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Title: The Beastmaster
Post by: Rabbit on August 23, 2000, 08:13:38 PM
There was a strange bit of editing with Beastmaster back when TNT started showing it.  They've redone the ending slightly.  In the original version, one of Dar's little ferret buddies dies, sacraficing itself in the final battle.  When TNT got a hold of the movie, and to make the sequels work better, they did some reshooting and now the ferret lives!  Older video stores will still have copies with the original version on the shelves for those sad ending/ferrit haters out there.

Title: The Beastmaster
Post by: Tryst on January 27, 2000, 07:07:13 PM
I was dragged to this hunk of crap when it first came out (I was 14).  The Beastmaster has the dubious distinction of being the first movie I ever walked out on (I went and played video games while my friends watched the last 30mins).  Not even a near naked Tanya Roberts could capture my attention.  Gawd this movie sucks.  And is it just me or is Marc Singer freaking cross-eyed? You don't often find that physical characteristic in a leading man/action hero.

Title: The Beastmaster
Post by: Paul H. on February 01, 2000, 02:02:15 PM
It's almost hard to call this a bad movie.  It does show signs of quality, a storyline, and actual effort by the director, producer,and cast.  (those batman things are freaky) If this is a bad movie you almost have to include dragonslayer, willow, connan, and krull. (which I think suck more). (ok krull is a bad movie)

If you call this a B-movie then it is the stuff just below the cream.  Now it's sequels are truly entertaining bad movies.  They are almost better than beastmaster as they are so much worse in quality.

Beastmaster gets a 6.5-7.5 out of 10 or (4 green globs)  Although this movie should be watched with friends and in the afternoon as there are better choices for evening movie entertainment.  A good movie but not really a good bad movie, if you know what I mean.

Title: The Beastmaster
Post by: Bill Stern ( on February 14, 2000, 05:59:01 PM
Now, you gotta be honest about this one.  It suct. Yes, I know I spelled it wrong.  But, like any good, er, bad movie, it's fun to watch.  I mean, where can you hear such wonderful scripting with lines like "We must FIIIGHT!!" "No, we must FLEEEEE!!" in it? Besides, naked women almost always hold my attention. And you gotta give ol' Rip credit for making a quick save at the sacrificial scene ("Er, SEE!! R has spoken, he wants your children!!")  This is a movie that well deserves its bad movie status.

Title: The Beastmaster
Post by: Teko on April 19, 2000, 08:18:44 AM
Beastmaster's a classic bad movie, but a lot of fun. You have to love any movie where the bad guy's done in by a ferret.

Title: The Beastmaster
Post by: Mortanius on June 25, 2000, 06:18:42 PM
Doesn't anyone else find that thing he does with his ferrets where he picks one up in each hand and hefts them somewhat disturbing? I have a ferret at home and I heft him once in a while to see what that's about.  It's not all it's cracked up to be.

Title: The Beastmaster
Post by: Michael on August 28, 2000, 03:33:10 PM
This film will always be a childhood favorite of mine, and I love it just as much today as I did back then. #2 was a disappointment, but at least #3 paid respect to the original but featuring many of the same characters and making referrence to events in the first film. Anxiously awaiting another, one that is just as good as the first, but I doubt we'll ever see one.

Title: The Beastmaster
Post by: Mike Berkey on September 14, 2000, 02:57:40 PM
The first time I watched this movie I was in gradeschool and the librarian wheeled it out to keep my class amused during an empty hour (not sure why).  Nothing like seeing eye rings, freaky bat creatures and semi-nudity to instill values in children.  Besides that, one of my more favorite fantasy films, although it doesn't rank as high in my book as the old Ray Harryhausen films.

Title: The Beastmaster
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
To show everyone, where I was coming from, when I first saw that movie. I felt worst about the death of the ferret in the film, then I did about any of the 101 people who died in it, even the children. Anyway, this and "Krull" (See below)
are two of the best fantasy films to come from the early '80's. 1980's that is. Enjoy.

