director Joe D’Amato
From the get-go, Joe D’Amato’s Caligula (1979) knock-off, The Emperor Caligula: The Untold Story (or amusingly tersely Caligula 2), seems remarkably tame. I mean an exploitation budget version of one of the biggest budget exploitation flicks of all time — where do you go to outdo Tinto Brass and Bob Guccione?
Well, if you hang in there long enough, it starts to get all sleazy and outré. It’s been super super long since I saw Brass’s Caligula so I’ve got little to compare upon, but I think it’s safe to say that D’Amato doesn’t manage to up the ante.
You do have D’Amato favorite Laura “Black Emanuelle” Gemser as a vengeful slave/concubine.
The Emperor Caligula: The Untold Story is a metaphorical iron poker up the rectum of exploitation cinema, though it offers just that very image non-metaphorically as well.