Not a bad film but I searched through pawn shops till I found a bootleg tape years before it was released. It's one of my favorites. I wouldn't want my children to watch it, as it was filled with sardonic humor, sarcasm, sex, drug use nosedive! I wouldn't mind my children watching HM as it isn't much worse than what's on t. And therein lies the rub, the magazine is not for all ages, and neither was the original movie.
Granted, the story could have been a story in HM magazine and is, but the fans expected it to be more like the original. The Rerelease of the original was touted "louder and nastier than ever" and the fans flocked to see it, including a new generation of fans that had heard about the legendary film. The video tapes sold like hot cakes, nearly everyone I know owns a copy. Now supposedly, Kevin Eastman and associates had been working on the new movie for close to 8 years.
It was chosen to be one story, instead of an anthology. That's fine if the consensus is that the story is fantastic. Unlike the original, they didn't pick the best stories from the magazine and then bring them to life. Eastman decided it would be cool to use his wife, the beautiful model and actress, Julie Strain as the model for the lead character. Cool, so far so good. Hype showed Julie in skimpy costumes wielding huge swords and submachine guns.
Royo and Bisley had done numerous paintings of this Xena, Red Sonja, and Rambo all rolled into one, bad-ass warrior woman. Obviously, she was to be bigger and tougher than Taarna from the original. One would have expected villains unrivaled in their cruelty and violence, villains so vile that your blood pressure would have risen whenever they were on screen. To balance this one would expect lots of humor to flavor the story.
One would have expected lots of black humor, wise cracks and humorous situations. After all, they had 20 years to come up with a great story and a library of over issues of HM that they had the legal right to use. It does not suck because it is a bad movie, it is a relatively o.
It sucks because of what it could have been. Lastly, the decision to go cable t. We wanted to see it on the big screen. It would have earned million easy.
I know I would have and I would have been first in line for the first screening and paid my 6 bucks and all of that. Was this review helpful?