Conan the Barbarian (1982)

Conan the Barbarian (1982), written and directed by John Milius.

I hadn't seen this for a long time and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It has famously cheesy aspects but can also -- if you revert to your adolescent male mind -- be involving and exciting.

The first half is episodic; in the second part we buckle down to Conan's vengeance quest, which becomes a sort of manly barbarian attack on hippiedom with a bit of gay-bashing. I don't remember the princess helping Conan in the final attack on the sorcerer; is this a different cut?

The good features:

The cheesiness:

Filmed in Spain. Brief passion and nudity. Much hacking and blood splatter.

Available on Blu-ray.