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The Beastmaster (1982)

August. 16,1982
| Adventure Fantasy Action

Dar, is the son of a king, who is hunted by a priest after his birth and grows up in another family. When he becomes a grown man his new father is murdered by savages and he discovers that he has the ability to communicate with the animals, which leads him on his quest for revenge against his father's killers.


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Great visuals, story delivers no surprises


This is a coming of age storyline that you've seen in one form or another for decades. It takes a truly unique voice to make yet another one worth watching.


I think this is a new genre that they're all sort of working their way through it and haven't got all the kinks worked out yet but it's a genre that works for me.


The movie's not perfect, but it sticks the landing of its message. It was engaging - thrilling at times - and I personally thought it was a great time.

Tango and Cash

"Beastmaster" (1982), one of the countless imitators of "Conan the Barbarian" (1982), is fairly decent 80s trash. It's an afternoon movie to watch while you're texting your friends or ordering camping gear on amazon. Tanya Roberts is smokin hot, fantastic to have her in this movie. A few tit shots for her which is great! Were these mandatory in the 80s? We should bring that back. Also, Rip Torn plays such a funny bad guy. He was in a sweet episode of Columbo in the 80s in which he plays the bad guy and it just makes me laugh.When I saw this as a kid, I was scared by the sucker guys that fold their cape things over you. I was also scared by the torture device scene when they put that green worm in that poor chap's ear. Yikes. Having seen it now it's pretty mild though.All in all - enjoyable turkey. Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-check it ouuuuuuuut. 4/10

Rainey Dawn

I remember watching this movie as a preteen and a few times as a teen. I did enjoy the movie back then. An I am enjoying it again as an adult - I forgot just how much I liked this movie until I re-watched it again -- memories started flowing.The movie is quite an adventure fantasy - very cute with all the animals. It'll have you wishing you had the same extraordinary powers over the animals. And the movie has enough action to keep it interesting.This is a movie that goes into to category of "Conan" and "Krull" - if you like those or similar movies then you are sure to love "The Beastmaster".On a fun note: If you like "The Beastmaster" and online games then try "Lord of the Rings Online" -- you can play a Lore-master which is much like the character of the "The Beastmaster".I would have rated this movie 8.5 but I have to give it a 9 - the extra half point is for the nostalgia factor.9/10


I felt very nostalgic when i watched again this one many years later. The Beast Master is a great movie, they do not do this again, and they should. Less CGI and more plot and script¡¡¡¡¡ The actors are a bit campy, and for moments even surreal. But they are very likable and go very well with the story. There are beautiful women, evil sorcerers and wizards, demon-like hybrid fighters, ancient warriors, a touch of magic, just enough violence without being too gorish, and a pack of funny animals who are just an integral part of the movie.This is a movie without pretensions, just pure entertainment. I wish they could make more like this.


To begin this review I'm going to talk about The Dark Knight Rises – a film I really enjoyed, so I gave it 8/10. And, in case you haven't already noticed, I'm also giving Beastmaster 8/10 So, does that mean the two films are as good as each other.No. The 8/10 I'm giving Beastmaster is a completely different 4/5 to what Christopher Nolan's last Batman outing got. This is because you can't really compare the two films. The Dark Knight Rises was an excellent film, made with a massive budget which allowed for great special effects, sets and an A-list cast who turned in excellent performances (the only reason I didn't give it 10/10 was because I didn't think it was quite as good as The Dark Knight). Beastmaster, on the other hand, is made on a shoestring budget, contains pretty awful special effects, terrible dialogue and actors who are mainly just there because their 'body-type' fits the part (if you know what I mean). Yet, despite all its (clearly obvious) flaws, it's just so much fun to watch.Marc Singer (who you'll probably only know if you saw the eighties sci-fi show 'V') plays Dar, a Conan-like figure who can communicate with animals (well... the ones which the story dictates he needs to. You may wonder why he can't make all the enemies' horses simply throw their riders, but never mind). He sets off on an adventure to kill someone, or avenge someone, or rescue someone else. It really doesn't matter.If you've seen films like Krull, Masters of the Universe, Red Sonja and other such eighties 'classics' then you'll know what to expect here. These films shouldn't be judged on the same scales as Hollywood blockbusters like the Dark Knight trilogy and so on. They should have their own so-bad-they're-good scale, in which this definitely deserves an 8/10.Not everyone will love it. It will probably only appeal to those who either (like me) watched it when I was a kid, therefore it carries plenty of nostalgia for me. Or those who simply like cheesy movies (especially ones set in the eighties). If you do, then Beastmaster will be a gentle way of filming an hour and a half.And, if you're male, you'll probably enjoy Tanya Roberts' 'performance' (or at least her choice of wardrobe).http://thewrongtreemoviereviews.blogspot.co.uk/