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.
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.
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.