The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982)

When King Richard's armies are defeated by the corrupted King Cromwell and his maligned sorcerer, it is up to his son, the mighty Talon, to reclaim his throne and vanquish the evil from the land of Ehdan! The setting seems right for High Fantasy action and adventure, but THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER is quick to point out that a few broadswords, decent costuming, and age-old locations aren't always enough to dress up a shoddy production. Released as an immediate response to CONAN THE BARBARIAN's box office success, this cheap imitation throws all sorts of popular Fantasy cliches together into a giant melting pot, and dishes them out with lackluster results. The goofy acting is taken far too seriously to be considered camp, and the laughable special effects drag it further into 80's cheese. Still, for the prospective budget, there are enough big action sequences, gory deaths, and moments of inane humor to please most Fantasy fans.

Rating: 6/10.
Gore: 4/10.

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  1. The Sword and The Sorcerer is good fun-time cheese and corn. What Siskel and Ebert used to call "Guilty Pleasures". Also...was that supersword the coolest thing, or what?!

  2. Cool, yes, but how was it so easily destroyed by Cromwell in the end, and how was it rebuilt?? These questions, and more to be answered in the still-yet-to-be-made sequel!

  3. All you need to know about 'The Sword and the Sorcerer' is what follows...

    1. That sword is awesome.
    2. Talon is an awesome name.
    3. The bald guy from 'Murphy Brown' splits a guy's skull!

    I love this movie for all the reasons that a sane person shouldn't. I'm also eagerly-awaiting the sequel, which supposedly has Christopher Lambert and Kevin Sorbo as brothers!

  4. i heard about the sequel and saw a preview... yikes. great review!

  5. Both this film and CONAN were in production at the same time. They both were big hits at the box office. SORCERER made a lot more money than a lot of other big studio movies at the time.

    I interviewed the director some time back and he revealed some curious stories about the movie. The new film has been finished and the director was selling a limited number of copies of it.

    Lee Horsley returned for the new film and plays the same character although Sorbo is the main guy.

    This is my favorite movie of the genre. Trash fans may recognize Reb Brown among the cast of good guys, too.

  6. I tried getting in to it V, but this one would have been better served in my teen days. I have been looking forward to seeing it since I passed over the VHS box a hundred times as a kid when my mom wouldnt let me rent it. I guess with a title like The Sword and the Sorceror, I was hoping for more fantasy elements and less sword fighting? It reminded me of Massacre at Dinosaur Valley more than anything else.

  7. Wow, that's harsh! I would never have put this in the same camp as MASSACRE AT DINOSAUR VALLEY. The Horsley picture did have a budget after all, lol.

  8. Lol sorry I meant to liken the humor and mood to MDV, it just kept coming to mind. SS is faaaaar stronger than Massacre in nearly ever way, Talon just reminds me of Kevin Hall in some ways =D