The original Conan the Barbarian was made at the exact moment before the home video era changed cinema forever. Director John Milius gave the film a pulp-primordial swagger, casting it mostly with non-actors who rarely spoke in sentences longer than three words. (One of those non-actors was a championship weightlifter who would later become the governor of California.) So even though the original Conan film only came out 30 years ago, it feels like something from much earlier — a pre-Code silent epic, with ambient nudity and gleeful bloodshed that looks positively transgressive in our PC era. The new Conan the Barbarian has a lot to live up to, but a new clip that just hit the Internet gives me a bit of hope — check out an extended, ridonk violent scene of Cute Li’l Conan battling some forest barbarians below.
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