Kull the Conqueror (1997)
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The title barbarian is a creation of 1930's era pulp-fiction writer Robert E. Howard, the creator of "Conan the Barbarian." With a mood harkening back to more old fashioned sword and sorcery adventures, and style that is less graphically violent than the "Conan" film that gave actor Arnold Schwarzenegger his big break, this fantasy outing features long-haired, muscular television actor Kevin Sorbo, best known for starring in the syndicated television show Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995- ), in his first starring role on the big screen. Much of the story centers on Kull's quest to save his kingdom of Valusia from the evil machinations of Akivasha (Tia Carrere), his beautiful red-haired bride, a treacherous, ancient witch who tricked him into abandoning Zareta (Karina Lombard) the beautiful slave girl/seer he really loves. Once he learns the truth about his wife, Kull has no choice but to destroy her. Unfortunately, the only way to do that is via the icy breath of Valka, which is located in a far away ice cave. With no other options available, Kull, his true love Zareta and her priestly brother Ascalante (Litefoot) set off on a great and dangerous quest, fighting villains and strange creatures along the way. … More
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Critic Reviews for Kull the Conqueror
Entertaining and fun for its genre.
not nearly as painful to sit through as expected ... there's enough here to kill 90 minutes without the trade-off of losing too many brain cells
Yikes. Cribbed dialogue from The Empire Strikes Back is this film's only attempt at quality, and even that falls flat.
A cheerful, fast-paced entertainment that's truer to the spirit of classic pulp than, say, John Milius' brutal, mean-spirited Conan the Barbarian.
A transparent attempt to cash in on the success of TV's Hercules and Xena
Audience Reviews for Kull the Conqueror
This moronic, sanitised version of Conan author Robert E. Howard's pulp fiction superhero of the 1930s is stupidity and fun, also features an irritating heavy-metal rock score. Kevin Sorbo as the sword-wielding hero Kull is pretty much; not as muscled as Howard's other barbarian hero, Conan.
The ever-delectable Tia Carrere plays the red witch who plans to take over the world, and she is absolutely delicious as a supernatural villainess. The fights are clumsily staged, the sets are from hunger, but the dialog is a lot of fun and everyone would appear to be having a good time.
'Kull reigns. Kull rules. Kull rocks.'
Kull sucks. Kull can't act. Kull prances around like a magnificent poof, is a lot more fitting. This can be summed up in one word, fubar, actually, this may sully the good name of fubar. Read the tagline alone and you know you're in trouble, look at it! Why do the head honchos even contemplate allowing films like this, and i use that term loosely, to be put into production. We must ask ourselves, whyyy?!? Although, if you watch this blootered you may just have a crackin' good time.
Kull is not a Conan sequel, was intended to be, but ultimately isn't, so let us stop thinking this. That being said, this makes Conan and films like Red Sonja look like masterpieces, believe me when i tell you, 5 minutes in you will be praying for Brigitte Nielsen in her skimpy little number. Kull is a doppelganger of Hercules, Sorbo is typecast, just look at him even now in the atrocious 'Meet the Spartans', don't fight it man, don't fight it. But, lets face it, his acting skills won't be gaining him access to the Oscars any time soon. This is no exception, the acting is barely par, I would even go further and say it's below, you don't care about the characters...ever, i'm sorry Tia but you were wasted, I didn't buy your evilness and your hair distracted me. The film and everyone/thing in it is just one big fat anachronism, yes, even more than Hercules, which i admit was casual entertainment when i was 7, we're way back in God knows what year BC and he's speaking with a modern day American accent, which coincidentally is the same voice he uses in every role, monotonous much? Every time a character opens their mouths the film dooms itself, every line is a cliché, pure cheddar, and not in a good way. I've seen people commenting on how Sorbo has 'great comedic timing' and it 'doesn't take itself too seriously', this humour is devoid of intention!! You feel bad for laughing, it's few funny attempts fail, the serious moments are hilarious and at times cringe worthy, that ain't good.
There are comments on how great the special effects are, seriously? were we watching the same thing, they're an improvement on the Hercules show i'll give you that but still certainly nothing to joygasm over. Also, the choreographed fight scenes are clumsy and unsatisfying, he manages to ponce around 'beating up' the bad guys without spilling one drop of blood and occasionally headbanging to the soundtrack, he is a talented fellow that Kull. Oh I have to get this in too, he is a barbarian...that is courteous towards women LOL no! Finally we come to the music, which by the way is hysterical, who I ask you, who sets a cheese fest fantasy/sorcery movie to a heavy metal soundtrack, i'll tell ya, someone who's lost their bloody marbles that's who. It's like going to see Sabbath or Slayer or whatever and been treated to the calming sounds of the ocean relaxation tape, oh lord.
If you have made it this far and are actually wondering, hey, what's the story about, I'll do my best to describe it to you. Ok, here it goes, evil sorceress lady wants to take over the world, Kull stops her. Original? Nothing new, tried tested done to death, fail!! I don't think even avid sword and sorcery fans will find this appealing and I'm sure a few blame this and films of it's kind for the destruction of the genre, all i can say is, God bless Lord of the Rings, Amen.
My original intention wasn't to slate this into the next millennium, but it was out there and just begging for it. Giving it half a star as it made me chuckle.
Worst movie. Don't expect anything too spectactular. The heavy metal score for this is atrocious. The plot is retarded. Just the ending is so hilarious.More
"My lord, your bride is over 3000 years old."
"She said she was 19!"
That's the kind of humor that is sorely missing during much of this Conan the Destroyer wannabe with Kevin Sorbo sporting a wig that looks like it came from the tail of a horse with a serious farting disorder. At least Tia Carrere is hot as a reincarnated fire demon out to reclaim her kingdom. The awful hard rock riffs on the soundtrack during action scenes are a big minus. Otherwise the only difference between this and a sword-and-sandal flick filmed in two weeks in Argentina is a $20 million budget. You're better off catching an episode of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
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