The warrior Deathstalker is tasked by an old witch to obtain and unite the three powers of creation – a chalice, an amulet, and a sword – lest the evil magician Munkar get them and use them for nefarious purposes. After obtaining the sword, Deathstalker joins with other travelers going to the Big Tournament to determine the strongest warrior. The false king holds the true princess in captivity, and plots to have Deathstalker killed, and Deathstalker must fight to free the princess.
Ed Sutton <[email protected]>
User Reviews: This is the first of four movies (so far) to feature the hero/barbarian/rogue character of Deathstalker.
Now when you think of heroes in the Sword & Sorcery genre, they often have, shall we say, somewhat loose morals…..fair enough, as the films are often set in the dark ages or even earlier and we could therefore theoretically suppose that chivalry, at least as we know it today was not exactly in place back then (for that matter does it exist now?!) However, having said this, the heroes do still tend to be basically amiable chaps who adhere to some form of justice and honour.
Take Dar from The Beastmaster for instance, he seems like a really decent chap in fact (as long as you don’t get on the wrong side of him – in which case he’d probably slice you in twain!)
The case of the eponymous Deathstalker is rather different however, for here we have a ‘hero’ who’s immoral actions (particularly against women) give the main villain of the film a good run for his money! Yes, it has to be said that in the annals of cinematic good guys, Deathstalker (at least as portrayed in this entry in the series) will hardly be winning any accolades for his chivalry!
Aside from the somewhat unlikeable hero, the film itself starts off in a decidedly disjointed manner.
In fact, the first half of the film is filled with a series of scenes that make very little sense whatsoever! For instance one particularly stupid, pointless scene set in a cave from which our hero must retrieve a magical sword, left my jaw agape at just how ridiculous it was!
Thankfully, the second half of the movie is much better and features some rather exciting fight scenes as our hero battles it out in a gladiatorial contest. There is also a fair amount of gore on display here to, a factor which always ups the enjoyment value in these type of films.
Another positive for the movie (at least from a red blooded males perspective) is the copious amount of nudity displayed by the female cast in this. Hardly a minute seems to go by without a beautiful woman baring her breasts (all in the most gratuitous manner of course!)
Overall then, whilst this film isn’t likely to be remembered as a milestone in cinematic history, it does have a few of it’s own (B-movie) merits and is certainly not a bad way to spend an hour and a half or so, on perhaps a lazy night in.