DEATHSTALKER proved to be a surprise box office success, Corman made sure to get no less than 3 sequels out (we will be hitting those in a bit). But even before that he sought to cash in on certain elements of that film’s charm (including but not limited to Lana Clarkson’s breasts) by getting BARBARIAN QUEEN rolling on the same sets down in Argentina (hey, these things ain’t gonna use themselves).
BARBARIAN QUEEN opens with a peaceful village preparing for the wedding of Amethea (Clarkson) to town studmuffin Prince Argan (Frank Zagarino, PROJECT: SHADOWCHASER deity). Wouldn’t that make her Barbarian Princess? Oh crap…peaceful village…wedding day…damn, this place is fixing to get attacked any second now. Indeed, the henchmen of evil Lord Arrakur (Armando Capo) arrive on cue and start messing folks up. The village is torched and Argan watches as Amethea is burned alive in a hut before he and all the village men are taken away as a slaves. Honestly, he looks like he could care less and is probably angrier he is losing the catering deposit.
Hey, the flick only lasts 71 minutes so they gotta get moving. Of course, we can’t go offing our heroine right away so she survives and bands together with Tiniara (Susana Traverso) and Estrild (Katt Shea) to quickly save her (shell-shocked after being raped) sister Taramis (Dawn Dunlap). These four women warriors head off to Arrakur’s city in order to free the men. Wait a sec, that Boris Vallejo poster has 5 women warriors on it. I’ve been duped…let me speak to the manager!