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->''"The courage of an eagle, the strength of a panther and the power of a God. The epic adventure is back like never before!"''
-->-- '''{{Tagline}}'''

A 1982 fantasy movie from Don Coscarelli, starring Marc Singer in the title role, that became best known for its [[VindicatedByCable repeated late-night airings on cable, in particular]] Creator/{{TBS}} and Creator/{{HBO}} [[VindicatedByCable throughout the 80s and 90s]]. [[note]] Both channels respectively got the [[FanNickname Fan Nicknames]] of "The Beastmaster Station" and "Hey, Beastmaster's On.". [[/note]]

Maax is a twisted cult leader out to steal the throne of King Zed. Banished by Zed for his treachery, Maax sends one of his three witches to steal Zed's unborn son, ripping him right out of his mother's womb with magic and placing him a cow's womb. Before she can finish the job, a brave hunter kills the witch and rescues the young boy, naming him Dar. Dar and his adoptive father find out at a young age that Dar possesses the [[FriendToAllLivingThings power to communicate with animals]]. When Maax sends his horde of thugs to wipe out Dar's peaceful village, Dar sets out to defeat Maax using his powers and avenge his people and foster father.

Marc Singer returned as Dar in two sequels, ''Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time'' (1991) and the DirectToVideo ''Beastmaster 3: The Eye of Braxus'' (1997). In addition, there is also a re-cast [[{{Series/Beastmaster}} television series]] that qualified as a somewhat [[VindicatedByReruns vindicated-by-reruns]] show.

!!''The Beastmaster'' has examples of:

