"Sword-and-sandal, also known as peplum, is a subgenre of fantasy, based on largely Italian-made historical or Biblical epics mostly set in the Greco-Roman or medieval period"
Join us for some of our favorite Sword-and-Sandal films this April! We present the essential 80s cinema CONAN THE BARBARIAN, full of quotable Schwarzenegger lines and gritty action.
Slave. Barbarian. Warrior. Thief... Conan.
Synopsis: A young boy, Conan, becomes a slave after his parents are killed and tribe destroyed by a savage warlord and sorcerer, Thulsa Doom. When he grows up he becomes a fearless, invincible fighter. Set free, he plots revenge against Thulsa Doom.
Join us for some of our favorite Sword-and-Sandal films this April! RED SONJA (1985) starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Brigitte Nielsen
Heroes of their time. For all time.
Synopsis: The fearless female warrior Red Sonja sets out to avenge her family's murder and rid her kingdom of the tyrannical rule of evil Queen Gedren.
Join us for some of our favorite Sword-and-Sandal films this April! CLASH OF THE TITANS (1981) starring Harry Hamlin and Lord Laurence Olivier as Zeus!
This old school epic mines Greek Mythology for its plot and uses Ray Harryhausen's charmingly archaic stop-motion animation techniques to flush it out in an attempt to give Greek Mythology the Star-Wars treatment
Synopsis: Perseus must battle Medusa and the Kraken to save the Princess Andromeda.
Part of our Sword and Sandal Series AND Kicking off Kubrick Part 3, SPARTACUS starring the late Kirk Douglas holds a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and Certified Fresh with a Critics Consensus: "Featuring terrific performances and epic action, Kubrick's restored swords-and-sandals epic is a true classic."
Featuring an Intro and followed by a Q&A discussion with Film Professor Joe Horine.
Synopsis: In 73 B.C., a Thracian slave leads a revolt at a gladiatorial school run by Lentulus Batiatus (Sir Peter Ustinov). The uprising soon spreads across the Italian Peninsula involving thousand of slaves. The plan is to acquire sufficient funds to acquire ships from Silesian pirates who could then transport them to other lands from Brandisium in the south. The Roman Senator Gracchus (Charles Laughton) schemes to have Marcus Publius Glabrus (John Dall), Commander of the garrison of Rome, lead an army against the slaves who are living on Vesuvius. When Glabrus is defeated his mentor, Senator and General Marcus Licinius Crassus (Sir Laurence Olivier) is greatly embarrassed and leads his own army against the slaves. Spartacus and the thousands of freed slaves successfully make their way to Brandisium only to find that the Silesians have abandoned them. They then turn north and must face the might of Rome.