Mon, 23 May 2022
Oil up those muscles and sharpen your sword because we are going on an epic journey in a time long ago, when sorcerers, warriors, and fantasy ruled the cinema. Journey with Jay and Shua as they look at classic sword and sorcery movies.
Conan the Barbarian has been around for almost 90 years, but 40 years ago the character was brought to life by Arnold Schwarzenegger, early in his career. This movie inspired a plethora of other stories throughout the 80’s. Mount those horses and journey to a forgotten age with Enjoy Stuff
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Conan the Barbarian made his live action debut in 1984 with a John Milius production of the same name. This was not Schwarzenneger’s first film, but it definitely put him on the road to stardom. Despite some of it’s dated effects and slow pace, it is a beautiful, fantasy epic.
There were a bevy of Sword and Sorcery films after the success of Conan. But we saw a few in a similar genre before. Disney films like The Sword in the Stone (1963) and the Harryhausen creations like The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) and its sequels and Clash of the Titans (1981).
Marc Singer brought a different type of barbarian to the fantasy world. His character of Dar in Beastmaster (1982) had the ability to connect and communicate with animals that helped him defeat the evil sorcerer played by Rip Taylor. Oops! I mean Rip Torn.
Fantasy lends itself to such a wide variety of movies such as The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982) and a rare, early Disney PG movie called Dragonslayer (1981). These kept the interest in these types of mythical worlds.
Excalibur (1981) was a medieval tale of King Arthur that brought the ancient tale to the modern screen. It also inspired some cool artwork from Shua’s father. Fire and Ice (1983) featured rotoscoping animation from Ralph Bakshi. These are just a tiny sampling of this genre that was so popular during the 80s. There were so many more!
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