* AnimalEyeSpy: Dar is able to see through his animal companions' eyes. Useful for scouting/spying in general and in the middle of a fight when his own eyes are damaged at one point.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: The fight with the Jun leader is definitely the toughest challenge Dar has in the film.
* AwesomeButImpractical: The Jun leader's staff, which can come apart and be swung around like a kind of goofy flail. It looks impressive, but proves pretty useless in practice.
* BadassBystander: Dar's future adoptive father. With a dash of BadassNormal. He's nothing more than a simple farmer, but when he comes upon one of Maax's witches about to sacrifice the innocent baby Dar, he promptly opens up a can of whoopass on her to save the infant, culminating in shoving her into her own [[KillItWithFire campfire]].
* BarbarianHero: Dar
* BattleButler: Seth, formerly the captain of King Zed's guards turned protector of his (as far as he knows) only son Tal. Although disguised as a mere pilgrim, he's quite handy with a quarterstaff and isn't to be underestimated.
* TheBeastmaster: Guess
* BigBad: Maax, the EvilSorcerer terrorizing the land.
* BigDamnHeroes: The Bat People, when they show up at the end in time to save the city.
* {{Butterface}}: The witches in the original movie have extremely sexy bodies and horrible melted faces.
* CelebrityParadox: The second movie shows just how ''silly'' it is to avert this trope. As Dar is in a car driving down the street, they pass a movie theater that is debuting ''Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time.'' Dar is as confused as the audience.
* ChekhovsGun: The medallion the winged creatures give to Dar. [[spoiler:He uses it to ask for their help against the Juns at the very end.]]
* CoversAlwaysLie: Creator/NoriyoshiOhrai got a bit carried away. [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/9120653@N06/4276445530/ This movie is not as awesome as it looks.]]
* {{Cult}}: Maax leads what appears to be a perversion of the local religion. He seemed to be in good standing with King Zed until he started wanting to sacrifice children, so he allied himself with the Jun Horde and took over.
* DarkIsNotEvil: The bat people (who get a BigDamnHeroes moment when they show up at the city just in time to make a difference)
* DecapitatedArmy: Inverted. [[spoiler: The Juns, evil barbarians Maax allied with, come to attack the city after he dies.]] It's then inverted ''again'' after Dar [[spoiler:kills the Jun leader in single combat, and they ''still'' refuse to retreat.]]
* DiscOneFinalBoss: [[spoiler:You'd think Maax dying would signal the end of the movie right? Wrong. There's still the Jun Horde and their ferocious leader to contend with.]]
* DisneyVillainDeath: The Death Guard who follows Dar and Kiri up the air shaft ends up taking a pretty impressive tumble. [[spoiler:Maax himself later takes a (far shorter) header into his own sacrificial fire pit]].
* DistressedDamsel: Kiri, despite supposedly being part of a warrior sect.
* DoomedHometown: Dar's adopted village, which is destroyed by the barbarian Juns at the beginning. Dar is the sole survivor, and swears vengeance.
* DullSurprise: Dar's reaction to seeing the man he just tried to rescue getting dissolved into a skeleton by one of the winged creatures.
* EliteMooks: Death Guards, insane warriors with spiked gauntlets and leather masks who protect Maax's pyramid. Fortunately for the good guys, despite their ferocity, they're not terribly intelligent, and can't seem to distinguish friend from foe. The only people they kill are Maax's other {{Mooks}} (despite one's repeated attempts to [[SkewedPriorities kill Kodo and Podo]]).
* EvilIsHammy: The evil god Braxus in the third film, as well as Maax himself, who really relishes his job as an evil cult leader.
%%* EvilLaugh
* EyeScream: A twofer. Maax's witches use a ring with a real human eyeball to spy on the heroes. To prevent further eavesdropping, Seth drives a flaming brand into the ring's eye, in a particularly nasty scene. At the same time, the left eye of the witch who was using the ring starts bleeding.
* FanDisservice: All over the place, but particularly with the grotesque witches.
* FishOutOfWater: The key premise of ''Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time''; ValleyGirl meets BarbarianHero in a fantasy world, and BarbarianHero teaming up with ValleyGirl in RealLife.
%%* FriendToAllLivingThings: Dar.
* GroinAttack: A few times, but in particular there's a scene where Kodo is about to get killed by one of Maax's guards, so Podo bites the guy in the nards, complete with an audible crunching noise.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Dar definitely has the hots for the redheaded Kiri.
* HeroicSacrifice: Dar's pet dog is hit with an arrow during the attack on his village and uses the last of his strength to drag him to safety. [[spoiler:Kodo also attacks Maax and causes him to fall into the sacrificial fire pit. Unfortunately, Maax takes Kodo with him.]]
* TheHorde: The Jun Horde, the barbarians who Maax allies himself with, and who destroyed Dar's adopted village.
* {{Jerkass}}: King Zed towards Dar, until he realized he's the son he lost. [[spoiler:But then Maax [[ShootTheShaggyDog kills him]], spoiling any potential reunion.]]
* JobTitle
* KarmicDeath: Maax, who [[spoiler:falls into the fire pit he threw children into earlier.]]
* KissingCousins: Dar and Kiri are in love with one another. One problem. Kiri is Zed's niece, which makes her Dar's cousin. This doesn't prevent them from smooching up a storm at the end (Although it's possible she's his niece by marriage to his second wife).
* LoinCloth: Dar's standard dress.
* MageInManhattan: Arklon in the second movie.
* MsFanservice: Kiri, being played by Tanya Roberts and all.
* NoAnimalsWereHarmed: Sadly averted. Sultan, the tiger who played Ruh in the first movie, died two years later due to [[EpicFail being poisoned by the dye they used to make him appear black]]. As a result, the sequel featured a tiger without dye.
* NoisyNature: Kodo and Podo are ferrets. Ferrets don't make anything ''approaching'' the sounds that the animals in the film make.
* NonIndicativeName: The subtitle of the sequel is ''Through the Portal of Time'' despite the fact that Kyranna explicitly states that it's a dimensional portal and no time travel is involved.
%%* PantheraAwesome: Ruh.
* PowerPerversionPotential: Dar commands his ferrets to steal the clothing (if it can be called that) of a nubile bathing beauty, luring her into the woods so he can pretend to scare off his own panther in a not-so-elaborate plan to seduce her.
* RasputinianDeath: [[spoiler:The Jun leader]], who must be related to General Kael from ''{{Film/Willow}}''. Stabbed repeatedly, [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaled]] on [[HoistByHisOwnPetard his own bladed staff/flail weapon]], and he ''still'' refuses to die. He ''finally'' bites it when Dar flings him into the flaming moat.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: The ferrets Kodo and Podo, hands down.
* RightfulKingReturns: Subverted a bit, Dar hands the job to his younger half brother Tal rather than take the throne.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Zed is shown to be a pretty proactive king. After learning his high priest intends to start sacrificing children, he ''personally'' busts into Maax's chambers to give him a dressing down and banish him.
* ScaryBlackMan: Seth in a thong. Fortunately he's a good guy.
* SecretLegacy: Dar is secretly the long lost son of King Zed.
* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: [[spoiler:Kodo and Podo's kids]].
* StaircaseTumble: Quite a few bad guys tumble quite spectacularly down the pyramid steps as Dar fights his way through them to reach Maax at the top.
* SureLetsGoWithThat: When Dar has his hawk companion rescue a young child from the evil priest's sacrificial fires and flies her away to safety. The priest, after a second of thought, cries out that this is indeed an omen that the deity wants child sacrifices.
* SurpriseIncest: The LoveInterest is the [[KissingCousins cousin]] of the the hero's younger brother. Whether the couple are actually blood relatives, and to what degree, is not made explicit; the implications are not explored in the film
%%* {{Team Pet}}s
* TheTheTitle
%%* {{Thud and Blunder}}
%%* TheTimeOfMyths
* TooDumbToLive: The heroes find out Maax knows of their surprise attack. Seth tries to talk King Zed out of leading the attack, but he wouldn't listen as he wants revenge for the loss of his son. The resulting CurbStompBattle happens between scenes.
** Then there's the guy Dar frees from the cage at the winged creatures' lair. Instead of remaining by his rescuer's side, the man freaks out and runs away... right into the waiting embrace of one of the creatures. Oops.
* VillainousRescue: The bat people as mentioned under DarkIsNotEvil. Although they will eat random people, they rescue Dar in a BigDamnHeroes moment because he is a Beastmaster and therefore commands the hawk whom they worship.
* VillainsBlendInBetter: Played straight in the second movie, but justified; Arklon can MindRape locals on present-day Earth to gain knowledge of how society works. Dar is every bit the confused hero, prompting both the police and animal control to come after him.
* VirginSacrifice: Kiri is supposed to be one.
* WeaselMascot: Kodo and Podo. It certainly helps that they're ''adorable''.
* {{Wicked Witch}}es: Their faces aren't much to look at but they certainly have nice bodies.
* WithGreatPower: Dar's adoptive father gives him a speech along these lines, insisting that the gods have chosen him for something special and that he must use his powers for the greater good.
* WouldHurtAChild: Child sacrifices. 'Nuff said.