Barbarian Brothers, The / I barbari (1987)

2.5 out of 5

A band of traveling minstrels and thespians, one with the unfortunate affliction of looking like Emo Phillips with a giant copper watch spring woven into his hair, fall foul of the forces of evil as led by Richard Lynch in this late Cannon production under the direction of Ruggero Deodato who here also brings on board and criminally under utilizes Michael Berryman for a further connection with Cut And Run in this gem of a hunt the gemstone themed Conan rip off.

At times feeling like a post nuclear dystopia feature, albeit with rudimentary weapons and horses and carts instead of custom cars, and featuring a special effects dragon that has the misfortune to look like a semi flaccid pork sword bedecked in an ALF the alien fright mask this fantasy feature is one that has no intention of seriousness as two brainless beefcake Conans played by brothers Peter and David Paul high five and bray like donkeys while meandering through the mostly harmless and somewhat engaging slice of sword and sorcery nonsense.

George Eastman, a real genre film favourite, is once again under used but makes the best of what is on offer and gets to arm wrestle while Nello Pazzafini needn't have bothered at all with a non role as a man who sits next to Eastman while actually doing nothing at all for all of his two seconds or so of screen time.

Funny, silly and engaging and possibly the antithesis of the works of social commentary such as Waves Of Lust this one really has nothing at all to say about anything but at least it articulates the vacuous narrative in an incredibly engaging and painfully compelling way, unlike incidentally aforementioned Waves Of Lust which for all it's po-faced and earnest sociological commentary suffers too much in the pacing and delivery department.

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