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  • #59762
    Angel Barracks
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    No.

    I mean the sort with swords and sorcery.

    What films are out there that have a distinct dry deserty middle eastern flavour?

    Conan the Barbarian.
    Conan the Destroyer.
    Conan the new one.
    Hercules with The Rock.
    300 and it’s sequel/prequel/spin off.

    ?

    #59763
    Krieghund
    Participant

    Scorpion King

    #59765
    Angel Barracks
    Moderator

    Scorpion King

    Bugger, I have seen that too!
    How did I miss that.

    #59770
    Rules Junkie Jim
    Participant

    Clash of the Titans!

    #59771
    Mike Headden
    Participant

    In no particular order:

    Krull and Krull the Conqueror
    The Beastmaster 1, 2 and 3
    The Princess Bride (My name is Inigo Montoya …)
    Hawk The Slayer
    Ladyhawke
    Dragonslayer
    Eragon
    Prince of Persia
    Willow
    Deathstalker
    The Sword and the Sorcerer

    and, of course, The Barbarians

    That should keep you busy some wet weekend!!

    Growing old is mandatory, growing up is entirely optional!

    #59813
    Fredd Bloggs
    Participant

    Jason and the Argonauts, Thief of Bhagdad, anything Sinbad, Arabian Nights, Disneys Aladdin etc etc.

    #59814
    Fredd Bloggs
    Participant

    And while not Fantasy, for the desert feel, Lawrence of Arabia.

    #59815
    Rod Robertson
    Participant

    The Prince of Persia, Goliath and the Dragon, any of the old Hercules and the __________ films.

    #59816
    Angel Barracks
    Moderator

    The Prince of Persia.

    Is that the Jake Gil one?

    #59817
    Rod Robertson
    Participant

    Mike:

    Both the old and the new one, so yes but not just yes. I will also look up an old Italian swords, sandals and sorcery film which was called something like The Gods of Assur or something like that. It was really corny and badly dubbed when I saw it as a kid.

    Looked it up – “The War Gods of Babylon” or in Italian “Le Sette Folgori di Assur”

    Also “The Avenger” with Steve Reeves from the early 1960’s and there was another Goliath and the ______ film which eludes me right now.

    Looked it up – “Goliath and the Barbarians”.

    Also the “Colossus of Rhodes”.

    Cheers and good gaming.

    Rod Robertson.

    #59820
    General Slade
    Participant

    I think Red Sonja has got a desert setting – at least for part of the movie.  I enjoyed it a lot more than you are supposed to.  But then I am a sucker for anything Conan-related.

    I loved the Jake Gyllenhaal / Gemma Arterton Prince of Persia, which is a proper swashbuckler.  I thought Gyllenhaal would feel horribly miscast but I thought he was really good in it.

    If you are looking for visual inspiration you could also check out Game of Thrones where the land to the East is desert/steppe and Marco Polo, which is on Netflix and which is actually quite watchable despite having a distinctly lacklustre lead.  It is worth checking out just for the credit sequence, which is rather lovely.

     

    #59825
    Rod Robertson
    Participant

    Mike:

    Brain Fart! I just realised I made an error with the Prine of Persia response above. I crossed my wires and cited an old version of the movie when there is none. I guess I was thinking of The Thief of Baghdad or some other old movie. I can’t recall now. Apologies and yes you were right – it was the Jake G. movie I was referring to.

    Cheers and hoping your brain is less confused than mine.

    Rod Robertson.

    #66028
    Angel Barracks
    Moderator

    Any more for any more, TV shows even?

    #66030
    General Slade
    Participant

    I’m not sure how well it has aged but I loved The Golden Voyage of Sinbad when I was a kid:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=

     

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 11 months ago by General Slade.
    #66032
    Stroezie
    Participant

    Check out Bahubali 1 & 2

    Indian, but not Bollywood, so (almost)no crazy dance scenes.

    The action is a bit super hero at times but if you want inspiration for  eastern fantasy terrain it’s a doozy.

    Here’s a trailer

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 11 months ago by Stroezie.

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    #66033
    Stroezie
    Participant

    First one with english subtitles

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=

    If you like small scale skirmish, check out http://planetares6.blogspot.be/?m=0

    #66904
    Rod Robertson
    Participant

    Deleted because I forgot you wanted desert settings.

     

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 11 months ago by Rod Robertson.
    #76220
    Rhoderic
    Participant

    Just found this thread.

    If you’re open to “that weird Japanese cartoon stuff”, check out Amon Saga. It really is weird though, even by the standards of anime, and all the more so for being vintage (1980s). Still, it’s obviously inspired in part by the Conan films, even if it’s more high-fantasy. It also has a bit of a B-movie feel, but given the subject of this thread, that should hardly be a disqualifier in and of itself.

    If nothing else, you can skip-forward through it on Youtube (in fact I recommend skip-forwarding to be spared most of the abominable English dub!).

    I’m sure that if one were to comb through the whole corpus of anime movies, TV shows and OVAs, one would end up with a small heap of “desert fantasy” type stories, but much of it is obscure, and the Japanese twist on Western fantasy definitely isn’t for everyone.

    #76348
    Noel
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    If we’re touching on anime, then Berserk may be worth checking out.

    I’ve only seen the 1990’s version of it,  but that was left unfinished.

     

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berserk:_The_Golden_Age_Arc

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berserk_(2016_TV_series)

    #76366

    Bollywood makes some too

    #76379
    Ali Dogan Sayiner
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    in 70’s Turkish cinema produced some “Tarkan” movies. Tarkan was a comic book character he is a Hunnic Turk. And he travels from Central Asia to Europe. They are not in English language also poor in production. But you can take a look.

    Tarkan

    Tarkan,  Viking Kanı (Tarkan, Viking Blood)

    Tarkan, Gümüş eyer (Tarkan,the silver saddle)

    Tarkan, Güçlü Kahraman(Tarkan, The Strong Hero)

    Tarkan,Altın Madalyon(Tarkan, The Golden Medallion)

    Contains nudity

     

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    #76395
    craig cartmell
    Participant

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peplum_(film_genre)

    Cheers,
    Craig

    The Ministry of Gentlemanly Warfare

    #77143
    Rhoderic
    Participant

    Oh, how could we have forgotten 10000 BC? It’s not nearly as much of a caveman movie as it may sound from the title alone. It’s got “antediluvian” desert civilisations in it and I would argue that despite the fact the setting excludes magic (unless I misremember), it’s very much a Conan-esque swords-and-sorcery romp.

    Also, maybe Gods of Egypt? I haven’t seen it myself, judging by the trailer it looks an awful lot like a Thor-type superhero extravaganza set in antiquity, but it’s probably worth a mention anyway.

    #77150
    Mike
    Keymaster

    Also, maybe Gods of Egypt?

    I tried to watch it twice.
    The first time I made it through about 5 minutes too.

    😀

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