Ah nothing like a lusty epic of revenge and magic, dungeons and dragons (there are no dragons in this movie but that’s what the poster says), wizards and witches, damsels and desires, and a warrior caught between. Not to mention bad acting, cheap looking swords, bad acting, horrible dialogue, and did I mention bad acting?
The Sword and the Sorcerer tells the tale of a power hungry man who brings an ancient sorcerer back to life to help him win the throne of the city of Ehdan. After gaining the throne he betrays and supposedly kills the sorcerer by tossing him off a cliff (and unfortunately getting the stuntman killed for real). Now as anyone who has seen more than two fantasy movies can probably guess this story also features the father and mother of our intrepid hero getting murdered by the previously mentioned man who quests for power and wealth. Bet you never would have guessed that huh? That’s right young Talon, son of the deposed King and Queen, watches in horror as they are killed and we all know what that means. Revenge! Remember Wanda! Flash forward a number of years and a mysterious warrior enters the city taken over by the villainous slimy villain all those years ago. Looks like revenge time is near. Meanwhile the sorcerer who was betrayed survived and has healed his wounds and also seeks revenge! Remember Wanda! Looks like the shit’s about to hit the fan in Ehdan tonight.
Made on an obviously low budget and featuring some truly ill planned stunts there is still fun to be had. The Sword and the Sorcerer, for some odd reason and despite the fact this movie should totally suck, is strangely watchable. If you have a high tolerance for extreme cheese that is.
Released in the same year as the far superior Conan the Barbarian this movie managed to pull in about twenty times what it cost to make. Not too bad in a year filled with big budget genre competition.
It’s a fun movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously so I just enjoy it for what it is.
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You can do no wrong in a guilty pleasure! Actually you can but I just ignore it!
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