Unhappy and frustrated working for his country’s largest cinema chain, film buff Brad McBain (David Argue, “Gallipoli’s”) decides to go it alone and set up his own old-style cinema, the revamped Picture Palace, featuring classic old films.
The Palace will open with a glitzy Gala Charity Night, featuring the mini epic “Hercules, Samson, Machismo and Ursus Are invincible”. But ex-employer, the Kent Corporation’s egotistical boss, Sir Michael Kent (Michael Carman) will stop at nothing to ruin McBain’s plans, switching the Italian epic with a non-subtitled version.
Not to be thwarted, McBain, his weird projectionist Sprocket (Bruce Spence, “Mad Max II”), and publicist Lisa are forced to come up with new dialogue, sound effects and storyline, improvised from the projection booth.
The audience loves the hilarious improvisation, and all h— breaks loose as the action spills out of the projection booth, into the cinema, and into the foyer for the final big showdown.
The film was shown at a rare, special midnight screening at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival, where it earned such acclaim as: “….hits the high camp bull’s eye with each shot….Hercules is a delicious dingbat of a guy, and you’ll laugh at him all the way.”
“Hercules” Movie Revival in 2014
BoPaul Media Worldwide, with its vintage spoof film “Hercules Returns” in its catalog, is perfectly positioned for heavy international licensing deals on the heels of Paramount Pictures’ announcement it will release the mega-budget “Hercules” in 3D in July. It stars Dwayne “Rock” Johnson, the highest-grossing actor of 2013, and is directed by Brett Ratner.
“Follows in the footsteps of Woody Allen’s ‘What’s Up Tiger Lily?’ An hilarious romp. Can easily be re-dubbed in foreign territories since the voices are never in synch in the original anyway. Could become a popular cult success. Technically, it’s excellent.” David Stratton, Variety.
“I loved it. I would give it a 5 out of 5.” Margaret Pomeranz, The Movie Show.
“Hercules has returned. Let the laughter begin. Pushes the parody principle to its achy (as in laugh-tortured sides), breaky (as in eardrum-breaking howls) limit with ‘Hercules Returns’.” Soren Andersen, McClatchy News Service.
“In the tradition of great off-the-wall comedy satire like ‘Monty Python’s. Superb production quality from sound through to photography.” Rob Lowing, Sydney (Australia) Sun Herald.
“Hercules”….hits the high camp bull’s eye with each shot….Hercules is a delicious dingbat of a guy, and you’ll laugh at him all the way”, from a review after the film was shown at a rare, special midnight screening at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival,
“It would be hard to find a film that’s more entertaining for film fans than ‘Hercules Returns’, the silly send-up of a forgotten 1964 Italian epic in the Steve Reeves school of schlock. Like Woody Allen’s ‘What’s Up Tiger Lily’,” Michael Haladay, Entertainmenty Bits & Bites (Seattle, WA, International Film Festival.
“The concept is ultimately so silly it’s positively endearing….could well turn out to be the biggest foreign comedy hit since ‘The Gods Must Be Crazy’.” William Arnold, Seattle (Washington) Post-Intelligencer.