Deathstalker II (1987)


Jim Wynorski directs John Terlesky, Monique Gabrielle and Toni Naples in this tongue-in-cheek fantasy adventure where a swashbuckling thief escorts a dispossessed princess back to her lands.

Exploitation with a grin. John Terlesky is like a poor man’s Bruce Campbell. And there ain’t nothing wrong with that. Clearly a decision was made during the cheapo production on hand me down sets just to go with the flow, shoplift the best Han Solo gags from Star Wars and wink at the camera as much as possible. And that self-awareness works in a clunkily enthusiastic way. It never reaches the intelligence, of say, Terry Pratchett’s early novels but there’s a hint of the same knowing, humorous vibe. With added boobs and boobs and boobs and boobs. Boobs aside, the fight sequences are energetically delivered and the three henchmen actors are recycled nicely. Take that Beastmaster. I will probably never try Deathstalker: Episode I though.

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