Dino de Laurentiis (Buzz Feitshans & Raffaela de
USA 🇺🇸 1982
W: John Milius & Oliver Stone [based on characters
created by Robert E. Howard]
DP: Duke Callaghan
Ed: C. Timothy O'Meara
Mus: Basil Poledouris
PD: Ron Cobb
Arnold Schwarzenegger (Conan), James Earl Jones
(Thulsa Doom), Max Von Sydow (King Osric), Sandahl Bergman (Valeria), Mako (Akiro)
A blood & thunder sword and sorcery adventure with
Arnie flexing his muscles as the comic-book warrior, seeking the serpent king who murdered his parents, fighting savages and witches in his quest for revenge.
It's actually not too bad. A standout amongst the rest
of the pack from a genre which saw very many films released during the early 1980's. It's incredibly violent, fully warranting an 18-age certificate, with some good makeup and special
effects. Basil Poledouris' thumping, heroic score also deserves a special mention.
CONAN THE DESTROYER (15)
D: Richard Fleischer
Dino de Laurentiis (Raffaela de
USA 🇺🇸 1984
W: Stanley Mann [based on characters created by Robert
DP: Jack Cardiff
Ed: Frank J. Urioste
Mus: Basil Poledouris
Arnold Schwarzenegger (Conan), Grace Jones (Zula),
Wilt Chamberlain (Bombaata), Mako (Akiro), Tracey Walter (Malak), Sarah Douglas (Queen Taramis), Olivia d'Abo (Princess Jehnna)
Weaker sequel to the above...
An evil queen offers to reincarnate Conan's lost love
if he agrees to go on a quest for her.
It's a sequel which is much less blood-thirsty
than the first film with a more comic book storyline, clearly aimed at a younger audience who won't become nauseous from the gore that featured in the original film.
The pacing here is a little better, but the acting
performances are atrocious, especially from the supporting cast.
CONAN THE BARBARIAN (12)
D: Marcus Nispel
Lionsgate/Nu Image/Millennium (Avi Lerner, Boaz Davidson,
Fredrik Malmberg, Joe Gatta, George Furla, John Baldecchi & Les Weldon)
USA 🇺🇸 2011
W: Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer & Sean Hood
[based on characters created by Robert E. Howard]
DP: Thomas Kloss
Ed: Ken Blackwell
Mus: Tyler Bates
Jason Momoa (Conan), Rachel Nichols (Tamara), Stephen Lang
(Khalar Zym), Rose McGowan (Marique), Saïd Taghmaoui (Ela-Shan), Leo Howard (young Conan), Morgan Freeman (narrator)
Remake of the above with more sword and less sorcery. There's
a huge missed opportunity here with the lack of originality from music video director Marcus Nispel, who goes down the easy route of making this a simple tale of revenge, turning in a primitive
knock off of Braveheart rather than a primordial comic book adventure.
The casting is also weak. Jason Momoa, who played beast of a
warrior Khal Drogo in TV's Game Of Thrones, turns up in this film with his bronzed Hawaiian tan and does very little else.
Moderate entertainment of the brainless kind, but this is more
like Conan the Surfer Dude.