The warrior Deathstalker is tasked by an old witch lady to obtain and unite the three powers of creation - a chalice, an amulet, and a sword - lest the evil magician Munkar get them and use them for nefarious purposes. After obtaining the sword, Deathstalker joins with other travellers going to the Big Tournament to determine the strongest warrior. The false king holds the true princess in captivity, and plots to have Deathstalker killed, and Deathstalker must fight to free the princess.
Rick Hill ... Deathstalker
Barbi Benton ... Codille
Richard Brooker ... Oghris
Lana Clarkson ... Kaira
Victor Bo ... Kang
Bernard Erhard ... Munkar
August Larreta ... Salmaron
Lillian Ker ... Toralva
Marcos Woinsky ... Gargit
Adrian De Piero ... Nicor
George Sorvic ... King Tulak
Boy Olmi ... Young Man
Horace Marassi ... Creature Leader
WOW ! If there ever was such a thing called a \"guy movie\" this is it. Deathstalker is one of few films that includes sword fighting, nudity, mud wrestling, full frontal nudity, and mid evil characters that talk like they\'re from New Jersey! You got to love it. Take my advice and rent this flick, buy a six pack and a pizza and lock the doors. This is one worth watching if you just broke up with your girl friend.
This is the first of a 4-movie series, and it is the best of the lot. Rick Hill does a decent job as a leather-clad adventurer on his way to a warrior\'s tournament. He comes upon an evil guy dragging a flaxen-haired but dirty-faced slave girl through the woods. He kills the evil guy, frees the slave girl, and she allows him to pull down her filthy slave blouse and kiss her. That\'s the first nude scene, and it ain\'t much.
A bit later Rick has teamed up with another warrior and an older gentlemen also on their way to the tournament. They come upon some soldiers ransacking a farm, and in a decent fight scene they manage to kill the soldiers and rescue the family before moving on. Later that night they realize that they are being followed, so Rick\'s buddy scouts out into the darkness. He finds Lana Clarkson wearing little else than a mask, a robe, and a pair of boots. And a very large broadsword. And brother, am I glad.
When I rented this, the only name I recognized was Barbi Benton, long-time Playboy bunny, Hugh Hefner mansion mistress, and somewhat-famous actress (she even had a top guest starring role on an episode of the original \"Love Boat\"). The downside is that Barbi doesn\'t really show us much, er, talent. The real looker is blonde-haired Lana Clarkson, who is very pleasing to the eyes and also knows how to swing that broadsword. Now that\'s a woman!
As you might have guessed, in an outfit like that Lana was eventually gonna have a soft-porn scene with Rick, which is actually well-done as far as \"R\" movies go. The scene lasts about as long as it took you to read this paragraph.
They arrive at the castle where the evil king is having a great feast the night before the tournament. As a prelude to the next day\'s entertainment, he brings out Barbi (who is wearing a sheer white gown) and chains her to a rock at the top of some stairs. The evil king announces that whomever gets to the top can have his way with Barbi. Naturally, our hero wants in on the action, defeats all comers, and upon reaching the top of the stairs has a change of heart and releases Barbi. Such a waste of potential, in my opinion. I think it would\'ve been interesting for Rick to have Barbi, to have Lana get jealous about it, and have her and Barbi duke it out in the tournament bare fisted (and eventually bare-chested), with the winner getting Rick. Oh well. They didn\'t ask me to make this film.
From there the movie pretty much goes downhill. It\'s an ugly downward spiral that continues through the next three movies. Lana Clarkson fans will enjoy this film because you can fastforward through the dialogue and get to the nude scenes. Rick Hill fans looking for a good plot will be better off watching him in \"I, The Jury\" with Armand Assante, where he plays a crazed professional killer who has a thing for redheads.
As for Barbi Benton, get a back issue of \"Playboy\". She really doesn\'t contribute much to this film. And I never really cared for her as a model, either.
I\'ve always loved the Deathstalker movies... especially this first one. It\'s almost the ultimate \"Guy\" movie. Most women would probably find this movie pretty offensive for exactly the same reasons that many guys will love it.
Deathstalker is actually a pretty bad movie if viewed from a traditional perspective, but it\'s really a blast to watch. The character \"Deathstalker\" as he is portrayed in this first movie, is the most ruthless and \"barbaric\" main character you\'ll find in any of these Conan Rip-off films. He kills, steals, and he takes what he wants, ignoring society\'s rules at every turn. He\'s just as bad as any of the villains.
It\'s an interesting character in a B-movie kind of way, and Rick Hill is actually pretty compelling in the role... You never get the sense that he\'s anything but a hardcore ruthless barbarian guy. He doesn\'t have many lines to deliver, and most of the lines he does deliver are extremely hokey, but he excels anyway, bringing a certain charisma to the screen that makes the character sort of believable. I like him much better than his replacements in the other movies even though they have better scripts to work with.
Deathstalker is wall to wall with action, sex and female nudity. People are constantly either getting violent with each other, or getting naked. Lana Clarkson\'s character actually manages to remain naked and get violent at the same time. If that sounds like your cup of tea, you would probably love Deathstalker... But that\'s not all you get... there is also female mud wrestling, pig monsters, incredibly bizarre plot twists that make no sense.. characters that seem like they will be pivotal, but end up serving no purpose at all....
The ending is somehow incredibly anticlimactic even though it should be spectacular. The fight choreography is barely decent and some of it is flat out horrible... But i still love this movie.
Somehow, despite all of it\'s incredible flaws (and believe me, they are numerous... Far beyond the scope of this review), Deathstalker is still the best of the Conan Rip-offs... It\'s easily the most entertaining of the lot, even besting bigger budget titles like The Beastmaster and Red Sonja. If you use your head and think about it, the movie should be barley passable as campy entertainment, but somehow it transcends that definition. Every time you look at the screen, something is going on that\'s compelling on some level (usually on a base level, but it\'s still compelling). I\'ve never been bored while watching it and i\'m always sad to see the movie end.
Deathstalker is directed by John Watson and it stars Rick Hill, who is some kind of body builder and famous of that, if I have understood right? The plot follows as Deathstalker (Hill) tries to get something back from the evil lord, and he has to travel to the lord\'s cave. He meets many dwarfs and monsters during his journey, and the settings are very close to Tolkien, and of course Conan the Barbarian. This is a rip off of huge success of Conan, and even though this is very stupid film, it has many nice trash merits and is recommended for trash fans and tolerating film junkies!
There are no many cinematic merits in this film. Couple of scenes are almost atmospheric and fascinating, but what Deathstalker concentrates to show, are nude females and huge muscles of Hill. Females are usually helpless victims and very stupid, too, so this is very macho film and thus may not please many feminists! The fight scenes are nothing special and pretty dull, and the monsters are not either anything special. And all the other aspects of the film are also very amateurish and badly done, but what did you expect from low budget effort like this? This tries to be as great as Conan but fails pretty miserably. As I said, this can please fans of turkey cinema but no one else. This belongs to the category it\'s so bad it\'s great!
Deathstalker is still not as near as bad as it could be, and as a turkey film, I appreciate this almost as much as other turkeys, enjoyable ones of course! If bad films are your cup of tea, then try this and have fun, but if you don\'t understand \"enjoyably bad films\" then stay away. And if somebody can\'t stand large amount of nudity, then stay away as well. There is more nudity here than violence, and due to these scenes, the film has an R rating. Otherwise this could be some safe PG family film!