Hercules is an Italian adventure film written and directed by Luigi Cozzi. The movie follows the adventures of the well-known mythological hero but gives the story a modern twist, pitting Hercules (Lou Ferrigno) against an evil wizard named Minos (William Berger), who wants to take over Hercules' world using science and modern technology. The film deviates from the original story and forges it anew for the new generation, replacing ancient lore with scientific twists. Instead of completing twelve labors, Hercules must rescue Princess Cassiopia, avenge his mortal parents, and fight his way through legions of robots and monsters in order to get to Minos.
Along the way, Hercules makes several new friends, including a cursed witch, travels to exciting destinations, such as the center of the world, and learns more about himself and the evil forces that are at work to take over the world. However, the movie never completely abandons its roots. In fact, the film seamlessly ties in some of the original mythology into this modern adventure, making an all-new tale. Hercules is found fighting Hydra, rescuing damsels, pitting his strength against both man and beast, as well as meeting well-known gods such as Zeus, Hera, and Athena.
The film has great technical value, using stop-motion animation to make scenes come to life, such as fighting robots, bears, and other enemies thrown in Hercules' path by Minos. The musical score is composed by Pino Donaggio, a famous Italian composer, who is best known for his hit single, "Io che non vivo," or "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" when performed in English. Though not a box office hit, the film has become a favorite among fans of Lou Ferrigno. This led to a sequel called The Adventures of Hercules.