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Beastmaster III is a definite improvement over the second flick in this series. It's not the best in the genre, but it certainly is not the worst. Marc Singer still plays the best beast master around, and this time he has a supporting cast that chews as much scenery as he does! Tony Todd (of "Candyman" fame) and Sondra Hess (Sonya Blade from "Mortal Kombat 2") are fine as Singer's backups, but it's really the animals who steal this show. I'm not anxious for a Beastmaster 4, but this one definitely left a better taste in my mouth than number 2. Recommended for B-movie and barbarian flick fans.
This movie will never win an Oscar (or any other award) but to be
honest, I don't think it was ever made to do so. It is very much in a
B-movie style and that's exactly how it should be. And shouldn't be
taken too seriously.
I personally like the idea that ferrets and a lion can get on in harmony - but hey I'm an idealist.
The acting is terrible - the story has been done so often that anyone in their basement could probably make a decent job of a copy, but all that said the movie is enjoyable... as long as you take it for what it is!! AND NOTHING MORE!! In many ways it reminds me of movies like Willow and Krull - not huge productions, not great acting but enjoyable all the same.
Quick Review: Man who can command animals' sets off to save his brother (the king) from an evil sorcerer before same can let loose the power of a terrible creature... filled with swords, sorcery and scantily clad people.
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Marc Singer returns for another cheesy adventure romp in this second
sequel to 1982's THE BEASTMASTER. While the original was not exactly a
magnificent film, at least it had some redeeming qualities. This '90s
version shows us how far things have sunk with even less originality,
as this is strictly by-the-numbers fare. Almost every cliché of a sword
and sorcery flick is thrown in here somewhere, making this a sufficient
yet disappointing B-movie.
It's a shame, too, as a fun cast under and overact amazingly. Marc Singer shows us that he has learned absolutely no new acting skills in the thirteen years since the original. He's also aged quite considerably too, but at 48 years he's still looking as fit and as muscular as ever. Singer gets to team up with black actor Tony Todd, made famous by the CANDYMAN films, although Todd is given little to do apart from beat up the occasional bad guy.
A young Casper Van Dien (SLEEPY HOLLOW) puts in an embarrassing performance as a silly petulant King while a seriously strapped-for-cash Lesley Anne Down embarrasses herself even further as a witch. Also along for the ride is a braindead clown and Singer's animal friends, although somewhat inexplicably his black panther has now turned into a lion. In the baddie contingent, Patrick Kilpatrick lends some cheesy menace while David Warner hams for all he's worth as the chief villain.
You won't believe how bad this film is while you're watching it but at least it's a lot of fun. Amusing bits include a man being attacked by some tentacles, some bad computer effects, and the hilarious finale which has Singer taking on a ridiculous-looking monster designed by the Chiodo Brothers which never looks more than being a man in a rubber suit. You won't believe your eyes. The violence level is low but the cheese level is high in this silly adventure which is absolutely awful but strangely entertaining.
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Singer is back and clearly has nothing else to do. No more hair
extensions this time I think as we see the final adventure for Dar. It
appears Dar has upgraded his menagerie of loyal performing creatures.
He now has a lion under his control (with the same name? so...same
creature somehow? or he just likes that name a lot), a new eagle (same
name though) and Kodo and Podo seem to be back despite being left in
90's LA in the last film. Thing is the little ferrets are never called
Kodo and Podo in the film so maybe they aren't the original critter
This time we discover Dar has a brother King in the form of Casper Van Dien sporting a very hokey blonde wig. This relation gets kidnapped by an evil Lord/sorcerer so its up to Dar with his new sidekick Seth, a witch, errr...a jester guy and a female warrior to rescue him before he's drained of his youthful essence. Yep this evil bad guy is looking for immortality as they all do, popular spell huh.
I think this third film is generally better than the last because its set completely within a fantasy realm. There is no silly portal jumping into our reality which makes the characters look ridiculous, this is all within a nice barren desert fantasy universe. The bad guys are a bit better this time also, sure they look like ancient Greek Spartan warriors but hey it looks cool, its the helmets that do it.
What amazed me is the cast for this thing. Considering this is a straight to the waste bin production the cast is pretty decent...well a decent cast of B-movie regulars anyway. In terms of B-movie trash rankings this film is low and even the B-movie cast they have managed to muster is somewhat above this kind of schlock...usually. David Warner, Tony Todd, Casper Van Dien, Sandra Hess and Patrick Kilpatrick on show here folks.
Yes it all looks awful, the sets are clearly sets, the locations are the same places over and over, the effects are laughable, action is again a kids pantomime and 'acting' is beyond hammy. To be honest I think the slightly bigger names here know its crapola and are just having a good time chewing up scenery. You can see its a TV movie and I think you should know what to expect, but all that aside it can be a good laugh.
I still don't quite know why they ruined the franchise with such low rent sequels which make a mockery of everything the original had but there you go. Plus points are the animals and a nice big rubber monster suit for Dar to battle at the end.
