Dungeon Classics #1: Masters of the Universe

FilmDungeon’s Chief Editor JK sorts through the Dungeon’s DVD-collection to look for old cult favorites….

Masters of the Universe (1987, USA)

Director: Gary Goddard
Cast: Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella, Meg Foster, Courteney Cox
Running Time: 106 mins.

The costumes are lame, the action clumsy, the production design outdated and the screenplay – at times – ridiculous. However, in the eighties Masters of the Universe was perfectly respectable, and – as long as you ignore certain aspects – it is still pretty entertaining. Although I suspect members of a younger generation won’t be able to overlook its inherent lameness. Based on the classic eighties cartoon, the story revolves around an epic battle between good and evil on planet Eternia. The dark forces, lead by the magnificent Skeletor, are the best thing about this camp. The ultra-blond Dolph Lundgren, a B-version of Schwarzenegger, made a lot of crap in those days, but he was born to play He-Man. You will certainly chuckle when you hear him scream at the end: ‘I have the power!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!’

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