Tuesday, June 11, 2013
A Slimy Trope: Sewer Entrances in Sword & Sorcery Movies
George Lucas deserves credit for cinematically popularizing a fortress escape sewer-scene in his 1977 Star Wars IV, A New Hope (Death Star garbage compactor scene). Ostensibly, Star Wars is Sci-Fi rather than Fantasy, but it employs most every Fantasy trope that exits. It certainly seems to have inspired the 2011 Conan the Barbarian break-in into Zym's tower (below).
More special effects were dedicated to the randomly-placed, lurking sewer-serpent "dweller" than were used to demonstrate the power of the magical mask of Acheron motivating the story. So strangely, this scene was more exciting than the climax of the movie (Here is a link to my rant on that).
I enjoyed this movie (Link to review) , but I took a sigh when this sewer-trope was demonstrated.
Snowwhite had escaped the castle via the drainage tunnels, so when she returns with and army, she sends some dwarves in to raise the gate. Very clever...I suppose.