Beastmaster 2 – Through the Portal of Time

Despite this low-budget sequel's silly dialog and cheesy special effects, Beastmaster 2 is a mildly engaging tongue-in-cheek fantasy about mythical characters traveling through a time warp to battle it out in the mean streets of contempo LA. Like its 1982 predecessor, pic should do well on homevid following a modest theatrical run.

With:
Marc Singer Kari Wuhrer Wings Hauser Sarah Douglas Charles Young

Despite this low-budget sequel’s silly dialog and cheesy special effects, Beastmaster 2 is a mildly engaging tongue-in-cheek fantasy about mythical characters traveling through a time warp to battle it out in the mean streets of contempo LA. Like its 1982 predecessor, pic should do well on homevid following a modest theatrical run.

Blond, lithely muscular Marc Singer returns in his loinclothed title role as a sort of violent St. Francis figure accompanied by a tiger, an eagle and two ferrets who help him out of scrapes with the evil rulers of his desert abode. Singer maintains a winning simplicity despite all the sword-and-sorcery hokum.

The dandy bad guy is laser-wielding Wings Hauser who turns out to be Singer’s long-lost brother, and a half-human creature (John Fifer) gives Singer the unpleasant task of saving the land from destruction by committing fratricide.

Goofball script is rife with contemporary slang, even in the mythical kingdom. Hauser’s voluptuous witch-companion (Sarah Douglas) has visited LA through the time warp. Ronn Schmidt’s lensing is suitably noirish.

Beastmaster 2 - Through the Portal of Time

Production: Republic/Films 21. Director Sylvio Tabet; Producer Sylvio Tabet; Screenplay R.J. Robertson, Jim Wynorski, Sylvio Tabet, Ken Hauser, Doug Miles; Camera Ronn Schmidt; Editor Adam Bernardi; Music Robert Folk; Art Director Allen Jones

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1991. Running time: 107 MIN.

With: Marc Singer Kari Wuhrer Wings Hauser Sarah Douglas Charles Young

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