Excerpt: A quest that begins as a personal vendetta for the fierce Cimmerian warrior soon turns into an epic battle against hulking rivals, horrific monsters, and impossible odds, as Conan realizes he is the only hope of saving the great nations of Hyboria from an encroaching reign of supernatural evil.
Excerpt: It's pretty much like getting a straight shot of testosterone. In fact, just standing near one of the posters for Marcus Nispel's "Conan the Barbarian" will put hair on your chest regardless of age or gender.
Excerpt: Based on the stories by Robert E. Howard (which in turn inspired the comic book series from Marvel), John Milius’ big screen adaptation of Conan The Barbarian, written by Oliver Stone, might take some liberties with Howard’s mythology but in the end stands the test of time as a great big slice of dumb entertainment and a decent adaptation of the source material.
Excerpt: On the surface Conan the Barbarian mark II has everything you could ever want in a fantasy action epic: muscular men whose clothing is as spartan as their vocabulary, huge swinging swords (not a euphemism), sweeping battles scenes, lashings of blood, dozens of bare-breasted slave girls and as many exotic kingdoms as you could hope to see. Trouble is, surface pleasures are all that director Marcus Nispel’s remake has to offer.
Excerpt: Robert E. Howard, a big, brawling, bookish son of the Texas plains born into the first era in which the United States could truly call the region settled, lived in front of a typewriter, dreaming up tales of powerful men and lusty women. His fantasies synced up with those offered in pulp magazines like Weird Tales, allowing him to eke out a living selling stories at pennies a word.
Excerpt: Get back to me when you've had a childhood like Conan (Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Terminator ), who as a small child watched his dad get whacked by a barbarian horde and his mom decapitated. Then he gets shipped off to the Wheel of Pain—which sucks as much as it sounds—for the entirety of his adolescence.