Deathstalker (1983)

Deathstalker (1983) movie poster

director James Sbardellati
viewed: 06/29/2018

The best thing about Deathstalker is the poster by artist Boris Vallejo. I’ve always thought it was cool.

Light in tone and occasionally comic, the world of Desthstalker is pretty rapey. But there’s also creatures and magic, mud wrestling, and lots of 80s T&A.

Roger Corman wound up producing nine flicks in Argentina, of which Deathstalker led the way. It was followed by other sword and sorcery stuff, the flooding wake of Conan the Barbarian (1982).

“Deathstalker” himself, Rick Hill, doesn’t exude a lot of charisma. Not like Kaira (Lana Clarkson, who would find her brief heyday in this spate of B-movie fantasy junk). Deathstalker also features Barbi Benton, a name that hasn’t crossed my mind in many a moon.

At first I was going to make it a double feature with Deathstalker 2, but I decided I had enough.

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