24/03/2017 at 19:08 #59762
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.
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Scorpion King24/03/2017 at 19:31 #5976524/03/2017 at 21:14 #59770Rules Junkie JimParticipant
Clash of the Titans!25/03/2017 at 00:04 #59771Mike HeaddenParticipant
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
Prince of Persia
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!26/03/2017 at 10:52 #59813Fredd BloggsParticipant
Jason and the Argonauts, Thief of Bhagdad, anything Sinbad, Arabian Nights, Disneys Aladdin etc etc.26/03/2017 at 10:55 #59814Fredd BloggsParticipant
And while not Fantasy, for the desert feel, Lawrence of Arabia.26/03/2017 at 17:57 #59815
The Prince of Persia, Goliath and the Dragon, any of the old Hercules and the __________ films.26/03/2017 at 18:06 #5981626/03/2017 at 18:14 #59817
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.26/03/2017 at 20:26 #59820General SladeParticipant
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.27/03/2017 at 06:28 #59825
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.29/06/2017 at 21:11 #6602829/06/2017 at 21:23 #66030General SladeParticipant
I’m not sure how well it has aged but I loved The Golden Voyage of Sinbad when I was a kid:29/06/2017 at 21:25 #66032StroezieParticipant
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
If you like small scale skirmish, check out http://planetares6.blogspot.be/?m=029/06/2017 at 21:48 #66033StroezieParticipant
First one with english subtitles
If you like small scale skirmish, check out http://planetares6.blogspot.be/?m=008/07/2017 at 11:52 #66904
Deleted because I forgot you wanted desert settings.14/11/2017 at 16:18 #76220RhodericParticipant
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.16/11/2017 at 14:32 #76348NoelParticipant
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.16/11/2017 at 19:24 #76366PaintingLittleSoldiersParticipant
Bollywood makes some too17/11/2017 at 06:51 #76379Ali Dogan SayinerParticipant
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.
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The Ministry of Gentlemanly Warfare27/11/2017 at 17:39 #77143RhodericParticipant
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.27/11/2017 at 18:45 #77150
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