So, yeah, this isn’t horror at all, but it’s still amazing. How could I leave Flash Gordon (1980) out of my diversion walk? Besides, it has an amazing soundtrack composed and performed by Queen, but that’s not the only reason I enjoy this movie.
The level of campiness is astounding. It’s one of the most melodramatic movies I’ve ever seen. Topol, who plays Hans Zarkov is the cheesiest; it reminds me of Evil Dead in acting style. Seeing it now after many years I never realized Timothy Dalton was in it, and the one that blew me away was Richard O’Brien (Riff Raff from The Rocky Horror Picture Show). The entire cast brought their A-game. The character Ming the Merciless isn’t that different from Supreme Being in Time Bandits (1981), so I see where that movie got the inspiration.
The special effects are a delightful mix from lava lamp like visuals to the likes of the laser beams from the original Star Wars (1977). The sets and costuming are spectacular, but with such an enormous budget, I wouldn’t expect anything less.
No matter the genre of the movie, I have expectations that the producers and writers bring something new to the table. I’ve seen many SciFi Action Adventure movies throughout the years, and this one stands out because no one was afraid to go for it, and that’s what bothers me the most about Horror these days (not that I’ll stop watching horror), the creators are being pussies. Make me feel something besides boredom with the same thing regurgitation.
Flash Gordon will always be high on my love list, and that’s why I give it 5 out of 5 Stars.