There was only one film that slightly shocked me when I was young, and images of it have remained in my mind ever since. I remembered the title and in an attempt to vanquish my own personal demons I have been hunting for it since I was old enough to buy adult video's (of the wholesome variety!!). So imagine my shock when I was having a browse in play247.com for any new releases for me to slap on my already extremely bruised credit card, I happened upon a release date for 'The Sword and the Sorcerer'. The film itself is a fantasy based epic, back in the times of Kings and Queens, where sorcerers and witches roamed the lands, and battle screams filled the open air. But enough nostalgia on a bygone age, on to the movie itself. King Richard is the ruler of Ehdon, the richest and most powerful city in the World, and as a result he has a number of enemies who have tried and failed to defeat him and his vast armies. One such man is King Cromwell, who after countless attempts, and many heavy losses is still no closer to overthrowing Richard and seizing Ehdon for his own. Cromwell decides that he will never be able to defeat Richard on his own merit, so he comes to the conclusion that he needs to enlist the help of a powerful ally. This ally comes in the form of a powerful sorcerer, born unto this world after 1000 years sleep from a casket of blood. Once awoken the sorcerer proves his power by ripping out the heart of the witch that resurrected him, doing this from across the room. With Cromwell using the sorcerers black arts, coupled with his own forces, he is within a stones throw of taking Ehdon and defeating King Richard. Not content with sharing this bounty he attempts to kill the Sorcerer and, to his initial beliefs, succeeds. Even without his help Cromwell defeats Richard and massacres him, and his family. Or so he believes as there is someone he has missed, Richard’s young son, Talon. Talon sees his father fall an
d vows vengeance, taking with him the family sword. The sword is three bladed, with the two outer blades having the ability to be fired as a projectile at advancing enemies, and the third blade acting as a broadsword. Over the next 11 years Talon becomes known as a successful mercenary, a man with no fear and who can be relied upon in times of need, and for the right price. At the same time the sorcerer, who is believed to have been slain, has been healing from its wounds and plotting its own deadly revenge against Cromwell. As fate would have it Talon is drawn into affairs in Ehdon on his passing through. and makes it his aim to complete the job which he has been set, and at the same time exact revenge upon the slayer of his family, Cromwell. The question is who will get to Cromwell first, the Sword, or the Sorcerer? That’s about the bulk of the story that you will need to know, the rest will have to be watched, or else I will ruin the film for you. However I will say that you are never met with a dull moment in this film. There are fights, battles, and a good few sword fights that keep your pulse racing. As for myself, the demons have now been laid to rest. I suppose when you are younger and can't quite grasp the intentions of special effects, it sometimes feels a little too real!
This film was made in the early eighties when fantasy films were all the fashion following the success of Conan the Barbarian, but unlike the majority made at the time, this is the wheat amongst the chaff and is actually rather good. It has a good story and plenty of finely crafted action scenes. The story starts with a usurping king raising a long dead sorcerer to help him conquer his enemy and capture a neighbouring country, he then betrays him and attempts to kill him. When the royal family of the conquered nation are either captured or killed, the young crown prince manages to escape with a very special sword. Many years later he returns as a mercenary captain with his band and gets caught up in a rebellion lead by a distant cousin to overthrow the usurper. While this is going on the sorcerer has recovered his strength and has plans of revenge of his own. The King meanwhile has plans to assassinate visiting royalty, who are attending his forthcoming wedding. This all sets up an excellent final battle. The film is non-stop action all the way through its 96 minutes, and if you like Conan type fantasy films, then this is well worth seeking out (if you can find it!). As far as I know it has only ever been released on video, and it has been a few years since it was last on television, but I believe it is due for a DVD release in the near future (probably Region 1 initially though) and this is something I am really looking forward to. Highly Recommended.