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|Directed by||James Sbardellati|
|Produced by||Roger Corman (executive producer)
James Sbardellati (producer)
|Written by||Howard R. Cohen|
|Music by||Óscar Cardozo Ocampo|
|Cinematography||Leonardo Rodríguez Solís|
|Editing by||John K. Adams
|Studio||Aries Cinematográfica Argentina
|Distributed by||New World Pictures|
|Release dates||September 2, 1983|
|Running time||80 min.|
|Box office||$11,919,250 (USA)|
Deathstalker is a 1983 Argentine-American science fiction-fantasy adventure film directed by James Sbardellati and starring Rick Hill, Barbi Benton, Bernard Erhard and Lana Clarkson. It was the first on a series of four films about the Deathstalker character and his adventures, and the first of the nine movies that Roger Corman produced in Argentina during the 80's.
The warrior Deathstalker is sent by a witch on a quest to find a chalice, an amulet, and a sword, two of which are held by the wicked sorcerer Munkar (Bernard Erhard). Deathstalker finds the sword almost immediately, which has been hidden by the witch in a cave. Sword in hand, Deathstalker sets out to Munkar's castle.
On his journey, Deathstalker learns of a tournament from Oghris (Richard Brooker), a charming warrior in midriff-baring armor. Munkar has invited warriors to participate in contests until a winner is determined, thereby inheriting Munkar's kingdom. One night along the way to the tournament, the pair meet Kaira, a female warrior (Lana Clarkson) who wears only a G-string and a cloak. Later that night Deathstalker removes Kaira's skimpy outfit and has passionate sex with her. She joins the group on their journey the next morning.
Arriving at Munkar's castle, Deathstalker and the other tournament participants are invited to get drunk and rape Munkar's harem slaves, including Princess Codille (Barbi Benton). Shortly afterwards Kaira is tragically killed in a sword fight with one of Munkar's men. Deathstalker rescues Princess Codille, briefly, but Munkar takes her back.
The tournament continues for several days, while Deathstalker searches for the other two artifacts at night. Eventually, nearly all of the other contestants have killed each other, and Deathstalker faces Munkar and defeats him.
- Rick Hill as Deathstalker
- Barbi Benton as Codille
- Richard Brooker as Oghris
- Lana Clarkson as Kaira
- Victor Bo as Kang
- Bernard Erhard as Munkar
- Augusto Larreta as Salmaron (August Larreta)
- Verónica Llinás as Toralva (as Lillian Ker)
- Marcos Woinsky as Gargit
- Adrian De Piero as Nicor
- Jorge Sorvik as King Tulak (George Sorvic)
- Boy Olmi as Young Man
- Horacio Marassi as Creature Leader (as Horace Marassi)
- Patrick Duggan as Colobri
- Maria Fournery as Anella
Deathstalker was a modest hit at the box office, and its success was mostly due to its release at a time when Conan the Barbarian was creating a market for sword and sorcery films. Nevertheless, because the film was made on a tight budget, it proved to be a commercial success in the main, and encouraged Roger Corman and Argentinian producer/director Hector Olivera to collaborate again to produce Barbarian Queen, with Lana Clarkson in the title role.
The film is noteworthy for launching the career of Lana Clarkson, who became a recognizable cult celebrity in the genre. Clarkson would go on to work with executive producer Roger Corman on the films Barbarian Queen and Barbarian Queen II: The Empress Strikes Back, and guest star in an episode of the television show Black Scorpion.
- Box Office/Business for Deathstalker IMDb
- Box office for Deathstalker Box Office Mojo
- "Hollywood in Don Torcuato (first part)": When Roger Corman and his B-movies invaded Argentina Cinematófilos.com.ar (Spanish)
- "Hollywood in Don Torcuato (second part)": When Roger Corman and his B-movies invaded Argentina Cinematófilos.com.ar (Spanish)
- Deathstalker at the Internet Movie Database
- Deathstalker at Rotten Tomatoes
- Deathstalker B-Movie Review
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