New Gladiators, The / I guerrieri dell'anno 2072 (1984)

0.5 out of 5

Rome 2072 AD. The blood, sweat, brutality and violence of the Colosseum of ancient Rome has been resurrected and is now broadcast to the whole world through satellite television.

Almost devoid of budget and with little to no redeeming values the viewer is given scene after scene of wooden acting, pedestrian dialogue and some of the most laughable special effects ever concocted for celluloid.

Directed by Lucio Fulci and starring Jared Martin, Fred Williamson, who later commented that he didn't even know what this film was about, Howard Ross, Eleanor Gold and Claudio Cassinelli, the film will either induce a state of deep coma or the annoying electronic sound effects and music score by Riz Ortolani will drive one completely insane.

For die hard Fulci completists only, others avoid like the plague.

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