cryptofgloom’s review published on Letterboxd:
"Dar, the Gods have put that mark on you, and someday, you'll find out why. 'Till then, this mark will be your guide"
After the treatment Vinegar Syndrome gave The Beastmaster not only in its transfer but also in packaging (it is without a doubt the release of the year) it makes me wish for a Conan release from someone with the same amount of care put into it. Arrow has been getting rights to weird stuff lately so with the success of this release who knows. Until that day I'll keep woefully wishing.
As far as barbarian/sword and sorcery films go The Beastmaster holds true as one of the best in the genre and with Don Coscarelli behind it also means it has a flare and touch to it that nothing else in the genre has. For me personally, I can't get enough of it. Being one of the first adventures of this nature I saw and a huge reason I even became interested in this sword wielding, high fantasy, cheesy hero of an ancient land bullshit group of movies. Upon another rewatch it still holds it value and it's still very much an outrageous piece of fantasy story telling that comes with the whole nine yards of dorky material I love.
Benefiting from a larger budget The Beastmaster has the power behind it to be a little more lavish. The set designs in this world from long ago are eye candy. Sacrificial pyramids, labyrinths of dirty dungeons, a crevice of nightmare bird worshipping creatures soaked in mist, large landscapes and well crafted villages. It doesn't come without its appropriate amount of action or prophecy either, the story telling here in regards to Dar and saving a kingdom ruled by a madman is curated throughout a two hour runtime that feels like it passes in the blink of an eye.
Don't let anyone tell you the death of that ferret isn't sad!