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Due to the quality of the print viewed for this record, credits are incomplete. Production credit assignments for stunt performers Brian R. Carson and De Ette Adams are illegible. The surname of actor Felix Silla is misspelled onscreen as "Felix Cilla."
       End credits include “Special thanks" to: Mike Sandoval, Blue Star Ready Mix, B. C. Rich Guitars, and Charvell Guitars, which is misspelled onscreen as "Charvel Guitars."
       Reffering to the picture by its working title, Rage War, the 6 Oct 1983 DV stated that
the film would take six months to complete, with a budget just under $1 million. Noting the title's spelling variation as Ragewar, the 30 Jan 1984 HR announced that post-production was underway, and listed the budget at nearly $3 million.
       According to the 26 Sep 1984 HR, the film’s title was changed to Digital Knights. However, the 31 Oct 1984 Var indicated that test audiences in San Antonio, TX, found that title to be misleading, and it was changed to Dungeon Master.
       Listing its final title change, the 18 Jan 1985 HR announced that The Dungeonmaster was set to open that day in 175 theatres in TX, Jacksonville, FL, and New Orleans, ... More Less

Due to the quality of the print viewed for this record, credits are incomplete. Production credit assignments for stunt performers Brian R. Carson and De Ette Adams are illegible. The surname of actor Felix Silla is misspelled onscreen as "Felix Cilla."
       End credits include “Special thanks" to: Mike Sandoval, Blue Star Ready Mix, B. C. Rich Guitars, and Charvell Guitars, which is misspelled onscreen as "Charvel Guitars."
       Reffering to the picture by its working title, Rage War, the 6 Oct 1983 DV stated that
the film would take six months to complete, with a budget just under $1 million. Noting the title's spelling variation as Ragewar, the 30 Jan 1984 HR announced that post-production was underway, and listed the budget at nearly $3 million.
       According to the 26 Sep 1984 HR, the film’s title was changed to Digital Knights. However, the 31 Oct 1984 Var indicated that test audiences in San Antonio, TX, found that title to be misleading, and it was changed to Dungeon Master.
       Listing its final title change, the 18 Jan 1985 HR announced that The Dungeonmaster was set to open that day in 175 theatres in TX, Jacksonville, FL, and New Orleans, LA.
More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
6 Oct 1983.
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Hollywood Reporter
30 Jan 1984
p. 3, 28.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Sep 1984.
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Hollywood Reporter
18 Jan 1985.
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Hollywood Reporter
6 Feb 1985
p. 29.
Los Angeles Times
5 Feb 1985
p. 7.
Variety
31 Oct 1984.
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Variety
6 Feb 1985
p. 18, 42.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Empire Pictures presents
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dir, "Ice Gallery"
Dir, "Demons of the Dead"
Dir, "Heavy Metal"
Dir, "Stone Canyon Giant"
Dir, "Slasher"
Dir, "Cave Beast"
Dir, "Desert Pursuit"
1st asst dir
1st asst dir
1st asst dir
1st asst dir
1st asst dir
1st asst dir
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Prod mgr
Prod mgr
WRITERS
From an orig story by
Wrt, "Ice Gallery"
Wrt, "Demons of the Dead"
Wrt, "Heavy Metal"
Wrt, "Stone Canyon Giant"
Wrt, "Slasher"
Wrt, "Cave Beast"
Wrt, "Desert Pursuit"
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
1st asst cam
1st asst cam
1st asst cam
1st asst cam
1st asst cam
2d unit cam
2d unit cam
2d unit cam asst
2d unit cam asst
2d unit cam asst
Still photog
Still photog
Still photog
Gaffer
Best boy elec
Best boy elec
Best boy
Best boy
ART DIRECTOR
Prod des
FILM EDITORS
COSTUMES
Fantasy cost creations
Costumer
Costumer
MUSIC
Mus comp
Mus comp
VISUAL EFFECTS
Visual eff des by
MAKEUP
Spec eff makeup fabricated by
Spec eff makeup des by
Makeup
Hairstylist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Exec in charge of prod
Prod auditor
Asst to auditor
Loc mgr
Prod coord
Scr supv
Scr supv
Scr supv
Prod counsel
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Ragewar
Digital Knights
The Dungeon Master
Rage War
Release Date:
18 January 1985
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 1 February 1985
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
73
