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    Snapshots - Red Sonya (1985)

    Michael King

    by Michael King

    Red Sonja is a 1985 sword and sorcery/action film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and introducing Brigitte Nielsen as the title character. The film features the sword-wielding Marvel Comics character Red Sonja, created by Roy Thomas, who first appeared in Marvel's Conan the Barbarian series (#23) in 1973. Red Sonja, as she appears in comics and the film, was based on Red Sonya of Rogatino, a character invented by R. E. Howard appearing in his short story, The Shadow Of The Vulture (1934). The film acknowledges it was "based on the character created by Robert E. Howard" in the intro-credit sequence. As in Howard's stories of Conan, the film takes place in the Hyborian Age, a fictional prehistoric time that had been depicted previously in the films Conan the Barbarian and Conan the Destroyer. The film was shot in Italy, on location in Celano and the rest of the Abruzzo region, and in the Stabilimenti Cinematagrafici Pontini studios near Rome.