Abelar: Tales of an Ancient Empire – August 23, 2018

Swords clash and destinies collide in this epic story of bloodlust and vengeance. Xia, a demonic sorceress, has sworn to destroy Queen Ma’at and her kingdom of Abelar. As Xia and her army of vampires terrorize the land, the queen dispatches Princess Tanis to find the one man who can stop Xia – Oda, a cold-blooded mercenary who is revealed to be Tanis’s biological father. Joined by a thieving rogue named Aedan, Tanis begins a danger-filled quest that pits her against the sister she never knew – a half-human, half-vampire creature determined to kill Oda.

Runtime: 89 minutes
Director: Albert Pyun
Starring: Kevin Sorbo, Michael Pare, Sasha Mitchell
MPAA Rating: R
Final Score: 2.5/10

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Conan the Barbarian (1982) – August 9, 2018

Through the history of mankind, the times that are most recorded in mythology and song are those of great deeds and fantastic adventures. Such a time was the Hyborean Age. Such a tale is the story of “Conan the Barbarian.”

Cimmerian Conan is captured as a child after his parents’ savage murder by raiding Vanir led by Thulsa Doom, head also of the malignant snake-cult of Set. Fifteen years’ agony, first chained to the Wheel of Pain grinding grain and then enslaved as a Pit Fighter, forge a magnificent body and indomitable spirit. Freed miraculously one day by his owner, Conan, with his companions Subotai the Mongol and Valeria, Queen of Thieves, sets forth upon his quest to learn “the riddle of steel” which, his father has prophesied, will confer ultimate power, and to kill the arch-villain Thulsa Doom.

Runtime: 129 minutes
Director: John Milius
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Sandahl Bergman
MPAA Rating: R
Final Score: 7/10

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