Category Archives: Fantasy: Sword and Sorcery

Movies about swords and sorcery. What did you think this would be about. Usually involves a warrior (or barbarian) against a Wizard type.

Fire and Ice

Opening Thoughts

Date:
1983
Performers:
Randy Norton

Cynthia Leake

Steve Sandor
Writers:
Roy Thomas

Gerry Conway
Director:
Ralph Bakshi
WRC Score:
3/4
Note: 
First posted in
a different form
on August  14, 2011

It’s a well known fact that Hollywood goes by trends.  If Movie X does well at the box office, then you can expect a whole bunch of Flick Ys to com trotting out in the near future, hoping to catch the same lightning in a different (yet not too different) bottle.

Hence the existence of Fire and Ice, hoping to catch a little Conan the Barbarian Magic.

And they tried very hard indeed. Character designs for this flick were by Frank Frazetta, who’s art adorned many a Conan volume.  One of the writers, a rascal by the name of Roy Thomas, worked for years at Marvel Comics adapting and (if I’m not mistaken) coming up with new stories for the barbarian.  Short of a Ouija board and an honest to God medium I don’t know how you could have done better.

In fact, of the imitators, it probably had the best chance of hitting the mark.  The question remains: did it?

Let’s see.  On the next page, walls of Ice move ever closer the good lands of Fire…

Fire and Ice

Date:
1983
Performers:
Randy Norton

Cynthia Leake

Steve Sandor
Writers:
Roy Thomas

Gerry Conway
Director:
Ralph Bakshi
WRC Score:
3/4
Note: 
First posted in
a different form
on August  14, 2011

Fire and Ice tells the tale of a wicked queen using her son’s magical art to cover the world under ice.  Standing against her are a young warrior, a mysterious loner, and a nubile princess who isn’t wearing enough for arctic environments.

Seriously.  Girl needs to cover up before she gets frost bite where she doesn’t want frost bite.

A fine example of the Sword and Sorcery subgenre, Fire and Ice is filled with action and magic.   It might not be as good as a certain Cimmerian’s flick, but it does stand out from the pack that was running at the time.

There is a bit of color coding that might offend, but then again it might not.  In any case I found it a good movie (1.5 points) and I liked it as I watched it (1.5 points).

Overall Score: 3 total point out of a possible 4