The New Barbarians

The New Barbarians (Italian: I nuovi barbari) is a 1983 Italian post-apocalyptic action film directed by Enzo G. Castellari, and starring Giancarlo Prete and George Eastman.

The New Barbarians
Italian theatrical release poster
Directed byEnzo G. Castellari
Produced byFabrizio De Angelis[1]
Screenplay by
  • Tito Carpi
  • Enzo G. Castellari[1]
Story byTito Carpi[1]
Music byClaudio Simonetti[1]
CinematographyFausto Zuccoli[1]
Edited byGianfranco Amicucci[1]
Deaf International Film[1]
Distributed byTitanus[2]
Release date
  • 3 July 1983 (1983-07-03) (Italy)
Running time
91 minutes[3]


In the year 2019, after a nuclear war, humanity is reduced to a few starving groups. A ruthless gang called "The Templars" constantly raid settlers in an attempt to exterminate everyone in order to purge the Earth. A former Templar, Scorpion, along with his allies, prevents a small band of religious colonists from being massacred by the Templars.



The New Barbarians was shot outside of Rome in late 1982.[1][4] When discussing 1990: The Bronx Warriors, The New Barbarians and Escape from the Bronx, Castellari stated the three films were written, prepared and filmed in six months.[5]

For the stunts in the film, Castellari stated that he filmed each scene at three different speeds: 24fps, 55 and 96. Castellari stated that this allowed him to "edit the whole sequence in a more interesting way. It gives much more impact to the entire stunt and it actually looks much more impressive and powerful than it actually is."[4]


The New Barbarians was released in Italy on 7 April 1983.[6] It was released in the United States in January 1984 under the title of Warriors of the Wasteland.[4][7][8] It was distributed by New Line Cinema.[1]


Castellari had positive recollections of making the film, stating that it "was an extremely cheap movie. The budget was incredibly small but I'm quite proud that I succeeded in making a movie shot on the outskirts of Rome."[4] Variety found the film derivative of Mad Max 2 as well as having elements of Hal Needham's Megaforce and other films.[1] Variety felt that Casterllari made a mistake in using slow motion opposed to George Miller's exciting high-sped action scenes, finding that the films car chases "look to be occurring at 25 mph".[1] In his book Phil Hardy's book Science Fiction (1984), a review found the film to be too derivative of Mad Max 2.[3] The Monthly Film Bulletin described the film as a "shamelessly watered-down, warmed-over" version of Mad Max 2.[9]

In a retrospective review, AllMovie awarded the film two stars out of five, found that the film captures "the true spirit of the low budget rip-off flicks from early 80's, The New Barbarians is neither smart nor original, but a riot for anyone who gets off on Mad Max and all of its the junky followers."[10]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Willis 1985, p. 439: "Review is of 87 minute version viewed in New York on January 15, 1984"
  2. ^ "I nuovi barbari (1983)". Archivo Cinema Italiano. Retrieved March 23, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Hardy 1984, p. 382.
  4. ^ a b c d Fischer 2011, p. 130.
  5. ^ The New Barbarians [liner notes] (Media notes). Enzo G. Castellari. Death Waltz. DW025.CS1 maint: others (link)
  6. ^ Mannikka, Eleanor. "The New Barbarians". Archived from the original on 17 November 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  7. ^ Willis 1985, p. 158.
  8. ^ Willis 1985, p. 204.
  9. ^ Taylor, Paul (1983). "New Barbarians, The "(I nuovi barbari)"". Monthly Film Bulletin. British Film Institute. 50 (588): 219–220.
  10. ^ Wheeler, Jeremy. "The New Barbarians". AllMovie. Retrieved November 15, 2015.


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