by Lillian Csernica on April 27th, 2015
Roger Corman is the executive producer of this derivative conglomeration of alien lifeforms, big swords, bad stunts, and the usual truckload of half-naked women. Shot in Argentina, the producers reused at least one of the sets from Deathstalker.
When I tell you that David Carradine is the “holy warrior” named Kain, you will forgive me if I groan at the remarkable similarity to his character in “Kung Fu,” a wandering Buddhist monk named Kwai Chang Caine.
What’s the plot, you ask? Ever seen Yojimbo by Kurosawa? Sanjuro, maybe? A Fistful of Dollars by Sergio Leone? You get the idea. Lone swordsman wanders into the middle of a dispute between two different groups. Each side tries to get him to fight for their cause. He plays them off against each other for his own amusement and because they all deserve a good thrashing. The people who are really in need of the Lone Swordsman’s help are the peasants who are just trying to scrape up a living while the Two Warlords wage their battles.
In this bizarre version, Kain is on the planet Ura where water is the most precious resource. So the battle is being fought over the one well that hasn’t run dry. The Bad Guys are Zeg the Tyrant (Luke Askew) and Bal Caz (William Marin).
There’s Zeg the Tyrant in grey. Just behind him is his right hand man, Captain Kief (Anthony DeLongis).
Oh look! Bal Caz has his very own Muppet!
Now here’s the funny part. This would have been a rather boring all-male movie if not for the half-naked slave girls and the Sorceress, who’s mostly naked through the entire movie. Oh, but we’re not talking about your normal kind of human naked! These are alien women! The ladies of Planet Ura proudly display a bonus in the bosom department.
Now let’s talk about Naja the Sorceress. That would be Maria Socas, who also plays the Queen of the Amazons in Deathstalker II. She’s wearing a remarkably similar costume, what little there is of it.
This is the one and only shot I found where Naja is covered up. That’s her, sitting in front of Bal Caz. As for her powers of sorcery? Bwahahahahahaha. Not good. Tricky photography, rays of colored light, and a few explosions. Not even big explosions, either.
I mentioned aliens, didn’t I? These guys are slave traders.
The sword fights are all that one would expect given that David Carradine with his yoga-based martial arts skills is doing the fighting. All that really makes this movie worth watching is Anthony DeLongis running around bellowing and attacking whoever Zeg the Tyrant is after right then.
If Wikipedia is to be believed, before production began David Carradine got into an argument with his girlfriend and punched a wall, damaging his right hand. That’s why he’s wearing the ugly black gauntlet on his right arm. Whenever you see the hero wearing some kind of glove, gauntlet, arm brace, etc., odds are good there’s a reason for it beyond fancy costuming.
Meanwhile, back at the Saga, we find Kain killing everybody within arm’s reach so he can defend the well from those who would exploit it. His true purpose is to follow his heart, free Naja the Sorceress, and renew the spirit of purpose in his warrior’s heart. (No, I did not cut & paste that from somewhere. Yes, I did manage to write it with a straight face.)
When you think about how much money it takes to make a motion picture of anything close to feature length, you really have to wonder why people waste that kind of money on a movie like this.