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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

Yes, in a column that has featured such greats as Hitchcock, Curtiz, Lean, Leone, Redford, Peckinpah, Welles, Spielberg, Sturges and Cameron I’m now spotlighting MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE.

As a kid He-Man was a big deal. What little boy in the ‘80s didn’t want his own Battlecat or his own Grayskull playset? The world of He-Man isn’t exactly the most nuanced fantasy world of all time, but for a whole generation there’s a nostalgia at play that goes beyond rationality.

Part of that nostalgia is the movie version of the cartoon, which is an oddly violent real-world take on the Fantasy toon. Dolph Lundgren is the embodiment of He-Man and they somehow were able to get Frank Langella to play Skeletor, so despite how awful the movie gets there’s a strange “Holy shit, can you believe they just did that”ness to the movie that’s still appealing to me to this day.

Due to budget, I’m sure, the majority of the movie is “present day” Earth, which is the biggest failing of the film. There is no Prince Adam/He-Man dynamic, no Battlecat (the biggest sin of the movie) and instead of Orco we get Billy Barty (God rest) as Gweldor aka mini-Harry Knowles. The real-world setting takes away that crucial Fantasy aspect that makes Masters of the Universe so appealing… but we did get a young Courtney Cox, James “Slacker!” Tolkan and a giant musical dildo, so I guess I can’t complain.

I’ve got a couple Masters of the Universe pictures for you, thanks to reader Dan Lacey. One features director Gary Goddard and Billy Barty, the other featuring He-Man himself.

Hope you guys enjoy!





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  • March 8, 2011, 3:49 p.m. CST

    If you will not kneel ...

    by malditainfeliz

    then you will DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • March 8, 2011, 3:52 p.m. CST

    I remember thinking Gweldor WAS Orko.

    by little_lebowski

    Of course, I was like three at the time. I vaguely remember getting some kind of glow in the dark Gweldor "toy" from a fast food kids meal, too. Wish I still had it... that's gotta be rare by now, right?

  • March 8, 2011, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Let this be our final battle

    by godhelpus

  • March 8, 2011, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Man, what a sorry cash-grab of a movie this was...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ...and yet, we got Courtney Cox out of it, so there's that... Still would love to see a Skeletor shot, unless Frank has had all record of that performance destroyed. Wouldn't blame him.

  • March 8, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST

    I wasn't allowed to watch He-Man as a kid

    by sweeneydave

    because to quote my mother "Only God is the master of the universe".

  • March 8, 2011, 3:56 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

  • March 8, 2011, 3:56 p.m. CST


    by Arafel

  • March 8, 2011, 3:57 p.m. CST


    by donkingkong

    I was a kid from the 80's He-man and GIJoe were my favorite toys, comics, cartoons. I remember being pretty bummed when I saw this movie, I couldn't believe how off the mark they were from the cartoon and the comics that came with the toys... Hahahaha mini Harry Knowles

  • March 8, 2011, 3:58 p.m. CST

    I'LL BE BACK!!!

    by Leafy McPlantsalot

    still waiting

  • March 8, 2011, 4 p.m. CST

    I guess Robert Duncan McNeill gets no love

    by malditainfeliz

    Lt. Tom Paris, anyone, anyone?

  • Seriously. I think I was about 9. I'd been a massive He-Man fan for years. Had the toys, read the comic books, watched the cartoon. I was absolutely STOKED when my Dad told me he was taking me to see this! Oddly, I didn't know it had been made until about three days before I saw it! And I walked out thinking "UGH?!?" I think I liked it, and thought Dolph Lundgren was cool as He-Man. Weirdest thing was, my Dad enjoyed every minute of it!

  • March 8, 2011, 4:02 p.m. CST

    holy god...Gweldor is a mini harry.

    by soup74

    he runs the popular mini-movie news site that you can only read from your tablet or cell phone.

