masters of the universeFor today’s Cheeseball Cinema film, I wanted to watch the 1987 Masters Of The Universe film ever since I had watched the Cannon Films documentary Electric Boogaloo: The Wild Untold Story Of Cannon Films. The Masters Of The Universe film is based off the hit 80’s cartoon television series He-Man and it stars Dolph Lundgren (Rocky IV) as He-Man. In this film, Lord Skeletor (Frank Langella) has just taken over Castle Greyskull on the planet Eternia and plans to dominate the Universe. The only problem is that a troll like locksmith has a prototype key to the universe in his possession that Skeletor needs, but it ends up on Earth in the possession of a couple of teens. He-Man and his crew will head to Earth to protect the teens before Skeletor’s evil forces get their hands on them. The film also stars Courteney Cox (Scream) as Julie, Meg Foster (They Live) as Evil-Lyn, Billy Barty (Body Slam) as Gwildor, Robert Duncan McNeill (Star Trek: Voyager) as Kevin, Jon Cypher (Hill Street Blues) as Duncan (Man At Arms), Chelsea Field (Commando) as Teela, James Tolkan (Back To The Future) as Det. Lubik, Christina Pickles (The Wedding Singer) as Sorceress Of Castle Grey Skull, Pons Maar (The Golden Child) as Saurod, and the film was directed by Gary Goddard.

skeletorI have to stop here and say that while the film can be typical 80’s cheese, it does have it’s moments where it’s fun. The 80’s were a fun and experimental time for cinema and people craved live action adaptations of their favorite cartoons. Well, back then the movies people loved went the other way and became cartoons like The Toxic Avenger or even Ghostbusters. You have to have an open mind going into this film that it’s not the greatest of films. If you can do that then you may actually have fun watching it. Dolph Lundgren doesn’t have many lines in this film and from what the documentary stated, Stallone asked the studio why they would give that guy lines. I think the fact that he didn’t have a lot of lines explains why he needed a speech and drama coach as it states in the credits of the film. One of the problems I also had with the film was Skeletor’s face, it just didn’t seem right and if I am correct, they bought a mask and placed it on him for budget purposes I believe. He also didn’t sound like the Skeletor we were all used to from the TV show which may have been a bold move n their part. I did think having the troll around was both funny and a little too cheesy and this was his first appearance. Overall, I had a lot of fun watching the film and it brought back some memories, but here is the final verdict. On a scale of one being close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I am going to give this film an 2.5 for a final grade.

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