The Sword and Sorcery Double Bill
Ator the Fighting Eagle (1982) – directed by the man who partially produced ‘Troll2‘,
The son of Torren – Ator – follows his prophesied destiny to bring the end to the ‘Temple of the Spider’. On the way to meet it he fights witches, un-dead warriors, some kind of female warriors and of course a giant spider. Before his journey starts he manages to marry his sister. A cheap ‘Conan the Barbarian’ ripoff with a touch of feminism.
A mention worth is the fact that they wasted about 20 minutes of the movie to show the birth of Ator, which could be done in 2 scenes, and there is an almighty bear as well.
Red Sonja (1985) – Brigitte Nielsen’s the greatest film (for me); she looks great in this film (even greater in 35mm), unfortunately by the time of shooting she posses same acting skill as A.Schwarzenegger, who co-stars in it. That makes them a perfect match of physicality and acting skills. [Did I mention that she looks great on film]. The support actors (Paul L. Smith and Ernie Reyes Jr.) compensate for the lack of acting skills at the top 2.
The film itself has great cinematography (amazing landscape shots) and impressive sculptures and sets. Similar as in ‘Ator…’ the dialogues aren’t to smart and deep , but the story does not require that. A great 35 mm experience.