The Dungeonmaster Paul, a computer whiz who spends more time with his machine than with his girlfriend, finds that he has been chosen as a worthy opponent for Mestema, and evil wizard who has spent centuries searching for a challenging foe.
After having his computer changed into wristband weapon,
Paul does battle with a variety of monsters before finally coming face to face with the ultimate adversary.
Do you love excessive doses of 1980s cheese?
“Ragewar” (re-titled “The Dungeonmaster” to profit from the popularity of the Dungeons & Dragons game) is the movie for you!
It’s one of the most deliriously cruddy B movies that this viewer has seen from that decade.
If you’re anything like this viewer, you’ll be smiling while also shaking (or holding) your head.
It’s that goofy.
The acting is priceless, the special effects plentiful, the sequences blessedly brief, and it never pretends to be serious stuff.
Hell, it’s got to get an extra point for the cameo by heavy metal band W.A.S.P. alone.
Each sequence is written and directed by a different director, and there are *seven* of them in total: Rosemarie Turko,
John Carl Buechler,
Charles Band, David Allen, Steven Ford, Peter Manoogian, and Ted Nicolaou.
They each tackle a different “challenge” that computer repairman Paul Bradford (Jeffrey Byron) must meet as he is menaced by an overlord named Mestema (Richard ‘Bull’ Moll of ‘Night Court’) who’s been looking for a worthy opponent.
Also along for the ride is Pauls’ imperiled girlfriend Gwen (Leslie Wing).
Fortunately, Paul has on his side a computer intelligence that he’s created that he can conveniently wear around his wrist.
If you’re still reading, you should have a fairly good time with this, knowing full well that the movie itself may not be “good”,
but earns many big laughs. Makeup effects expert Buechler and the late special effects artist Allen do some good work,
the music is fun to listen to (both the score and the W.A.S.P. tune “Tormentor”)