Monty Ashley and Rhias Hall watch a lot of movies, and they like to talk about them. This year, they’re focusing on postapocalyptic movies, so strap on your shoulder pads, spike your hair, and get ready to survive in a world ruined by nuclear war, plague, mutants, or who knows what else. Every episode will focus on a different postapocalyptic movie, until they’ve done a year of it.


The Untamed

We interrupt the scheduled programming of Monty and Rhias vs. Movies: Fantasy with a special edition of Monty and Rhias vs. Television: Fantasy, because Rhias watched all fifty episodes of the Chinese magical epic The Untamed, and she’s REALLY into it right now. Let’s talk about it!

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Conan the Barbarian (1982)

Arnold Schwarzenegger is perfectly cast, even if he couldn’t really speak English yet. Until Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies, this was the iconic fantasy movie. A good time. An excellent time.

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Barbarian Queen

Barbarian Queen is a 71-minute movie in which female empowerment (in the form of women killing bad guys with swords) is juxtaposed with certain fantasy tropes that are less empowering (you know the ones I mean). It’s weird. But, again, 71 minutes long!

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The Sword and the Sorcerer

Monty and Rhias are back, with a new movie genre (Fantasy), a new movie (The Sword and the Sorcerer), and a REALLY good excuse for why it took so long to get this episode out the door (Monty had a stroke right after watching the movie). Also, Monty does readings from the novelization, and it is nonsensical. A good time!

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Damnation Alley

Damnation Alley is the story of a tricked-out military RV being driven around under some very brightly colored skies after a nuclear apocalypse that takes thirteen minutes to play out. Somebody was very concerned that we might not understand what had happened to the world, because this was four years before The Road Warrior demonstrated what postapocalyptic movies should be like. Sadly, it was also five months AFTER Star Wars came out, which made Damnation Alley look like absolute slop.

Also! This ends our Postapocalyptic run, and we will now transform into Monty and Rhias vs. Movies: Fantasy. Because we’re going to start watching fantasy movies.

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Cherry 2000

Cherry 2000 is a movie with bounty hunters and sex robots and pretty cool cinematography. It is also very boring.

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David Carradine, fresh off Death Race 2000, makes a movie that’s basically Death Race 2000 But With Motorcycles And Also We Have To Make This Like Star Wars Because It’s 1978 And That’s All Anyone Can Talk About.

It’s pretty cheap and silly, but there are some very entertaining explosions, and the general weirdness is a lot of fun.

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Steel of Fire Warriors 2010 A.D.

As far as we know, this movie is only available through Scarecrow Video in Seattle. It’s an extremely silly parody of postapocalyptic movies made by people (in 2009) who were both comedians and Scarecrow employees, which means that they’re pals of Rhias’s. It’s really funny, though, and we try to convey that in our very fond discussion of it.

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The Postman

A three-hour movie directed by, and starring, Kevin Costner as the man who brings society back from the postapocalypse by sheer force of downright decent-ness. It’s kind of bombastic, quite overwrought, and the closest thing you’ll see to a postapocalyptic take on Civil War battles.

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1990: The Bronx Warriors

This is one of the least postapocalyptic movies ever made. At best, there are three square blocks of postapocalypse, and some of it might be Brooklyn. A lot of it is definitely Rome. This movie is equal parts ripoffs of The Warriors and Escape From New York, and it’s a lot of fun, in a grimy kind of way.

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Is it postapocalyptical? Sort of! Is it genuine nonsense? Absolutely! Does Sean Connery wear an outfit that is completely unacceptable? You know it!

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