|Copyright 1982 Beastmaster N.V.
| Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'
- Dar - Marc Singer! Heroic and brave warrior that can communicate with animals, since he was born from a cow, cries if you hurt his feelings though.
- Kiri - Stunning girl with piercing eyes who falls head over heels in love with Dar. Oh, they're cousins by the way.
- Seth - John Amos! Brawny and jovial retainer for King Zed who has taken care of Tal all these years. Not the first guy I'd ask to see in a leather thong.
- Tal - Dar's younger brother, believed to be the rightful heir.
- Kodo and Podo - Dar's ferrets who often appear to be useful items attached to a string and pulled along the ground. Kodo is flame broiled.
- The Panther - Dar's feline friend. I just want to know what psycho dyed a tiger black.
- The Eagle - It's an animal, guess what? It's Dar's avian companion, his eyes in the sky.
- The Bat, er People - Freakish creatures who worship eagles and digest anything caught in their wings.
- Zed - Dar's father and the rightful king, gutted by Maax.
- The Jun Horde - Not much of a barbarian horde really, more like the Jun Hors D'oeuvres after the Bat, er People, get done with them.
- Maax - Rip Torn! Evil priest of the letter "R." He has an endless supply of bald acolytes and gymnastic witches. Dar sends him to meet his god.
|I must say this is the best bang for your buck as sword and sorcery flicks go, delivering decent characters and fight scenes along with a tidy little plot. So much as any movie that involves a witch sucking out a woman's baby and depositing it into a cow's uterus can be called tidy. Genghis Doolittle is saved from the witch's sacrificial knife by a kind farmer, then raised in a small farming community. Taught early on to hide his strange powers Dar is left with nothing after the Jun Horde destroys his village. Seems a little rain was all he needed to grow, in short order he assembles an impressive animal entourage and falls in love with Kiri at first sight. Presumably by the end of the movie both know they are cousins, it doesn't make any difference, our last image of them is passionately kissing on top a rock outcropping. (They went on to found West Virginia.) The Beastmaster has his work cut out for him, the evil priest must be killed, the evil army must be stopped, and he has to get his cousin. (The girl.) As such the movie is replete with some satisfying fight scenes, including one or two "eaten by dyed tiger" pieces I have grown to love. Don't miss the wonderful section detailing how to create a "Death Guard" either. First you torture him into insanity, then screw studded leather armor and spikes into his flesh, finish out by putting a leech in his ear. (I don't know why on that last part either, maybe they're just being mean...)|
|Things I Learned From This Movie:|| |
- King's bedchambers are not very well guarded, someone can easily sneak in with a cow.
- Witches are extremely flammable.
- Normal people burn pretty easy too.
- Ferrets are kleptomaniacs.
- If the hero chucks a razor sharp boomerang at you and misses, pay attention to it's return path.
- Great cats are perfect for picking up women.
- Never let a Bat, er Person, hug you.
- If today's church service involves roasting kids alive you might want to leave your daughter at home.
- Eagles can carry children twice their weight.
- Ferrets can gnaw through anything, branches, rope, and genitalia. (I'm not going to explain, no way.)
- Tar is an explosive.
- Never lay on a spiked mace.
- 5 mins - They certainly must have thrown those choke chains into the ceiling hard.
- 9 mins - She used magic to transfer the unborn child out of the mother and into the cow? I sure hope the hookups are the same...
- 13 mins - RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST A HEADDRESS!
- 18 mins - Why exactly are you going to try and fight mounted warriors in the middle of a field?
- 25 mins - How did the sword get sheathed?
- 35 mins - RANDOM GRATUITOUS BREAST SHOT!
- 43 mins - The guy being eaten had black hair, but this shot is definitely showing brown hair.
- 47 mins - Hey kid, isn't that rock hot?
- 85 mins - Thank goodness for wagons full of hay in just the right places.
- 101 mins - I bet the evil army will forget the tar moat around the city.
| ||Audio clips in wav format||SOUNDS||Starving actors speak out|| |
||Zed: "I have been told you are planning a child sacrifice."
||Dar: "They whip you like a beast!" |
Kiri: "I am a slave, what would you have me do?"
||Maax: "R is not yet satisfied!"
||Zed: "Who is this man?" |
Seth: "He is a friend, he is the Beastmaster!"
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|You are probably wondering why this huge explosion happens when the bad guy falls into the moat. Well, the moat was filled with oil by the defenders beforehand...uh, I actually do not know why it blows up. It should have just caught on fire.
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Reply #1. Posted on January 27, 2000, 07:07:13 PM by Tryst
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.
Reply #2. Posted on February 01, 2000, 02:02:15 PM by Paul H.
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.
Reply #3. Posted on February 14, 2000, 05:59:01 PM by Bill Stern (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
Reply #4. Posted on April 19, 2000, 08:18:44 AM by Teko
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.
Reply #5. Posted on June 25, 2000, 06:18:42 PM by Mortanius
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.
Reply #6. Posted on August 28, 2000, 03:33:10 PM by Michael
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.
Reply #7. Posted on September 14, 2000, 02:57:40 PM by Mike Berkey
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.
Reply #8. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by BoyScoutKevin
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.
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