  • March 8, 2011, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Jack Kirbys fourth world

    by Lujho

    This is apparently an adaptation of Kirby's comic in MOTU guise. The producers wanted to adapt it but couldn't get the rights, so used MOTU instead. He-Man is Orion, skeletor is Darkseid, the sorceress is Highfather, and there are other parallels.

  • March 8, 2011, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Langella OWNS in this movie.

    by ImMorganFreeman

    I believe it was because of budget that it was set in modern day earth. Yay Cannon! It's a pretty messed up flick that should be better. I wish they made a sequel. Still, I have the Gwildor glow-in-the-dark keychain that Burger King gave away in kids' meals to promote the flick. It still glows, too! Thanks for these pics.

  • March 8, 2011, 4:03 p.m. CST

    PS- More Dolph BTS pics!!!!

    by ImMorganFreeman

  • March 8, 2011, 4:07 p.m. CST

    You know

    by eric haislar

    This film is not that bad. In fact there is some decent stuff in it. Sure it's nothing like the cartoon. But the cartoon was awful too.

  • March 8, 2011, 4:08 p.m. CST

    You're acting like Torktums!

    by stu_pickles

    i always would get the craving for a bucket of KFC when watching this movie, never liked ribs so I just moved straight to chicken in my head.

  • March 8, 2011, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Moo? Moo.

    by darthpigman

    I love Courtney Cox's disgusting leg-wound near the end of the movie. Very disturbing.

  • March 8, 2011, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Gwildor's cheeks look like balls.

    by darthpigman

  • March 8, 2011, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Yes, Langella definitely owns in MOTU.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    That guy acted his ass off in that movie; almost as if his life/career depended on it.

  • March 8, 2011, 4:11 p.m. CST

    There could still be a decent "LOTR" style trilogy in this...

    by ChickenStu

    Seriously, there's a great mythology there.

  • March 8, 2011, 4:14 p.m. CST

    One of the things that always bugged me

    by eric haislar

    was the sword. It was obviously made by someone who knows nothing about swords. It was unbalanced and hard to fight with and it shows during the fight scenes. all the weight was in the blade. there is no way you can fight with that thing.

  • March 8, 2011, 4:14 p.m. CST

    He-Man movie site___ www motumovie com

    by Jake Pantlin

    Go check out this site if you want to see more behind the scenes pics! They have interviews, storyboards, and tons of never before seen pics. I fantastic site!

  • March 8, 2011, 4:17 p.m. CST

    All the sets and custumes for masters 2

    by eric haislar

    where used in the film cyborg.

  • March 8, 2011, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Frank Langella said Skeletor was his favorite role!

    by Jake Pantlin

    There is a great video on Youtube where he talks about how much he loved playing Skeletor. He actually rewrote most of his line sin the film. He owns that role. I would say that it is one of the bets"comic book" characters ever put on the screen. Sure Skeletor started out as a toy but damn... I wish more Marvel films had villains like him! Red Skull likes like he could be his son... lol... Say what you will about the film, but Skeletor puts the movie versions of Megatron and Cobra Commander to shame!

  • March 8, 2011, 4:25 p.m. CST

    This movie was virtually unwatchable

    by slone13

    And Dolph Lundgren was hardly "the embodiment of He-Man". God, this turd sucked.

  • March 8, 2011, 4:25 p.m. CST

    The production design on this film was cool

    by eric haislar

    The costumes and props where very inventive.

  • March 8, 2011, 4:26 p.m. CST

    lujho is correct this is Jack Kirby's Fourth World

    by Monolith_Jones

  • March 8, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST

    The new villains were horrible

    by jarjarmessiah

    Especially that goblin that looked like Vince Neil and the black Storm troopers. And were was Zanos?

  • March 8, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Also ....

    by jarjarmessiah

    He-man seemed like a guest star in his own movie. It felt like he was in the movie for only 30 minutes.

