Hercules

Rating: 
9/10

There are about three hundred movies named Hercules (usually with "vs. <insert name here>" after the name). This is the 1983 version starring Lou Ferrigno and directed by Italian horror/sci-fi cheese legend Luigi Cozzi (a.k.a. Lewis Coates of Star Crash fame). Make no mistake, this is a bad movie by just about any standard. However, it makes up for its shortcomings in spades with its over-the-top (low-budget) effects and aspirations — the film is trying ever so hard to be Clash of the Titans. Where else can you find chariots in space, Jazzercise outfitted villains, Lego Mindstorms quality animated robot monsters and bear punching? Worth watching for the aforementioned bear punching scene alone. As an added bonus the DVD includes the sequel on the other side of the disc. Fantastic!