Hercules, Prisoner of Evil

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Hercules, Prisoner of Evil
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Directed by Antonio Margheriti
Ruggero Deodato (uncredited)
Produced by Adelphia Cin. ca
Societa Ambrosiana Cin. ca
Starring Reg Park
Ettora Manni
Mireille Granelli
Maria Teresa Orsini
Music by Franco Trinacria
Cinematography Gábor Pogány
Distributed by Titanus
Release date
  • 1964 (1964)
Running time
90 minutes
Country Italy

Ursus il terrore dei Kirghisi (Ursus, Terror of the Kirghiz), internationally released as Hercules, Prisoner of Evil, is a 1964 Italian peplum film directed by Antonio Margheriti and an uncredited Ruggero Deodato. Deodato, the official assistant director, replaced Margheriti as he was busy with the completion of the film The Fall of Rome. Deodato actually directed most of the film in actuality but Margheriti was credited as the director.[1][2] The film is filled with a variety of horrific themes and elements, featuring a killer werewolf, and is as much a horror film as it is a peplum.[3]


The mighty Ursus is given a potion to drink that transforms him on certain nights into a murderous werewolf. Ursus kills several innocent people in the forest in this unusual film before realizing that he himself is the creature the local villagers are seeking to destroy. Ursus is referred to as Hercules in the English-dubbed prints.



  1. ^ Roberto Poppi; Mario Pecorari. Dizionario del cinema italiano. I film. Gremese Editore, 2007. ISBN 8884405033. 
  2. ^ Harvey Fenton; Julian Grainger; Gian Luca Castoldi. Cannibal holocaust: and the savage cinema of Ruggero Deodato. FAB Press, 1999. ISBN 0952926040. 
  3. ^ Antonio Bruschini; Antonio Tentori. Operazione paura: i registi del gotico italiano. PuntoZero, 1997. ISBN 888694506X. 

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