The story is as follows; Prince Colwyn of one kingdom is set to marry Princess Lyssa of another in hopes of becoming allies instead of being rivals and band together to fight the evil that has taken their planet captive. The Beast and his army of darkness take cover in a mountain like castle dubbed ‘the black fortress’. It is capable of teleporting to another location every sundown. On the day of the wedding, the beast sends in his goons to disrupt the proceedings killing off the magistrate and the guests. Princess Lyssa is captured and taken back to the black fortress. It is now up to Prince Colwyn to rescue her and kill the evil beast. He embarks on a journey meeting up with a wise man, a novice magician, a band of escaped prisoners and a seer. Together they track down the fortress and take hold. Well, obviously he is victorious -- kills the beast and rescues the Princess but the story is about how he gets there. It is a tale of magic and wonder as well as a journey of self discovery for the Prince.
The film has decent effects for the time. The storyline might be considered cliché but it was done well. I really liked the way it was shot and the camera work was good. The acting was alright. No one really stood out. There is a young Liam Neeson, Todd Carty and few other actors who have made a decent career since this movie release. One thing I did notice which was somewhat annoying (because it was too obvious). If you listen to the musical score, you will notice that it sounds too much like the same style from Star Trek II +, compliments of James Horner.
I really liked this movie. It really kept my attention. It was like Lord of Rings with elements of King Arthur’s story, mixed with a little Star Wars. Throw all that together and add the fun and adventure of Indiana Jones; fantastic. I would recommend viewing this movie and rate it 8/10. Good solid all around decent effort.