barbed wire | 50 B movies – The sequel – Bigger – Best – Badder
This week on the B film record is Barbed wire
Hello good people. And welcome to 50 B Movies: The Sequel. It’s bigger, better and worse. The original 50 B movies covered a wide range of B movies. There was everything from Acknowledgments 3 To The void. Some movies were funny. Some were unintentionally funny. And some were common with wacky concepts like zombie tigers. All in all it was a hell of a list.
Why make a sequel? Because reducing a list of 50 B movies to watch before you die was hard. With so many movies to watch, you can never really tell if the movie is good. Of course, sometimes 5 minutes later you know it’s a real stench. Other times it may take half an hour before one realizes that they will never get that half hour back in their life. Pouf. Faded away. But overall, there are a lot of great B movies that didn’t make the original list.
So welcome if you are an LRM reader and welcome if this is your first time here. Be forewarned that we are going to go deep into the bush to shoot those B movies. We won’t go over the previous list of 50, 100, or 1000 B movies of anyone. Nope. So, get ready for 50 B-Movies to Watch Before You Die: The Sequel. Bigger. Better. Nastier. Yeah yeah.
WEEK 7 – Barbed Wire (1996)
Barbed wire is not a great movie at all. But he does some things right. Notably by creating a lot of controversy when it was released in 1996. It is also a ridiculous mirror of the society in which we live today. Because we live in society. Seriously if you haven’t heard of Barbed wire it’s time to get to know each other.
A sexy nightclub owner, Barbed wire (Pamela Anderson Lee) works in the moonlight as a mercenary in Steel Harbor, one of the last free zones in the now fascist United States. When scientist Cora Devonshire (Victoria Rowell) wanders around Barb’s facility, she finds herself embroiled in a top-secret government plot involving biological weapons. Soon Barb is reunited with her former flame Axel Hood (Temuera Morrison), who is now Cora’s husband and a guerrilla fighter, resulting in many tense actions.
It was the official synopsis. But this one below does a better job of painting the picture. It was written by me.
At the start of the 21st century, America was locked in a second civil war. Congress expanded its powers and became a monstrously fascist organization. Barbed wire takes place in Steel City. Cradle of resistance and last free city in America. Additionally, there is a subplot about the Big Cats sitting in Congress and deliberately infecting Americans with a virus to better control hearts and minds.
Barbed wire is an example of an early comic book adaptation of the Dark Horse comic book written by John Arcudi. For that alone, I have to give this film credit. Because it must have been a daring task to convince people to invest in a comic book movie a year after Stallone Judge Dredd which was heavily criticized upon its release.
Although I haven’t read the Dark Horse comic yet, I’ve managed to flip through a few of its pages. Looks like a mix of some Warren Ellis Trans-metropolitan and a little bit of Ramba.
Critics can say whatever they want Barbed wire. But you have to hand it over to the people responsible for that movie casting. The talent list reads like an episode of Disney Mandalorian. With actors like Temuera Morrison, Victoria Rowell, Xander Berkeley, Udo Kier and Steve Railsback tell me this doesn’t sound like a dope episode of The Mandalorian.
Barbed wire came out in 1996. I was just a kid. But I wanted to see this. But my chances of seeing it were slim to none, due to the controversy surrounding the release. Let me paint the picture: I’m sitting in my parents’ kitchen watching Entertainment tonight. The object? The rating of Barbed wire.
At the time, there was a lot of controversy surrounding the film’s rating. Would it be a hard R or a hard NC-17? The kid thought the trailer looked good. And besides, it starred Pamela Anderson. Did I mention it was at the height of the Bay Watch time? In fact, it was a little more than that.
As I said, Barbed wire and Pamela Anderson were hot things for a lot of people. To be more precise Bay Watch and this slow motion rescue race, and saving lives has really hooked a lot of people. I guess you know Pamela Anderson starred in the series Bay Watch. Yes, we were junkies hungry for more skin in red swimsuits. I’ll go so far as to say that Pamela Anderson was the Kim Kardashian when the real Kim Kardashian was probably a kid who was just watching OJ Simpson’s trial.
So, like I said, Pamela Anderson was the original before there was a Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian. Therefore, in 1995, when an X-rated adult video of Pamela Anderson and her then-boyfriend, rockstar Tommy Lee, leaked, interest in her brand increased. There you go, a year later Barbed wire has been freed.
I guess you know who Tommy Lee is. If you’re not, go watch The curse of Von Dutch: a brand to die for on Hulu.
Barbed wire is presented as an erotic thriller. The filmmakers are sure to impress the viewer with Anderson’s opening striptease. She does a dance that ends with her heel burying in a guy’s head. Unfortunately there is no Scanners like the resulting head explosions. But I was fine with it. The goal is to establish that Pamela Anderson’s Barb can be sexy and violent. Plus, she doesn’t like to be called a baby.
Because there are better movies. But how many comic book adaptations haven’t already watched for the thousandth time?
Watch it where?
Barbed wire is currently available to watch on Tubi TV.
How to benefit from it
Barbed wire is a classic adaptation of the comics. I suggest you find him.