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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeffrey Byron ... Paul Bradford
Richard Moll ... Mestema
Leslie Wing ... Gwen Rogers
Gina Calabrese ... Girl in Dream
Daniel Dion Daniel Dion ... Monster in Dream
Bill Bestolarides Bill Bestolarides ... Monster in Dream
Scott Campbell Scott Campbell ... Monster in Dream
Ed Dorini Ed Dorini ... Monster in Dream
R.J. Miller R.J. Miller ... Mr. Cahane
Don Moss ... Don
Alanna Roth Alanna Roth ... Flower Girl
Kim Connell Kim Connell ... Dancer
Janet Welsh Janet Welsh ... Dancer
Carol Solomon Carol Solomon ... Dancer
Jackie Gross Jackie Gross ... Dancer
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Storyline

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, an evil wizard who has spent centuries searching for a challenging foe. After having his computer changed into a wristband weapon, Paul battles 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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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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When Ragewar was released in the U.S., Empire Pictures changed the title to The Dungeonmaster, mostly due to the popularity of the role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons. Newspaper ads included a disclaimer that said "This film is not endorsed by, or associated with, T.S.R. Inc., publishers of the Dungeon and Dragons game." See more »

Goofs

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. (4:3 Open Matte version only) See more »

Quotes

Gwen Rogers: Why did this happen to me? How did I fall for a guy whose first love is a machine?
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Alternate Versions

The 1984 U.K. EIV video release entitled 'Ragewar' includes a pre-credit dream sequence not included in the 1985 U.S. Lightning Video 'Dungeonmaster' release. The 1984 U.K. EIV release entitled 'Ragewar' cuts out much of Mestema's 'cat torturing' speech, as featured in the U.S. 'Dungeonmaster' release. See more »

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Referenced in Honest Trailers: Gladiator (2016) See more »

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Tormentor
Performed by W.A.S.P.
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Ragewar: Evil Wizard vs Technics Nerd
10 January 2009 | by Vomitron_GSee 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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February 1985 (USA) See more »

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