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Kull the Conqueror

Kevin Sorbo , Tia Carrere , John Nicolella    VHS Tape
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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If you're into sword-and-sorcery tales, look no further than this critically underrated big-screen fantasy based on the fiction of Conan the Barbarian creator Robert E. Howard. It was a troubled production and the outcome is far different from the more serious and intelligent epic that screenwriter Charles Pogue had originally conceived. Still, this is a giddy, energetic throwback to the Ray Harryhausen movie fantasies of the 1950s and '60s, and it's a perfect vehicle for Kevin Sorbo, the hunky star of TV's Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Sorbo brings an appropriate combination of depth and physical agility to the role of Kull (son of Conan), but he and director John Nicolella know better than to take this stuff too seriously. The movie's humor is nicely integrated into the dialogue without resorting to lame punch lines, and Tia Carrere is enjoyably campy as the evil goddess who lures Kull from his favorite concubine (Karina Lombard) as she plots to overthrow the kingdom of Valusia. Playwright Harvey Fierstein also provides comic relief in a scene-stealing role, and with an abundance of black magic, stunning Slovakian locations, and grand battles of good versus evil, this heroic adventure is more entertaining than you might expect. --Jeff Shannon

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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't take it too seriously Sept. 28 2004
The story of Kull the Conqueror is quite stereotypical among fantasy stories: the hero saving the country from evil, etc. Still, that does not make the movie a bad one; on the contrary it is a surprisingly entertaining movie that never takes itself too seriously. I'm not putting Kevin Sorbo up there as one of the greatest actors of all time, but he fits in the role of Kull and does what is expected of him: he plays a hero. And in my opinion, he does a good job of that. Kull the Conqueror won't appeal to everyone, obviously, but as long as you don't take it too seriously, there is no reason not to enjoy watching.
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3.0 out of 5 stars entertaining while not much else Feb. 15 2004
I have seen Kevin Sorbo in Hercules and like Hercules he does good with the role that has been given to him. Though Kull is the son of Conan there is surprisingly no reference to that in the movie. So do you need to see the Conan movies before watching this? Absolutely not. In fact, I think Kull the Conqueror is better than the Conan movies. Though not superb, this movie does manage to entertain. Tia Carrere does good playing the evil and seductive ressurected queen who Kull has to defeat in order to save the kingdom he wants to rule. If you like movies based on fantasy/mythology, check this one out. Though the music and sense of humor are a bit far fetched considering the time of which Kull the Conqueror takes place, this still makes for a decent flick.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Something's Missing Oct. 28 2003
"Kull the Conqueror" missed the mark by a mile. Robert E. Howard's Kull was a dark, brooding barbarian warrior from Atlantis who became a king. Kevin Sorbo is not exactly what I had in mind. But in a way, he's the movie's only saving grace. He is charming (which the original certainly was not) and funny. But it is the modern aspects of the movie that hurts it's atmosphere. The jokes are way too 20th centery and the heavy metel sound track is also too modern. The tone of the whole movie is too light to really do Howard's creation justice. Oh, and by the way, Kull is an ancient fore-father of Conan, not Conan's son.
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Kevin Sorbo plays "Kull", a barbarian. He tries to join another team but must prove himself worthy in a sword fight, in the water with swords-aflame, blindfolded. He loses. Later, he has a sword fight with a king. He stabs the king. The birthrights want the crown, but just before the king dies, he gives the crown to Kull. Now Kull is the king. He sends the slaves free and those born inside the palace are given a wage. Outside, Kull sees a man by the name of Ascalante (played by rap artist Litefoot, also known as G. Paul Davis. You may recall Litefoot in the film, The Indian in the Cupboard [1995]) is being whipped for worshipping his God at the eternal flame. Kull orders him free. Ascalante then becomes Kull's partner. Harvey Fierstein adds comic relief in his role. This film was meant to be a third "Conan" film, Conan the Conqueror, but when Arnold Schwarzenegger refused to reprise the Conan role, the script was rewritten as "Kull" for Kevin Sorbo. My only interest in seeing this film is the casting of Litefoot/G. Paul Davis.
