The behind-the-scenes story may be more interesting than what's on-screen. Filming began in Thessalonia when Hercules arrived with an entourage of wood nymphs and a partially shaved satyr. An attack by a giant snake delayed the first day's shooting until... Nah, of course we're just hallucinating all that. There really is no Hercules and no Hera, no Zeus and probably not any Amazons either. But there is Mr. Kevin Sorbo, who gracefully agreed to pretend to be Hercules so that all these tv shows called Hercules could be made, not to mention our movie Hercules and the Amazon Women (which, like the TV show, was filmed in New Zealand). It might not have been this way since more-or-less reliable rumor is that Sorbo was considered for the role of Mulder on The X-Files, which might have lead to David Duchovny playing Hercules and a great imbalance in the forces of the universe. Equally unsettling when you watch Hercules and the Amazon Women might be suddenly spotting Xena the Warrior Princess, only you really haven't. That's Lucy Lawless all right, but this was a full year before the Xena show debuted so here she's playing a tough living Amazon named Lysia. She had even made an earlier appearance on Hercules playing a centaur's bride.
The Amazon queen, Hippolyta, is also the focus of some casting what-ifs. Elizabeth Hurley (of Austin Powers fame), Vanessa Angel (the computer genie of tv's Weird Science) and Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel) were all considered before the part finally went to Downey. In one of those bizarre twists, when time came to cast Xena for that TV series, the producers decided on Angel, but she became sick so Lucy Lawless ended up as everybody's favorite warrior princess.
Hercules and the Amazon Women wraps up its entire story but fortunately leaves plenty for the TV series, though we're betting it doesn't follow Greek mythology too closely, since that had Hercules (or Herakles if you don't want the Latinized version) being driven mad and killing his wife and children with his bare hands. Ouch. MonsterVision's night of spectacle is much more entertaining and you could probably even let the kiddies watch.
Now here's the man of the late-night hour with those drive-in totals. "We have: Seven dead bodies. Two bewtocks. Three brawls. Death by being sucked into the ground. Three-headed giant snake fight. Multiple feet-washing. Stabbing. Choking. Tripping. Head-butting. Throat-slitting. Triple back-flip. Triple front-flip. Plummeting to death off an ancient Greek high-dive. Kung Fu. Swinging-through-the-forest-on-a-rope Fu. Amazon nookie. Four stars."
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