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After the attempt to (kind of) expand the Conan Universe with Red Sonja in 1985 fell short of expectations, the Conan Franchise went silent on the silver screen. While barbarians and fantasy seemed to have a fanbase on television throughout the 90’s, it was not until Game of Thrones that people seemed to feel like the genre of sword and sorcery could be revived. Stepping into the loincloth of Conan was Game… Read More

This film is an example of not getting your ducks in a row.  The producers wanted to capitalize on the success of Conan.  They decided on Red Sonja, a warrior woman within the same universe.  Well, sort of.  Red Sonja as written by Howard was not set in the world of Conan at all. She was a swashbuckler in the 16th century.  Roy Thomas introduced her in the Conan comics. The producers… Read More

Conan the Barbarian was a decent size hit, so a sequel was put into motion. Conan and his narrator Akiro the wizard.  They are joined by comic relief and thief Malak.  The Queen Taramis calls upon the trio to join her guard Bombaata in escorting the virginal Princess Jehnna to retrieve a mystical gem.  Her goal is to harness the power of Dagoth, god of dreams. Along their journey they add the… Read More

Conan the Barbarian has conquered a lot of mediums.  Books, comic books, television…but I think it is hardly an exaggeration to say that the Arnold Schwarzeneggar films heavily defined the public’s perception of the character. As a young boy, Conan’s family is slaughtered by a snake cult led by Darth Vader’s voice. Thulsa Doom lets his men sell young Conan into slavery.  Conan grows up to be super strong, going from slave… Read More