Written and directed by Luigi Cozzi, and starring Lou Ferrigno as Hercules, this was an interesting piece of work.
The Adventures of Hercules begins in space with a history of the creation of the universe, which according to this came from an angel-like goddess named Emperia. Emperia produced a Seed of Light which in turn created the universe.
This little tale leads into the opening credits which is interspersed with clips and is rather reminiscent of a video game.
The main plot begins with a tale about Zeus’ Seven Mighty Thunderbolts that were used for keeping peace. Naturally, these Thunderbolts were stolen by a group of vengeful gods: Aphrodite, Hera, Poseidon, and Flora who have used the Thunderbolts to create chaos on Earth. Thus, creating our plot.
On earth humans are beginning to suffer and so two sisters Urania (Milly Carlucci) and Glaucia (Sonia Vivani) go to speak to the Little People. Not so much people, the so called Little People actually appear as holographic type images in red smoke and flashing lights, they are all knowing and see and hear what others do not. The Little People tell Urania that Hercules is the only one who can save the people on earth.
With the people on earth calling for help, Zeus (Claudio Cassinelli) sends Hercules to help them. At the same time, the vengeful gods send King Minos (William Berger) to stop Hercules and Zeus. Hercules embarks on the quest to find each of the Thunderbolts, each one hidden inside a different monster.
While searching for the Thunderbolts Hercules alternates between rescuing Urania and Glaucia, each time teaming up with the free sister. It is a seemingly endless back and forth of rescuing the girl.
Not surprising Hercules manages to retrieve all seven of the lost Thunderbolts, therefore saving the world from total destruction.
By today’s standards, the film is a little silly in parts. Flashing lights, strobes, and images flashing randomly on the screen in some spots. And the acting is a little over exaggerated, although you can tell the actors had fun which is all that matters. If you take it for what it is, this is an entertaining couple of hours.