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||IMDB Rating: 3.8/10 from PG-13 votes
||Release: 01 Oct 1984 /
||Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi
||Director: David Allen, Charles Band, John Carl Buechler, Steven Ford, Peter Manoogian, Ted Nicolaou, Rosemarie Turko,
||Stars: Fantasy, Sci-Fi
||Synopsis: A demonic wizard challenges a modern-day computer programmer to a battle of technology vs. sorcery, with the programmer's girlfriend as the prize.
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I'm quite surprised to see so many people writing negative things about
this film. I don't know what they were expecting from a film called The
Dungeonmaster released by Empire (this isn't supposed to be Citizen
Kane, people), but for those who enjoyed the minute in the 80's where
Sword & Sorcery films were being dropped into theaters every weekend
(and disappearing the same weekend), this splendid little number
provides a nice twist on the formula.
Watching it today, it does seem a bit clunky and dated, but the special
effects remain quite impressive considering the technology and budget
the filmmakers had to work with. There is a lot of imagination at play
here, and it's delightful to watch each of the segments unfold. John
Buechler's undead make-up in the "Demons Of The Dead" segment is
particularly excellent, and his lord of that underworld is a great
piece of puppetry. People who watch a film like this and criticize the
execution of such a prop are obviously forgetting that even Yoda looked
like what he a was, a rubber puppet, until George Lucas spent millions
of dollars digitally enhancing his effects.
Though most of the segments fall squarely into the realm of Fantasy,
the "Slasher" and "Ice" pieces are great nods to classic horror
sub-genres. The brevity of each segment keeps the film moving along at
a brisk pace, and no matter how engrossed you become in one piece of
the film, you're assured that there's going to be something interesting
around the corner as well.
Enough can not be said about the greatness of Richard Moll's
performance as Mestema. Moll is a joy to watch, and he seems to take
great delight in chewing up the scenery and delivering the surprisingly
strong dialogue he is fed. His "cat" speech is a classic, and I can't
imagine a better character or actor to deliver such a great piece of
wickedness. Sparring against him, our Paul Bradford makes a fine hero,
and the verbal interplay between the two of them is well written and
One thing I haven't heard mentioned extensively is the music in the
film, which is uniformly great. It's unlikely that a soundtrack ever
circulated, but upon re-watching this, I found myself plotting my own
transfer of the audio to CD. Of course, a strong number by W.A.S.P.
("Tormentor", which appears on their self-titled debut LP) helps in
that regard. But, even without it, the score alone would make for
excellent listening should anyone ever have the foresight to rescue
this film and its supplements from obscurity.
It seems so petty to overtly criticize a film that never tries to be
anything more than an enjoyable way to spend 80 minutes. To that end,
The Dungeonmaster succeeds magnificently. The 80's was a time when
films like this flourished, and comparatively, this is far more
professionally made and creatively executed than the overwhelmingly
poor caliber of direct-to-video fare we are subjected to these days.
DVDs are cheap to produce and release, and because of this, there are a
lot of truly unwatchable films in circulation that deserve to languish
in the scarce VHS-only netherworld The Dungeonmaster currently
occupies. In fact, if I could pick one film to be plucked from the past
and given a loving DVD remaster, it would probably be this one, and its
digital absence is one of the only reasons I still have a VCR.
Anyone familiar and comfortable with this sort of material will have a
hell of a lot of fun watching this film. After all, that's ultimately
the point of The Dungeonmaster, so it shouldn't be graded or
scrutinized with the same stringent detail we apply to "serious" or
"important" cinema. Those looking for thought-provoking social
discourse, breathtaking cinematography, or Oscar-caliber performances
will hate this film, and that's okay, because they aren't the
demographic for The Dungeonmaster.
However, for anyone who enjoys the giddy pleasure of a well-constructed
B-movie, The Dungeonmaster is well worth seeking out. If that's you,
then prepare for battle, Excalibrate. Mestema awaits you.
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