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July 29th, 2014 by Irwin Fletcher Comments


Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Conan The Barbarian – we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…

Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…

The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.

“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…

Conan The Barbarian (1982)

1982 was a great year for Cinema, with many classics being released such as Blade Runner, Tron, ET and The Thing to name just a few. Conan hacked its way to theatres early that year.

Based on the classic Robert E Howard stories and being the first major studio movie for Arnold Schwarzenegger, the film got very positive reviews and it was praised for its direction and visual storytelling but some fans were upset about the lack of strong fantasy elements. The director, John Millius, wanted to create a believable world and wanted the audiences to believe that this could’ve happened in our past.

This video discusses its production, casting, story, visual effects, music, video games and its sequels & spins-offs.

Let’s take a look back at the movie that made Arnold a Hollywood star!

Oliver’s review:

Original trailer:


I'm an LA journalist who really lives for his profession. I have also published work as Jane Doe in various mags and newspapers across the globe. I normally write articles that can cause trouble but now I write for FTN because Nerds are never angry, so I feel safe.