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Kull, wise-cracking barbarian of Atlantis, somehow finds himself in the midst of a distant kingdom's strife, and before he knows it, manages to earn the respect, and the crown, of the recently deceased king - who dies, mind you, at the end of Kull's sword. As Kull claims the throne, there is much plotting to have him removed, and secretly the nobles who long for his place ally themselves with an evil witch who has only recently been resurrected, and plots to bring back the ancient demons who once ruled the land before the coming of mankind. The key to thwarting her wicked designs rests in the Breath of Valka, which can only be found across the sea upon the Isle of Ice. Naturally, Kull must go there and seek it out, not only that he might maintain his throne, but also that he might save the realm from eternal darkness and demonic rule.
Originally written as a third installation in the much more respectable Conan series of films, Kull the Conquerer is utterly passionless and devoid of spirit. It is truly as mediocre as fantasy films get, and given the recent crop, that is certainly saying something. Still, I can appreciate almost any effort in this untapped genre, and therefore Kull does taste as good to me as even a relatively tasteless ort of food can to a starving man. It does have its moments, but they should have come far more often.
Kull does distance itself from a mere Conan the Barbarian clone quite nicely, however - Kevin Sorbo plays a far less grim warrior who seems to think before he strikes. The world itself is less like Conan's and more like what we have seen in Dragonheart. Given that Kull is from some of the people who gave us Dragonheart, this isn't particularly surprising.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This aint Kull, but still May 17 2000
By Nathan
Format:VHS Tape
This movie has all the silly acting, corny dialogue and unconvincing special effects that we've come to know and love in these sword-and-sworcery movies. Unfortunately, even with some experienced hands on board, this movie fails to come together satisfactorily.
Despite the multitude of able, if not spectacular, actors in this film, there's really not much good acting. Particularly bad was Carrerre, who could've been good but for some reason couldn't hold herself together and had to go stealing Darth Vader's lines.
Sorbo, his acting saved by his Hercules experience, isn't very good but he's not horrible either. The swordplay, however, is mixed. Most of the time it i badly done, but sometimes that fight scenes are pretty neat. There's one big no-no, however -- no blood. I can't stand people being hacked up without blood.
In fact, that's the thing which could've benefitted this movie the most -- an R rating. I think the producers underestimate the adult population. You aim a movie at kids, who knows, but if you make an adult film, it will do well. There's enough sex and violence in this movie it would've been a simple thing to elevate the dialogue a little and aim it at the mature.
And then there's the fact that this isn't Howard's Kull...that Kull wasn't interested in women, he was all into philosophy and the mysteries of the universe and all that.
The music is somtimes interesting and inspired, but the hard rock battle music is sadly out of place and the main theme is repeated so often it gets boring.
This is a fun, watchable movie if you don't mind lousy, computer-game-esque special effects and corny dialogue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Kevin Sorbo is the man !
Published 2 months ago by LaVonne
2.0 out of 5 stars i wasn't very impressed with this
i wasn't too impressed with this movie.it is in the style of both the
Conan movies,but i didn't like it anywhere near as much. Read more
Published on Nov. 4 2007 by falcon
3.0 out of 5 stars The difference being.....
I didn't really have a problem with this movie. The whole thing was based on a character from Robert E. Read more
Published on July 6 2004 by C. Ellison
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent enough movie despite what people say
Kull's a pretty decent film despite what people say. It may be dumb but it's dumb fun and it's worth the price. It's a really enjoyable for a cheesy fantasy/barbarian action flick. Read more
Published on June 4 2004 by Sean E. M. Dence
1.0 out of 5 stars Conan probably denies he's related to this one
I saw this movie in the theater, and the kindest thing I can say is that it's not as bad as such classics as "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" or "A Polish Vampire in... Read more
Published on May 19 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars "Kull" Smashes Skulls
Comedy. One word that sums up this sword 'n sorcery movie. "Kull the Conqueror" stars Kevin Sorbo as the warrior who becomes a king and destroys an evil goddess (Tia Carrere). Read more
Published on Oct. 23 2002 by Timotee
5.0 out of 5 stars Kevin Sorbo is Kull
Kull was in it's orignal form a prequal to the Conan series however that idea was dropped for something a bit more far fetched. Read more
Published on Jan. 15 2002 by Jacob
3.0 out of 5 stars Watchable fare but not suitible for repeat viewing
Tv's Hercules stars as Kull in this sword and scorcery pic that features some decent special effects but the dumbed-down toned-down script and performances lack the punch and... Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2002 by Tonya F. Henry
4.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS A REALLY GREAT 'B' FILM!
We can't survive on high-falutin', high concept movies alone we need our junkfood and that is what Kull is. Read more
Published on Dec 23 2001
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