MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE
1987, Park Circus/MGM, 106 min, USA, Dir: Gary Goddard

“I have the power!” A battle fought in the stars comes to Earth as the popular Mattel toy line comes to the big screen. After stealing a cosmic key, Skeletor (a perfectly cast Frank Langella) seizes control of the planet Eternia and is on the brink of ultimate power – unless He-Man (played by living action figure Dolph Lundgren) and his allies (including a pre-“Friends” Courteney Cox) can stop him. Elevated by Bill Conti’s epic score, this underrated fantasy courses with pulpy energy - Marvel Comics artist Jack Kirby was reputedly a source of inspiration. With Billy Barty, Meg Foster, Jon Cypher and Chelsea Field.


HOUSE OF THE LONG SHADOWS
1983, Park Circus/MGM, 100 min, UK, Dir: Pete Walker

Director Pete Walker’s final feature stars a horror movie dream team: Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and John Carradine. The fearsome foursome complicates the work of a writer (Desi Arnaz Jr.), who hopes to pen a Gothic novel during a single night at the decaying Grisbane mansion in order to win a $20,000 bet. This distinctive thriller filters 1980s gore through the grand traditions of AIP and Hammer horror films.


HERCULES
1983, Park Circus/MGM, 101 min, USA/Italy, Dir: Luigi Cozzi

This way-out Italian-made take on Greek mythology stars Lou Ferrigno, aka TV’s “The Incredible Hulk,” as the strongest man on Earth. To save his beloved princess, Hercules must defeat a wizard (William Berger) bent on world conquest. Among the obstacles thrown in his path are bears and stop-motion animated robots. Sybil Danning costars in this Golan-Globus cult favorite.


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