The New Barbarians

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The New Barbarians
NewBarbariansPoster.jpg
Italian film poster
Directed by Enzo G. Castellari
Produced by Fabrizio De Angelis[1]
Screenplay by
Story by Tito Carpi[1]
Starring Giancarlo Prete
George Eastman
Music by Claudio Simonetti[1]
Cinematography Fausto Zuccoli[1]
Edited by Gianfranco Amicucci[1]
Production
companies
Deaf International[1]
Running time
91 minutes[2]
Country Italy[1]

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.

Plot[edit]

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.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The New Barbarians was shot outside of Rome in late 1982.[1][3] 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]

Release[edit]

The New Barbarians 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]

Reception[edit]

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.[4]

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."[5]

Notes[edit]

  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. ^ Taylor, Paul (1983). "New Barbarians, The "(I nuovi barbari)"". Monthly Film Bulletin. British Film Institute. 50 (588): 219–220. 
  5. ^ Wheeler, Jeremy. "The New Barbarians". AllMovie. Retrieved November 15, 2015. 

References[edit]

  • 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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