Second hand bargain: A great Arnie film

Published: 8th Jun, 2009

It’s only Conan The Barbarian!


As the world slips deeper into the white hot financial cauldron, it’s a time for heroes. Men/women who will face the growling black hole face-on, their briefcases held aloft, a guttural roar surging from deep within their souls – where the rage lives. And yet, for the most part, adult businessmen can be found hiding behind alleyway bins, attempting to lick the remaining contents from a four-week-empty bottle of Southern Comfort, while the rest of society patiently fills in the Guardian crossword whilst waiting to sign on. These are topsy-turvy, higgledy-piggledy times. Which is why we still appreciate the warm breeze of comfort that strokes our buttocks whenever we hear about an excellent bargain. Just this weekend, a great big tough guy called Dan stumbled across a brilliant film about a hero whilst killing time in his local Save The Children. “I remember watching Conan The Barbarian when I was about ten,” he bragged, knowing full well that it was an 18, “so when I saw it, I thought I’d get it – I’d forgotten what an excellent film it is!” It is indeed a great movie, Dan. Probably Arnie’s second best. So, come on, how much for this sexy and violent barbarian romp? “50p”

Amazing sticking-it-to-the-recession!

Here’s the trailer from 1982…

Josh Burt
About the author:
Josh has been a writer and journalist for the best part of twenty years and has written for modern staples like FHM and Cosmopolitan and The Daily Telegraph and The Sun. He has also written a small handful of so-so books that you can still buy.

5 Responses to Second hand bargain: A great Arnie film

  1. Avatar forty-forty five says:

    what’s Arnie’s best film then? Has to be Predator…

  2. Avatar olly says:

    How bizarre. I was actually doing the Guardian crossword in Whitechapel’s fantastic Job Centre Plus (pronounced ploo, a la Arena Homme Plus, to give it a touch of style) whilst waiting to sign on.

  3. josh josh says:

    To answer your question forty forty-five, I’d totally agree. A top four would be…

    1. Predator
    2. Conan The Barbarian
    3. Terminator
    4. Running Man

    Total Recall just missing out

  4. Avatar A close pal says:

    I disagree..

    1. Predator (have you seen the predator rap on youtube? it’s quite funny)
    2. Terminator 2: Judgement Day
    3. Red Heat
    4. Junior (with a superb supporting role from our very own Emma Thompson).

  5. Avatar forty-forty five says:

    1) Predator
    2) Total Recall – feat a lovely Sharon Stone
    3) Running Man
    4) Terminator 2

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