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Tarl Cabot (Urbano Barberini) and Talena (Rebecca Ferratti) are surviving on GOR (1987)

The basis for the story in GOR is the man-from-our-time-transported-to-another-dimension/planet type so popular in the PEPLUM genre or the Science-Fiction/Fantasy genre. Remember JOHN CARTER released earlier this year? Same thing but with a $250 million budget.

I'm NOT ashamed to admit that I like this film. It gets no respect from everyone including fans of the GOR novels; I tried to read the first novel and I couldn't finish it. Considering that the book was pretty terrible, I'd rather watch the first GOR film than most PEPLUM films of the 1980s. So what if it doesn't follow the novels? Urbano makes for a cool hero: he's buff but not overly so in the then typical Stallone or Schwarzenegger type. And Rebecca is hot and believable in action scenes. The sequel, though, is terrible.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I really like Gor, and I prefer it over John Carter without a doubt, despite its low budget. Too bad it's not available on DVD.

Gilgamesh said...

The novels are hideously sexist and vile in every way but this movie looks interesting... and is no doubt better than the novels as it apparently doesn't follow them at all.