In the 80's fantasy movies about barbarians wielding huge swords and rescuing scantily clad maidens were all the rage. If I couldn't see them at the theater...then you can be sure that I was staying up late and trying to get a peak at all of them on cable. Some of these movies were actually pretty good...while others were complete crap. I'll try and focus on some of the ones that I remember fondly from the good ole days.....like 1982's "The Sword and the Sorcerer."
While definitely not an amazing film by any stretch....it's still a very entertaining guilty pleasure of the genre. Played mostly for laughs....the plot is about a young Prince named Talon as he quests for vengeance against the evil King Cromwell (Richard Lynch...who has never played a nice guy) the man responsible for the murder of his parents. Cromwell took the throne away from Talon's father by force and has ruled the kingdom with an iron fist ever since. He had a little help from a sorcerer named Xusia (Richard Moll...who played Bull in the sitcom Night Court) who he then double crosses and leaves for dead.
I don't really need to say anything else about plot...because really...who cares. All you need to know is that there are many nude women....and battles galore as the older Talon (Lee Horsely...who the hell knows who he is....I think he had a tv show once) goes after Cromwell with his mighty three bladed sword of doom that shoots its blades at people. In the end...blood is spilled...kingdoms are won....and wenches are pleasured. Unfortunately the DVD is out of print...but hopefully with the recent news that a sequel is being filmed ( Tales of an Ancient Empire...it was promised at the end of the movie) will spark enough interest for a re release.
Check it out and have a glass of fine wine with this cheddar.