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
Kevin Sorbo slams evil as Kull, the Conqueror, a fearless barbarian warrior, who through skill and bravery, becomes king. Worshiped by his subjects for his mercy, adored by the beautiful fortuneteller Zareta for his valour, Kull quickly becomes the mortal enemy of the forces of darkness, led by the villainous Akivasha.
Runtime: 96 minutes Director: John Nicolella Starring: Kevin Sorbo, Tia Carrere, Karina Lombard MPAA Rating: PG-13 Final Score: 7/10
A fun sword and sorcery adventure with plenty of action, romance, and magic. The characters are not the best and some of the plot doesn’t make sense, but the special effects are great, and the action scenes are good.
In a dark age the mighty Dragonphoenix Empire rules the world of Elebros with an iron fist. The fearless and enslaved warrior Dragar finally manages the escape from captivity. Taking the daughter of a high-ranking general along as hostage he begins his journey back home. Still the henchmen of the general are close on his heels.
Runtime: 126 minutes Director: Thanos Kermitsis Starring: Yannis Rubulias, Constantina Georganta, Thanos Kermitsis MPAA Rating: Not Rated Final Score: 4.5/10
Mystery and excitement await as you enter the fantastic medieval world of the Amazons, where magic reigns supreme and betrayal looms at every turn! In order to defeat the evil wizard Kalungo and his vicious minions, the Amazons must recover a talisman sword whose whereabouts have remained unknown for 500 years. Only the beautiful young warrior, Dyala, has the vision needed to retrieve the sword. She is joined on her mission with the lovely Tashi, her sworn rival, on a perilous journey against the power of Kalungo’s magic, the savagery of fierce tribesmen and generations of family rivalry.
Runtime: 75 minutes Director: Alex Sessa Starring: Windsor Taylor Randolph, Penelope Reed, Joseph Whipp MPAA Rating: Unrated Final Score: 4/10
Runtime: 91 minutes Director: Anne Black Starring: Amy de Bhrun, David Hayon, Tim Treloar MPAA Rating: Not Rated Final Score: 5.5/10
In a war-torn country that is plagued by a vicious dragon, Elenn, a noblewoman, accompanies her aunt on a mission to bring an ancient relic to the secret coronation of the rightful king. When her aunt is murdered on the road, Elenn must take her aunt’s place at the coronation and hires a smuggler to escort her across the volatile country. Elenn must find within herself the strength to fulfill her aunt’s calling to free the people, and become the Paladin – the long foretold dragon slayer.
Runtime: 103 minutes Director: Brock Morse Starring: Blake Stadel, Rob Simonsen, John Rankin MPAA Rating: PG-13 Final Score: 6.5/10
Set in a fictitious medieval world, this odyssey of one man’s personal redemption is an entertaining and thought-provoking tale rife with swordplay, humor, intrigue and fantasy. Veteran stage actor Blake Stadel stars in the title role of Asbrey of Westender, a once legendary knight who has mysteriously fallen from grace.
Runtime: 101 minutes Director: Giacomo Battiato Starring: Rick Edwards, Ronn Moss, Barbara De Rossi MPAA Rating: Not Rated Final Score: 6/10
The Mongol. The Human Weapon. The Black Warrior. All are part of an era when codes of honor became codes of conflict. All are ready to fight to the death in a time of Hearts and Armour.
Tanya Roberts heads a talented international cast in this sword-clanging adventure. She plays a Moorish princess desired by a Christian warrior and swept up in a turbulent showdown of magic, armour and valiant knights.
In the spellbinding tradition of Excalibur which centered on Arthurian legends of the north, Hearts and Armour brings to the screen the medieval myths of sun-drenched southern Europe. In a titanic clash of cultures, Christians and Moors cross swords in brutal combat, playing out entangled destinies – and creating legends that would endure through the ages.