  • March 8, 2011, 4:37 p.m. CST

    I liked the costumes better in the film than the cartoon

    by alienindisguise

    Even though I grew up on the 80's toon I still have the balls to say it totally sucked ass because it does. If He Man is the most powerful man in the universe why does he need sidekicks that usually bail his goofy ass out? Oh yes, because they needed to sell more crappy toys.This movie was far superior to it in nearly every way. Teela and Evil Lyn were way hot.

  • March 8, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    I have to admit...

    by cornholio1980

    ...I kinda liked it back in the day. I never really got into the cartoon as a kid, but loved this movie. I haven't seen it in a very long time, and I'm not sure if it would be such a good idea to revisit it, but I guess one of these days I'll grab the DVD and see if it still holds up (which it probably won't). The score by Bill Conti is absolutely great, though...

  • March 8, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    don't forget lt. tom paris!

    by Ye Not Guilty

    He of star trek voyager fame.

  • March 8, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Gweldor and Screwball

    by HyphenatedWords

    God love Billy Barty, but Gweldor and Scewball (from Legend) are the same character. I wish talkbakers could post photos (or do I?), because side-by-side they're uncanny goblin cousins.

  • March 8, 2011, 4:39 p.m. CST

    They'll remake

    by bigpale

    Total Recall, which isn't needed (or wanted). But no one wants to remake He-Man. It'd be allsome.

  • March 8, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST

    how dare you??

    by jolliff89

    it's a great, fun film. maybe not great, but with as little money as they say it had it was pretty great. I'd love to see a sequel to this film, or a reboot, it would so much be worth it.

  • March 8, 2011, 4:42 p.m. CST

    From what i understand

    by eric haislar

    Mattel did not want any of there characters killed or he-man to kill anything. So The way around this was stormtrooper like things and to make up new characters for he-man to destroy.

  • March 8, 2011, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Tomorrow, we must stay on the road, STAY OFF THE MOORS!

    by vic twenty

    American Werewolf in London. Can't wait, as that is one of my favorites. Shredded Griffin Dunne is one of the best characters ever. "I look like a meat loaf!" Classic!

  • March 8, 2011, 4:43 p.m. CST

    It's a common plot device

    by mistergreen

    to have the fantasy world collide with the real world. It's a way to introduce the characters to people who have no idea who He-man is, therefore making more money and it saves money on set designs and special effects. Win - Win!

  • March 8, 2011, 4:43 p.m. CST

    This is GOOD movie!

    by Mickster_Island

    It plays a little loose with the toy-derived mythos, but it's a neat little story of aliens being stranded on earth and having an adventure trying to get home. Skeletor looks awesome. He-Man looks right. Beast Man freaked me out as a kid. Castle Greyskull looks great. The final battle is cheesy epic - like Conan or a Star Trek movie. I LOVE this movie and it's NOT just nostalgia.

  • March 8, 2011, 4:44 p.m. CST

    fuck this film!

    by Six Demon Bag

    horrible horrible horrible. if you are a fan of the cartoon, do yourself a favor and buy the new SEASON ONE set of the 80s series--65 eps for under $20 master indeed!

  • March 8, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST

    I love this film

    by Dolmes

    Fuck the haters. Moving on.

  • March 8, 2011, 5:04 p.m. CST


    by KilliK

    you can call he-man gay or whatever you want,but you gotta admit the transformation scene always gives goosebumps.

  • March 8, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST

    This is one of Frank Langella's favorite roles!

    by King Tycho This was one of Langella's favorite parts! I loved this movie.

  • March 8, 2011, 5:06 p.m. CST

    atheron, AWESOME LINK!!!

    by ChickenStu

    You rock sir.

  • March 8, 2011, 5:15 p.m. CST

    My mom said the exact same thing, sweenydave!

    by Ronald Raygun

    And I've read other people on the internet say the same about thier mothers also. Seriously, some toy executive who wanted us to buy Transformers must have posed as a televangelist and hypnotized our moms or something.

