Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Sword & the Sorcerer - Sequal...

After more than 2 decades, the sequal to The Sword & The Sorcerer (1982), "Tales of an Ancient Empire" is filming. It is even being helmed by the original director, Albert Pyun, who is a sort of modern day Roger Corman. Some production clips from the film can be seen here.

I have to say the original film is a guilty pleasure of mine; though often reviled by more critical folks, I found it to be enjoyable, funny, and escapist. And lets face it, pulp fantasy films aren't exactly a power-genre in Hollywood. Probably, we're never going to see a 200-million dollar big-budget version of Lankhmar starring Tom Cruise, The Rock, and Selma Hayek (does picturing that film make your blood pressure rise?;). Compared to fantasy with more universal appeal, like Lord of the Rings or Narnia, dark Sword & Sorcery is a niche within a niche (something us old-school gamers should be familiar with).

And so I embrace the occasional, and admittedly cheesy, strait-to-DVD genre film that comes along, a custom I've been following since that first string of "Sword & Boob" films from the early 80's.

The clips linked above look ok. I imagine an aging Kevin Sorbo traveling around with a group of beautiful, young female warriors holds a certain amount of wish-fulfillment for many of us;)

I just hope Pyun tones down the feaux-Enya a bit.

8 comments:

  1. "...we're never going to see a 200-million dollar big-budget version of Lankhmar starring Tom Cruise, The Rock, and Selma Hayek (does picturing that film make your blood pressure rise?;)."

    Selma Hayek makes my blood pressure in an entirely different fashion than the idea of Tom Cruise and the Rock in a Lankhmar movie.

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  2. Heh, ditto what Frost said.

    I've itched to see The Sword and the Sorcerer for a long while but I guess it's currently out of print ... Maybe this new flick will prompt a fresh release on DVD?

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  3. O...My...God.

    Wow...Kevin Sorbo in a "Swords & Boobs" flick (nice genre name!). I can only hope it's at least as raunchy as the original and not glossed over for release on the fam friendly Sci-Fi channel.

    Wow...I have to watch that clip again...wow...

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  4. Wow...and Christopher Lambert is in it. Holy crap!

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  5. A complete rip of the DVD is available on Cinemageddon, if you're into that sort of thing.

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  6. " Probably, we're never going to see a 200-million dollar big-budget version of Lankhmar starring Tom Cruise, The Rock, and Selma Hayek"

    And thank Zagig for that!

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  7. Now that's a genre we can all get in front of.

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