Title: The Beastmaster
Post by: Honest Annihilator on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
Sometimes when my two small children are running amok, and the cats are throwing up, and the dog is rolling over in something dead, and my wife is out of town on business, I just throw my arms out and declare "I AM THE BEASTMASTER!".

Nothing happens of course, but I feel somehow stronger and better able to cope.  Even though nobody else gets the joke.

Title: The Beastmaster
Post by: Bats on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
So whatever happened to Marc Singer then?  He was in 'V' and then, erm... what?

Very silly film, this, but then show me a sword 'n' sorcery flick that isn't.  There was a lot of this stuff about in the 80s - Beastmaster, Conan, Krull, Hawk The Slayer (oh God, no!!)... and then the movie makers got the message that nobody actually watches films about cauliflower-eared sword swingers in rough leather posing pouches with names like Dar, Zad or Thrud and with (bizarrely) Austrian accents.

Nice ferrets though, but I bet he didn't put them down his trousers.

Title: The Beastmaster
Post by: Nutty on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
I remember watching this when it first came out! I enjoyed it then and still enjoy it now. It was an original idea and peice coming out of some really dismal crap out there. I understand it isn't the great film work of our time but it sure helps pass the time on a gloomy day. Look at it as a fantasy with charm. Who wouldn't have liked to been the beastmaster themselves at one time or other. Go ahead admit it, you have but are to coward to own up it for fear that anybody would find out. WHIMP!  
(And I liked Krull as well For its fresh idea and new twist to the fantasy realms as well) People who didn't like these movies could never appreciate the works of mythology and Fanatsy realms. Like Excalibur what an awesome peice of work!

Title: The Beastmaster
Post by: The Saint on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
The tar did not explode, its fumes would have.  I don't know why the horde did not smell it however, probab;y because they stank worse.
Also, Ferrets AER Klepto's, worse than magpies.
Thirdly, In the time setting for this movie cousins marrying was not considerred wrong, it was a while later, still sick though.

Title: The Beastmaster
Post by: The Congo Kid on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
Beastmaster was a great movie (despite a few minor details, such as Dar french kissing with his own flesh-and-blood and a couple plot flaws).  Its too bad they ruined the Beastmaster legend with those two follow-up flicks.  Beastmaster II, where Dar travels back into time, sucked rocks (did anyone else who saw that notice that he had both of his ferrets back?  Didn't the one die while biting the evil priest in the first movie?).  And the third film looked like it was nothing more than a low-budget, made-for-T.V. movie (they MAYBE could have made a good series out of the Beastmaster from that show like they did Hercules, but why push it.)  Why aren't those other two flicks on here, though?  Those were worse than the first film.

Title: The Beastmaster
Post by: Doug Bodden on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
I watch this whenever it's on. Fun stuff. I recall one of my English teachers from high school showing us a tape he'd recorded from PBS of 'Death of a Salesman' but at the very beginning there was a bit from the start of "Beastmaster" that he hadn't fully taped over. He did a low manly voice and yelled, "How about a little Beastmaster, arrrrr!" It was cool.

If Tanya Roberts was my cousin, I'd do go for it. Hell, I'd probably go for it if she was my sister...

Title: The Beastmaster
Post by: Lars on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
I love this movie and have seen it several times.  I, like most others, have trouble with the sequels, and Marc Singer did not age well.  This movie is a good place to get ideas for the Fetish Ball, held here in Los Angeles every year, and I would swear some of the exact costumes have been worn there.  I much prefer this movie to Conan, but I did like that movie with the twins--can't remember the name of it.  However, I still like The Golden Voyage of Sinbad better.

Title: The Beastmaster
Post by: Kootfly on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
Hey there!

Just got this movie and well...lot to say. First of all, I was kinda sickened and disturbed when the witch used her magic and transferred unborn baby Dar from his mother's womb to that of a cow's! Gross! Think I vomited the first time I saw that. The music isn't too bad but can get monotonous.

