Friday, May 27, 2016

Kull the Conqueror (1997)

Director: John Nicolella

Writer: Charles Edward Pogue

Composer: Joel Goldsmith

Starring: Kevin Sorbo, Tia Carrere, Thomas Ian Griffith, Litefoot, Roy Brocksmith, Harvey Fierstein, Karina Lombard, Edward Tudor-Pole, Douglas Henshall, Joe Shaw, Sven-Ole Thorsen, Terry O'Neill, Pat Roach

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Son of Conan

Plot: A barbarian warrior becomes a king when he defeats a king in armed combat and the king's heir conspire to overthrow him and reclaim the throne by resurrecting an evil sorceress.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

This picture shares a lot with the 80s CONAN & RED SONJA movies.  It was produced by the De Laurentis family and they're all based on characters created by Robert E. Howard.  This one feels at home in that world and it's got some reasonable fun.  The cast is fine but there's some cheesy acting sometimes.  Joel Goldsmith's score is fun and I really liked the rock guitar moments.  It's corny but it works.  The special effects run the spectrum from good to worse but the pacing is good and the filmmakers knew they weren't making art.  It really helps to watch this on the biggest screen possible and with a room full of people not afraid to goof on it.  It would've helped if this were rated R with more violence and throw in some nudity.  Sorbo looks great topless but so would some of the gals.  The Universal DVD has a nice anamorphic widescreen print but the only extra is the theatrical trailer (non-anamorphic widescreen).

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