Sunday, September 27, 2009

1999 - B-Movie BEASTMASTER timekiller time


Don Coscarelli is a writer/director working strictly in the B-movie genre. Beastmaster released in 1982 is a "sword and sorcery" film done on a low but not small budget.


The conventions of this type of movie are that our hero running around in next to nothing is faced with a series of obstacles he must overcome to get the girl and save the kingdom from some evil wizard. This is sort of Lord of the Rings light.

   

Lots of beefcake and cheesecake and just about any kind of cake for the men and women watching this. The only semi recognizable "stars" are Rip Torn playing, what else but the "evil wizard" and Tanya Roberts as the "girl." Tanya was a second string angel from Charlies Angels and has an accent that sounds like New York or New Jersey, she definitely did not grow up in Narnia.

 

The Beastmaster has special powers which allow him to fight the forces of evil by talking and controlling the animals of the forest. He's sort of like Dr. Doolittle with a really big sword.

My son watched this with me and he said it was a mash up of Clash of the Titans and the Star Wars movies, and I guess that's probably true enough. All these types of fantasy movies are kind of the same after a while. However, the Beastmaster is here so enjoy it if you stumble on to it while clicking around the TV dial.




 

This was photographed by John Alcott who had worked with Stanley Kubrick on The Shining, Barry Lyndon, and 2001: A Space Odyssey. It looks very pretty.

 118 minutes.

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