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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Movie Review # 111 The Dungeonmaster [Ragewar] (1984)

Release: 1984
Director(s): Dave Allen, Charles Band, John Carl Buechler, Steven Ford, Peter Manoogian,
Ted Nicolaou, Rosemarie Turko

Writer(s): Charles Band, Allen Actor, Rosemarie Turko, John Carl Buechler, Dave Allen
Jeffrey Byron, Peter Manoogian, Ted Nicolau
Cast: Jeffrey Byron, Richard Moll, Leslie Wing

Rotten Tomatoes: 23% Audience
IMDb: 2.9/10
Netflix: 2.4 Stars

A movie of two names, eight writers and seven directors. With stats like those you can only hope for the worst and totally expect for the best. Wait I think I got that backwards! Hope for the best and expect the worst. Either which way you go on that sentence you end up with the same conclusion. That this movie is so bad it is an awesome failure.

I do not think I have enjoyed watching a train wreck happen more than I did watching this. As the plot is so silly and goofy that it is none existent. Hell the plot is Satan vs a human in a game of wills and tests. That is it other than that this movie has no continuity what so ever. As it plays as a bad version of "Stay Tuned!" that came out years later. With Satan controlling television and if you die in the TV you die in the real world and your soul becomes part of Satan's collection.

This one you fail a challenge and your soul is taken and your mates as well. So it is far from a stretch and is just goofy enough that it makes you smile and laugh like a school girl. As you see the funny effects, hilarious puppets and awful make up effects. Which are up there with some of the best b-films in the history of movies. They are fun and cheesy at the extent of the movie itself.

Take the small demon in the "Demons of the Dead" segment. It is so poorly done that you can see the arm moving inside it as it the puppeteer tries to maneuver the mouth of the poor thing. It is moments like these that make movies like this one priceless. It is also why I love this movie as it is B-Film magic at it's finest.

I know what you are thinking an awful movie that I love. So I just have to say everyone falls in love with the ugly guy and fat chick at least once. So give me a break I fell in love with the ugly boy in the room. Because he made me laugh and feel good about myself. So it is not love at first sight it is love at first laugh as he kept me going from beginning to end.

My Rating: 2.75 stars out of 5 stars

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