Trivia / The Beastmaster

The film

  • Adored by the Network: Two networks used to play this movie a lot: HBO ("Hey, Beastmaster's On!") and TBS ("The Beastmaster Station"). TV Guide even said that The Beastmaster had been shown somewhere in the country, every day between January 1, 1989 and December 31, 1989.
  • Follow the Leader: The film is clearly imitating the success of Arnie's run as Conan the Barbarian (1982), hence why it disposes of all of the plot Andre Norton's science-fiction novel The Beast Master, which involved a clash between settlers on a human colony world and the local natives, investigated by the Beastmaster (named Hosteen Storm, not Dar). About the only thing that remains is a guy with a psionic link to a bird of prey, two ferrets (meerkats in the original book) and a large cat.
  • Vindicated by Cable: The film's notoriety from frequent airings on cable led to sequels and a TV show spin-off.