The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982)

The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982)

Directed by: Albert Pyun

Starring: Lee Horsley, Kathleen Beller, Simon MacCorkindale

Surprisingly enough, The Sword and the Sorcerer is a pretty generic fantasy movie. I know, how are you supposed to possibly guess that with such a title? I only know because I watched the thing. The whole thing, even, it took a couple hours before it became clear what was going on.

Some dude with a goofy three-bladed sword has to defeat an evil king with a goofy serrated sword, while the devil or something is also after everybody. There’s a complicated plot involving… the entire movie, and there’s a love interest girl whom we meet in a tavern. The fucking story doesn’t even matter, the guys who wrote it didn’t care and neither should you.

Pretty much the only remarkable aspect of this film was the effects, which were surprisingly well-done. They blow a lot of the effects budget on the opening scene, but it’s cool enough that it makes you stick around to be disappointed by the ending. That’s an efficient use of special effects, put 90% of them in the first 15 minutes of the film. You feel tricked, but you also feel like you deserve to have been tricked by that because it was a really good trick.


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