The story was okay...although a classic to be watched on a rainy day. I wanted to see more of Dar's childhood but the stupid producers concentrated on this boring desert scenery and him handling his animals. I love animals but what he does with his ferrets is well....his business!

It's one of those movies that can be considered "watcheable" since I was 7 when I first saw it. Watch it for yourself and be your own judge.

Title: The Beastmaster
Post by: Ray on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
Saw this movie some 15 or 20 years ago. Saw it about 7 or 8 times consecutively if memory serves. Dying to get a copy, vhs or DVD, doensn't matter. Only problem, cant get it in this country (Australia), and to get it from the states would be a waste of time, as their formats in both vhs and DVD dont work here down under.

I loved most of the films of this type, sword and scorcery. Hell, it got me right into AD&D, and because I couldnt find any D&D at the time, it got the cerebral juices flowing sufficiently, I set down and created my own sword and scorcery game.

Kudos to them all I say...

Title: The Beastmaster
Post by: Steven A. Grainger on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
Can't believe you don't mention Keri is Tanya Robert's. I mean you don't get to see one of Charlie's Angels show their tits that often-OK Farrah you do but still. Tanya Still looks pretty hot today, check out the ditzy mom on That 70's Show.

Title: The Beastmaster
Post by: Chris on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
True, this movie was sub-par, even as sword and sorcerry/ barbarian movies go, but it's still a fun movie to watch on a rainy weekend afternoon or late at night when you can't get to sleep. Plus Tanya Roberts was/is a total babe!

Title: The Beastmaster
Post by: Silvia Liliana Barboza on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
The Beastmaster is my favourite adventure movie, it has nice sreenshots,  beautiful music!!!!, nice story, good actors, and amussement for all kind of audiences, could look silly for those type of persons that only enjoy cruel violence and dirty bloody sex scens, but this is not a silly movie,it's a great ficcion fantacy product of hollywood, one of the best in the adventure matter, I want to have it in my DVD colection, I didn't buy it yet.

Title: The Beastmaster
Post by: fil on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
1. Wasn't it funny when they were showing that one witch, scrolled up her fine-ass body, and then got to her face? Hah.

2. They're not "flesh-and-blood" cousins unless she is from the father's side of the family. However, considering the amount of inbreeding royals do, I wouldn't be surprised if his parents were brother and sister.

Title: The Beastmaster
Post by: yannick on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM
Damn am i the only one that loved this movie or what.

Yes this movie was great, but the sequels and the tv show sucked.

Title: The Beastmaster
Post by: James Perry on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
I was thrilled when the DVD was released.  This became one of my favorites.  Great movie to look at and Singer is terrific!  But my favorite is Papa Evans (from Good Times) and that kid.  They're a fun team.  I would've liked to see them do more together in the movie.  The perfectly timed bits near the end were just gotta say "Oh, what the hell" and clap for out heroes!  Great fun.

Title: The Beastmaster
Post by: octo on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
hey this movie was great, i loved it when i was a kid and it was on TV. After that i always hoped it would be shown on TV and i watched it everytime it was... truth is when ur  a kid u don't really care much of what it is but what it contained... swords and magik, a person who can communicate with animals etc...
But now i'm all grown up this movie does bring back memories however it ain't as great as it seemed. This isn't a bad movie at all... its quite good infact and in the middle of its class with willow and the likes better it.