  • March 8, 2011, 5:15 p.m. CST

    First 15 minutes or so on Eternia are pretty good.

    by JediRob

    But the present day earth, teenagers in love stuff, really ruined it. I do still love Skeletor in this.

  • March 8, 2011, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Hmm..So that's what Thor was reminding me of...

    by steverogers5

    I was having an aching sense of Deja Vu about the clips I'd seen from the new Thor movie. It didn't feel much like the Thor I knew from the Marvel comics, (For one thing the comics character is way more grown up and likeable than the movie version seems to be coming off as..) but it did remind me of something... And I guess it was this movie.. Huh! How about that?.. Why is it that musclebound characters on screen are so often not allowed to be as intelligent as their comic book/cartoon counterparts? Do the makers think that's too much of a contradiction against the dumb/beefcake stereotype for Joe public to handle? Although granted with the He-Man movie, maybe he was written that way, and Dolph's acting just couldn't put it across. I just hope the Thor movie doesn't end up suffering from the same fault..

  • March 8, 2011, 5:16 p.m. CST


    by BizarroNo1

    I went to school with a kid whose parents said the exact same thing!!! What the hell!

  • March 8, 2011, 5:28 p.m. CST

    Was a HUGE fan of He-Man growing up...

    by Dr. Egon Spengler

    ...but even as a wee lad, I knew this movie was shit just from the previews/trailers alone. "Present Day" Earth? Fuck. That. No Battlecat? Double. Fuck. That. Cash grab at is finest. Never saw it, never will.

  • March 8, 2011, 5:29 p.m. CST

    The new villains were AWESOME!!!

    by Jake Pantlin

    It was said in an old Starlog magazine article that the Predator costume we all know and love was partially inspired by the costume worn by "Saurod" (played by Pons Maar). That costume was bad ass! And "Blade" with his swords and laser whip was a great addition to Masters of the Universe. Anthony De Longis played Blade.... he is the guy that taught Catwoman and Indiana Jones how to use a whip in their films... and he owned that role. I think some people get mad because we got new character sinstead of childhood favorites like Merman and Trapjaw. But really, there was only 3 new villains introduced in the film - Blade, Saurod and Karg.

  • March 8, 2011, 5:29 p.m. CST

    You know... I actually want to watch this again now.

    by ChickenStu

    Seriously. 33 years old, and I want to watch the "He-Man" movie. Wow.

  • March 8, 2011, 5:34 p.m. CST

    He-Man was my all-time favorite

    by sai_justin

    toy and then cartoon. Every time my parents bought me ANYTHING (which was rare, as we were kinda poor), I insisted it be He-Man! Needless to say, my 9 year-old self f*cking HATED the movie. The Eternians' costumes were admittedly pretty bad-ass, though.

  • I had to do the same thing with "Superman IV: The Quest For Peace" and "Crocodile Dundee II". Shit we do for our parents.

  • Still miss the silly old fart.

  • March 8, 2011, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Very pleased and amused to have a talkback dedicated to this

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    and I genuinely lolled at the mini Harry comment. Another lol at the people who are still slating this for straying from the cartoon. They're both shit! But in a good way.

  • March 8, 2011, 5:44 p.m. CST

    After the credits roll in this movie

    by Transhuman

    At the very end, Skelator's head pops up out of lava or whatnot and he says, "I'll be back." I'm still waiting for the sequel.

  • March 8, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST

    I loved this film! Fuck the haters!

    by brocknroll

    This was a great action adventure movie, I loved everything about it. Yes, the movie wasn't liked very much by critics and movie fans, it bombed in the box office, but that doesn't mean the movie is bad. I thought it was a fun flick. It actually had some great action scenes. Dolph made a perfect He-Man and he it helped make him well known as an actor, plus Frank Langella as Skeletor was brilliant. I agree the writing of the film wasn't the best, and that Gwildor character was annoying but overall, I thought it was a fun movie. I still enjoy to this day. I don't understand why people think the movie is so bad. I thought it was fine to me.

