Sword and sorcery epic Conan the Barbarian has become a cult classic for many reasons, including Arnold Schwarzenegger’s breakthrough performance as Robert E. Howard’s musclebound warrior and the movie’s Ron Cobb-designed, Frank Frazetta-inspired sets. (It also has some killer quotable lines.)
Out today, John Walsh’s Conan the Barbarian: The Official Story of the Film takes a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the 1982 fantasy favorite, directed by John Milius, who also co-wrote the script with Oliver Stone. According to publisher Titan Books, it’s “a lush hardback volume celebrating the cult-classic film with exclusive interviews, official behind the scenes imagery, [and] concept art for the production.” io9 is thrilled to have eight exclusive images to share from the book, which hits shelves today (order a copy here).
Scroll through—crush your enemies, see them driven before you, hear the lamentations of their women; you know the drill—to see them all!