Title: The Beastmaster
Post by: Steve on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
OK, this one was bad, but not fatally bad. Marc Singer was a believable heroic hunk, if not a great actor, Tanya Roberts was beatiful, and John Amos makes a much better Chairman of the Joint Cheifs of Staff, but all in all it wasn't that bad.The animals were great, better actors than any of the principles. As W.C.Fields said "never work with children or animals" the animals stold the show. The end of the film was magnificent, however, the baiiles very well done. I was impressed,

Title: The Beastmaster
Post by: Kazairl on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM
Yes, an enjoyable sword-sorcery movie, and the baby-transferring into the cow is FREAKY, as are the Bat-people.  For the curious, it is EXTREMELY LOOSELY based on the Andre Norton science-fiction novel The Beastmaster (Andre Norton disavowed the movie.)  The novel is about a Navajo Terran soldier starting his life on a new planet after Earth has been fried in an interstellar war.  (Yes, the movie is THAT LOOSELY BASED on the book.)  For the disbelieving, the hero of the book is telepathically bound to his combat team of animals, which are a large cat, an African Black Eagle, and 2 meerkats.


Title: The Beastmaster
Post by: night heron on July 06, 2004, 09:32:41 PM
How come the juns where those freaky masks? are the ugly as sin underneith? or do the look like weirdos or what ever? And as for DAR  well he can realy say LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME(LITTLE BIRD?)and the villager dose ad a interesting adition a comedy stand in sort of like a funny man to liven things up

Title: The Beastmaster
Post by: Corey on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
Been a while since I watched this movie, but I thouroughly enjoyed it. Loved the ferrets (were there ferrets in the movie? I can't remember.)

Title: The Beastmaster
Post by: Lisa on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
I love this movie. This is the greatest most awful bad movie of all time. It is a legend. I can't recommend it highly enough, if you  have lots of liquor and whatever else to get you through it. Truly a marvel of hideousness.

Title: The Beastmaster
Post by: Chrisb on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
I could just tell when I heard that crazed cackling from the crones that their faces weren't going to be pretty.
Usually I prefer my 80's fantasy heroes to have a bit more charisma than your Singers and your Arnies, relying on wit and intelligence over brawn in the face of overwhelming opposition - the Dragonslayer / Dark Crystal mould.
There was really no perilous quest here; Dar rarely seemed in any danger at all. His enemies proved unequal and underwhelming, lacking that 'omnipotent threat factor' of the best of the genre.

The ferrets antics and Tanya Roberts helped pass the time.Those eyes! (no, hers!)

Title: The Beastmaster
Post by: james on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
This is one of my favorite S&S movies ever. It's just so cheesy! What's more, you can tell that none of the cast is taking it seriously, resulting in some awesomely OTT performances. There are so many things to like about this movie: the supermodel witches with the botched face lifts, the recycled death priests that seem to pop up throughout the movie, despite being killed several times over, the green eyed psycho guards, the batmen with the eagle fetish... Honestly, there's never a dull moment in this movie. Cow cesarians, exploding huts on stilts, bears hiding in bushes, incestuous love interests, random sword swinging (for no apparent reason), ferret sniffing, random stick swinging (for no apparent reason), stealing the clothes off nude bathing girls and then sexually accosting them afterwards... hilarity!

Title: The Beastmaster
Post by: PurplePeopleEater on July 11, 2005, 09:45:46 PM
Excellent movie.  Is better than the sum of its obvious flaws.  Heh, how did everyone like the second.  Kodo and Podo ROCK!

Title: The Beastmaster
Post by: Nick Akers on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
Goddamn I want to see this film!
I'm way too young to have caught it first time around and somehow it's passed under my bad taste radar but from what I'm reading it sounds a bit like Conan ramped up to silly proportions.
I just hope I can find the Trilogy as a box set with loads of extra features (and maybe even buy some of the TV series for added low budget madness).
What a weekend that is gonna be!!!!

Title: The Beastmaster
Post by: Chrisb on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
About the ferret/ kleptomaniac thing: 'Ferret', after the French 'fuiret', derived from the latin 'furix' meaning 'thief'. Sorry to be a pedant!

