It’s STACK‘s Friday Flick time, where each week we’ll recommend a slice of classic movie viewing that’s sure to get your weekend off to a great start. This week, it’s Conan the Barbarian.
Slave. Barbarian. Warrior. Thief.
This 1982 sword and sorcery epic from director John Milius catapulted Arnold Schwarzenegger to superstardom, as Robert E. Howard’s iconic barbarian hero. With a physique forged by the Wheel of Pain and gladiator training, Conan vows revenge on the sorcerer Thulsa Doom, who murdered his parents in a village raid. Teaming up with Subotai the archer and Valeria the Queen of Thieves, Conan’s quest takes him from the city of Zamora to a cannibalistic orgy in the Temple of Set. While some of the special effects haven’t aged well (that giant snake!), Conan the Barbarian remains a rousing pulp adventure filled with grandiose sets and over the top performances.
Four reasons why Conan rocks:
1. The stirring score by Basil Poledouris.
2. James Earl Jones as Thulsa Doom.
3. The Battle of the Mounds
4. “Do you want to live forever?”
Check out STACK‘s previous Friday Flick recommendations here.