We’re not only lovers of bad horror franchises, but we can turn our hands to reviewing sci-fi and fantasy film series too. Expect series that are short on budget and long on aliens, androids, and massive plot holes. And for some reason, are often made up of four films.
Starting with Jean Claude Van Damme and giving a first starring role to a 22 year old Angelina Jolie…are the only two interesting things to say about this franchise. Saved the best for last, though, which is nice.
A series with basically no continuity, where wisecracking hero Deathstalker, either a fighter or a thief depending on which film you’re asking, mainly saves Princesses from people who’ve stolen castles or kingdoms or whatever. Part 2 is genuinely hilarious and loads of fun to watch, the rest, not so much.
The first film is a decent sci-fi thriller, then director Albert Pyun decided to ignore all that and make three films around bodybuilder Sue Price, who had never appeared in a film before and never would again. Ignorant of continuity, and of the sort of stuff that makes films enjoyable to watch.
The great Frank Zagarino plays four completely different characters over the course of this series. I have no idea whatsoever what the link between them is, or even if there is one, but they’re loads of fun. Part 2 is probably the best of the bunch, but you won’t be disappointed with any of them.
Three films that have nothing in common but a director (who kept the rights to the name but not the story), pretty miserable from beginning to end if we’re being honest.