Michael from Minnesota, here for a third time. You guys have done a dynamite job helping me in the past, now I come to you for a friend who recently asked me to identify a couple of movies he remembers watching in his adolescence. The first I knew immediately (Empire’s “Eliminators”), but this one has me scratching my head. Here’s how he described it:
Lower-budget fantasy flick. The hero is a stock Conan/Deathstalker/Beastmaster type who lives in the woods with an old witch. He goes on some sort of quest, and ends up in possession of the fragments of an enchanted sword. When he reforges the sword, it reveals to him that he is heir to the throne; his memory had been wiped by a villain years ago. It also reveals that the old witch is his mother, and restores her youth and beauty. That’s all he gave me.
This sounds like it could be any number of Corman-backed fantasy flicks from the early-to-mid-80s, but I’m not much of an expert on that subgenre. He’s positive that he saw this on cable (his dad worked for the cable company and they received free service), and that it would have been in either the very late 80s or very early 90s. Thanks in advance, you beautiful people!
This is a tough one for even a guy like me who has devoured all of the 80s S&S stuff. Speaking of S&S, this kinda sounds like “The Sword and the Sorcerer”, but man, the plot that Michael’s friend outlined is pretty much just all of the tropes from those movies. I flicked through all of my old tapes and could not come up with one that matched ALL of the elements in one flick. FI it comes to me in my sleep or something I’ll post back. I also reached out to a friend that is a real expert in these films – if he comes up with something he’ll post it.
Thanks, Chuckles! Sword and the Sorcerer was the first thing that came to mind for me, as well, since I don’t remember much about that flick beyond the “flying sword.” However, he assured me that that wasn’t it. I’ll be interested to see if you’re buddy comes up with anything.