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Rated PG-13
Copyright 1985 Empire Pictures
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Paul - Nerd extreme, I'm surprised he has a girlfriend. Pretty tough when dressed in blue though, have to hand that to him.
  • Gwen - Paul's girlfriend who is jealous of his computer.
  • Cal - Paul's super desktop computer with nearly sixty-four kilobytes of memory. It can do anything! Interact with an ATM, scan equipment for problems, even shoot laser beams.
  • Mestema - Richard Moll! Yes, it's "Bull" from "Night Court" as the budget version of Satan!
  • The Midgets - Phil and Sal Fondacaro! Evil worshipers (I guess?) of the stone giant.
  • A Stone Giant, Zombies, and other weird things - Adversaries that Paul must defeat to free Gwen.

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The Plot: 

Here we have an example of Charles Band getting creative, honestly this is not a good thing. Granted, only one segment of the film (with the hard rockers) was directly his fault, since each part was written by a different person. It is much like one of those writing assignments you had in English, where someone begins the story and each following person adds a paragraph. Remember the guy who always had Hulk Hogan bust in and start beating whatever characters four other people had fleshed out? Well imagine some whacko scientist cloned him, sent all the clones to screenwriting school, and then actually produced the movie they wrote together (each adding a paragraph of course). Yes, it's that bad.

As this absurd plot would have it, Satan has been listlessly plodding through the centuries in search of a worthy opponent. Bypassing some promising types like Christ, Joan of Arc, and Teddy Roosevelt he finds Paul. What in the hell is Satan thinking? So what if Paul can meld with his computer, it's a computer. Not a holy sword, nor a magical tome, not even a blessed elixir. I'd be damned if anything which manipulates ones and zeros would be my choice of weapons versus the Devil.

Despite not understanding the "magic" of computers, the fallen angel turns Cal into a bracer that Paul then wears on his arm, matching the rest of his blue suit. Handsomely equipped he is sent to face the terrors of the aforementioned annoying screenwriting guild and I refuse to describe everything they came up with. Suffice to say that he usually conquers each challenge by tapping a few buttons on Cal and shooting blue beams at it, then he does a glittering dissolve back to the staging area. Get used to the dissolves, there are lots of them.

Finally Paul is sick and tired of this (join the party bud), he challenges the hulking Dungeonmaster to unarmed combat. Winner takes all, loser is tossed into a river of lava, whatever. Why Satan is vanquished by taking a dip in molten rock is beyond (maybe I mean below) me, but then again so is this film.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • The Prince of Evil is completely mystified by computers. (Which clears Bill Gates of some serious allegations.)
  • Midgets are kleptomaniacs and are able to outrun a full grown man who is in top physical condition.
  • Dead bodies do no make comfortable beds.
  • Hard rock groupies should trim their fingernails more often.
  • Satan likes to make puns - bad, evil puns...
  • Cops hate jelly doughnuts.
  • Satan needs to invest in a thesaurus.
  • Laser weapons have recoil, lot's of it.
  • Deities do not have very much practice at hand to hand combat.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 5 mins - I don't know what this has to do with the movie, but I like it.
  • 15 mins - What in the heck is going on?
  • 34 mins - Why did Einstein go to Hell? How is this fair?
  • 38 mins - They probably have herpes or something like that, you are dealing with Satan here.
  • 41 mins - What about the dead body? These cops should call the station or an ambulance right? Anyone with me here?
  • 47 mins - Paul ran just over one mile in five minutes, through city streets.
  • 53 mins - Thermonuclear or geothermal? I'm confused, but this is not any drastic change from the last fifty-two minutes.
  • 56 mins - Now when exactly was Satan a "lad?" In an alley? What?
  • Ending Credits - I feel like someone (a very large someone) has been sitting on my head.

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note dungeonmaster1.wav Gwen: "Why did this happen to me? How did I fall for a guy whose first love is a machine?"
Green Music Note dungeonmaster2.wav Mestema: "In a future reality I shall destroy you!"
Paul: "I reject your reality and I substitute my own."
Green Music Note dungeonmaster3.wav Paul: "You know what you are? You're the lowest of the low. You use people for your own entertainment, your own little whims and fancies."
Green Music Note dungeonmaster4.wav Cal: "Warning, thermonuclear activity."

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Paul encounters the stone giant and overcomes it the same way he does most of his challenges. Nothing clever or interesting, he just taps a few buttons and shoots rays at it.

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Re: The Dungeonmaster
Reply #17. Posted on April 19, 2008, 11:41:08 AM by Miriam Boyce
I bought Dungeon Master at a yard sale for $1 or $2.
I like science fiction movies . . .
But I've got to say this movie was pretty bad . . . I've seen worse but I can't remember what! lol
Although the 'hero' of the movie looked great in the blue costume!  BounceGiggle Wink
Re: The Dungeonmaster
Reply #18. Posted on August 01, 2008, 11:49:08 AM by Radioman970b
I was hoping it would at least be as much fun as Trolls....

Tempted to pick up a used VHS but maybe a DVD will come out sometime.  Trolls 2 has gotten a lot of wom...possibly thanks to the rifftrax that was done for it.  So...maybe there's a little hope there....
Re: The Dungeonmaster
Reply #19. Posted on October 08, 2008, 05:47:59 AM by Thee Dr.
I've seen some people on this site refer to the band in the band scene as (L.A. punk/HC icons) Black Flag, but it is actually (the more straight heavy metal/shock rock) W.A.S.P., led by the acerbic Blackie Lawless-the song they're doing is 'Tormentor', which I believe is off their second album 'The Last Comand'-don't mean to sound like a know-it-all, I just love this movie and both of the aforementioned bands equally! Smile
Re: The Dungeonmaster
Reply #20. Posted on November 28, 2009, 07:19:33 PM by ezra
It's kinda weird how it's a mashup of seven directors.
Re: The Dungeonmaster
Reply #21. Posted on March 29, 2011, 03:29:32 PM by ralphyralph
Yep, couldn't finish it. OMG his freaking computer hacker glasses, the tight ass running shorts, his hot GF jealous over his female computer AI, WASP!!!

It's in that twilight region between so bad it's good and so bad it's bad.
Re: The Dungeonmaster
Reply #22. Posted on March 03, 2012, 09:56:55 PM by Keir
This one definitely gets 3 drops of slime from me!  I recently picked it up on laserdisc because it deserves to be seen on a 12" hunk of plastic that needs to be flipped over halfway through.  Yes, it is awful but it's also a heck of a lot of fun.  And, you know, W.A.S.P.!
Re: The Dungeonmaster
Reply #23. Posted on March 29, 2012, 08:29:48 AM by JPickettIII
well, what can I say about this piece of... I remember seeing this as a double feature with the Beastmaster when I was 12and I thought it was great, I saw it again afew weeks ago and I could not stop laughing. I think the metal band in this movie is W.A.S.P. but I'm not quite sure.

Yes it was W.A.S.P. and the movie is not half bad.  I really love seeing the Boom mike in the to middle and top right had of the screen.  That was priceless.  This is a movie worth watching if you have some down time and do not mind bad acting, poor continuity and quality.


Re: The Dungeonmaster
Reply #24. Posted on August 15, 2013, 03:57:59 PM by Pacman000
THIS runs this film every other week, or so it seems.  It's on right now.

Some of the FX are okay.  The models, masks, and puppets have enough detail to be convincing.  The laser blasts need work; they should have used practical lighting in addition to animation. 
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