I picked up this 4 movie set because it has a film directed by Don Coscarelli. Don was the director of the Phantasm series and Bubba HoTep. Besides Don's movie it's got one movie with Merlin and a couple with Dragons. It's another set from Echo Bridge Entertainment and that means the 4 films are all on one disc. The bit rate isn't that high but I'm not going to spend actual money on these movies. The Coscarelli movie is $10 on it's own DVD. I paid about 3 bucks for the four movie set and that probably was a bit more than it's worth. Especially since one of the movies is also on the other Echo Bridge fantasy movie collection I watched a while ago.
First up is a 2009 locally made production called Midnight Chronicles. It's produced by Fantasy Flight Games and the movie was made in Chaska and Roseville Minnesota and over in Pepin Wisconsin. One of the guys in the local LEGO club, Jeremy Stomberg, works at FFG and he worked on the movie as the prop master and set dresser. The IMDb says it was a pilot for a TV show and some props and costumes were donated by the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. It's based on a game that Fantasy Flight Games put out. I don't know what the game is like, I'll probably never know, but the movie is pretty dull and uninteresting. It's some sort of fantasy world where the dark god Izrador and his orcs run everything. The humans are downtrodden and oppressed. Some don't like it. The movie is awash in political intrigue. There's plenty of yakking and not much else. The actors are mostly amateurish but they go well with the so-so script. The sets and props are OK but often rather spare. The CGI is typical low budget, the kind better kept in a dim world. This movie moved pretty slow, even after I started watching it at 1.5 speed, in fact the more I speed it up the slower it seemed. I did like the library scene at the end of the movie but it still doesn't make the rest of the movie better. I won't be bothering with it again.
The Beastmaster is a 1982 movie that was directed by Don Coscarelli. It's much better than the previous movie and it's a bit above average. Maybe. At least it was more fun to watch. It's certainly gotten it's share of new fans over the years. It played on cable a lot and a lot of people grew to like it. I think I had seen it before. It's not on my watched movie list but the movie came out before I started the list. I put it down on the list so I know I have seen it.
It stars Marc Singer as a guy who can control the animals. He makes pals with an eagle, a couple of ferrets and a black tiger. It's a regular orange and black tiger dyed black. Rip Torn is the main villain, he tosses children into a fire as sacrifice. If you guess where he'll wind up at the end of the movie, and you guessed something with fire, you'd be right. There's all the usual fantasy warrior stuff with a good number of fights and plenty of running about. There's a bit of romance with Tanya Roberts being the gal Marc falls for. John Amos turns up as a good guy, he joins with Marc to take down Rip Torn. There were a couple of sequels and a TV series after the movie. I haven't seen any of those. I'd probably watch this over again some day but that day might not come with so many other things to watch over again, as well as the interesting new stuff.
Merlin And The War Of The Dragons is on that other fantasy film set from Echo Bridge. I watched the 8 films back in May. The movie is from The Asylum and it's not that good. I didn't re-watch it, why bother.
Dragonquest is another fantasy film from The Asylum. It's not too good either. It's got more of a sense of humor that the Merlin film and Marc Singer has a roll in the movie. Still I won't be watching it again, ever.
Now that's done and while I'll keep it for the film by Don it's debatable that I need to bother.