I don’t know how many times I’ve seen The Dungeonmaster (1984), but each time I see it, I am happy that I came across it again. In my most recent viewing, I couldn’t help but giggle about the prophetic glimpse into the future with X-CaliBR8, Paul’s computerized personal assistant, complete with a smartwatch and Google Glasses.
I guess you could say that The Dungeonmaster is an anthology film. There are several distinct shorts within the challenges set by the villain, Mestemas. Each of these challenges is super bizarre with Tron-like effects, strange stop-motion animation like a Peter Gabriel music video, and let’s not forget the little people.
Gwen, Paul’s girlfriend, is jealous of his relationship with his computer, which I would get if it were an android like in Cherry 2000, but it’s a wall of chips and an old IBM monitor. Once Mestema takes her, the challenges begin, and they don’t really make sense, but they are entertaining. One even includes a WASP concert.
Did I mention the cheese level? I don’t think I did. Well, this 1980s delight went with 110% cheese, maybe even higher. I can’t comment on the acting because I’m not sure any happened. The Dungeonmaster, at times, feels like a group of friends that got drunk together one night and made a movie. The next morning drew in the effects and sent it to a producer who had to have been stoned when he agreed to put his name on it; oh wait, it’s a Charles Brand movie, so I’m probably not far off.
For a movie that doesn’t make much sense, it’s one of my favorites from the 1980s. If you haven’t seen The Dungeonmaster in a while or never have, you need to make an effort to see this one. I give it 4 out of 5 Stars.