The Dungeonmaster

1984

Action / Fantasy / Horror / Sci-Fi

6
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 16%
IMDb Rating 4.1 10 1498

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Richard Moll as Mestema
Phil Fondacaro as Stone Canyon People
Felix Silla as Desert Bandit
Paul Pape as Police Officer
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Sam Panico 5 / 10

Not the sum of its parts

I love portmanteau movies. From Tales from the Crypt to Asylum, The House that Dripped Blood and The Monster Club, a good part of our DVD collection is devoted to these films (mostly of the Amicus variety). 1984′ The Dungeonmaster attempts to be both a narrative and portmanteau all at the same time — to sometimes uneven results.

Also known as Ragewar: The Challenges of Excalibrate and Digital Knights, this Charles Band- produced effort (Puppet Master, Subspecies, Re-Animator) made up of seven different segments, all connected by the battle between Paul Bradford (Jeffrey Byron, Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn ) and Mestema (Richard Moll, who played Bull from TV's Night Court, as well as The Sword and the Sorceror, House, Wicked Stepmother and more). Again, it's a film that struggles to find a tone — it wants to be Tron as much as it wants to be a filmed version of a Dungeons & Dragons campaign.

Like any portmanteau, there are some good and bad parts in equal measure. Richard Moll is awesome in this, just chewing scenery and blasting out some insane dialogue. The zombie scene is good, as is the giant. But your life won't change watching this film. If you're looking for something to put on as a soundtrack to a party or some great visuals, it's certainly good for that.

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Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 4 / 10

'80s effects-fuelled fantasy

What the hell? Seems to me this movie only ran for an hour! Ah well, at least the experience wasn't too painful in that respect. Well I would say that this is a film aimed at kids except for the fact it opens with a scene of a woman stripping naked and being captured by mutants! Nothing is too weird for a film that comes from Charles Band's Empire Pictures, a studio renowned for making rubbishy movies before it went bust (and was of course replaced by Full Moon instead). Apparently this film is based on the once-popular Dungeons & Dragons game although you wouldn't realise from watching it.

Basically, this is a film which exemplifies the '80s: the special effects are plentiful but cheesy and tacky, the monster suits look rubbery, the moronic humour is unwanted, and the acting is generally wooden. Most of this takes place in the dark, to either a) be atmospheric or b) to hide the edges of the sets. I would bet on the latter. The film's hero is played by the unremarkable Jeffrey Byron who doesn't convince for a second, and his character is even worse. To show how dated this film is, he has a talking computer which helps him out via a wrist-pad (!) and special computerised glasses which can withdraw money from a bank machine. It's pretty poor.

The action begins almost straight away, with Byron being transported over to a fire-lit netherworld where his girlfriend hangs in chains for the rest of the film. The big bad wizard (Richard Moll from SURVIVOR) tries really had to be scary but his efforts go in vain: instead he just looks ridiculous and rather camp. From then on Byron must battle seven dangers in a bid to rescue the girl. These seven segments are so short that they can't really even be called "segments" as they have no story - they just show Byron battling various enemies. I find it hard to believe that seven directors were brought in to direct each of these few minute sequences!

My favourite segment is the "Stone Canyon Giant" one in which Byron finds himself up against a huge statue which suddenly comes to life to kill him. Yep, it rips off JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS again but here they fight with lasers. Pretty bad but at least the stop-motion animation is cool, even if only on screen for a couple of moments. The second segment is entitled "Demons of the Dead" and as you would guess, it's a horror-themed one. Byron here fights a hideous gargoyle creature (pretty good effect from John Carl Buechler, who also directed) and some disappearing zombies. After a brief interlude with some animated dragons which seem to have come from a Disney film (!), there's a plot less heavy metal scene there just for the hell of it (directed by Charles Band, go figure). After a fight in an "Ice Gallery" where Byron and his character's girlfriend fight reanimated ice statues of historical killers (an idea later echoed in WAXWORK), the longest segment arrives in the form of "Slasher". I probably liked this one the best, as it actually has partly-developed characters in it and some okay action. It's still below average though.

Another interlude shows a demon head in a flame special effect - cool stuff. Then the film stoops even lower as Byron lobs rocks at a demon in a cave (the "Cave Beast" apparently) and things are rounded off with an inevitable MAD MAX 2 rip-off scene involve chasing dune buggies. The only interest of these scene is that cult dwarf actor Felix Silla (from BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY) appears in it for a minute. There's not really much else to say about this film, only that I wish it had continued in the same vein as the opening.

Reviewed by FlashCallahan 5 / 10

The word is forget it.......

Paul is a computer whiz who spends more time with his machine than with his girlfriend.

He finds that he has been chosen as a worthy opponent for Mestema, an evil wizard who has spent centuries searching for a worthy foe.

After having his computer changed into a weapon, Paul does battle with a variety of monsters before finally coming face to face with the ultimate adversary......

Another typical film from the greatest decade ever, and it's just what you would expect from a film that you may have never heard of, stars who haven't been in anything since around 2003, and a one sheet poster that really makes it look something beyond brilliant.

And you always have one or two people on sites like these who appear to be experts on every aspect of the film, from its delay due to budget, right up to the size of Moll's helmet.

It's a quite a clever concept though, having an anthology movie hidden subliminally as one movie with level like chapters, but it's the fact that the main protagonist is a little bit of a wet blanket.

When we first meet him, he's about to go running after a typical 'I don't run' conversation with a fat man, and he is the funniest person to run on screen this side of Seagal.

So we have random stories where the hero has to get out of a scrape to save his beau, then we go back to Moll and his pantomime villainy (he is the best thing in the film), a random special effect scene, and then repeat until the running time has lapsed.

It's passable stuff, some of the effects are laughable but really suit this film, and when you add some really random dream sequence that adds nothing, only to titillate, you have a very random movie that has to be seen.

But it still proves the eighties is the best decade ever.

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