  • March 8, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Hey Atheron

    by Spyhunter

    Anthony De Longis was also the star of my favorite Star Wars ripoff, Starchaser: The Legend of Orin. For a stunt guy, he wasn't too bad of a voice actor.

  • March 8, 2011, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Check out Gary Goddard's post

    by JackPumpkinhead By the way, the movie spawned a great C64 game, too.

  • March 8, 2011, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Re: After the credits roll in the movie...

    by brocknroll

    "At the very end, Skelator's head pops up out of lava or whatnot and he says, "I'll be back." I'm still waiting for the sequel." - They were going to do a sequel to "Masters of the Universe" bringing Dolph as He-Man back but since the first movie bombed, they shelved it. The film was never made. Even though there was already a script for "Masters of the Universe II", it was re-written for the movie, "Cyborg" which stars Jean Claude Van Damme. The "Cyborg" movie was originally, "Masters of the Universe II", just for your information.

  • March 8, 2011, 5:57 p.m. CST

    I have a soft spot for that film.

    by Dollar Bird

    Always loved the production design, though that may have more to do with William Stout than "He-Man" which I barely watched as a kid. But, Skeletor was great. Just watching Langella chew the scenery is a joy. I couldn't be happier that he went with a totally stereotypical villain voice, because it adds to the pleasure of hearing him deliver his over-the-top lines.

  • March 8, 2011, 5:59 p.m. CST

    No Battlecat and No Orca

    by elsewhere

    I can't tell you how much that pissed me off when I was a kid. Looking back, Battlecat makes sense, but they couldn't whip up a crude Orco? I mean Star Wars had Jawas ffs.

  • March 8, 2011, 6 p.m. CST

    Always wanted an R rated Chelsea Field/Meg Foster scene

    by tangcameo

    They were the only two reasons why I watched this movie.

  • Hell, Dolph Lundgren wasn't even the problem with it.

  • March 8, 2011, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Some great new interviews with the MASTERS cast and crew!

    by Jake Pantlin

    Some great interviews with Anthony De Longis, Pons Maar, Richard Szponder (that kid that won the role of Pigboy!), production designer William Stout, and Director Gary Goddard! Also, tons of rare pics!!!

  • March 8, 2011, 6:09 p.m. CST

    First picture looks like Harry if he were a Troll

    by _Venkman

  • March 8, 2011, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Quint, you wanna know what this column needs?

    by KnightShift

    A behind-the-scenes pic from YOR: THE HUNTER FROM THE FUTURE. Get on it, S.T.A.T.!!!

  • March 8, 2011, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Man-at-Arms = Asshole police chief on Hill Street Blues

    by KarlKolchak

    That dude was a good actor. Haven't seen him in a long time. Hope he's not dead.

  • March 8, 2011, 6:20 p.m. CST

    I edited the movie down to about 35 minutes

    by TheSecondQuest

    "The alpha and the omega. Death and rebirth. And so as you die, so will I be reborn." Frank Langella's performance as Skeletor is amazing. One of the best bad guys put to film. Sadly he's surrounded by a shitty movie. "Fool! You are no longer my equal! I am more than man! More than life! I am a god!!" So, I basically just cut out almost all the non-Eternia scenes and focused on all of Skeletor's scenes and the search for He-Man from that POV. The only exception is after Skeletor's forces come through the portal and we get that great little surrender scene on the roof. "I am not in a giving vein this day..." I also trimmed a few shots here and there to improve the pacing/editing of the action sequences (some of the clumsier sword shots, as well as the momentum-killing "I'll just push over a statue for no reason just to show He-Man is strong" scene, etc). "Tell me about the loneliness of good, He-Man. Is it equal to the loneliness of evil?" "You! I wish to smash you out of existence- to drive your cursid face from my memory forever!" "I must possess all or I possess nothing!" "I'll never kneel to you!" "YES, YOU WILL! YES, YOU WILL! Or I will wreak unforgettable harm upon you."

