The Dungeonmaster (1985)
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Critic Reviews for The Dungeonmaster
Given the title, it's not surprising that the movie feels like a re-hash of several teenage roleplaying sessions rolled into one, but the special effects really hold up.
Audience Reviews for The Dungeonmaster
A demon sucks a computer expert into a dream world where he puts him through a series of tests, each directed by a different B-movie hack in a different style, including a MAD MAX ripoff, a detective story, and a W.A.S.P. music video (!). With a gratuitous nude dream sequence, cheesy paint-on-the-film special effects, and lines like "I reject your reality and substitute my own!," this guilty pleasure is the apotheosis of nerd camp.
The story makes no sense, it's all over the place, and the ending is stupid. I hated this movie.
We Dungeons and Dragons crazed players just ran to see this greatly-promoted flick in the mid-80's. It was a cheap carnival ride of a movie, with a geeky scientist and his hi-tech digital watch - having to become a hero to rescue his sexy new girlfriend from a demonic wizard who calls himself "The Dungeonmaster". The hero dude must complete several tasks laid out by the Dungeonmaster to win his girl back. Each task takes him to different places and times, and were done by different directors. One challenge had the hero taking out a stone giant, with great stop-motion animation, which lasted only a few minutes. Too much time is spent with the challenge involving the hero stopping serial killer in a present-day city setting. There's a post-apocalyptic Road Warrior homage. There was a good challenge in a wax museum of horrors, and all the figures coming alive. The dialogue between the hero and the Dungeonmaster is hilarious and badly written. It was a cheesy movie on a shoestring budget. Vehicles, actors and music was re-used from the "Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn" flick.
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