The 1983 film Warriors of the Wasteland (also known as The New Barbarians and I nuovi barbari) is a post-apocalyptic film that was produced in Italy and later distributed in the United States. It was filmed in several months just outside Rome and stars Giancarlo Prete, Fred Williamson, George Eastman, Massimo Vanni, Anna Kanakis, Ennio Girolami and Iris Peynado.
The film was considered a blatant ripoff of Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, but has since garnered significant cult appeal and is famous for the impressive vehicles and fighting sequences, along with a vibey Italo Disco soundtrack.
Warriors of the Wasteland Plot Summary
Thirty years after the present day (which is the year 2019) the world has been reduced to a wasteland after a nuclear war which killed most of humanity. A handful of rag-tag survivors wander around looking for food and water. However, a band of fierce bandits, who call themselves the Templars, prowl around the wasteland preying on the survivors. Led by a prophet called the One (played by George Eastman) they steal the food and kill everyone they come across in a goal of “purging the earth”.
A former member of the bandits, who has left them in order to help the survivors, is now a mercenary named Scorpion (played by Giancarlo Prete). He and his sidekick Nadir (played by Fred Williamson) ride alongside a small caravan of survivors to protect them from the Templars, fending them off, and in the meanwhile falling in love with a girl named Alma (played by Anna Kanakis).
Gil has a bachelor’s in communication, and attended film school in Los Angeles. He worked in film & media production for several years, traveling to over 45 countries, before cofounding a marketing company. Obsessed with feel-good 80s teen comedies, sword-and-sorcery films, and gritty sci fi noir, Gildner is a fan of the weird and campy. His favorite films include Blade Runner, Alien, Mad Max, and Drive.