When Roman warriors descend upon her village, raping her sister and kidnapping all the local men, Amazon queen Amathea vows to set things right. Teaming up with two other female warriors, Amathea travels to the Roman city where her people are held captive and joins forces with the local undergroud resistance fighters. But will Amathea and her new allies have the strength to overcome the might of the Roman empire?
49 of 51 people found the following review helpful: 3.0 out of 5 stars "I'll be no man's slave and no man's whore!", 12 Oct 2003 By mr-benn (England) - See all my reviewsThis review is from: Barbarian Queen  [DVD] (DVD) When a quiet medieval village, whose inhabitants inexplicably speak with Californian accents, is for no apparent reason attacked by an evil imperial army, it is left up to the three surviving women to take vengence and free their enslaved friends. And so the scene is set for attractive women in small fur and leather outfits to kick butt big style. Cult movie afficiandos have credited this bizarre display of sunkissed swordplay as the main inspiration behind Xena: Warrior Princess, which doesn't seem too unlikely. Certainly this Roger Corman production has much in common with the Sam Raimi produced series; the total disregard for period realism, the warrior women protaganists, the kitsch cult appeal. Of course, as the cover art suggests the emphasis here is less on feminine empowerment then fuelling male fantasies; fine when it's ladies in hotpants indulging in unconvincing stagefighting, but a little troubling in the numerous (not very explicit but nevertheless uncomfortable) rape scenes. This is the fantasy epic at perhaps its most primitive. It's quite bizarre to see an English language film with a sound mix so bad you'd be forgiven for thinking it was dubbed from another language. The sets and costumes hardly radiate authenticity, nor are the battle scenes well choregraphed. Even so, some of the location photography is quite beautiful in a quaint sort of way, and there's no denying the cheap, simple fun of it all. At barely 70 minutes it can hardly be accused of outstaying its welcome, although the lack of DVD extras may mean some will not be prepared to splash out on this disc. In conclusion, the cult appeal of this film is clear. And its cult status is sure to only increase after the recent, tragic death of leading lady Lana Clarkson; an actress who struggled to escape her B-Queen status for almost twenty years, only to end up murdered at the home of music legend Phil Spector. At the time of writing, to the best of my knowledge, the case remains unsolved. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Report abuse | Permalink Comment Comments (5) --mr-benn (England)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful: 3.0 out of 5 stars Lana is better than Arnold... a Conan the barbarian in female..., 19 Feb 2010 By Massimo Santilli "kinowelt" (La Spezia - Liguria Italy) - See all my reviews (REAL NAME) This review is from: Barbarian Queen  [DVD] (DVD) Set in some mythic land during the Dark Ages, the film opens as the beautiful, well-endowed barbarian queen Lana Clarkson is about to marry Frank Zagarino, a handsome prince from a nearby province. The ceremony is interrupted by a band of killers sent by evil warlord Arman Chapman who rape Clarkson's sister, Dawn Dunlap, slaughter whoever gets in their way, and capture most of the men--including Zagarino. Clarkson and her two loyal she-warriors, Katt Shea and Susana Traverso, survive the attack and vow to avenge the slaughter and to free their men. Argentine director Hector Olivera manages to inject some style and pace to the rather silly goings-on in BARBARIAN QUEEN, though the film is basically just an excuse to show off the physical attributes of its female cast. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Report abuse | Permalink Comment C --By Massimo Santilli "kinowelt" (La Spezia - Liguria Italy)