Released: Jan 01st, 1990
Running Time: 71
Director: Tyler Von
Company: Video 10
Cast: Grant King, Neil Thomas, Carlo Reese, Alan Lamber, Lou Cruz, Matthew Windsor, Jake Seevers
Critical Rating: AA 1/2
Genre: Gay and Bi
With the annual AVN awards just around the corner, it seems a pity we don't have a category for "Silliest Gay Feature". Warlords would win hands down. Imagine, if you can, eight attractive young performers running around an obscure part of L.A.'s Griffith Park in "barbarian" get-ups dominated by fur chaps and glitter-capes and accessorized straight out of the Lily St. Cyr catalog. Pictures Neil Thomas playing a decadent despot wearing a Phyllis Diller fright wig. Envision an on-screen narrator in what looks like a rubber Ayatollah Khomeini mask sitting on a stump spewing forth plot exposition that's a hybrid of Conan and Tanya Robert's Sheena: Queen of the Jungle. OK. Now, try and imagine anything sexy coming out of this.
You might be surprised, because despite a ridiculously overcooked plot and tons of gimmickry, the men and sexual performances can be quite engaging, particularly Grant King and buddy Matt Windsor. When you review adult videos for a living the last thing you want to avoid is anything even faintly peculiar. This one certainly had my attention throughout. Whether intentionally campy or not, Warlords nevertheless has a niche all its own in the taxonomy of gay videos. Is it worth stocking? Probably not outside of Hollywood and some provincial jungle communities.