Black SplatZardoz (1973)

"Go forth and kill!"

Zardoz - The Head of Zardoz

Description: The zealot message of Niall Buggy as Zardoz in the science fiction motion picture Zardoz (1973).

In the year 2293, two camps run the earth: immortal Eternals living in a protected environment; and wild, marauding males ("The Brutals") who roam the lands outside and worhip a god called Zardoz.

When Zardoz appears, he takes the form of a huge stone mask that hovers in the sky over his loyal followers. As he floats above them, Zardoz preaches his gospel of destruction as his followers willingly gaze skyward for his instructions.

Zardoz: Zardoz speaks to you, His chosen ones.
Exterminators: We are the chosen ones!
Zardoz: You have been raised up from Brutality, to kill the Brutals who multiply, and are legion. To this end, Zardoz your God gave you the gift of the Gun. The Gun is good!
Exterminators: The Gun is good!
Zardoz: The Penis is evil! The Penis shoots Seeds, and makes new Life to poison the Earth with a plague of men, as once it was. But the Gun shoots Death and purifies the Earth of the filth of Brutals. Go forth, and kill! Zardoz has spoken.

In this future post-apocalytic world, The Brutals, a male race of laborers supply grain to Zardoz, a false god created by the Eternals who live in the Vortex, a shielded, opulent society with no wants, desire or sex.

Their lives are overseen and protected by the Tabernacle, an artifical intelligence that bestows immortality to its residents.

In essence, the Eternals represent a soft, stable feminine aspects of society, while The Brutals represent the violent, dynamic masculine side.

A subset of The Brutals is called "The Exterminators," whom Zardoz supplies guns to support this warrior class. One day, an Exterminators called Zed (Sean Connery), stows away inside the stone head of Zardoz and enters the Vortex intent on destroying its residents.

Zardoz - Zed, a Brual from the outside world

Initially, two female Eternals, Consuella (Charlotte Rampling) and May (Sara Kestelman) use their psychic powers to subdue Zed, but in the end, Zed arranges for the Exterminators to enter the Vortex and kill all of the Eternals, who, at this point, are craving death, because their immortal lives have become boring and unfullfilling.

Amdist all the chaos. Zed, May and Friend (John Alderton) absorbs all the Eternal's knowledge and escapes to the outside world to share a new life among the Brutals.

Note: Arthur Frayn, the immortal who posed as the god Zardoz obtained his name from the title of the book "The WiZARD of OZ." When Zed realizes the relivance of the name, he understands that Arthur is not a god, but rather a manipulator who bred Zed to bring down the Vortex and get society back on track.

Zardoz - Movie Poster

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