Zardoz (1974): “Go forth, and kill!”

Here’s a sneaky reblog from vintage Film Grimoire on one of the strangest films to exist – Zardoz (1974), that one film where Sean Connery is half-naked most of the time. A very singular experience of a film that I’ve been meaning to re-watch for a long time!

FILM GRIMOIRE

1371231412880One of the worst films of all time? Maybe. John Boorman’s Zardoz (1974) ponders the ethics of technological and societal advancement. Zed (Sean Connery) is a savage warrior whose society is bred for the purpose of killing. When Zed hides within a giant flying stone head (?), he mingles with a technologically and psychologically advanced immortal social caste (??) who choose to keep him alive in order to study him (????!). What happens throughout the film is such an intensely strange experience that I really think any description I can manage simply won’t be good enough.

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7 comments

  1. Ah I remember seeing this on the big screen years ago, having heard similarly negative things and while, yes, it is bonkers, I remember quite liking it too. I feel it is unfairly maligned. The worst sin in cinema is being boring. Zardoz is not boring.

    1. I absolutely agree, this film is so nuts that it is the complete opposite of boring. I hope I get to see this in an actual cinema one day!

  2. Beyond This. Beyond That. Beyond Comprehension, more like!

    1. Beyond ridiculousness, beyond Sean Connery’s tight red suit, absolutely beyond comprehension!

  3. I just can’t get past Connery’s mankini/nappy outfit. It’s mesmerizing

    1. It really is, it’s like one of those Magic Eye pictures.

  4. […] somewhat ironic love for the Sean Connery science fiction nightmare film Zardoz (1974) is quite well-known around here. Zardoz is a film that you almost can’t believe […]

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