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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 05.17.10] movie trailer news horror cult fantasy

It's been 28 years since Albert Pyun released his debut The Sword and the Sorcerer, a film many cult fanatics consider to be a seminal 80s fantasy romp up there with the likes of Milius' Conan, Don Coscarelli's Beastmaster and, heaven forbid, James Sbardellati's Deathstalker (editor's note: for a good time also see Fulci's Conquest). For his next film, Pyun returns to the genre that launched his career and the world he created in SATS. It's called Tales of an Ancient Empire, it stars Kevin Sorbo and it's already available to order on DVD. Oh yeah, and here's the first trailer.

A princess is on a quest to unite the five greatest warriors to save her kingdom from a demon sorceress and her vampire minons.

Pyun fans know how much energy he has put into Tales, beause he's been taking them throught the whole process on his blog at He's been massaging the story of the film for months and even shot all new footage with his ingénue, Victoria Maurette.

I've personally seen two or three versions of the trailer and this one's the best. If you think it's not giving a lot away in terms of story, you should have caught the first ones. They were like tone poems, full of surreal images and Tony Riparetti's gloriously rhythmic soundtrack. I think he's finally dialed it to the point where there is enough of both to satisfy our need for logical information and his need to be creative.

Trailer after the break.

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s (12 years ago) Reply

... is this a porno?
Why is it that i get a dejavu of the awful pirate porno film from this trailer


Anonymous (12 years ago) Reply


oh and Ralf Moeller!

Personally, i think its great the sfx guys from the Hercules tv show still find work, not having updated their skills one bit.


Skinstripper (12 years ago) Reply

Incredibly crappy cgi. It's amazing how much better something looks with practical effects, even with a lower budget, like the original Sword and the Sorcerer. Just pure laziness.

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