Hmmm. Not sure what to say about Deathstalker. It had the potential to be good, not great but at least decent as a B grade. Some shitty editing in the fight scenes and the general cheesy-ness in the ending for me has dropped it back to “D” grade. I’ve since found out this film was directed by none other than ROGER CORMAN who was responsible for a literal tidal wave of crap films that came out in the 80’s (and possibly late 70’s) which would explain a lot.
As a fantasy film, It’s a bit thin on the plot. At the time of release there probably wasn’t much to compete with the exception of “Conan the Barbarian” which would have blown it out of the water in terms of both plot and direction and choreography. Basically just go watch that instead.
Plot-wise it revolves around some quest or something to find an amulet, ring, and something else, possibly a sword. There’s witches and ogres and dwarf-like things. Some hot barbarian babes get naked. Not long into the film the focus seems to switch to a warrior tournament held by the king Munkar, of a nearby town who holds a couple of the items Deathstaler is questing for.
I have to say it felt kind of disjointed in parts. Somehow I doubt that anyone who lasted more than 20 minutes into the movie really cares that much anyway. Still, if you have nothing better to do, it will kill an hour and a half of your life. Plus, there are some nice looking females to keep you half interested and some laughs from the corny special effects and half-baked swordplay. Like I said before, a little more time, thought and money into this and Deathstalker and it could have been a solid “B” grade watch. Again I have found it on youtube for you guys !!!
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