Why the hell don’t they make movies like this anymore? Those super stylish fantasy/sci fi films that left you stunned and bewildered. Fantasy movies have been going downhill since the late 80’s with few exceptions. I miss those fantastic visions of future worlds and the way they used to satisfy the imaginative mind. And Zardoz here, pleases the “mind grapes” indeed. John Boorman (Excalibur, Deliverance) directed this film in 1974 and it has been described as being “profound”, “unbearably pretentious”, and also “incomprehensible”. It stars Sean Connery (aahhh shit) and a very young Charlotte Rampling. The storyline is somewhat thin and scatterbrain but basically, the story is set in the distant future and it involves a group of immortal intellectuals, called the Eternals, who live isolated from the brutal outside reality in a place called The Vortex. All is fun and games until one of the outsiders by the name of Zed sneaks into their utopia by outsmarting their god Zardoz. Once inside Zed becomes quite the hot item with the Eternals and all sorts of shenanigans ensue. Zardoz will satisfy all those campy fantasy cravings. It’s got awesome special effects, strange humor, erotica, references to T.S. Eliot, Nietzsche, the Wizard of Oz, and it’s got a killer rendition of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony. Plus it’s got Sean Connery fitted in some strange red leather S&M shit. Go seek out Zardoz and all of your favorite Fantasy/Sci Fi flicks, it’s time to revisit the future.
If you can’t find Zardoz anywhere, someone broke the movie down to 10mins for quick viewing. Peep below….