcery. It also has monsters, zombies, giant insects, a race of blue skinned men, and the requisite blonde good babe and evil brunette babe. As far as sword and sandal epics go, this is one of my favorites so far, earning four out of five sandals.