"This is one of the most ambitiously bad movies we've ever done." Deathstalker and the Warriors from Hell
is the third movie in the Deathstalker Series
. It stars John Allen Nelson as the titular Deathstalker. Like John Terlesky, who played the role in Deathstalker II: Duel of the Titans
, Nelson plays Deathstalker as a Lovable Rogue
and Jerk with a Heart of Gold
. Sadly, his Deathstalker isn't all that lovable, is a terrible rogue in the Dungeons & Dragons
sense of the word (he gets caught trying to steal a horse AND sneaking around the villain's castle) and comes off as a Jerk Ass
rather than a Jerk with a Heart of Gold
The plot, such as it is, centers upon the Evil Sorceror
Prince Troxartas and his efforts to acquire several magical stones that will enable him to Take Over the World
. He is also dabbling in Black Magic
, which lets him bring warriors he has killed Back from the Dead
, so he can build an Invincible Army of the Undead.
Deathstalker becomes involved after Troxartas' men try and grab one of the stones from his friend, the wizard Nicias and he is entrusted with a second stone by a dying princess, who was going to use the magic of the stones to find a legendary city full of treasure for her landless people.
Along the way, he gets framed for the murder of the princess, runs into the princess's Rich Bitch
twin sister (who is also Troxartas' betrothed), seduces a potato farmer's daughter and - somehow - saves the day.
Filmed entirely on location in Mexico
Compare with Quest Of The Delta Knights
and The Blade Master
This is the only one of the Deathstalker films not available commercially on DVD.
For the Mystery Science Theater 3000
episode see here
Deathstalker and the Warriors from Hell contains these tropes:
- Accent Upon The Wrong Syllable: Troxartas seems to be either impersonating Shatner, or hyperventilating.
- Affably Evil: Troxartas.
- Animal Motifs: The Dragon's Nice Hat.
- Antihero: Deathstalker
- Back from the Dead: Troxartas' Warriors From Hell.
- Bald of Evil: Troxartas
- Bathe Her and Bring Her to Me: Interacts with Fashion-Victim Villain when Troxartas (who favors lavender robes and short tunics without tights) finds the princess and orders that she be given a bath and a change of clothes.
(To the Dark Chick
Camisarde) Give her something of yours, then... something billowy and soft.
- Beard of Evil: Troxartas' head mook.
- Black Cloak: Troxartas' mooks.
- But Now I Must Go: Deathstalker goes off looking for another magical city full of treasure at the end.
- Casual Danger Dialog: Deathstalker, nauseatingly and smugly.
- City of Gold: The treasure the MacGuffin stones are supposed to be able to find.
- Covers Always Lie: While the above cover artwork is a good Boris Vallejo piece, the Barbarian Hero doesn't look a thing like Deathstalker in this movie. Nor do any of the heroines resemble the kneeling Amazon. And we never get to see our hero fighting monsters creeping out of coffins, as we do here.
- The Dragon: The head mook with the bat helm.
- Dull Surprise: Carla Herd, as the twin princesses, Carissa (the dead one) and Elizena (the dumb one). She has difficulty conveying any emotion other than annoyance. Luckily for her she spends most of her time having to be around very annoying characters.
- '80s Hair: Quite a few people have it.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: We have two princesses, though one dies early on.
- Everything's Better with Spinning / Spinning out of Here: Nicias spinning his way out when casting his teleport spell.
- Fanservice/Fan Disservice: During Deathstalker's torture scene - strapped down and wearing nothing but distressingly tight pants (which, as Crow points out, makes it look like he's going on a little camping trip).
- Friendly Enemy: One of the titular warriors cheerfully introduces Deathstalker to his companions as the only man who ever beat him in a fair fight. He clearly considers the fact he died in said fight incidental.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Deathstalker, for being framed for killing the first twin princess.
- Informed Ability: We're told that Deathstalker is a great swordsman and hero but he seems to spend most of the movie getting caught stealing things, sneaking around where he isn't supposed to, running away and getting his ass-kicked. Hell, the only reason he wins the final fight against Troxartas is because his sidekick threw him a sword and distracted the evil wizard.
- To be fair, the claims of his always fighting fair are justified. He even refuses to kill Troxartas while he's unarmed (despite that leading to the death of his girlfriend).
- Heel-Face Turn: Troxartas' undead minions are quite willing to turn on their master.
- Heroic Sacrifice: The potato farmer's daughter to save Deathstalker.
- Jerk Ass: Deathstalker, though he's also The Ace too.
- Karma Houdini: Camisarde, whom seems to face no consequences beyond being shoved once by a Warrior of Hell for her aiding and abetting Troxartas's evil reign. Not only that, but she also sliced Nicias' throat!
- Large Ham: Troxartas. He may be one of the hammiest villains ever.
- Lovable Rogue: Deathstalker tries for this but misses the Lovable part.
- Considering how lousy he is at sneaking around and stealing horses, it's debatable he misses the Rogue part too.
- Macguffin: The three stones needed to find the lost city.
- Ms Exposition: The first twin princess that Deathstalker meets.
- May-December Romance: It's implied that the wizard Nicias hooks up with Troxartas's girlfriend Camisarde at the end.
- Neuro-Vault: Nicias the wizard has one of these hiding the location of the Macguffin stones.
- Nice Hat: The bat themed helm of the leader of Troxartas' mooks.
- Protagonist-Centered Morality: Deathstalker, natch.
- Punch Clock Villain: The Warriors from Hell are surprisingly affable for undead soldiers controlled by an evil overlord.
- Recycled Soundtrack: This is yet another fantasy or sci-fi movie to recycle James Horner's score for Battle Beyond the Stars.
- Another, much more copyright-infringing example occurs when Deathstalker gets a new horse, the scene uses Brian Eno's "Prophecy" from Dune as almost a love theme.
- Shirtless Scene: Troxartas and Deathstalker both have one.
- Soul Jar: It's how Troxartas controls his undead minions.
- Spoiled Brat: Elizena
- Too Dumb to Live: Elizena. How many times did she try and turn on Deathstalker, only for it to go VERY badly for her, then do it again anyway?
- Nicias is on the run from Troxartas until he teleports into his castle for no apparent reason, where he is instantly captured. Troxartus clearly can't believe his luck at this.
- Wizard Beard: Nicias
- Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Used hard in the opening scene but it doesn't last.