The tyrant Gedren seeks the total power in a world of barbarism. She raids the city Hablac and kills the keeper of a talisman that gives her great power. Red Sonja, sister of the keeper, sets out with her magic sword to overthrow Gedren. The talisman’s master Kalidor follows to protect her. Of course they fall in love – however Red Sonja’s power bases on the oath to never give herself to any man… —IMDb
The son of famed animator Max Fleischer (Popeye, Betty Boop et. al.), Richard O. Fleischer was a psychology student at Brown University when he dropped out in favor of the Yale Drama Department. At age 21, Fleischer organized a campus theatrical troupe called the Arena Players. In 1942, he went to work for RKO-Pathe in New York, editing the company’s weekly newsreels before producing and directing his own short-subject projects, including the March of Time-like This is America and a series of gagged-up silent-film vignettes titled Flicker Flashbacks. In 1946, he headed to Hollywood, there to direct feature films for Pathe’s parent studio, RKO Radio; his last short-subject effort was the Oscar-winning Design for Death (1948). At first limited to “B” pictures, Fleischer gained a loyal critical following with such topnotch films as Follow Me Quietly (1949) and The Narrow Margin (1952).
Perhaps sensing that RKO was on its last legs, Fleischer moved on to MGM, then to Walt Disney… read more
Clearly an attempt to continue cashing in on the 'Conan the Barbarian' franchise, but this one is actually a lot more fun than the bloated and pretentious 'Conan'. It's as cheesy as you'd expect an 80s sword-and-sandal epic to be, but veteran director Richard Fleischer keeps the action clipping along, and the cast is likable. Not a great film by any means, but solid camp entertainment.
Despues de Terminator, el inexpresivo Arnold fue requerido para trabajar en esta cosa, basada al igual que Conan,en otro personaje creado por Robert E. Howard. En este caso, se trata de un más o menos pasable churrito, concebido para el lucimiento de la machorra actriz Brigitte Nielsen (en aquel entonces, la distinguida señora de Sylvester Stallone) cosa que a nadie le interesó, pues el iman taquillero era el Arnold.