Monday, August 19, 2013

Barbarian Queen (Not as stupid as it... Never mind)

Score: 7 Out Of 10

     This movie was a real surprise for me. I will start by saying that I am a big fan of films like "Conan The Barbarian (1982)" and "Red Sonya (1985)" as well as the "Heavy Metal" comic series (1977-Present), so in hindsight, I should not be surprised with myself for liking this movie. "Barbarian Queen (1985)" was directed by Hector Olivera. It stars Lana Clarkson, Katt Shea (who went on to direct "The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999)") and Frank Zagarino. The plot follows the story of a tribal queen who's village comes under attack by Romans on her wedding day. After the attack she rounds up some other female warriors and sets off on a quest to rescue her kidnapped fiance and the other villagers. The plot really does not get any more in depth than that, but I am betting if you are reading this than you are not looking for a deeply intellectual experience anyway. There is, however, a lot to like about this film.

    The film is very well paced and is full of fun (and sometimes funny) action. It really had me entertained during an especially creative (and silly) torture scene. This film does have it's problems, though. The acting, more often is than not, is downright terrible and the dialogue is just laughable. Some of the actors were not speaking English while shooting and there is a pretty bad dub job to replace the original audio (think 1970's kung fu movies bad). This is no academy award nominee, folks. It is low budget, schlocky, campy and barely clothed fun. Pop some popcorn and invite your friends over and just enjoy it for what it is.

   The B-Movie Guy
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