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Movie Poster: Red Sonja

Red Sonja is the new film from producer Robert Rodriguez, starring his is she/isn’t she girlfriend Rose McGowan as the titular hero (that’s either good or bad depending on your view of Rose. She’s no Brigitte Nielson). As with many things this week, Comic Con 2008 was a good time to debut two posters for the movie. Take a gander below:

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Well, wow, okay, red seems to be the operative word here. Let’s look at the first poster. Aside from the allure of ‘chicks in skimpy chain mail’, we have Sonja kneeling on top of a pile of skulls. Rather creepy I’d say. I’m not sure it generates much interest in the movie for me though.

The second post is just, disturbing. Licking blood off a sword? Thanks, but no. I’d rather not see that, even if it is in keeping with Red Sonja’s theme, and not being a Red Sonja fan, I don’t know one way or the other. Again, not piquing my interest in the movie.

Looking at both posters, I’d have to say the creators are aiming at the 15 – 25 year old male crowd, which these posters obviously cater to. Not that that’s a bad thing, necessarily, but not something that going to make me want to run out to the theater to see the movie. Which is the point of a poster, no?

And one more thing: Is McGowan physical enough to play a sword-wielding barbarian heroine?

What say you?

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9 Comments on Movie Poster: Red Sonja

  1. I might be wrong, but don’t both of the posters reference famous Conan cover art? I’m sure I’ve seen one with Conan wielding a sword while standing on top of a mound of skulls. Frazetta?

  2. Although the Howard story is very different, nearly anyone who hears the word “Red Sonja” is not going to think of that story (which is very good and very different than the Hyborean Sonja), but rather of the comic book or more especially, the Brigitte Nielsen movie depiction.

    On that basis, casting McGowan is destined to fail. If the 1980’s movie didn’t exist, there would be far less angst over whether she could carry the role, since the role itself would have less baggage.

  3. Matte Lozenge // July 26, 2008 at 1:30 pm //

    Maxim cheezy battle porn: Because every teenybopper needs a chainmail push-up bra and a wig that was fished out of a deep-vat oil fryer. Not to mention a tongue coated with frosted lip gloss.

  4. McGowan is hot in a trashy kind of way I guess, but from the way the press paints her it seems like she’s a big ol’ heap o’ crazy.

    I think I’ll pass on this one.

  5. She just looks…unnatural in the second poster. The proportions of her face are off and her chest is shoved up practically to her chin. If you’re going to Photoshop, at least do it well.

  6. Did you see Planet Terror??? Rose is up for this. And isn’t there still some of that 15-25 year old left inside us all? At 40 I still have enough to enjoy this sort of thing if it’s well done. Rodriguez will make sure this is entertaining at a minimum.

    As for crazy/disturbing…duh! It’s a story about a chick in chainmail slicing her way through barbarian hordes. Crazy/disturbing would be the most realistic way to play such a story.

  7. Weyland-Yutani // July 27, 2008 at 10:20 pm //

    What Mike said.

    I’m a fan of Rodriguez and a fan of Rose McGowan. She was great in Planet Terror and, in my opinion, she is one of the few choices out there that has the spunk to pull it off. The film will probably be more 300 than Conan, but I wouldn’t put it past Rodriguez to find a happy medium.

  8. Firstly, why remake it at all? The first Sonja still holds a special place in my heart alongside the likes of The Beastmaster, Krull and Dragonslayer.

    Secondly, are there really so few original ideas out there that we have to settle for re-hashed movies?

  9. Ah, “Krull”! That film (from the great Cinefantastique issue that went behind the scenes) had a lot of great folks working on it…but never achieved its promise.

    The same with Ridley Scott’s “Legend”. Should have been as great as its name (or Tim Curry’s costume)!

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