  • March 8, 2011, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Cast Frank Langella in the next movie to voice Skeletor!

    by Jake Pantlin

    Sure, he might be to old to play him now (maybe) in the flesh, but I think it would be great if he returned to voice the character. Chances are, he will have a CGI skull head in the next film. So why not use his voice again? You won't find someone better for the part. He owns that role!

  • March 8, 2011, 6:32 p.m. CST


    by Jake Pantlin

    Best He-Man movie site out there. Check it out if you haven't. They have awesome pictures, like pics of different masks they had planned on using for Skeletor in the film. Originally he wasn't going to have eyes, but I'm glad they didn't go that route with the character.

  • March 8, 2011, 6:37 p.m. CST

    MILF Meg "Pale Blue Eyes" Foster as Evil-Lyn

    by tphile2

    She was/is/always will be a hot milf. Her pale blue eyes are unearthly and mesmerizing. She needs to do more movies with lots of closeups. Actually the movie was pretty good for its budget and had nice costumes and sets.

  • March 8, 2011, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Dolph was/is the man

    by Clarence_Boddickers_Optometrist

    especially in the 80's. Still waiting for I Come in Peace to be released on DVD, though I have DVR'd a hi-def showing from Cinemax. One of the best Christmas-time movies (Die Hard being #1 of course). It's a shame Dolph's career didn't amount to more in theatrical action films, though he was on the cusp of the end to the whole action star era. Good to see him in Expendables. Wonder what the intended sequel woulda been (props/costumes used in Cyborg)...

  • March 8, 2011, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Is the loniest of good equal to the loniest of evil?

    by shutupfanboy

    My favorite line. All the Eternia stuff was great and I even liked it as a good. Yet, when I got older I saw the flaws. Still, I love the score, the design and the casting was not that bad.

  • March 8, 2011, 6:56 p.m. CST

    I'm loving this behind-the-scenes look at Branagh's "Thor."


    My stars, guys, is this going to be great, or WHAT???!?!?!?!

  • March 8, 2011, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Fuck yeah!!!! Best btspotd ever Quint!! Thank you!!

    by Jeremy Davis


  • March 8, 2011, 7:31 p.m. CST

    So Cyborg is actually the sequel to Jack Kirby's Fourth World...

    by Shubniggorath

    Mind. Blown.

  • March 8, 2011, 7:40 p.m. CST

    From IMDB on Cyborg...

    by Transhuman

    "This film was conceived to use the costumes and sets built both for an intended sequel of Masters of the Universe (1987) and a live version of 'Spider-Man'. Both projects were planned to shoot simultaneously by Albert Pyun. After Cannon had to cancel deals with both Mattel and Marvel because of their financial troubles, they needed to recoup the money spent on both projects. Then Pyun wrote the story Cyborg (1989). Some network television still give the film's title as 'Masters of the Universe 2: Cyborg' which often confuses many into thinking a sequel to that film was made."

  • March 8, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Gwildor is Harry's mini-me.


    Haha, I stole your line, d.vader. Nanny-nanny-poopoo.

  • March 8, 2011, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Clearly both Actor and Director are tripping balls in that top pic

    by MooseMalloy

    But seriously, this wonderfully insane movie was on heavy rotation at a video store I worked at in the late 90's -- on laserdisc!

  • March 8, 2011, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Talkback is in agreement: Skeletor owns all in this movie.

    by Pop_aristocrat

    Still one of my fav movie villains, even if the rest of the production fell flat. I did like it pretty well as a kid. I liked the new characters, and the costumes and things. But I was sad that more time wasn't spent in Eternia.

  • March 8, 2011, 8:33 p.m. CST

    You can't watch that show. Only God can Transform.

    by Pop_aristocrat

  • March 8, 2011, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Damn you Choppah

    by D.Vader

  • March 8, 2011, 8:55 p.m. CST

    This Dolph for Tic Toc Man

    by Clarence_Boddickers_Optometrist

    Reading Kings The Wastelands from Dark Tower series, its impossible for me to read the parts about the Tic Toc Man and not picture Dolph, basically from this movie, costume and all, as that character. With emerald green contact lenses. Woulda been badass.

