Through the glory of Netflix I came across the 1983 film version of Hercules starring the “incredible” Lou Ferrigno. We been working on our Hercules game for about a year now. I must have Googled the word Hercules 2000 times looking for reference. Never did I see a reference to this camp gem.
The trailer repeatedly refers to Lou as “incredible”. I’m guessing this is an attempt to remind anyone buried under a rock in 1983 that Lou spent some time as the Incredible Hulk. So in case you missed it Lou is still just plain is incredible.
In our game, Hercules: Curse of the Hydra, Herc battles Agrius who is an instrument of Hera in our epic saga.
AGRIOS & OREIOS (or Agrius and Oreus) were a pair of half-human, half-bear Thrakiangiants. They were transformed into birds by the gods as punishment for their cruel barbarity.
You can read about him more here: http://www.theoi.com/Gigante/GigantesAgriosOreios.html
Imagine my wonder and joy when I found Lou’s Hercules battling a Great Bear of his own!
The copyright holders of this precious piece of intellectual property won’t conceed for it to be embedded off of Youtube so you’ll have to go to the source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqMfxmzVd28
The cheesiness of this battle between a weight lifter and a man in a crappy bear suit is actually the least of the truly “incredible” feats performed in the flick. The best part of this clip is when Hercules throws the bear into space and creates the bear constellation. Hercules proceeds to throw things into space all throughout the movie to great comic effect.
Actually space plays a huge roll in the film. All the gods live there. Hercules came from there. The evil guys dwell there. Space is literally where it’s at.
While watching it you can see the wheels turning in the heads of the movie executives: Star Wars meets Clash of the Titans meets the Incredible Hulk. How can it not be a hit? It does succeed at being INCREDIBLY funny. I recommend a viewing. then you can play our game afterwards and see how it stacks up.
Soon I’ll post about a modern Hercules Melodrama: Hercules in New York with the equally INCREDIBLE Arnold.