Dungeon Classics #3: Enter the Dragon

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

Enter the Dragon (1973, Hong Kong / USA)

Director: Robert Clouse
Cast: Bruce Lee, Jim Kelly, John Saxon, Kien Shih
Running Time: 102 mins.

Enter the Dragon isn’t much of a movie. EXCEPT it is one of the GREATEST martial arts movies EVER. Sadly, it is also Bruce Lee’s penultimate film. He plays secret agent Lee who enlists on a mission to infiltrate a martial arts tournament of epic proportions. It is held on an island near Hong Kong and organised by Han, a former member of Lee’s shaolin temple who has gone renegade. Obviously this dweeb is no match for Lee’s deadly technique. Nor are his henchman, including the ‘Beast from the East’ Bolo Yeung. Many memorable fight scenes (choreographed by Lee himself!) follow. And the spectacle ends with the duel of duels: the mirror room fight!! It is an unforgettable piece of cinema. I got a huge kick out of it when I was young, and still do. This classic hasn’t lost any of its greatness. So do yourself a BIG favor and don’t miss this one.

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Dungeon Classics #2: Death Race 2000

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

Death Race 2000 (1975, USA)

Director: Paul Bartel
Cast: David Carradine, Simone Griffeth, Sylvester Stallone, Mary Woronov
Running Time: 84 mins.

Is there really a movie about a future race in which contestant have to kill people to score points? Yup. This is it. And it gets even better: old people and children earn more points! The top racers are the cape and mask wearing Frankenstein (David Carradine), who has more mechanical parts in him than Darth Vader, and Machine Gun Joe (a young Sylvester Stallone), who got his name by unloading his machine gun in the audience. Other drivers include the outrageously named Nero the Hero and Herman the German. Oh, and the drivers all have navigators, who not only read maps, but also have sex with the drivers in between laps! Who needs Google Maps? The makers obviously had a lot of fun shooting this cult classic and they never forgot what they were making; a funny, violent action B-movie. The tagline says it all: ‘In the year 2000 hit and run isn’t a felony… it’s the national sport!’ Followed by the abominable Death Race 2050 in 2017.

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!’