The Dungeonmaster


“He is the Overlord of strange beasts and stolen souls …”

Do you like computers? Do you like Satan? Do like movies that make no sense? Then get ready to be beaten into submission by The Dungeonmaster, the cheesetastic classic that poses the eternal question: “Can you defeat the devil with a 1984 Tandy Home Computer from Radio Shack?” Conceived as a horror/fantasy anthology of interconnected stories from seven different filmmakers, what The Dungeonmaster (aka Ragewar) actually delivers is a hot molten mess of confusion, chaos and crud, filled with lasers, breasts, puppets, monsters and Richard Moll from Night Court! Taking a page from Disney’s Tron, The Dungeonmaster follows the misadventures of Paul, a successful computer programmer who, through no logical chain of events, is sucked into his home supercomputer (with which he shares an awkward neural connection that mainly results in a lot of bitchy arguments between man and machine regarding what Paul should make for dinner). It seems that a hulking, cape-wearing Satanic figure named Mestima (Richard Moll) has been observing Paul’s computer “magic” from afar, and wants the ‘80s techno whiz to compete against him in a ridiculous mental/physical/magical challenge for world supremacy. So Paul is transported to Mestima’s wondrous land of salt flats and fog machines, where he is forced to endure one “spectacular” challenge after another, with each challenge directed by a different filmmaker (so don’t expect any continuity here) – and of course, Mestima has upped the stakes by kidnapping Paul’s sexy girlfriend, putting her in a metal bra and chaining her to a big rock, where she is held as the ultimate prize for the winner. And what a series of challenges they are: Clumsy rock monsters! Angry devil puppets! Vicious post-apocalyptic little people! And best of all, a head-banging heavy metal concert featuring a confused Blackie Lawless from WASP! Does it all make sense? Not exactly. Does it all satisfy your daily requirements for amazing ’80 drive-in movie crap? Hell yes! (Dir. by David Allen, 1984, USA, 73 mins., Rated PG-13) Digital