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A sorceress tells Barbarian outlaw Deathstalker (Rick Hill) to find the 3 symbols of power - a
sword, a chalice & an amulet - so that they don't fall into the
hands of evil magician & ruler of the land Munkar (Bernard Erhard)
... & furthermore, he also holds beautiful princess Cordille (Barbi
The sword is rather easy to find, & it even ahs
the side-effect that it gives its bearer invincibility, the other 2
symbols might be a tad harder since Munkar already holds them. But
Deathstalker is noone to yield easily & so decides to enter the
lion's den - & he is not even alone, since soon he is joined by
Salmaron (August Larretta) a demon who with Deathstalker's help regained
human form, Oghris (Richard Brooker), a fellow Barbarian who wants to go
to the castle to fight in a tournament for Munkar's succession, &
Kaira (Lana Clarkson), who wants pretty much the same but tries to put
some emphasis on it by walking around mostly topless - it's not long
before she & Deathstalker have sex, of course.
At Munkar's castle, our
motley crew is welcomed with open arms, and, after a big brawll,
Deathstalker even wins princess Cordille for a night ... but Munkar
woudn't be evil, was not a string attached to that, for he doesn't
actually send Cordille around to Deathstalker but an assassin in the
shape of Cordille ... who of course fails to kill Deathstalker but
succeeds in stabbing Kaira.
On the first day of the tournament, Oghris
proves to be the great champion, but he is in cahoots with Munkar &
the next night tries to kill Deathstalker - but pays with his own life.
next day, Deathstalker wins the tournament, but of course the succession
to the throne, as was the prize for the winner, is not his, & he has
to fight Munkar & his guards - who prove to be a resistant bunch,
since decapitation does not always have the intended effect -, & he
is only helped by the girls of Munkar's harem, who have chosen this
moment as the time ripe for revolt.
Of course in the end Deathstalker
wins over insurmountable odds & he destroys the 3 symbols of power lest
anyone can become as powerful (& evil) as Munkar was. Munkar, he
doesn't kill himself, but throws to the crowd, who immediately tear him
This cheap fantasy-barbarian movie
produced in the wake of Conan the Barbarian is so poorly made it
is almost endearing (though only almost) - the sets are obviously
cardboard, the creature-effects are as cheap as cheesy, the action is
definitely pedestrian & the gore-effects are just inadequate at
best. What is totally missing though is any feel for the genre or for
atmosphere, not at all helped by a lead who lacks both charisma &
acting talent, & whose hairdo would be considered a capital crime
this side of the 80's.
Not even the many topless girls in bigger
& smaller parts of the movie can effectively save it.