Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982)

1982 was truly a banner year for the sword and sorcery genre.  We got the big budget Conan film, the low budget Beastmaster (coming soon, trust me) and this little gem which also happens to be the directorial debut of Albert Pyun.,  Pyun doesn't have the best rep when it comes to filmmaking but I find his early stuff to be generally entertaining for the most part.

The story is pretty basic, Lee Horsley is a Talon, young prince out to avenge his father's death at the hands of the evil Cromwell (B-movie staple Richard Lynch) and the wizard who aided him, Xusia (Richard Moll, another favorite of mine though due to issues with the makeup he only acted in the first scene and dubbed the voice for the other scenes he is in).  He is also looking to help a young rebel claim the throne which is a nice touch.

Talon has a hilariously cool and totally impractical triple-bladed sword that is one of those great examples of something cool for the poster and marketing of the movie that really plays a small role in the film for the most part.  It's pretty fun to see though as two of the blades can be fired at an enemy, which just leaves Talon with a regular sword but still!

Performances are about what you would expect with Lynch doing his usual great sneering low key villain routine and Moll is fun in his first scene and as always, he has a great intimidating voice.  Everyone else just does what is required and to be honest, in a movie like this that's really all you need.

Action is pretty decent, the story makes some nice choices in terms of complexity, the f/x work is pretty damn great considering the budget and the pace, unusually for an Albert Pyun film, is quite good.  The Sword and the Sorcerer is a fun pizza and beer fantasy film that goes down easy and in general is a fun way to kill 100 minutes.

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