FULL MOON'S NEWSFLASH VOL. 39
"THE ROAD WARRIOR...Italian Style! THE NEW BARBARIANS Hits Full Moon!"
When THE ROAD WARRIOR, George Miller's ballistic sequel to his 1979 Ozploitation classic MAD MAX, screamed onto screens in 1981 it - along with John Carpenter's ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK - changed the rules of contemporary genre cinema and set the tone for the sort of hardcore action films people would be clamoring for in the 1980s. THE ROAD WARRIOR (also known as MAD MAX 2 in Australia and Great Britain) is set in a desolate post-apocalyptic wasteland where every sort of eccentric psychopath and desperado battles operatically for gasoline and other supplies to ease their misery.
The movie was an instant cult hit in America and an even bigger smash in Europe, especially in Italy. And naturally, the way things rolled in those days, was when a movie was popular around the planet, the Italians would find novel ways to produce grotty, low-budget knock-offs (think DAWN OF THE DEAD, birthing ZOMBIE, JAWS birthing GREAT WHITE etc.) and director Enzo G. Castellari was a loud and proud purveyor of such glorious riffs.
But his savage 1983 THE ROAD WARRIOR quote THE NEW BARBARIANS sits in a scrappy, ludicrous class all its own.
And this week, Full Moon is stoked to be bringing this classic slab of Italian provolone to Full Moon Streaming and Amazon!
Also released under the title WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND, Castellari's crazy shoot-em-up stars the immortal Fred "The Hammer" Williamson (HELL UP IN HARLEM, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN), Giancarlo Prete (THE BLACK BELLY OF THE TARANTULA), Anna Kanakis (AFTER THE FALL OF NEW YORK) and exploitation legend George Eastman (ANTHROPOPHAGUS, ABSURD). Set in a very different 2019 than we live in, THE NEW BARBARIANS sees apocalypse ravaged survivors split into primitive tribes, trying toe peacefully rebuild society. But their struggles are hampered by the appearance of a brutal gang calling themselves The Templars, a rag-tag bunch of killers whose aim is to wipe out what's left of mankind. But one of the Templars, Scorpion (Williamson) breaks away from his pack and instead decides to fight them, rounding up the resistance to put an end to The Templars' bloody reign.
Shot quickly and with a budget that would barely cover THE ROAD WARRIOR's craft services, THE NEW BARBARIANS is prime Eurotrash action cheese at its best, with bizarre slow motion action sequences and Williamson giving another in a long-line of charming leading man performances.