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Subj: Barbarian Queen (1985): Sword and Sorcery review #18
Posted: Fri Oct 01, 2021 at 08:06:04 pm EDT (Viewed 106 times)
Boy, we are really into the schlock now.
The only redeeming feature of the Deathstalker movie was the charismatic Lana Clarkson as the warrior woman Kira. They couldnt bring her back for a sequel as she gets killed off, so they basically recreate the same character, but this time make her a warrior queen, Amathea.
The plot is basic as heck. On Amethea's wedding day, where she rules over a tiny, primative village, her sister and fiance get kidnapped by raiding bad guys. Amethea survives and goes on a mission to save them.
At one point, Amethea gets captured and put in a torture chamber. What ensues is one of the most comical depictions of a really bad thing that I can imagine.
Like Deathstalker, the budget here is non-existent. The fight scenes are what you expect. But Lana Clarkson had actual talent and presence. Unlike most female sword and sorcerey females, she had the build and athleticism to look believable holding her own in swordfights with men. Even if her hair is gloriously 80s. Sadly, she was wasted on these low budget flicks until she was ultimately murdered by Phil Spector.
The cover art is Boris Vallejo.
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