Deathstalker 4 Reviews

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April 1, 2014
Deathstalker IV: Match of Titans was a film I had simple expectations for. Although I hadn't seen Deathstalker III, the quality of Deathstalker and Deathstalker II left me expecting a cheap B-movie guilty pleasure with sword fights and nudity as a prime source or entertainment.

Deathstalker IV: Match of Titans boasts a story which is simple enough to stay within the limitations of its writing staff and its limited budget, therefore easy to capture within the space of few locations. Its story puts all the focus on fighting and allows nudity to unravel itself naturally as the story goes on, therefore ensuring that Deathstalker IV: Match of Titans is a worthy entry into the series. Although the story doesn't have an adventure theme, it does the necessary job in its limited story to entertain the viewers likely to watch a film of this calibre. But unfortunately, it isn't as successful as you might hope.
The story in Deathstalker IV: Match of Titans has potential, but it doesn't have enough sword fighting. The film is about a fighting tournament when more of the fighting is with the bare hands of the actors, so it's a lot of cheesy wrestling scenes. While they have the entertainment value of being senselessly poorly acted and edited with a lack of sound effects just like with all the other Deathstalker films, without the addition of swords there simply isn't enough fun in it. For a film that comes from the genre of sword and sorcery, Deathstalker IV: Match of Titans is the first of the series to really need more swords. The production design is superior to all the other films in the series and the visual quality is less rough than the previous films as well as the fact that Deathstalker IV: Match of Titans has less wooden production designs and sets as things feel a little bit more real, but underneath it all lies an insufficient quantity of sword fights which simply do not match the quantity or quality of any of the previous Deathstalker films.
But the nudity is no problem. Instantly defying the quantity of nudity in Deathstalker II, Deathstalker IV: Match of Titans quickly fills itself up with a lot of ttractive women and their breasts, therefore having enough to appeal to the pre-pubescent teenage boys that would be watching a film like this back in 1991. The nudity is in Deathstalker IV: Match of Titans moreso than the sword fighting, and while perhaps this isn't exactly the best possible attribute for the film, it does at least deliver the goods in the shape of breasts.
I guess that to a certain extent, Deathstalker IV: Match of Titans can still be seen as a guilty pleasure in the same way that all the previous entries to the series were but with a plot more like the Mortal Kombat movie, but it just really doesn't have the necessary quality of action or quantity of it, spending more time attempting to put in a lot of characters and an interesting story. This defies the aspects of its predecessors which made them entertaining because the story was never important and the only important characters were Deathstalker and his woman. In Deathstalker IV: Match of Titans, there is too many characters but none to really care about and it drags the narrow minded entertainment of the film down by trying to make itself out to be more than it is.
The one key notable aspect that Deathstalker IV: Match of Titans holds to be inferior to the quality of its predecessors is that its musical score is terrible. In the previous Deathstalker films, the music was a sort of low-key catchy 1980's beat which played out to dramatise things. In Deathstalker IV: Match of Titans however, the music is largely a loud screeching beat which shatters the ears of audiences. Occasionally it is replaced by a simply drum beat, but the more notable part is the terrible screeching which makes Deathstalker IV: Match of Titans less of a treat on the ears than the previous entries into the series. It has its moments at times, but overall the musical score is not something for Deathstalker IV: Match of Titans to really be boasting about. Once its over there is pretty much no music for the rest of the film which still has a long way to go to get to the end, and so the atmosphere in Deathstalker IV: Match of Titans lacks the both the adventure and the feel of its predecessors.
The cast do an ok job though.
Rick Hill makes a return to the titular role as Deathstalker in Deathstalker IV: Match of Titans. This time around, he looks like a mix of Lou Ferrigno and Matthew McConaughey, and the same wooden acting he used to characterise the titular character back in the original Deathstalker is brought back again. His performance is the same generic and heroic lead her delivered 8 years prior to Deathstalker IV: Match of Titans and is back to fight as again. Although the amount of time he spends fighting is little and his quantity of lnes is small, Rick Hill is simply good to see again back in the best role of his career.
And Maria Ford doesn't get too many lines which is good so that she constantly plays second fiddly to Rick Hill, and instead she is simply told to stand around and look attractive pretty much the whole time which she is able to do with ease. In that sense, she works as an attractive presence as the object of Deathstalker's affections throughout the film.

So Deathstalker IV: Match of Titans doesn't match up to the qualities of its predecessor due to a lack of adventure and a lesser quantity of sword fighting than the previous entries into the Deathstalker film series, but some viewers will enjoy it as a guilty pleasure which has decent production values for a low budget film and plenty of nudity.
September 16, 2012
Not as good as the other sequals, but this one still has some good moments.
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