THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER
The Sword and the Sorcerer wears its low-budget charm with pride. Acting is about as brutal as the films hero and the cut-price sets thoroughly unconvincing. Most of the dialogue is cliche but at least the film delivers action in large, bloody, brutal amounts. There are some vigorously entertaining effects hearts ripped out, spring-loaded swords and of course the aforementioned scene where the hero is crucified above the table at a banquet, rips his own nails out and then uses a leg of meat as a weapon to fight his way out. There is rarely a dull moment. The script also suffers from the cutting of an alleged hours worth of film, leaving often gaping holes of exposition in the numerous revolutionary plots.
The end credits promise a sequel Tales of the Ancient Empire. For many years, it was assumed that this was a forgotten curiosity but with the renewed interest in fantasy properties in the 00s, Albert Pyun made the cheaply impoverished Tales of an Ancient Empire (2010), featuring a return performance from Lee Horsley, and has promised a further sequel.
The Sword and the Sorcerer was one of the better films of director Albert Pyun who has gone onto become a prolific director of genre B-movies. In particular, Pyun has made a large number of post-holocaust kickboxing cyborg films. Albert Pyuns other genre films include: Radioactive Dreams (1986), Vicious Lips/Pleasure Planet (1987), Alien from L.A. (1988), the uncredited Journey to the Center of the Earth (1988), Cyborg (1989), Deceit (1989), Captain America (1990), Dollman (1990), Brain Smasher: A Love Story (1993), Knights (1993), Nemesis (1993), Arcade (1994), Hong Kong 1997 (1994), Heatseeker (1995), Nemesis 2: Nebula (1995), Nemesis 3: Timelapse (1995), Adrenalin: Fear the Rush (1996), Nemesis 4: Death Angel (1996), Omega Doom (1996), Postmortem (1997), Ticker (2001), Infection (2005), Cool Air (2006), Bulletface (2007), Left for Dead (2007), The Interrogation of Cheryl Cooper (2014), Cyborg Nemesis (2016) and Galactic Rangers and the Cyborg Witch of Endor (2016).
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