Watch The Beastmaster
- 1 hr 58 min
The Beastmaster, a solid example of the sword and sorcery films that were popular in the 1980s, follows the adventures of a young warrior marked with a strange symbol and granted amazing powers to communicate with animals. He must rise above challenges and violence that plague his world, topple a tyrant and stand for those not strong enough to stand for themselves. The story begins before our main character is born. The evil high priest Maax (Rip Torn) commands a witch to steal the queen's progeny from her very womb and to kill the child. Though stolen, fate intervenes and a wandering warrior saves the child from the witch and takes it back to his village to be raised. The child Dar (Marc Singer) grows to manhood, learning how to fight and how to communicate with animals using his special abilities. When the Jun horde, an army of vicious beast men controlled by Maax, destroys Dar's home the young warrior vows vengeance. Along the way into the kingdom he was born to rule he meets new friends and acquires a variety of animal companions who travel with him and help him in his quest. This move, comparable to Conan the Barbarian with Arnold Schwarzenegger, set a standard in the fantasy genre of films. While it might be commonplace in today's films to see wild beasts like tigers or wolves on screen, this was the 1980s where such things were still exotic and fairly new to the big screen in such a sweeping, epic setting. Also, it was before computer graphics made it possible to just photoshop in an animal companion that directors could them have act however they desired. Hordes of enemy warriors still had to be flesh and blood actors, and sets had to at least look like grand, epic locations from the proper angle. The spirit of this film makes it a solid fantasy film, even by the standards of the post Lord of the Rings fantasy world.