I think the fights would need to be brutal and bloody, somewhere along the lines of Valhalla Rising, Pilgrimage, or the better action scenes on Game of Thrones, but I would prefer some restraint in the outright gore, show the battle injuries without lingering on them, the combat should be epic and thrilling not nauseating. However some scenes would have to be very gory for the horror effect REH intended such as when Pelias animates Shukeli's corpse in The Scarlet Citadel: "Shukeli's wide-open eyes were glassy and empty, and from the great gash in his belly his entrails hung limply to the floor. The eunuch's feet stumbled among his entrails as he worked the bolt, moving like a brainless automaton." That scene is meant to be gory and horrific and so I would want to see it done that way.
If I long for hard-R fantasy films, it’s not just because of the sex and violence, although the former is usually welcome and the latter is often necessary. It’s because, to mangle the professor, sanitized fairylands are untrue to the world that is too much with us and the worlds to which we would fain beat feet. As a Howard enthusiast it’s not so much that I yearn for red mists around each axe-swing and sword-stroke as it is that I want those swings and strokes to be delivered in the contexts of the personal, tribal, or historical rages and hatreds that Howard devised for them
Post by Sangria Sword on Apr 26, 2019 1:38:35 GMT -5
The fight scenes in a Conan film should be carefully choreographed and fast-paced. The battle scene in Gladiator is a good example of this. Ridley Scott handled the depiction of blood and violence in this movie in a masterful way. I thoroughly enjoyed this film and at no time did I feel nauseated by the violence.
I also enjoyed the film, "Conan the Barbarian". No violent gore, but entertaining. For me, the only drawback to this film is that it is too slowly paced and Arnold poses too much with his sword, and Milius poses too much with his sets and costumes. The musical score for this film is astounding. The film captures some of the atmosphere of Howard's Conan and the magazine, "Weird Tales".
A great Conan film needs violent action, but it first and foremost needs a great story and characters that an audience cares about.