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Leigh Harris ...
Mira
Lynette Harris ...
Mara
Roberto Nelson ...
Erlick (as Bob Nelson)
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Pando
Bruno Rey ...
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Delissia
Roberto Ballesteros ...
Traigon (as Robert Ballesteros)
Douglas Sanders ...
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Tony Stevens ...
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Silvia Manríquez ...
Kanti (as Silvia Masters)
William Arnold ...
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Teresa Conway ...
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Lucy Jensen ...
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To maintain his powers, the evil wizard Traigon must sacrifice his firstborn child to the god Caligara. His wife, however, has other ideas and runs away after giving birth with her twin daughters. Before dying, she hands the girls over to the warrior Krona who promises to raise them as great soldiers. Twenty years later, Traigon returns and begins hunting down his daughters once again. Will the twins, with the help of the Barbarian Erlik and the Viking Baldar, be able to defeat their father? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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An age undreamed of; an age of fantasy and magic... [video cover]


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Director Jack Hill asked that his name be removed from the credits for two reasons: (1) the special effects, around which much of the script had been written, ended up being much less impressive than producer Roger Corman had promised, and (2) Hill had written a role for his friend Sid Haig but Corman refused to hire him at the last minute. See more »

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Krona: I did not train you men in my arts so that you would hunt down and butcher women.
Traigon: You never *could* understand the greater values!
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"Filthy beast! I have no time for your disgusting desires!"
4 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Having seen a handful of the cheapest sword & sorcery films produced in the mid- and late-80s, I was curious to see some of the bigger B-grade productions whose footage was so often stolen for smaller movies. SORCERESS is one of these, though dare I say that this ambitious adventure is less fun than all other mace & magic schlock I've seen. Intriguing at times and not entirely without fun, this movie is nevertheless bad in uncomfortable ways and clearly bears the signs of a troubled production. Aficionados of crudeness will probably get their kicks, but I was far from thrilled.

The story: Two twins imbued with great magical power (Leigh and Lynette Harris) are sought by an evil sorcerer (Roberto Ballesteros) as sacrifice to bring on a new world order.

As aforementioned, the film makes for uncomfortable viewing for a variety of reasons. Beginning with the basics, the acting is pretty bad from the start: not in a hammy way, but in a high school production kind of way, with the performers delivering every other line clumsily. The screenplay plays very loosely with violence, bringing about some relatively cruel deaths and plenty of violence towards women. A satyr sidekick played by David Millbern, costumed in a disconcerting half-mask and speaking entirely in bleats, wouldn't look out-of-place in a Rob Zombie movie. And despite clearly having a budget of some measure, the film's muddy video quality accentuates the overwhelmingly brown and yellow color palette (to be fair, this may have been cleaned up by the Blu-ray release).

Nevertheless, the scope of the movie is impressive, and the detailed sets and costumes reveal the underlying talent of director Jack Hill, who as a longtime exploitation filmmaker knows how to get the most out of his resources. The picture is also rife with a kind of unbridled creativity: the weird characters, odd dialogue, goofy fight scenes, and especially the acid-induced finale featuring a floating head and a winged lion puppet speak of a creative freedom that would soon be all the harder to come by in studio pictures. Sadly, all of this strangeness does not translate into endearing characters, much less any character development. It's even harder to care about these virtual caricatures with the amount of scene-hopping that occurs – so much that film loses all sense of time and ends up glossing over what one would think ought be important scenes (e.g. the twins setting out on their quest). Simply, it's hard to invest in the film.

This one's minor cult status indicates that there are plenty of viewers who would disagree with that last statement, but despite my love for B-cinema, I can't bring myself to love this one. Director Hill fought an uphill battle in making this movie, and sadly, the battle scars are evident. Save yourself the trouble, unless you know what you're getting into.


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