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The Blade Master (1984)

The 1984 film The Blade Master, also known as Ator 2 – L’invincibile Orion in Italian, is a sword-and-sorcery film that has since become a cult classic. Part of the massive 80s “sword and sandals” trend in Italy, the film stars Miles O’Keeffe as Ator, a birthmarked hero prophesied to save the world. Plot Summary… read more »

Hercules (1983)

The 1983 film Hercules is a sword-and-sorcery cult favorite starring Lou Ferrigno as Hercules and Sybil Danning as Ariadne. The movie was filmed in Italy, near Rome, in 1982 alongside another sword and sandals epic, The Seven Magnificent Gladiators. The movie had a large budget for the time (over $6 million) but was a failure… read more »

Amazons (1986)

The 1986 film Amazons (also known as Amazonki) is a sword-and-sorcery film directed by Jim Wynorski and produced by Roger Corman. The movie was part of a nine-movie contract Corman had with an Argentinian production company to produce movies there. Plot Summary A mythical tribe of warrior women battle wild tribes from the jungle. The Amazons include… read more »

Hearts and Armour (1983)

The 1983 film Hearts and Armour is a sword-and-sandals style Italian film starring Barbara De Rossi, Tanya Roberts, Zeudi Araya Cristaldi, and Rick Edwards. The film was praised for production values and costuming, but derided for a generally absent and confusing plot. It is said that the movie is so illogical and distracting because it was… read more »

Barbarian Queen (1985)

The 1985 film Barbarian Queen is a sword-and-sorcery film produced by the famous Roger Corman. Starring Lana Clarkson, the movie was filmed in Argentina as part of Corman’s nine-film contract in the 1980s. The movie has since become a cult classic, and Corman has claimed that the film inspired Xena: Warrior Princess. Barbarian Queen Plot… read more »

The Warrior and the Sorceress (1984)

The 1984 film The Warrior and the Sorceress is a sword-and-sorcery movie produced by Roger Corman. Although low budget, the film has since become a cult staple within the genre. The movie was shot in Argentina and stars David Carradine, María Socas, and Luke Askew. The costume that David Carradine wears in the film is… read more »

The Barbarians (1987)

The 1987 film The Barbarians is a sword-and-sorcery film, produced as a coproduction between Cannon Films in the United States and Italy. The film stars David and Peter Paul, two brothers, as the titular heroes. Plot Summary The movies begins as a group of traveling entertainers are ambushed by Kadar (played by Richard Lynch), an… read more »

Hawk the Slayer (1980)

The 1980 film Hawk the Slayer is a sword-and-sorcery movie. The movie was filmed in the UK and directed by Terry Marcel. As one of the first films in the genre, it has since become a cult classic and influenced many later S&S films. Plot Summary In pursuit of a magical mindstone, Voltan (played by… read more »

Masters of the Universe (1987)

The 1987 film Masters of the Universe is a science fiction/sword and sorcery film which was panned by critics on release, and was a commercial failure. However, it has since adopted quite a cult following. Movie Plot Summary At the planet Eternia, Skeletor (played by Frank Langella) rules an army which captures Castle Grayskull and… read more »

Beastmaster III: The Eye of Braxus (1996)

The 1996 film Beastmaster III: The Eye of Braxus is a sword-and-sorcery film produced as the third sequel to 1982’s The Beastmaster, and following Beastmaster II: Through The Portal Of Time. The film went direct to video. It’s worth noting that Marc Singer looks cross-eyed in the poster. Movie Plot Dar, the Beastmaster, is played once… read more »

A Nymphoid Barbarian in Dinosaur Hell (1990)

The 1990 film A Nymphoid Barbarian in Dinosaur Hell is a post-apocalyptic science fiction film produced by Troma, starring Linda Corwin. The movie has since become a cult classic. Movie Plot The film takes place in a time after a worldwide apocalypse. A girl named Leah (played by Linda Corwin) is the last woman on earth…. read more »

Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time (1991)

The 1991 film Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time is the sequel to the 1982 sword-and-sorcery film The Beastmaster. Part of the Beastmaster trilogy and followed by Beastmaster III: The Eye of Braxus, the movie has since become a cult classic. Movie Plot Dar (played by Marc Singer) is a barbarian who has the power… read more »

Kull The Conqueror (1997)

The 1997 film Kull The Conqueror is a sword-and-sorcery fantasy film. Originally intended to be a third Conan film, it was changed to a new character after both Schwarzenegger refused to reprise his role, and Kevin Sorbo did not want to play someone else’s character. Movie Synopsis After General Taligaro (played by Thomas Ian Griffith) tells… read more »

Tales of an Ancient Empire (2010)

The 2010 film Tales of An Ancient Empire is a sword-and-sorcery fantasy film. It is directed by Albert Pyun, and is the followup sequel to the 1982 movie The Sword And The Sorcerer. Hinted at in the final credits of The Sword And The Sorcerer, the sequel was finally released 28 years later. Movie Synopsis… read more »

The Sword And The Sorcerer (1982)

The 1982 film The Sword And The Sorcerer is a sword-and-sorcery fantasy film. It is directed by Albert Pyun and stars Lee Horsley, Kathleen Beller, and Anna Bjorn in a small role. The movie was the most profitable indie film of 1982, grossing almost $40 million at the box office. The film was critically panned, but has… read more »

Gor (1987)

The 1987 film Gor is a science fiction film originally released to poor reviews, but the film has since garnered a cult status. The film was considered so bad that Ballantine Books refused to do a novel tie-in with the book that the movie was originally based from, Tarnsman Of Gor by John Norman. The film is… read more »

Red Sonja (1985)

The 1985 film Red Sonja is a sword-and-sorcery fantasy film set in the Conan universe. It stars Brigitte Nielsen as the title character Sonja, along with Arnold Schwarzenegger as Lord Kalidor. The movie has a musical score by Ennio Morricone. Movie Plot Queen Gedren (played by Sandahl Bergman) murdered Sonja’s family after she rejected the queen’s advances. After Sonja… read more »

Krull (1983)

The 1983 film Krull is a science fiction/fantasy film. Although initially being critically panned, the film has since become a cult classic. A high production value (for the time) and impressive cinematography keep the film entertaining and distracting beyond many of the period pulp sci-fi movies. Movie Plot A prophecy announces that a girl of ancient… read more »

Deathstalker IV: Match of Titans (1991)

The 1991 film Deathstalker IV: Match of Titans is a low-budget sword and sorcery film. It is the fourth in a series of four fantasy movies (including Deathstalker, Deathstalker II: Duel of the Titans, and Deathstalker III: The Warriors From Hell) produced throughout the eighties and early nineties. The film was the first in the series to be… read more »

Deathstalker III: The Warriors From Hell (1988)

The 1988 film Deathstalker III: The Warriors from Hell is a low-budget sword and sorcery film. It is the third in a series of four fantasy movies (including Deathstalker, Deathstalker II: Duel of the Titans, and Deathstalker IV: Match of Titans) produced by famous low-budget producer Roger Corman in Argentina throughout the eighties and early nineties. The… read more »

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