  • March 8, 2011, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Lt. Tom Paris is in that movie

    by AO

    ... it's true.

  • March 8, 2011, 9:32 p.m. CST

    American Werewolf?

    by Mo_Rephus

    Tomorrow's pic is from American Werewolf? Cool beans. Ya know, Quint, you should do a contest of sorts on your hints...whoever guesses first what the next day's pic is should get some sort of recognition. That could be fun...

  • March 8, 2011, 10:08 p.m. CST


    by dukeroberts

    This movie was horrible, and a huge disappointment by not being set in Eternia. If they didn't have the money to do it right they shouldn't have even bothered. Hello, Smurfs!

  • March 8, 2011, 10:22 p.m. CST

    Filmed on location in Whittier, CA!

    by MCVamp

    Ah, the old hometown. Location of many, many productions over time--MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, the series finale of WONDER YEARS, HOCUS POCUS, BLOW, and of course, Hill Valley High from BACK TO THE FUTURE. Good times.

  • March 8, 2011, 11:21 p.m. CST

    I remember reading about the lizardman costume

    by GeneralKael

    The practical effects guys spent weeks working out how to make his tail move realistically and came up with this whole mechanism that apparently looked amazing and really made the costume work. And they lamented that the tail is on the screen for about 2 seconds and that you could barely see it! I think this was in an old Starlog(Starlog, how I miss thee). It just seemed like everyone tried their best but got screwed by the script putting it on present day Earth. I think if they left it in Eternia these talented people would have figured something out. And by the way, Skeletor was awesome but Meg Foster as Evil-Lyn was perfect casting. Her eyes are mesmerizing.

  • March 9, 2011, 12:08 a.m. CST

    "You made me miss!"

    by BenBraddock

    Brilliant, still use that line whenever I can

  • March 9, 2011, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Was that a first on tomorrow's talkback, btw?

    by BenBraddock

  • March 9, 2011, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Cool, new pics from the set of THOR

    by SirGaryColeman

    Nice to see more pictures.

  • March 9, 2011, 1:14 a.m. CST

    This is the 2nd best 80's toy movie.

    by andy kaufman

    Transformers '87 was waaaay more violent and made you go WTF as a lil kid.

  • March 9, 2011, 2:01 a.m. CST

    Langella is the best thing about the movie

    by tomimt

    His work as Skeletor is so far above the other actors of the movie, that it's unbelievable.

  • March 9, 2011, 3:44 a.m. CST

    Meg Foster can sit on my face...

    by Johnny Wishbone

    ...and queef.

  • March 9, 2011, 3:53 a.m. CST

    This movie, Spiderman and Cyborg are all connected...

    by BookhouseBoy

    BUT HOW????

  • March 9, 2011, 4:21 a.m. CST

    Moebius designed the costumes right?

    by L. Ron Bumquist

    That's why they were cool. Loved the Skeletor makeup too, it still holds up today. And Meg Foster made me feel all funny as a child.

  • What does "Queef" mean? Or do I really not want to know?

  • March 9, 2011, 5:53 a.m. CST

    Frank Langella's Skeletor fucking ruled

    by photoboy

    I think Langella's Skeletor is up there with Khan in terms of being such an awesome movie villain. He totally owns every scene he's in, and these days when I watch the film I'm rooting for him to win. I just love how he's obsessed with getting He-Man to kneel before him (channelling General Zod?). When I first saw the film, I wasn't that happy with it. The Earth setting coupled with the lack of Battlecat, Orko and all the other bit-players like Merman or Trapjaw made it feel like they'd changed too much. These days, it's a guilty pleasure, and I love Bill Conti's score for the film, it's really epic. Plus you can't go wrong with James Tolkan. Teela was wearing far too much clothing though.

