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The fourth and final film in the Deathstalker Series. It is probably the least well known of the quadrilogy and is also the least memorable — likely because of the large amount of Stock Footage used in the making of this movie. The vast majority of the Stock Footage came from the earlier Deathstalker movies, with other bits and pieces coming from other Roger Corman produced fantasy films.

We open with Deathstalker (once again played by Rick Hill) looking for an old friend who borrowed his magic sword and then disappeared. He quickly joins forces with the maiden (and secretly, the lost princess of the realm) Dionara who - after the death of her warrior sister at the hands of the local beast men- decides to take her place in a tournament being held by the castle of Evil Sorceress Queen Kana.

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Once at the castle, Deathstalker gets the feeling that something isn't right and begins sneaking around the palace at night to investigate. He and Dionara enlist the aid of the monk-like Vaniat, run afoul of the Psycho Lesbian Janeris and her Amazon Brigade and eventually uncover Kana's plot to turn all of the participants in the tournament into living stone golems under her control.

Given the patchwork nature of the movie, it is perhaps not surprising that the basic plot mirrors that of the first three movies in the Deathstalker Series. You have an Evil Sorcerer using a tournament to mask their true objectives, just like in the first movie. You have a disposed princess turning to Deathstalker for help, just like in the second movie. And you have the Evil Sorcerer trying to make an invincible army, just like in the third movie.

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  • All Amazons Want Hercules: Averted with gusto. Janeris and her Amazon Brigade are most definitely interested in girls and only girls.
  • Amazon Brigade: Janeris and her followers.
  • Barbarian Hero: Deathstalker. Actually a hero this time.
  • Beast Man: A few of them are seen in the tournament. Janeris picks and win a fight against a lioness-woman to get her hands on her slave.
  • Chaste Hero: Vaniat, who practices a training regiment that rejects all sexual activity.
  • Covers Always Lie: After 3 films, are you still surprised?
  • The Dragon: Rakshia.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Kana.
  • Fanservice: Lots of well-oiled gladiators, lesbian amazons and leather armor for all!
  • Faux Action Girl: Dionara, who fights like a princess pretending to be an amazon... because that's what she is. Still manages to best Janeris, who should be a Dark Action Girl and instead is a rather terrible fighter and is actually killed by Dionara.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Strangely, averted: when the hero passes by an alcove where Janeris and her brigade are about to frolic, he looks in disgust and proceeds, uninterested.
  • King Incognito: Dionara, who was coming to the tournament with her warrior sister, nominally for whatever prizes were being offered. It turns out that she's a lost princess and that Kana has set up shop in what was her ancestral castle.
  • Psycho Lesbian: Janeris, who will kill you if you get between her and whatever girl has taken her fancy.
  • Stock Footage: The movie is made up of a fair bit of it, which wouldn't be so bad if it weren't Stock Footage taken from the first three Deathstalker movies!

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