Red Sonja (1985)

RICHARD FLEISCHER

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5

The Netherlands/USA, 1985.  , Famous Films.  Story by , , Screenplay by Stanley Mann, based on the character by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by Danilo Donati.  Film Editing by .  

This fantasy adventure is so terrible it’s actually fun. gives an awkward performance (emotionally, not physically) as a sword-wielding babe who has been gifted by a goddess to have superpowers useful for defeating the evil, villainous queen () who murdered Nielsen’s entire family and burned their home to the ground. Our heroine has a score to settle, and so sets out immediately on her quest to be avenged. Along the way she adds the companionship of a pint-sized prince with no kingdom and a musclebound hero () who proves to be her only worthy adversary in the arena of sword-fighting. If you can get over the cheap-looking sets and the laughable dialogue…well then you’d be missing point, wouldn’t you? Terrific costumes by Danilo Donati and some good fight matches are pleasures worth noting.

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