The quintessential guilty pleasure.
(4 out of 5 stars)
"There's something about DEATHSTALKER, but I'll be darned if I know what it is. The film is poorly made in almost every respect, from the slipshod screenplay to the wooden acting, but it's the sort of film that begs to watched again and again and again because, bottom line, it's fun despite its flaws.In fact, DEATHSTALKER is much more fun than it has any right to be, given its exploitative nature. Women appear bare-breasted for no reason. Gore spews. Eyeballs are eaten (don't ask). By rights, it should be the kind of movie people watch just to make fun of, or the kind of movie that simply gets shut off in favor of something else. Instead, though, DEATHSTALKER is just ambitious enough, and just audacious enough, to transcend badness and be solid entertainment. Just the thing for an evening that calls for 90 minutes of sword-swinging fun."
Sword, Sorcery, and Stupidity
Joshua Koppel | Chicago, IL United States | 11/28/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Deathstalker is a thief and a killer who only steal and kills for a living. He is not interested in heroism or glory. What he does seem interested in is forcing himself on almost every woman in the film (starting with the first sequence).Deathstalker has been asked to unseat an evil sorcerer who has usurped the throne but he has refused. Then a powerful witch tells him where to get a powerful sword (why does she want him to have it when he has proven to be a scoundrel? Unknown). Armed with the sword, he sets out to get two other powerful objects (an amulet and a chalice, both held by the evil sorcerer).Along the way he forces himself on another woman (who then falls in love with him if you can believe it) and enters a tournament that will kill off the great warriors (as all tournaments to the death do).In the end, Deathstalker manages to defeat the sorcerer in the most anti-climactic scene of all time (he walks up to the sorcerer and takes the chalice as the sorcerer decides to cower and not defend himself). Deathstalker then holds up the three items and says, "I destroy you" and we are left to assume that the objects are destroyed (how?).A very silly tale with more nudity than an average Girls Gone Wild video and with about the same amount of plot. But still, fans of the genre will enjoy watching this one."
Well, it ain't Shakespeare...
Michael A. Zug | Brookville, Pa United States | 11/10/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"...But it's fun to watch. Often times people accuse me of having terrible taste in movies. Let me prove them all right by admitting that I LOVE the first Deathstalker film. Sure the acting is almost of the high quality one associates with Middle School Christmas Pageants (at it's best), the sets are lame, and the story is embarassing, but darnit all, I likes what I sees. Theres swordwork and beasts from hell, and nudity (lest we forget the nudity) This is a genre I adore, and "DeathStalker" is one of the paste jewels in the tinfoil crown of Sword and sorcery."
This one started the series
Rafael Rodriguez | Sevilla, Sevilla Spain | 08/10/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This one started the series. I saw it on VHS long time ago and was waiting for the DVD. I love it because the film it's so bad it makes you laugh (and, hey!, Barbie Benton is in it.) As long as I remember, there's lots of sword fights and T&A too. The second one in the series is a nice one too. Barbie Benton is not acting, but in her place you can find Monique Gabrielle playing the good girl and the bad girl roles. Too good to be true.The DVD price is nice, so buy both of them."