‘Conan The Barbarian’ (1982): Making-Of Documentary

Above: a fan-made trailer that captures wonderfully the mythological underpinnings of the Conan epic.

OK, I admit it: I was a big fan of the ‘Conan’ comic book series when I was a kid- specifically the Savage Sword of Conan series. I remember getting my first issue when Back to the Future had just come out on video- I think I was 5 or 6 years old. Something
about the meeting of mythology and primeval history was enthralling- swords, sandals and sorcerers…

Conan was a notable debut from the Austrian-born Mr. Universe, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who- despite being more than a little unintelligible with his English- was a thoroughly believable Summerian hero. In terms of performances, however, James Earl Jones without question steals the show as the evil emperor Thulsa Doom. Needless to say, this film broke ground for many such blockbuster-swashbuckler films in Hollywood. The likes of The Lord of the Rings or 300 might never have been possible if it wasn’t for a film like Conan. Of course, Schwarzenegger himself would go on to dominate 80’s and 90’s action movies and, in 2003, the state of California…

This documentary from 2000 on the making of the original Conan film is quite a worthwhile watch for any fantasy film fan. Word on the block is that the big man himself is set to reprise his role as Conan in the newest forthcoming episode, Conan the Conqueror.

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