Goliath and the Barbarians

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Goliath and the Barbarians
Film poster by Reynold Brown
Directed by Carlo Campogalliani
Produced by Emimmo Salvi
Written by Emimmo Salvi
Gino Mangini
Nino Stresa
Giuseppe Taffarel
Music by Carlo Innocenzi
Cinematography Bitto Albertini
Edited by Franco Fraticelli
Distributed by American International Pictures (USA)
Release date
Country Italy
Language English
Box office $1.6 million (North America)[1]

Il terrore dei barbari (AKA: Goliath and the Barbarians) is a 1959 peplum loosely based on events of the Lombard invasion of Italy in AD 568. As with many Italian peplums of the time, the English translation renames some of the characters (for example: "Emiliano" becomes "Goliath" in the English version).


Set in the 6th century, it follows the start of the Barbarian invasions and deals with one group that attacks a village and destroys anything that is there. One man, Emiliano, son of leader of tribe is away at the time of attack, and he swears revenge and wages a one-man war against the evil tribes. He also is helped by the survivors and his sister Lynda. He wears a lion head mask to instill fear into the hearts of the barbarians.


US Release[edit]

American International Pictures released the film in the US with a new score by Les Baxter. AIP invested $20,000 in the movie to help the producers complete it and were rewarded when it became a big hit.[2] The film earned $1.6 million in North America during its initial release where it was double billed with Sign of the Gladiator[1]

AIP announced plans to make a follow up called Goliath and the Dragon from a script by Lou Rusoff with Debra Paget but this fell through and they ended up buying an Italian film called The Vengeance of Hercules and simply renaming it Goliath and the Dragon.[3]

DVD Releases[edit]

This was released on a limited edition DVD by Wild East Productions in 2007 in a double feature with Goliath and the Vampires.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Rental Potentials of 1960", Variety, 4 January 1961 p 47. Please note figures are rentals as opposed to total gross.
  2. ^ Mark McGee, Faster and Furiouser: The Revised and Fattened Fable of American International Pictures, McFarland, 1996 p155
  3. ^ Gary A. Smith American International Pictures: The Golden Era, Bear Manor Media 2013 p 144

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