Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Season 2 Episode 6:The Cromcast versus Red Sonja 1985 (or, The She-Devil with a Mullet)

This week, your loyal Cromcasters get into movie critique mode and direct their gaze toward the Brigitte Nielsen/Arnold Schwarzenegger sword and sorcery film Red Sonja from 1985.

Does this film capture the essence of the strong female sword and sorcery character in the same way as the Howard and Moore stories we've discussed so far this season? Do you enjoy this film? Let us know!

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Beginning theme: "Sudden Defeat" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

Ending theme: "Redhead Walking"; R.E.M, album: Accelerate. Used without permission.

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  1. I inadvertently found Red Sonja added to my DVD collection last year when I bought an Arnold Schwarzenegger boxset just for Total Recall (it was cheaper to buy Recall as part of the box... although Red Heat was in there too, which is a pretty good film) but have yet to pluck up the courage to watch Brigitte Nielsen in action.

    I was surprised when you mentioned Ennio Morricone scored the music as I assumed it'd be a hack songsmith of little note, so I might give it a whirl just for that as Morricone's one of my favourites. Also, Giuseppe Rotunno seems to have been the cinematographer and I really dug his work on the Jack Nicholson werewolf film Wolf. I'm a fan of bad movies too, so I might get a kick out of the cheesier moments that you mentioned.

    Or I might just watch Conan The Barbarian again... or Total Recall, for that matter lol

    1. Jim, have you had a chance to watch Red Sonja yet? Let us know what you think about it, if so!

  2. Just a comment on Luke's one thing. Check out VanderMeer's novel "Finch". I gave Jon a copy for Christmas a year or two ago. It's a sci-fi noir and is so so good, probably one of my favorite books. Also, after reading it, check out Murder by Death's album "Finch", it's their score for the book. It's great instrumental music and fits the book well.

    1. That "Finch" score by MBD is great! Haven't read the book, yet. Probably will, especially now!

  3. I literally just finished watching Red Sonja at last and... WOW.

    I spent most of its 85mins frowning in utter confusion. And laughing, of course. I did a lot of laughing.

    Whomever thought Brigitte Nielsen should ever be allowed to act on screen needs a slap, although to her credit she does provide most of the hilarity.

    It definitely needs an extended cut, as you can tell a lot was cut out towards the beginning (the first 5mins is like an experimental film, so goodness knows what they were going for!). Quite why or how or wherefore characters are doing what they are doing seems to have been lost to the ages. I certainly couldn't figure it out.

    The flooding cavern scene is a masterpiece of awkward.

    On the plus side, it's always nice to see the late Ronald Lacey. He's probably the only one who gets through this damn thing unscathed. I also liked the bone bridge. That was pretty cool-looking.

    A wonderfully so-bad-it's-good movie, for sure. Also a terrible waste of everybody's time and money.