Attila / Attila flagello di Dio (1982)

2.0 out of 5

Diverting enough 1982 barbarian comedy doesn't produce the unintentional laughs found in Ruggero Deodato's The Barbarians, but, lacking the powerhouse chemistry of the Paul brothers, how could it?

The movie compensates for these flaws with a frequent and beautiful display of naked, female barbarian boobies, the budget's only affordable battle scene, some meager horse action, and a Giuseppe Castellano cameo.

The most memorable laughs come not from the parodying of Conan movies, but more from the ridiculousness. Not even close to Monty Python, but it tries. One, involving mermaid Anna Kanakis and her perfect breasts comes complete with its own Flashdance music and bizarre montage. Star Diego Abantantuono, as always, bellows and brays in loud ethnic dialects, yet these will be lost on most non-Italians. Music soundtrack varies between beautiful ancient music and dreadful synth-rock.

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