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Off the shelf: Conan the Barbarian (1982)

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#21 of 30 OFFLINE   Tom St Jones

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Posted September 16 2014 - 10:38 PM

Yes the "Hyborian Age" of Robert E. Howard predates known history. I just always imagined Conan with a rough American manner of speech, so as to stand out from the civilized types, sort of in the manner of Kirk Douglas' Spartacus, where the gladiators were American (for the most part) and the Roman elites British (for the most part).

 

 Unfortunately, this is something that many critics and lay (or non-Howard-fan) audiences would likely not be aware of. I'm somehow not surprised that Ebert was aware of it, though. He was a pretty informed fellow.

One has to believe that John Milius and company did more than a respectable amount of research into both the fictional continuity and "facts" and the real history of ancient barbarianism etc., and must have felt that Arnold's accent happened to match or just work very well with the character and landscape.  



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Posted September 17 2014 - 12:07 AM

I'm trying to think of other R-rated adult fantasy films and I'm coming up pretty empty at the moment...what else is there?

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When I was watching the 30th anniversary Ghostbusters re-release, I was thinking it would be nice if Columbia brought this back to the big screen for a week. Damn shame the sequel seems to be dead in the water.



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Posted September 17 2014 - 03:02 AM

Sword and the Sorcerer was very much an R-rated Fantasy film. I'm not saying it's a classic, but it was a favorite of mine as a kid. Barbarian Queen was another. It's just plain bad. 


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Posted September 17 2014 - 03:35 AM

"Excalibur"...Boorman's take on the King Arthur legends...

 Yes! That may be the true king of adult fantasy films...can't believe I drew a blank on that...good call. I think I might throw Boorman's Zardoz into the "adult fantasy" realm as well...not that seeing Sean Connery running around in a red diaper was a fantasy, that was pretty odd...but the film plays like some twisted sci-fi/fantasy hybrid and probably leaning more toward fantasy. 

 

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I know not everyone likes this film but I'm one of the folks that really loves pretty much everything Boorman has done...including this. 



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Posted September 17 2014 - 11:42 AM

I'm trying to think of other R-rated adult fantasy films and I'm coming up pretty empty at the moment...what else is there?

It doesn't quite meet the fantasy criteria, but most definitely meets the "adult" criteria:

 

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Posted September 17 2014 - 11:44 AM

I'm trying to think of other R-rated adult fantasy films and I'm coming up pretty empty at the moment...what else is there?

This one meets BOTH criteria.....

 

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Posted September 17 2014 - 12:34 PM

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When I was watching the 30th anniversary Ghostbusters re-release, I was thinking it would be nice if Columbia brought this back to the big screen for a week. Damn shame the sequel seems to be dead in the water.

 

I had thought of this one but figured we were talking only of live-action films



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Posted September 17 2014 - 05:08 PM

 Yes! That may be the true king of adult fantasy films...can't believe I drew a blank on that...good call. I think I might throw Boorman's Zardoz into the "adult fantasy" realm as well...not that seeing Sean Connery running around in a red diaper was a fantasy, that was pretty odd...but the film plays like some twisted sci-fi/fantasy hybrid and probably leaning more toward fantasy. 

 

Posted Imagezardoz-poster.jpg

 

I know not everyone likes this film but I'm one of the folks that really loves pretty much everything Boorman has done...including this. 

I'm embarrassed that I forgot about Zardoz. Rick and Morty did a hilarious homage to it recently, complete with giant floating god head.



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Posted September 17 2014 - 05:10 PM

Sword and the Sorcerer was very much an R-rated Fantasy film. I'm not saying it's a classic, but it was a favorite of mine as a kid. Barbarian Queen was another. It's just plain bad. 

I've felt icky watching SATS since learning a stuntman was killed performing a fall in the film, and the filmmakers used the footage anyway. :wacko:



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Posted February 28 2015 - 07:15 AM

I'd like to say that I have come to believe that this film is the quintessential "comic book adventure film" far eclipsing Nolan and his Batman films or any other film of this type or genre.

 

Here's a special treat for anyone that enjoys this Conan film or Conan in general...a seven hour discussion of the films and the works they were based on primarily focused on this film in particular. 

 

Enjoy:

 

http://projection-bo...-barbarian.html







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