The Viking Queen is a delightfully terrible Hammer film produced in 1967, near the end of their filmmaking run. Although it’s loosely based on the (frankly pretty awesome) story of Boudica, the Iceni queen who gave the Romans what for when she raised an army and razed several cities, pretty much everything is wrong about it–Druids pray to Zeus, “vikings” are about 700 years too early, the Roman soldiers are (allegedly) wearing wristwatches, and there’s a white woman in body paint portraying a “Nubian girl slave”. Let’s just say that it’s clear nobody’s watching this film for historical accuracy; the whole exercise seems to exist as a loosely veiled excuse to display partially-obscured female breasts.
On the more positive side, the colors and framing are classically 60s, which is delightful to watch:
The film also contains a lot of fairly ridiculous moments that are ripe for GIF-ifying, like this comedy death:
or this Druid leader, who seems to exist only to point his finger at things:
*Our next post covers a much better adaptation of the story of Boudica, warrior queen of the Iceni.
Next time, on ‘Stirring the Wode’…
So, The Viking Queen: It’s not a great film, but if you don’t take it too seriously, it’s entertaining enough, in an MST3k sort of way.