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The Dungeonmaster (1984)

Ragewar (original title)
PG-13 | | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi | October 1984 (UK)
A demonic wizard challenges a modern-day computer programmer to a battle of technology vs. sorcery, with the programmer's girlfriend as the prize.

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Gwen Rogers
Gina Calabrese ...
Girl in Dream
Daniel Dion ...
Monster in Dream
Bill Bestolarides ...
Monster in Dream
Scott Campbell ...
Monster in Dream
Ed Dorini ...
Monster in Dream
R.J. Miller ...
Mr. Cahane
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Don
Alanna Roth ...
Flower Girl
Kim Connell ...
Dancer
Janet Welsh ...
Dancer
Carol Solomon ...
Dancer
Jackie Gross ...
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Paul, a computer whiz who spends more time with his machine than with his girlfriend, finds that he has been chosen as a worthy opponent for Mestema, and evil wizard who has spent centuries searching for a challenging foe. After having his computer changed into wristband weapon, Paul does battle with a variety of monsters before finally coming face to face with the ultimate adversary. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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He is the overlord of strange beasts and stolen souls ...

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Fantasy | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Digital Knights  »

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When Ragewar had its release in the U.S., Empire Pictures changed the title of the film to The Dungeonmaster, mostly due to the popularity of the role-playing game Advanced Dungeons and Dragons. Due to this, the newspaper advertising for The Dungeonmaster carried a disclaimer that said "This film is not endorsed by, or associated with T.S.R. Inc., publishers of the Advanced Dungeon and Dragons game." See more »

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In several shots taking place in Mestema's domain the boom mic is clearly in the camera frame. This is shown repeatedly through out this segment of the movie. See more »

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Paul Bradford: Nice outfit.
Gwen Rogers: Yeah, another Mestema original.
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Tent Source
Score from the film "Metalstorm'
Composed by: Richard Band
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Ragewar: Evil Wizard vs Technics Nerd
10 January 2009 | by (the Doomed Megalopolis of Blasphemous Technoids) – See all my reviews

Aahh... One from back in the days when Charles Band still made *cough* great *cough* movies... I saw this one countless times as a kid, and believe it or not, it was just too much fun re-watching it last week. I admit, it's not a very good movie. In fact, you can hardly call it a real movie. It's more like a collection of shorts, much like an anthology movie. But the main characters remain the same throughout all segments and there is an on-going story present.

If you like your 80's cheese fantastically melted, then you're going to have more than a mouthful with THE DUNGEONMASTER. Jeff Byron plays computer-geek Paul (with a computer called "Cal" installed in his... glasses, no less) with a beautiful girlfriend. Absolutely for no reason at all, he and the girl suddenly get zapped to another dimension where Mestema reigns. Mestema (Richard Moll with evil make-up, very appropriately acting the part), is some devil-demon-dude who is just bored out of his wits, and decides to have some fun by subjecting Paul to seven challenges. This is where the fun begins!

THE DUNGEONMASTER simply is an excuse to display as much 80's special effects wizardry and cram as much horror/sci-fi/fantasy you can in one movie. All segments are utterly pointless. The whole movie is, for that matter - I think the point is: If Paul loses one of the challenges, Mestema gets the girl. Or something. But what matters is: THE DUNGEONMASTER is just too much fun. Especially if you still carry the child within, as they say, and allow yourself to be amazed and entertained by this old school SFX extravaganza.

We've got a claymation giant made out of stone. Trolls. Zombies. A little devil puppet-dude. A werewolf. Blackie Lawless and his band W.A.S.P. performing. A serial killer. Post-Apocalyptic mutant-bikers. Animated dragons. And much, much more... I ask you: How can you not have fun with this film? Also, go take a look at the full crew involved in the making of this film. We are talking the pre-Full Moon dream team here: Charles Band, Richard Band, David Allen, John Carl Buecher, Patrick Manoogian, Ted Nicolaou,...

I admit, when people should give this a first time watch in this day and age, they'll probably call it a bad movie. But if you grew up on silly nonsense like this, there really is no substitute.

So yeah, I should call this a guilty pleasure, but I honestly love this flick. So don't hold my rating against me.


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