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The Vikings! Leif Eriksson! Eric the Red! Cameron Mitchell! Uh, well—actually, that last fellow was a beefy Hollywood actor who managed to just miss the comforts of the studio system and was thus forced to eke out a career making movies with “terror,” “kill,” or “death” in the title. In 1965, he found himself working for noted Italian director Mario Bava in the Viking epic Knives of the Avenger. With bleached-blond hair, Mitchell plays Rurik, wandering Norse warrior, who comes to the aid of a widowed Viking queen and her son. But wait—didn’t Rurik rape the Viking queen back in his wild raping and pillaging days? Well, this is an Italian production, after all. (Bava—who began his career as a cinematographer—is praised for his artfully composed visuals, which are everywhere in Knives.) But really, the film is a spaghetti Western in bearskin drag. Works for me. It screens at 8 p.m. at Dr. Dremo’s Taphouse, 2001 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington. $2 (suggested donation). (202) 736-1732. (Dave Nuttycombe)