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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

Dar is off living as a nomad with only his animal companions.  The evil Arklon is trying to take over their world.  He is promised the ultimate weapon by the sorceress Lyranna.  She brings him to a portal to another world.  Just as they are planning to go through, a car, followed by two cop cars burst through.  The first car is occupied a young woman named Jackie. She meets up with… Read More

The third sequel in the franchise departs from the previous two films.  It is more horror and less comedic.  It has some macabre humor, but it is primarily about the gore this time around. The story centers around a young man, the girl he loves and military experiments on zombies.  So, based on a true story. Curt and Julie are a passionate new couple.  Curt is way into Julie, who is way… Read More

One of the writers of the Return of Swamp Thing went on to write the screenplay  for the beloved Disney comedy Hokus Pocus.  On the other hand, it is directed by Jim Wynorski,  He has a spotty record and his later career includes films with “breast” or “busty” in the title.  And it is not a good sign when your hero monster appears and is asked who he is…he responds, “They call… Read More

Assemble almost 30 years later, the Donner cut restores the original footage Donner shot and also uses some of the Lester material to fill in the blanks.  It was not assembled by Donner, but it had his blessing. And in many, many ways, it improves the movie.  Gone are the weird additional powers.  Gone is the opening Eiffel Tower sequence.  Instead we have Lois trying to prove Clark Kent is Superman by… Read More

Superman the Movie and Superman II were filmed back to back, but director Richard Lester came in when there was friction between the Salkinds and Donner.  He threw out a lot of what Donner filmed and started over.  Remember Zod and his Cronies?  They are still floating through space in the Phantom Zone.  When Superman thwarts a terrorist plot by launching a bomb into space, they are set free and make their… Read More

Richard Donner’s Superman is often presented as a more upbeat and hopeful film than more recent Superhero efforts.  And, in a lot of ways, it is a brighter view overall.  Donner opens the film with life on Krypton.  His version of Krypton has influenced countless versions of Superman.  It became a ruling vision.  And I get it…it is a society and world at it’s end.  But the severely antiseptic frozen tundra look… Read More