June 19, 1978 12:00 PM

Even serious fanciers of movie violence are likely to find that this one contains a coup de grace or two too many. Set in the year 3000 (when the death penalty has been abolished but some criminals are condemned to mortal combat in arenas), the film is full of blood, fire, nudity and hacking with swords. That’s the thoughtful part. David Carradine as the hero, more or less, sets a new standard for sublime-to-ridiculous transition, coming from his recent appearance in Ingmar Bergman’s The Serpent’s Egg to this product of Roger Corman’s B-movie assembly line. Neither Carradine’s presence nor Claudia Jennings’ skill at taking off her clothes should prevent audiences from feeling insulted. (R)

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