Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

A treasure hunter is hired by the U.S. government to thwart Adolf Hitler’s occultism.

I first saw this movie as a child and it blew my mind. I’m happy to say it’s still a perfect movie — it’s a charming non-stop thrill ride buoyed by the absolutely incredible music of John Williams.

Perhaps “Raiders” is the reason why I still get a kick out of exploding heads? I herewith declare Ajax’s Axiom: Any movie with an exploding head is better than a movie without an exploding head.

Karen “Animal House” Allen is fantastic as the professional alcoholic, and I loved how nonchalantly she and Indiana Jones murdered German soldiers even though this takes place in 1936, three years before Hitler started WWII by invading Poland. This is the equivalent to your biology professor going to Canada to do research and murdering 100 Mounties — what a sicko! I also love that Hitler is apparently maniacal about occultism, I can see him sitting by the fire reading Alastair Crowley and rubbing his crystals.

Check it out if you are into red lines slowing traversing maps, snakes that can live underground for 1000s of years, or pillaging artifacts from indigenous cultures.

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Ajax Green

Ajax Green

Ajax Green lives in Oakland, California, and watches a lot of movies.

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