Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Throne of Fire (1983)

Original title: Il Trono di Fuoco

Director: Franco Prosperi

Writers: Giuseppe Buricchi, Nino Marino

Composers: Carlo & Paolo Rustichelli

Starring: Sabrina Iani, Pietro Torrisi, Harrison Muller, Beni Cardoso, Pietro Ceccarelli, Dan Collins, Stefano Abbati, Roberto Lattanzio, Isarco Ravaioli, Amedeo Leonardi, Gianlorenzo Bernini

More info: IMDb

Tagline: A time of sword and sorcery...when evil forces ruled the land!

Plot: A mighty hero battles the son of Satan and his evil witch ally to save a kingdom from being taken over by the duo.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

It helps that the print I saw was anamorphic widescreen and it looked fantastic.  That helps.  Everything about it is OK.  It's probably slightly above average except for the score.  The synthesizer-emulating-an-orchestra score is at times dreadful.  Surely they could've done something else.  There's a theme or two that sometimes works but by and large there are too many moments of musical WTF.  The three leads are well cast.  They did a good job and I love the bad guy's outfit. 

It's the kind of picture where it looks like everyone is putting in a good effort despite the probable low budget and that goes a long ways.  I didn't see any incompetence on the screen.  I would've preferred some nudity, any nudity (naturally), and some blood, gore and some raw violence but this was most certainly made for the family crowd.  It's a shame they didn't make a harder version for the then-budding VHS rental market.  It's not a boring picture but it's not an exciting one, either.  It's a tame fantasy with clearly marked good looking heroes and villains.

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