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Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn (1983)

On a desert planet, warlord Jared-Syn is trying to convince a tribe of mutants that he's their messiah and gain unlimited power hidden in a crystal. Ranger Dogen and explorer Dhyana, who's father was murdered by Syn, must stop him.

Director:

Charles Band

Writer:

Alan J. Adler
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeffrey Byron ... Dogen
Michael Preston ... Jared-Syn (as Mike Preston)
Tim Thomerson ... Rhodes
Kelly Preston ... Dhyana
Richard Moll ... Hurok
R. David Smith ... Baal
Larry Pennell ... Aix
Marty Zagon Marty Zagon ... Zax
Mickey Fox ... Poker Annie
William Jones William Jones ... Baal's Lieutenant (as J. Bill Jones)
Winston Jones Winston Jones ... Chimera
Mike Jones Mike Jones ... Miner #1
Michael Sinclair Walter ... Miner #2 (as Michael S. Walter)
Rick Militi Rick Militi ... Miner #3
Speed Stearns Speed Stearns ... Cyclopean Intruder
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Storyline

A seeker named Dogen rescues Dhyana after her father is murdered by the evil Jared-Syn. To avenge her father's death, Dogen must find Jared-Syn's hideout in the mysterious "Lost City", but the only person who knows where it is an aging, burned-out seeker named Rhodes. Along the way, they will need to do battle against the hunter Baal and his Cyclopean minions for engaging Jared-Syn in a final encounter. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Metalstorm See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,019,000, 21 August 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,301,085
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Mike Preston, who plays the title villain Jared Syd, previously starred in the 1981 film "Mad Max 2". See more »

Quotes

[Hurok takes the special mask from Dogen]
Hurok: The two of you took this?
Rhodes: He took it!
[Points at Dogen]
Hurok: Then he lives. You do not.
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Alternate Versions

Released in Japan in the short-lived VHD format in 3-D. This disc has been widely copied to make bootleg tapes and DVDs. See more »

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I'm still waiting for that sequel, Mr. Band.
25 July 2009 | by Vomitron_GSee all my reviews

This is another one of those very first movies I ever rented as a kid. It was childish love at first site. Watched it numerous times back then. Is it actually a good movie? I think I'll just plead the 5th on that one.

Having just re-watched it, I'll just say right away: METALSTORM: THE DESTRUCTION OF JARED-SYN is a blast and offers lots of (unintentional) laughs. Just throw the following elements into a blender: Post-Apocalyptic (vehicles & mutants), STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI (speed-bikers), western (showdown), Swords & Sorcery (quest, fights, and sock-puppet sand-creatures), fantasy (magical crystals and other nonsense), cyborg (or a dude basically enhanced by various metal-parts, including an extendable metal grab-claw arm that spits toxic LSD) and psychedelia (warped gateways into other dimensions). Plus, Tim Thomerson and Richard Moll are in it. This simply is a wonderful film.

Well yes, I'm biased when it comes to early Charles Band outings. This isn't really a good movie (Damn, I did say it, didn't I?), but it's very enjoyable, cheesy & nonsensical stuff. All things I listed up here really are featured in this film, albeit not exactly in quality incarnations, if you know what I mean. And the special effects are dated and look silly sometimes, but there's enough of those in the film to keep you amused. Compared to other early Charles Band films, METALSTORM definitely is a bit crazier and more action-packed than PARASITE (the "good" film) and THE ALCHEMIST (the "lesser" film) and would - in my humble opinion - make a perfect double feature with THE DUNGEONMASTER (aka RAGEWAR), together making up for a super-duper special effects extravaganza night fest. And if you can't get with that, you're a bit of a sourpuss, I'm afraid.

Good, bad, stupid, fun? Who cares! These films were made with enthusiasm. The kind that rubs off. At least on me it does. Blame my rating on nostalgia.


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