Hercules. Ancient Astronauts. This is UPDATED.



Here's the pitch, cobbled together from a couple IMDB reviews.
An alien race from the moon lands in ancient Greece, terrorizing the nearby city of Samar, and taking the population’s children as human sacrifices. Hercules is summoned to oppose the evil Queen Samara, has made an alliance with the aliens in order to awaken a moon goddess and rule the world. Now it’s up to Hercules to save the day and free the oppressed townspeople.
That's actually Maciste, not Hercules, but there's no appreciable difference. If you'd like some smarmy nerd humor to go along with it, check out the Mystery Science Theater version here.

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's....Hercules

Did you know that Hercules was worshipped as a 'personal savior' in ancient times? Did you know his Greek name is derived from Horus? Did you know he was the original celebrity bisexual? Or that he was the patron of Florence during the Middle Ages? Did you know that Obama sought Hercules' endorsement during his election campaign? Or that Hercules is the star of nearly 100 films as well as a number of TV series? Or that he appears in the most important movie ever made?

There are hundreds of strongmen in mythology- why is this one hero so popular? All I can say is that the Greeks and the Romans had a long time to perfect the character, so they must have done something right. Or perhaps it's because as classical scholar Walter Burkert claimed and Hercules arose from shamanistic trances and 'voyages to the underworld'.



UPDATE:
Self-explanatory. Bonus factoid: Hercules took over the Hulk's comic book in 2007.



UPDATE:
Greg is not an alien.



UPDATE: Shhh, don't ask or tell Frank Miller about this skit.

13 comments:

  1. I actually watched another episode of MST3K recently which featured a movie about Maciste called "Colossus and the Headhunters". It was so bad that I don't remember anything about it (besides the fact that it was a really boring movie, even with commentary, I don't recommend it), it's just interesting that out of all the episodes I could have watched (like "The Final Sacrifice", which is about a stereotypical cult which does... something) I chose one with the Hercules/Maciste theme. Just an interesting synchronicity.

    I just now got around to watching Twilight and D-War, by the way. Both sucked horribly, but they were jam-packed with the kind of blatant symbolism which tends to fly above and beyond the heads of most people. Maybe it just registers on a different level for them?

    wv: Cursigle (curse sigil?)

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  2. No wonder Schwarzeneggers first movie was Hercules. The Greeks have their religious vaults bursting with Egyptian occultism, but it's whitewashed into an unrecognisable obscurity. Likewise much of the Christian mythology and theology is just Greek/Hebrew inherritedge. Let's not forget that the Hebrew came out of Egypt. Read a bit about the resurrection chamber in the Great Pyramid (Chefre) and the rabbit hole really starts to unfold.

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  3. tommy said...
    wv: Cursigle (curse sigil?) No... (i) C ur (still) si(n)gle.

    ...lol, sorry.

    I was just clapping and singing to one of my pets "hercules, hercules" like the nutty professor, then i read this post. boing.

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  4. "No... (i) C ur (still) si(n)gle."

    Did you just hit on me?

    I watched most of Moon Men last night, Chris. The alien masks are great.

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  5. Yeah, except the aliens here look like those Mexican Festival of the Dead masks and less like lizard men... I think Icke is more of a Star Trek guy. Though the methods of the aliens (child sacrifice and whatnot) are very similar to what Icke speaks about.

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  6. Chris,
    Since you mentioned the Hulk and the RockObama - check out my latest - Gerard Butler - Shakira - and the Stars of SNL 10.17 - The Astronomy and Syncs of SaTURday (k)Night Live 35 - 10.17.2009

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  7. Good grief, I hadn't known that Obama gave a speech in the ruins of the Temple to Hercules! That's both creepy and fascinating, Christopher.

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  8. Bears or Falcons tonite? ;)

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  9. Herc had definitely become a synch fav of mine. The twin pillars of Heracles... gateway to the unknown, ne plus ultra. I had a crazy dream last year when I actually discovered the pillars of Heracles, and you guessed it, they were very ancient, weathered... and alien. I also had to scramble down a river bed covered with pointy white rocks that eventually began to resemble really big teeth - as in dragon teeth - an Argonaut synch, I suspect.

    I know it all goes back to Egypt, but I seem to have an affinity for the ancient Greek version. Must be all that Spartan sumpn' sumpn'.

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  10. Michael, a little sump'n on the Egypt/Greece versions of history - Atlantis, Poseidon and Cleito

    And (no) surprise! ;)
    Bears 14 @ Falcons 21 (final)


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  11. StrangeEye - oh yea, an excellent story. The Greeks didn't know the over-riding historical record - babes in the woods, so to speak. But they were the ones who destroyed Atlantis - which had become corrupted - a hive of scum and villainy.

    It's funny because I was just talking with my hubby about politics in our little burb of Kirkland, and I was on a rant about the local politics of greed and expansion, and he reminded me that Kirkland simply echoed a greater evil represented by capitalism the world over, and when he was done, I felt a major sense of disempowerment - like, why should I even bother trying to get involved in local politics? And in a way, I understood the Greeks, who weren't burdened by history, like the Egyptians. The Egyptians couldn't destroy Atlantis, because they were too "old".

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  12. To Chris Knowles: Princeton professor Julian Jaynes in his book “The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind” asserts that civilization was the result of hallucinations of the ancients. He does not say that it was due to entheogens but due to the structure and evolution of the brain, which could have been influenced by entheogens. I don’t want to repeat his entire thesis but it would be interesting for your perusal I’m sure. This is the third time I’ve read the book and only now does it make sense. He talks about Osirus, Apollo, Mayan and Cherokee mythology and archeological discoveries around the world. Now that I have a background of other material I can invision a relation with Sitchin’s work as well. One of the most poignant things he reports is a dig at Eynan and the king’s tomb dating to 9000BC where the skeletons were oriented to Mt. Hermon only thirty miles away and he references the Osirus as having possibly begun.

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