I don’t get many opportunities to push my favorite schlock movie, so here goes. I want to sell you on watching “Deathstalker 2”. In fact, I want you to watch it twice!
Deathstalker 2 is an incredibly problematic B-movie sword-and-sorcery epic. It’s treatment of women is abominable, the acting is… well… I think just about every delivery is perfect, but that does not mean its good. Joke are honest and unabashed. It’s like watching an extend series of dad-jokes. For example:
Damsel: "What’s your name, my hero?"
Damsel: “Is that your first name or your last name?”
It’s okay to enjoy problematic things, and Deathstalker 2 is certainly problematic. Watch the theatrical cut - NOT the “Directors Cut” - then take a break. Think about what you enjoyed. Try to imagine everyone involved as good-natured people doing their best to make something they know is not by any means art. It’s fun. Everyone i having fun.
Then, watch the “Director’s Cut” WITH THE COMMENTARY. One of the earliest exchanges is (paraphrased):
Guy 1: "So, welcome to the director’s cut!"
Guy 2: "Did you make this?"
Guy 1: "Nope. I have no idea what this is, I made the other cut. Did you make this?"
Guy 2: "Nope. I also made the other cut."
Guy 1: “Well then. I guess we’re in for a ride.”
It’s a joy to listen to these two men make genuine interesting and funny comments about the production of their schlock film while also noting when scenes they cut or never shot at all appear suddenly in the middle of their film. “What movie is this from?” “I have no idea.”
Deathstalker 2 is a joy. It also has the best Title Mention of any movie I’ve ever seen.
(Though, no fooling, do not think about its sexual politics. It’s a film where every woman at some point takes off their top except for the one large woman who is actively shamed for her ugliness and treated as a monster. Like… just know that going in. If you can, just let yourself have a good time. It’s worth it.)