Stars: Kevin Sorbo, Tia Carrere, Thomas Ian Griffith, Litefoot, Roy Brocksmith, Harvey Fierstein, Karina Lombard. Written by Charles Edward Pogue. Directed by John Nicolella. Rated PG-13 for fantasy action violence and sensuality.

Kull (Kevin Sorbo), a barbarian, visits the land of Valusia and soon winds up as its king. The sons of the previous king, having assumed that they were next in line for the crown, conspire to assassinate this interloper. They enlist the aid of a deformed wizard who revives Akivasha (Tia Carrere), a millennia-old sorceress. With her magic she convinces Kull to take her as his queen and then attempts to kill him. The only way she can be stopped is to harness the power of the god who resides on the Island of Ice and use it against her. So that is what Kull, along with his companions Ascalante (Litefoot) and Zareta (Karina Lombard), set out to do.

"Kull the Conqueror" doesn't offer much more than an episode of Sorbo's "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys". But I can't imagine anyone coming to this film expecting more. If one gets a sense of deja vu and thinks they are seeing a "Conan" film, trust that it is purely intentional. Both characters were created by the same author, Robert E. Howard, and both films were produced by Raffaella De Laurentiis. With mediocre special effects, anachronistic dialogue, and tons of action, "Kull" is exactly the sort of film Sorbo fans will eat up. Others may or may not enjoy the corny theatrics of yet another brawny barbarian.

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