"Yep, that's my cue! Big Alan Steel! Splash me on in the morning, wear the great smell of me all day long!"
  — Servo (as Hercules)

The Movie


Hercules Against the Moon Men

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. [1]


'Alan Steel' in Hercules Against the Moon Men

  • 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. [2]
  • Despite the crew's comparisons to Hercules Unchained and thinking of this as a continuation of the Hercules series, it was in fact originally about a similar but disparate character. Because American audiences were unfamiliar with the Italian film character Maciste, the title character’s name was changed to Hercules, similarly to how The Magic Voyage of Sinbad was re-written for American audiences by Francis Ford Coppola.

The Episode

Host Segments

The Bots' Booby Trap

Prologue: Believing the grass is always greener on the other side, Tom and Crow decide to run away to the other side of the ship. It doesn't last.

Segment One: While Joel and the bots have invented the Super Freak-Out Kit, the Mads' invention of DEEP HURTING is woven into the experiment itself.

Segment Two: Crow and Tom use Joel as the subject of their amazing BOOBY trap illusion, with innuendos abounding.

Deep Hurting

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!

The Bots' new arms

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.

MST3K cast


  • Crow's alter ego in segment three, "Drake Tungsten", would later be used as the name of one of the comic book lines in the video game Fallout 3.
  • Joel sports a goatee yet again, as he last did in last season's Daddy-O. He'll have one again next in season 10's Soultaker.


Obscure References

  • "...by Four Dead in Ohio Art! Tin soldiers and Nixon sold separately!"

A reference to both the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young song "Ohio", and the toy company Ohio Art.

  • "He's goin' up against the Unification Church..."

Followers of the Unification Church are often derisively referred to as "Moonies", after its founder, Sun Myung Moon.

  • "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 TV 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.

  • Claudius - "Bandits!" Joel - "Hadji! Johnny! Race!"

References to characters from the cartoon Johnny Quest. Bandit was Johnny's pet dog, with dark coloring around his eyes that looked like a mask.

  • "'Porky's 2'!"

A reference to the infamous shower-peeking scene in the film Porky's. This film also starred MST3K favorite and City Limits star Kim Cattrall and the sequel starred Space Mutiny star Cisse Cameron.

  • "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 rooster minstrel in Disney's 1973 version of Robin Hood).

  • "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 Muppets 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, being allied instead with the line's heroes.

  • "It's like a bad Antonioni movie!"

Michelangelo Antonioni (1912-2007) was an Italian filmmaker.

  • "Gymkata!"

Gymkata is a 1985 Yugoslavian film. It's named after the martial arts style invented by its star, gymnast Kurt Thomas, incorporating ninjitsu and Olympic gymnastics.

  • "Help the bombardier!" "I'm the bombardier!" "Help him, help him!"

These lines are from a pivotal scene in both the book and film version of Catch-22, where the protagonist, bombardier Captain Yossarian, is traumatized by treating the wounds of a disemboweled gunner on a bombing mission.

  • "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!"

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Catch phrase used by The Thing, a 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.

  • "This is like the planet of 98 pound weaklings. Everyone gets sand kicked in their face."

Reference to Charles Atlas' "The Insult that Made a Man out of 'Mac'" comic book ads.

  • "Hercules will return in 'Herc Goes Bananas'!"

A play on how older James Bond films would sometimes end, combined with a reference to the fourth film featuring Herbie the Love Bug - Herbie Goes Bananas.

Video Release

  • Available for rent or purchase on Amazon's streaming service.
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