|410 - Hercules Against the Moon Men|
|Air Date||August 22, 1992|
|AKA||Maciste vs. the Stone Men|
|Movie Director||Giacomo Gentilomo|
|Cast||Sergio Ciani (billed here as Alan Steel), Jany Clair, Anna Maria Polani, Nando Tamberlani|
|Preceded by||409 - The Indestructible Man|
|Followed by||411 - The Magic Sword|
After a meteor crashes into a mountain, Moon Men emerge and demand human sacrifices from the city below. This goes on for years until Claudis, adviser to Queen Samara (Clair), sends for the mighty Hercules to save them all. The evil Queen Samara however, is in league with the Moon Men, and does everything in her power to stop Hercules. The Moon Men need a final human sacrifice on the night of the convergence of the planets in order to bring their queen Selena back to life. The sacrifice turns out to be the princess Phyllis, and Hercules must rescue her and stop the Moon Men before it's too late. 
- While sword-and-sandal epics like this were primarily made in Italy and filmed in Italian, most of the lead actors were from other countries. Native Italians were usually relegated to supporting roles, but Alan managed to build a career. Alan, whose real name is Sergio Ciani, has appeared in twenty-three different Italian films. He has been credited under the names Alan Steel (as in this movie) and John Wyler. 
- Because American audiences were unfamiliar with the Italian film character Maciste, the title character’s name was changed to Hercules, similarly to The Magic Voyage of Sinbad.
Segment Two: Crow and Tom use Joel as the subject of their amazing BOOBY trap illusion, with innuendos abounding.
Segment Three: Joel gives the Bots new muscular arms and they all come up with their new tough guy names (the rules: a virile first name and a last name that is something hard, as in "Alan Steel"). Unfortunately Tom's suggestions aren't all that aggressively tough and his body rejects his new donor limbs.
Segment Four: Having finally had enough with all the toga/skirt action in these Hercules films, Joel and the Bots sing the stirring song Pants!
Closing (Segment Five): The SOL crew discuss the replacement of actors in sequels and TV series, but Tom is forced to read the letter alone after Crow breaks Gypsy's heart by mentioning Richard Basehart was just such a replacement and Joel has to dismember him. Dr. F is alarmed by Joel and the Bots' ability to survive a movie like this, but works out some of his anxiety by enacting a little DEEP HURTING on Frank.
Stinger: Old guy gets skewered on a booby trap.
- Outside References: Crow's alter ego in segment three, "Drake Tungsten", was used as the name of one of the comic book lines in the video game Fallout 3.
- "...by Four Dead in Ohio Art! Tin soldiers and Nixon sold separately!"
- "He's goin' up against the Unification Church..."
- "NC Stu-Stu-Studio!"
Reference to Loreal's Studio Line hair care products, whose commercials began with the lyrics, "Stu-Stu-Studio. Studio Line from Loreal."
- "Behind the Green Door!"
Behind the Green Door was a pornographic film originally released in 1972.
- "Shop Red Owl."
Red Owl was a grocery store chain in Minnesota & the Upper Midwest.
- "Rob Reiner, NO!"
Rob Reiner is a bald, bearded, heavyset actor and director who is perhaps best known for the role of Michael Stivic ("Meathead") on the show All in the Family. The thug attacking Hercules does look something like Reiner in his later years.
- "Father Murphy, NO!"
Father Murphy was a TV series from the early 1980s.
- "Pizza Pizza!"
The slogan of the Little Caesars chain of pizza parlors in the early 90's.
- "I'm a Grimwold warrior!!!"
From The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent. Said by the fey prince in a key scene.
- "'Porky's 2'!"
A reference to the infamous shower-peeking scene in the film Porky's.
- "I'm writing a spec script for Aristophanes."
Aristophanes was an Ancient Greek playwright; a "spec script" is one which is written in the hope that it can later be sold (as opposed to one paid for in advance).
- Dang Me, Dang Me, Trailer for Sale or Rent, etc.
For unknown reasons, Joel and the 'bots have the slaves operating the torture device singing the songs of Roger Miller (some know him best as the voice of Allan a Dale, the lute strumming rooster, in Disney's 1973 version of Robin Hood; his song "Whistle Stop" is heard repeatedly throughout the film).
- "You told me a fabricated story that wouldn't convince a child!"
Spoken by John Carradine's character in The Unearthly.
- "It's not nice to fool Mother Nature!"
A quote from a 1970s margarine commercial.
- "I am the Mighty Pavog (sic)!"
The Mighty Favog was a character from the Muppet segments on the first season of Saturday Night Live.
- "It's the Inhumanoids!"
Inhumanoids was a toy line from the late 1980s. Technically the rock creatures from the line weren't considered Inhumanoids.
- "It's like a bad Antonioni movie!"
Michelangelo Antonioni (1912-2007) was an Italian filmmaker.
Gymkata is a 1985 Yugoslavian film incorporating ninjitsu and Olympic gymnastics.
- "Why don't ya kiss 'er instead of talkin' her to death?!"
Line from the 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life.
- "It's the Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots! They're gonna knock my block off!"
Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots is a game where the players control robot-styled boxers. The game is decided when one player manages to punch off the head of the other's robot.
- "It's clobberin' time!"
Catch phrase used by "The Thing", member of Marvel Comics Fantastic Four superhero team. The Thing is a man covered in rock, hence the reference when the Moon Men's rocky minions are about.
- "Sounds kinda like Eraserhead."
The soundtrack to David Lynch's film Eraserhead is largely composed of ambient white noise.
- "Look into your heart!"
Quoting Bernie Bernbaum in Miller's Crossing, as he (twice) begs Tom not to kill him.
- Commerically released on DVD by Rhino in April 2005 as part of The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 7, a 4-DVD set with Hercules Unchained, Prince of Space, and The Killer Shrews.
|preceded by: Season 3||MST3K Season 4||followed by: Season 5|
|1992 - 1993|
|401||Space Travelers||1992-06-06||409||The Indestructible Man||1992-08-15||417||Crash of Moons||1992-11-28|
|402||The Giant Gila Monster||1992-06-13||410||Hercules Against the Moon Men||1992-08-22||418||Attack of the the Eye Creatures||1992-12-05|
|403||City Limits||1992-06-20||411||The Magic Sword||1992-08-29||419||The Rebel Set||1992-12-12|
|404||Teenagers from Outer Space||1992-06-27||412||Hercules and the Captive Women||1992-09-12||420||The Human Duplicators||1992-12-26|
|405||Being from Another Planet||1992-07-24||413||Manhunt in Space||1992-09-19||421||Monster A-Go Go||1993-01-09|
|406||Attack of the Giant Leeches||1992-07-18||414||Tormented||1992-09-26||422||The Day the Earth Froze||1993-01-16|
|407||The Killer Shrews||1992-07-25||415||The Beatniks||1992-11-25||423||Bride of the Monster||1993-01-23|
|408||Hercules Unchained||1992-08-01||416||Fire Maidens of Outer Space||1992-11-16||424||Manos: The Hands of Fate||1993-01-30|