Title: Re: The Beastmaster
Post by: Stacey on May 03, 2008, 01:58:34 PM
:thumbup: This is a definite favorite from my childhood and I still love watching it to this day and I'm 30 something! I just love it. I find it very entertaining. Maybe it's my love for animals?  :smile: Please check out my website to learn how you can help animals in trouble. (

Title: Re: The Beastmaster
Post by: HarlotBug3 on June 04, 2008, 03:24:58 PM
It's been years, but I remember being enthralled by it as a kid. I owe some of my earliest tinglings of libido to those witches...though maybe the face to leg contrast just made the latter look so much nicer.

I think my parents were so worried about the slashers and shoot em ups of the era that things like this were tolerated, maybe via the reasoning that it must have looked too silly to them for it to be considered a threat. It could also be that they figured sword fighting movies would make me gravitate towards sticks rather than guns and could also be that my dad liked them more. :wink:

I'm so curious to know, because however cheesey it might have been, this one had more than its share of violent, disturbing, and violently disturbing scenes. :hot:

I would love to enjoy it again, but would hate to spoil my memory of its crazy coolness.

Title: Re: The Beastmaster
Post by: Cut 'n' Paste on June 23, 2008, 12:54:29 AM
One of my wife's favourite films. Could Singer's posing pouch have anything to do with that ?????
For me, it's a yawn, but she sits through it rivetted (Hmmmm) time after time!

Title: Re: The Beastmaster
Post by: Teresa on July 15, 2008, 02:01:36 PM
I own The Beast Master and Marc Singer has the hottest body I have ever seen in my life. I watch The Beast Master every day! He is the finest man alive. You can tell he has a great spirit and he's a great man! I love the movie plenty of action pretty women and hot men. John Amos was a very strapping man in that day. Always remember to "Pull For Your Freedom!"  :thumbup:

Title: Re: The Beastmaster
Post by: BixDugan on July 17, 2008, 01:13:49 PM
The Beastmaster simply Rocked!

I even liked the series. Did you know Marc Singer appears in the last handful of shows? That was a neat little throwback to the original Dar.

Title: Re: The Beastmaster
Post by: bloodkrishna on September 27, 2010, 11:42:42 PM
King's bedchambers are not very well guarded, someone can easily sneak in with a cow.
maybe the witch have a very great teleport black magic

Title: Re: The Beastmaster
Post by: Anna Moore on January 29, 2011, 08:38:49 AM
 :thumbup:watched this movie years ago and loved it. rented it and shared with many friends. I have been trying to get a copy for years to download and still looking. It is an interesteing concept, the visuals are great and well I loved it!

Title: Re: The Beastmaster
Post by: American_Jedi on January 29, 2011, 03:53:31 PM
I don't care what people say, I like this movie DAMN IT!!! I first saw this when it came on the pay channels back in the 80's as a kid.

I thought it was entertaining then, and I still think it's entertaining now...(yes, I own it on dvd)

Are some parts cheesy and dated?? OF COURSE THEY ARE!!!


During that time, America was on a coke fueled, self-love, ego-trip....and it definitely showed from Hollywood.

In case you don't agree, let's examine some of the period's ridiculous protagonists shall we??

1. Dar: As we've seen, a bastard child of royal blood....BORN TO A COW.

2. Doug Masters: A cocky, young high-school aged Air Force that just happens to rescue his fighter pilot father from the clutches of an evil 3rd world dictator.


3. And my personal favorite.....Alex Rogan: A whiney kid that lives in a trailer park where apparently getting the high-score on the local arcade game is the most fascinating and entertaining public spectacle since the miracles of Jesus Christ.


See a pattern concerning the 80's developing here??.....We were in love w/ ourselves back then, and it showed on least until the cocaine high wore off.  :teddyr:

Title: Re: The Beastmaster
Post by: Dogsledder on August 29, 2012, 10:22:42 PM
I love this movie. It was crap! But when this movie was made crap MEANT something. Marc Singer was a musy have for bad movies back in the day. Seen Virus? V? You couldn't make a truely bad film without him. Today it's getting so every idiot kid with a digital camera and a shark idea thinks he can make a B movie.