Name That Trauma :: Reader Becca V. on a Heartless Villian

I hope you can help.

I am looking for a movie I saw late-night on T.V. as a child. This would have been in the mid-to-late-’70s.

The details are very sketchy, but here are the key points I remember, and I may be mixing up the details because the memory is SO vague:

  • There may have been some kind of invisible monster.
  • There were soldiers/warriors/combat-group type of people on some kind of quest.
  • There was a villain that had his heart separated from his body, up in some kind of tower or something.
  • At one point, the heart falls out a window or something after someone throws it deliberately or it falls accidentally or something, and there’s this horrible shot where the heart lands with a hard PLOP on the ground.
  • There’s some kind of path through misty swamp/caverns/something where taking one step off the path will do something horrible to you, like turn you into a caveman or kill you instantly or send you back through time or something.
  • The bad guy, if I recall, resembled Genghis Khan or something, a Hun-type person, if I recall.

This piece of, uh, fiction, terrified me as a little girl. The atmosphere of it was literally so spooky I couldn’t sleep. At all. For three days.

Help, KINDERTRAUMA, YOU’RE MY ONLY HOPE!

Becca V.



UPDATE: NAME THAT THAT TRAUMA SOLVED!
Special thanks to reader Logan for naming it with THE THIEF OF BAGHDAD. I think it’s best if you read what Becca had to say via email.

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Tristan
Tristan
9 years ago

Sounds vaguely like Captain Sindbad (1963) ???

knobgobbler
knobgobbler
9 years ago

More than vaguely, it sounds exactly like Captain Sindbad to me… the Mongol-ish villain has had his hear removed and placed in a magical tower in the midst of a haunted swamp. The hero has to fight an invisible dragon in an arena and, later, a giant robotic hand.
It’s not Harryhausen but it’s good fun.

knobgobbler
knobgobbler
9 years ago

Gah! ‘heart’ not ‘hear’…

Logan
Logan
9 years ago

Sounds to me more like the TV remake of “The Thief of Baghdad”, late 70s, I think. Most notable cast member was Roddy McDowell as the titular thief.

It was the villian’s SOUL, not heart.

cookie75
cookie75
9 years ago

Not really a horror movie, but when I was little this was a terrifying scene, could it be from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. There is a scene where a heart is ripped out a few times in horrific scenes and tossed over a cliff or down a fire pit.

Tristan
Tristan
9 years ago

Okay, not vaguely at all! Its been years since I have seen it but cannot forget the heart in the tower!

unkle lancifer
Admin
9 years ago

Love that trailer! Especially the spinning head!

knobgobbler
knobgobbler
9 years ago

In Captain Sindbad there is also the matching element where a group of adventurers enter the magic/haunted swamp… some get eaten by guys in crocodile (?) suits. Later Sindbad has to climb up a giant rope to get to the heart and I think either it or the villain… or both… go off the top of the tower.

Stacy Pershall
9 years ago

My house is now totally going to be known as “a savage and sensual land ruled by a fiend.” Wait, did I say “house?” I meant “pants.”

knobgobbler
knobgobbler
9 years ago

Funny, I did the same thing when I confuzzled the previews of Wild In The Streets and Werewolves On Wheels… which took me years to sort out.
I still want to see that original movie, which only ever existed in my confused kiddie-brain.