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When computer specialist Paul Bradford proposes to his girl friend, Gwen, she worries that he is too obsessed with his computer, “Cal,” to be a good husband. That night, Paul dreams that he cannot reach Gwen, and, upon waking, is zapped to an alternate universe, where she is chained up under the command of the dark lord “Mestema.” Mestema presents Paul with seven challenges and warns that if he loses, he will claim the souls of him and his fiancée. Strapping a “machine” to Paul’s arm, he instructs him to use it at will, then christens him with the phrase, “Excalibrate!” Later, Paul awakens in a desert, where a stone giant comes to life and attacks him. Using the computer on his arm, Paul programs it to shoot lasers at the creature. After it is destroyed, Paul is transported back to Mestema, and finds that Gwen has gone missing. Paul agrees to play along to save his lover, this guy awakening in a cave surrounded by attacking skeletal zombies. A creature named Ratspit greets him, and explains that he must face his own death. Paul successfully faces his fears, and is once again returned to Mestema’s domain. After, Paul is transported to a “heavy metal” concert, where a band called “W.A.S.P.” performs. The singer zaps Paul unconscious and tortures Gwen, who is tied up. Using his arm computer, Paul destroys the band, and reappears before Mestema. In a flash, Paul finds himself in an ice cave containing the frozen bodies of several creatures and Gwen, who also begins to freeze. As Paul searches for a ... +


When computer specialist Paul Bradford proposes to his girl friend, Gwen, she worries that he is too obsessed with his computer, “Cal,” to be a good husband. That night, Paul dreams that he cannot reach Gwen, and, upon waking, is zapped to an alternate universe, where she is chained up under the command of the dark lord “Mestema.” Mestema presents Paul with seven challenges and warns that if he loses, he will claim the souls of him and his fiancée. Strapping a “machine” to Paul’s arm, he instructs him to use it at will, then christens him with the phrase, “Excalibrate!” Later, Paul awakens in a desert, where a stone giant comes to life and attacks him. Using the computer on his arm, Paul programs it to shoot lasers at the creature. After it is destroyed, Paul is transported back to Mestema, and finds that Gwen has gone missing. Paul agrees to play along to save his lover, this guy awakening in a cave surrounded by attacking skeletal zombies. A creature named Ratspit greets him, and explains that he must face his own death. Paul successfully faces his fears, and is once again returned to Mestema’s domain. After, Paul is transported to a “heavy metal” concert, where a band called “W.A.S.P.” performs. The singer zaps Paul unconscious and tortures Gwen, who is tied up. Using his arm computer, Paul destroys the band, and reappears before Mestema. In a flash, Paul finds himself in an ice cave containing the frozen bodies of several creatures and Gwen, who also begins to freeze. As Paul searches for a way to rescue her, Mestema turns up the heat to melt the creatures, which begin attacking Gwen and Paul. Fighting them off, Paul is faced with his next challenge: temptation. When several seductive women surround him, Paul instantly denies their advances. Next, Paul awakens in an attic and sees a newspaper story about a serial killer called the “Slasher,” containing a photograph his latest victim: Gwen. Mestema tells Paul it is the next day’s headline, and he has only one hour to save Gwen's life. Out in the city, Paul is arrested, but sees Gwen on the street from the back of the police car. After he escapes from his handcuffs, Paul leaps from the car and chases after Gwen. As Paul’s computer tells him the whereabouts of the next murder, he races to stop it. Arriving just in time, Paul shoots the Slasher with a laser, and he and Gwen are beamed back to Mestema’s lair. Paul is immediately sent to a cave, where he hears Gwen’s cries for help. Inside, a beast stands in his way and throws explosives at him. Suddenly, the beast transforms into an angel, who tells Paul that he could have won the challenge if he had simply left the cave. When Paul asks if there is anything he can do, the angel says he has already done it. Once again at Mestema’s side, the dark lord taunts Paul. For the final challenge, Paul finds himself in a desert with Gwen, surrounded by abandoned aircrafts. Soon, they are attacked by members of a desert military, who remove the computer from Paul’s arm. Using voice command, Paul blasts the men and flees in a desert vehicle as Gwen shoots their attackers. Mestema causes Paul’s vehicle to lock up and crash head-on into another vehicle. After the fiery explosion, Paul awakens in the lair, and Mestema announces that the game has ended. Paul insults the dark lord, challenging him to a one-on-one fight for his freedom. Free of tricks, magic, and Paul's wrist computer, they battle until Paul chokes Mestema at the edge of a cliff, pushing the dark lord to his death. When Paul loses his balance, the computer shoots a laser beam rope for him to grab, and the couple is transported back home, where Gwen agrees to marry Paul. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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