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Feature 6.0
Video 5.0
Audio 4.0
Special Features 4.0
Total 5.0
Distributor: BSV
Running Time:
Classification: MA15
Reviewer:
Peter Parmac

5.0


Barbarian Queen

Amethea (Lana Clarkson) sets out to rescue her groom and seek vengeance after her village is destroyed and inhabitants killed or captured by and evil tyrant Strymon (Victor Bo) and his vicious soldiers. With two other female survivors she travels to Strymonís city uniting rebels and gladiators to confront him and his twisted henchmen and restore freedom to the kingdom.

Set in the days of the Roman Empire (although no ones actually looks Roman in dress or attire) Amethea is a great warrior who outfights everyman she encounters. She survives a burning hut by covering herself with dried grass (must be asbestos buffalo variety) and travels to the city to rescue her love Argan. She is captured and tortured by a weird little man who looks like he stepped out of Mad Max, who unlocks her chains so as to better be able to rape her and ends up in a pool of acid conveniently located directly behind him. Now free she unites the cityís existing rebels, peasants (armed with pitchforks) and gladiators led by her very own Argan. After a brief but energetic climatic battle her sister Taramis applies the coup de grace to the evil Strymon and all is now well in the kingdom.

So why is this movie so damn strange? Firstly its star Lana Clarkson was killed by Wall of Sound music producer Phil Spector in 2003 in an infamous case. Secondly there is a bizarre reoccurrence of rape, maybe 6 or more woman through the film, all the men end up dead but really itís not for the kiddies. Torture seems a favorite pastime as well. Thirdly there is the bad acting and dialogue even from the background extras which is hilarious. An example from the heroine ďIíll be no manís slave and no manís whoreĒ. Another from a henchmen tying ropes to Tamaris ďNothing like a virgin to brighten a manís morningĒ. It is a silly movie, which should offend, but somehow seems too comical in its violence to carry any shock value.

Picture quality is somewhat poor, lots of artifacts but considering the films age (1985) that is to be expected. It is shot in 4/3 aspect ratio and has Dolby digital 2.0 stereo. Running time is a brisk 70 minutes. Extras include several other trailers which are in the same ilk and quite amusing.

I have a fondness for the sword and sorcery/scandal genre, the pinnacle being Conan The Barbarian. Letís face it this is no Conan yet follows some similar plotlines, burning village, vengeful hero/heroine and the final climatic battle with the movie villain. Being a Roger Corman production usually means lots of buxom women in states of undress, bad acting and a sense not to take itself too seriously. This has all those elements. There is talk of a cult status to this film, certainly it is memorable but for all the wrong reasons. See it with some open minded friends and you will get a laugh or two.






 
 



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