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Sunday, 30 August 2015

The New Barbarians (1983)

aka Warriors of the Wasteland

The man known as Scorpion (Giancarlo Prete) is a survivor, having weathered both the nuclear war that turned the world into a wasteland and the vicious gangs that sprang up afterwards. Luckily for Scorpy, his car survived too.
It resembles Mad Max as shot on a 1980s BBC Dr Who budget and is considered a part of Castellari’s Bronx Trilogy for reasons I don’t quite understand.
The freshly mown grasslands betray the supposed wasteland setting, but what bugged me more was the salon-haired villains (known as Templars) who wear the kind of spotless white attire you see in washing powder adverts.
Yes, it’s bad but it’s fun. There are some hilarious kills, most courtesy of Fred Williamson while dressed as some kind of DC Comics archer. That's Fred on the cover. It's odd that Scorpion, the supposed hero of the film, didn't make the cut.

2½ awkward initiations out of 5

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