Tuesday, April 24, 2018

By the Gods!

Pam Grier and Margaret Markov are some female gladiators in THE ARENA (1974)

This was released during a brief PEPLUM explosion of the early to mid-1970s. Of course, by this time, nudity and sexually explicit scenes were a major selling point and it was only inevitable that sexualizing gladiators would end up with the female sort. Historically speaking, gladiatrices (female gladiators) weren't very common. They were mostly used as entertainment during lavish spectacles than in actual fights to the death but horny filmmakers and audiences don't care about such details. This is Pam Grier's only PEPLUM film. Should she be considered a 'Queen' of the PEPLUM genre?

1 comment:

Scott Ochiltree said...

Pam Grier is the Queen of Blaxploitation movies, so I do not think she should be a Queen of Peplum films.

Gianna Maria Canale is the paramount Queen of the Paplum genre. There are many subordinate Peplum Queens close behind her.