A short preview here!!!! Story is funny and lame, effects are terrible, acting, well... not that quite, in short... this film is a real joke! Marc Singer was in his element of Darr, what else do you expect? Sandra Hess, she was just hot in the film, Casper Van Dien? Good God! Patrick Kilpatrick? Well, we expected him here, in this low budget crap, David Warner, don't know how he ended up here, but obviously they needed a guy with suave looks and charming British accent... Lesley-Anne Down... well that was quite of surprise, alltough she didn't do much with her character. The only actor I admire here is Tony Todd, a great replacement for Seth from the original film... But, he was never a fighting guy with a warrior staff in the films... But who cares... If you want a joke... here it is... Beastmaster 3... time waster, lord of movie jokes...
Marc Singer returns as Dar "The Beastmaster" who this time helps save
his brother king from an evil sorcerer named Agon(David Warner) in this
made for TV version of the Beastmaster story. What helps Beastmaster
III in being better than it's awful predecessor (Beastmaster 2) is that
it stays in it's time zone and it doesn't have Kari Wuher (Always a
plus) the movie plays out like a watchable sword and sorcery movie from
the 80's. The action isn't very well staged because the camera angles
give off the impression of made for TV but they do happen frequent
enough and are occasionally fun to watch. Though the movie belongs to
Marc Singer who basically is likable and very well suited to his part.
Indeed the whole cast is fun as they include Tony Todd, Lesley
Anne-Down, David Warner and Patrick Kilpatrick. Once again the movie
ends on an unsatisfying note but basically it does represent a vast
improvement over # 2. However stick with the first, as the best of the
* * out of 4-(Fair)
Me and some friends went to the movie store to rent three movies one day
back in 1996. From those three movies, this is the one I remember. It is
simply one of the worst movies ever made. The acting is horrible, the
is awful and the script contradicts the other two movies. For example the
animal who used to be a tiger is now a lion who changes sex during the
Marc Singer looks like 65 something and is still the same stiff actor who tries to drop some "funny" lines from time to time.
On the other hand it's fun to watch just because it's so bad. I give it 3 out of 10. If you want a good laugh I would recommend it.
After seeing this movie(and while not as good as Beastmaster, but better than Beastmaster II) I have to ask if anyone else thought that the reptillian beast bore an uncanny resemblance to character of Earl Sinclair of the Jim Henson Tv series "Dinosaurs", if Earl Sinclair went on a diet and lost a ton or two? To me, the resemblance totally deflated the seriousness of the battle between the beast and Dar.
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This movie (unlike the second one) committed one cardinal sin. It had a
workable story so it took itself seriously in spite of extremely low
budget and extremely low movie-making skills of the crew. Instead of
being (for example) like Mortal Kombat the movies (by the way, Sandra
Hess played Sonya Blade in MK2 as her next role) it's closer to Mortal
Kombat: Conquest (the awful series). This whole movie looks like a
pilot and uses all of those TV rules about violence, language,
over-exposition in a scene etc.
Few complaints beside the main point...
Second part was in the future parallel dimension. OK. This one is apparently first in Egypt or middle east (Casper Van Dien has a Pharaoh-like costume, and camels and people in dresses and shorts (and boxers) are all over the place) and then South America (with the wild pygmy tribe).
As in the first one, people alone and even villages here get ambushed way too much. Didn't they have f-ing outposts in the dark ages? Or eyes for that matter? Surprise attacks are happening all over the place, sometimes simply by bad guys jumping in front of the characters.
And what's the deal with the glasses on that "Albert Einstein" guy? He bought them at his eye doctor's?
Not to forget to mention that apparently all tiger actors and trainers were busy at the time of the filming. Ra was first a black tiger, then a regular tiger and finally a Lion. The cat just can't make up its mind.
What was Marc Singer thinking? Was he truly that desperate for work, or
was this just a fulfillment of some contractual obligation? Either way,
he should be deeply ashamed of appearing in this turkey. The original
Beastmaster was a wonderful film with a great deal of originality but
the sequels have progressively deteriorated into farce.
I can't begin to tell you how bad this movie is. Memorable moments include Dar's Lion buddy, who clearly is too old to do his own stuntwork anymore (Old=not likely to attack the actors) so they employ a lioness to do the scenes where he gets caught in a net. Lion with a mane becomes lioness without one. Hmmm...that's not noticeable at all...no sir!
Suffice to say it's only saving grace is the finale where Dar (Singer) fights some demon lord. Why is this bit the best? Is it action packed? Is it full of great special effects? No. It's the best because it's just so farcical you'll be in stitches with laughter throughout it. The creature is a cross between a teenage mutant turtle and the Papa Dinosaur from the "Dinosaurs" TV series. Comical doesn't even begin to describe how this "evil" demon looks. It has all the menace of a Jim Henson muppet.
Ads if that weren't enough we are also treated to an early performance from Casper van Dien as some supposed king. Yep, that's believable....not. In fact, of all the cast, the only ones who even looked comfortable with their roles were Marc Singer and David Warner (yes, he's the bad guy - no surprise there). The rest were a mixture of woefully bad acting and miscasting.
One other thing of interest. Marc Singer now actually looks like he has spent a lifetime wandering the wilderness with nothing more than a loincloth to protect him from the elements. So that much was realistic.
SUMMARY: Watch it, grit your teeth, then laugh at the dumb finale.
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