Italy was a fertile ground for a whole slew of swashbuckling sword-and-sorcery films. Sit back and enjoy as we rank them here.
The 1983 film Ironmaster, also known as La guerra del ferro, is an Italian sword-and-sandal film filmed in both Italy and South Dakota. The movie was directed by Umberto Lenzi and stars George Eastman, Sam Pasco, and Elvire Audray.
The Throne of Fire (1983)
The 1983 film The Throne of Fire is an Italian sword-and-sorcery film that was filmed in Rome. The film is considered a standard ripoff of Conan the Barbarian, but has since become a popular cult classic. It was directed by Franco Prosperi Morrock and stars Sabrina Siani, Pietro Torrisi, Harrison Muller, Beni Cardoso, and Pietro Ceccarelli.
Gunan, King of the Barbarians (1982)
Gunan, King of the Barbarians (1982) stars sword-and-sorcery favorites Sabrina Siani and Pietro Torrisi. It was alternatively called The Invincible Barbarian. It was widely recognized as a shameless attempt to seize on the popularity of the Conan The Barbarian movie.
Attila flagello di Dio (1982)
Attila flagello di Dio (1982) is an Italian sword-and-sorcery film directed by Franco Castellano and starring Angelo Infanti, Anna Kanakis, Armando Marra, Mario Pedone, Elsa Vazzoler, Enrico Antonelli and Iris Peynado.
Ator, the Fighting Eagle (1982)
The 1982 film Ator, the Fighting Eagle is a sword-and-sorcery film produced in Italy that was among the first in the genre. It has since become one of the most famous sword-and-sandals style films. The movie stars Miles O’Keeffe and Sabrina Siani.
The Blade Master (1984)
The 1984 film The Blade Master, (also known as Ator 2 – L’invincibile Orion) is part of the massive 80s “sword and sandals” trend in Italy, the film stars Miles O’Keeffe as Ator. It is the second sword-and-sorcery film in the Ator series. that has since become a cult classic. Part of the massive 80s “sword and sandals” trend in Italy, the film stars Miles O’Keeffe as Ator, a birthmarked hero prophesied to save the world.
Iron Warrior (1987)
The 1987 film Iron Warrior, (also titled Ator il guerriero di ferro or Rautasoturi) is the third installment in the sword-and-sorcery series of Ator. The two previous films in the series being Ator, the Fighting Eagle and The Blade Master. A large swath of the film was done in ancient fortresses scattered throughout Malta. It stars Miles O’Keeffe, Savina Gersak, Elisabeth Kaza, Iris Peynado and Tiziana Altieri.
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