The New Barbarians

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The New Barbarians
Italian theatrical release poster
Directed byEnzo G. Castellari
Produced byFabrizio De Angelis[1]
Screenplay by
Story byTito Carpi[1]
StarringGiancarlo Prete
George Eastman
Music byClaudio Simonetti[1]
CinematographyFausto Zuccoli[1]
Edited byGianfranco Amicucci[1]
Deaf International[1]
Release date
  • April 7, 1983 (1983-04-07) (Italy)
Running time
91 minutes[2]

The New Barbarians (Italian: I nuovi barbari) is a 1983 Italian post-apocalyptic action film directed by Enzo G. Castellari. The film was released in U.S. theaters by New Line Cinema as Warriors of the Wasteland in 1984.


In the year 2019, after a nuclear war, humanity is reduced to a few starving groups. A ruthless gang called "The Templars" constantly raid settlers in an attempt to exterminate everyone in order to purge the Earth. A former Templar, Scorpion, along with his allies, prevents a small band of religious colonists from being massacred by the Templars.



The New Barbarians was shot outside of Rome in late 1982.[1][3] When discussing 1990: The Bronx Warriors, The New Barbarians and Escape from the Bronx, Castellari stated the three films were written prepared and filmed in six months.[4]

For the stunts in the film, Castellari stated that he filmed each scene at three different speeds: 24fps, 55 and 96. Castellari stated that this allowed him to "edit the whole sequence in a more interesting way. It gives much more impact to the entire stunt and it actually looks much more impressive and powerful than it actually is."[3]


The New Barbarians was released in Italy on 7 April 1983.[5] It was released in the United States in 1984 under the title of Warriors of the Wasteland.[3] It was distributed by New Line Cinema.[1]


Castellari had positive recollections of making the film, stating that it "was an extremely cheap movie. The budget was incredibly small but I'm quite proud that I succeeded in making a movie shot on the outskirts of Rome."[3] Variety found the film derivative of Mad Max 2 as well as having elements of Hal Needham's Megaforce and other films.[1] Variety felt that Casterllari made a mistake in using slow motion opposed to George Miller's exciting high-sped action scenes, finding that the films car chases "look to be occurring at 25 mph".[1] In his book Phil Hardy's book Science Fiction (1984), a review found the film to be too derivative of Mad Max 2.[2] The Monthly Film Bulletin described the film as a "shamelessly watered-down, warmed-over" version of Mad Max 2.[6]

In a retrospective review, AllMovie awarded the film two stars out of five, found that the film captures "the true spirit of the low budget rip-off flicks from early 80's, The New Barbarians is neither smart nor original, but a riot for anyone who gets off on Mad Max and all of its the junky followers."[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Willis 1985, p. 439: "Review is of 87 minute version viewed in New York on January 15, 1984"
  2. ^ a b Hardy 1984, p. 382.
  3. ^ a b c d Fischer 2011, p. 130.
  4. ^ The New Barbarians [liner notes] (Media notes). Enzo G. Castellari. Death Waltz. DW025.
  5. ^ Mannikka, Eleanor. "The New Barbarians". Archived from the original on 17 November 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  6. ^ Taylor, Paul (1983). "New Barbarians, The "(I nuovi barbari)"". Monthly Film Bulletin. British Film Institute. 50 (588): 219–220.
  7. ^ Wheeler, Jeremy. "The New Barbarians". AllMovie. Retrieved November 15, 2015.


  • Hardy, Phil, ed. (1984). Science Fiction. New York : Morrow. ISBN 0-688-00842-9.
  • Fischer, Dennis (2011). Science Fiction Film Directors, 1895-1998. McFarland. ISBN 0786485051.
  • Willis, Donald, ed. (1985). Variety's Complete Science Fiction Reviews. Garland Publishing Inc. ISBN 978-0-8240-6263-7.

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