It’s eerie to watch Lana Clarkson in the Barbarian Queen. All I could think about was her bizarre murder at the hands of weirdo music producer Phil Spector. So sad. She’s actually not a terrible actress despite the low budget, stilted script, and poor production values. You can tell she is just learning acting and does a lot of things wrong but there’s a charisma to her that frankly, holds a lot of the movie together.
There’s actually a surprising amount of chemistry between the female leads. I say surprising because all of them were hired for their looks, not their acting. This is clearly an exploitation picture and yet, these ladies actually rise above the bad script with some great one-liners and pathos. This is one of the better mostly-female sword and sorcery films. A lot of fun.