  • March 9, 2011, 7:18 a.m. CST

    Loved movie

    by Dazzler69

    I loved the movie, I will have to get the DVD on ebay....

  • March 9, 2011, 7:32 a.m. CST

    photoboy, I know what you mean...

    by ChickenStu

    The Earth setting had me scratching my head as a kid. I wanted it all to be set on Eternia. And also, the lack of certain characters was a major dissapointment. However, I was stoked when he said "I HAVE THE POWER!" toward the end, even though he didn't recite the complete saying. Still, I'd like to see this again. And it was good to spend a couple of hours with my Dad.

  • March 9, 2011, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Best DVD commentary ever!

    by Knightsong

    Get the DVD and listen to the director's commentary track. You'll never feel more sorry for a guy just trying to make a movie.

  • March 9, 2011, 8:29 a.m. CST

    What a letdown

    by David Ortiz

    I worshipped He-Man as a kid and I remember getting a hold of some magazines that had glimpses of Dolph in costume and Frank Langella too. I was sooo stoked until after about 30 seconds they leave Eternia and it all went to hell. I wanted to cry. Where was Battle-Cat? Trapjaw? ORKO?? What a way to shatter a kids hopes and dreams. I will always hate Gary Goddard, whoever the hell he is.

  • March 9, 2011, 8:34 a.m. CST

    This film deserves a Blu Ray SPECIAL EDITION!

    by Jake Pantlin

    I would love to see this film get a Special Edition Blu Ray with enhanced FX. The opening battle on Eternia could be redone today to look EPIC on the big screen. Plus, they could go back and stick in an image of Snake Mountain if they wanted to (maybe at the end of the film before Skeletor pops his head up out of the water). Even the Director has said he would be game to do a Special Edition. So why not? I would be more pumped to buy a Blu Ray if they did this.

  • March 9, 2011, 8:45 a.m. CST

    MOTU in name only

    by Essemtee

    Seeing this movie as a kid only made me imagine a Masters Of The Universe movie as a faithful live-action version of the cartoon, but less corny, more edgy. Prince Adam, Battle Cat, Orko, Trap-Jaw, all those crazy vehicles. Hordak and the Evil Horde, for chrissakes! The Horde could've had their own spin-off movie. Merge Gwildor's face with Skeletor's face, and you have Hordak. The updated He-Man action figures that were released years later (a cross between MOTU and Spawn figures) came pretty close to that vision.

  • March 9, 2011, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Setting it mainly on Earth totally crippled it from the get-go.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • March 9, 2011, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Blade = Marshal Leigh Johnson from Red Dead Redemption

    by Scott

    Just sayin, both ruled :)

  • March 9, 2011, 10:56 a.m. CST

    I'm drunk and feeling open so.. This is the reason I became interested in film

    by Nomoredirtyanything

    I was about 9 years old and one day I went to the Newsagency and lo and behold there was a crap-ass movie tie-in magazine for the soon to be released MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE movie!!!! I bought the mag, worshipped it. Drooled over every still. It also gave away a majority of the plot so I knew what it was sorta about. Fuck I loved that shitty movie. I convinced my parents to spend one hundred bucks on a new video copy and 600 bucks for a video player for my birthday and christmas combined. Then I proceeded to drive my family nuts for a good year or so... I watched it not long ago. Outside of Frank Langella it is some abysmal crap.

  • March 9, 2011, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Fucking Trolls...I vanquish you bridge dwellers with my WarlockSword

    by PeanutButterSlut

  • March 9, 2011, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Throne room set is huuuge. 2 giant soundstages

    by UltraTron

    combined. Opening where skeletor walks in is epic as shit. Skeletor will reap unforgivable harm upon you

  • March 9, 2011, 11:46 a.m. CST

    essemtee: you are a studio exec in the making.

    by UltraTron

    Only you're trying to turn shit into edgier shit

  • March 9, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST


    by Aaron

    I DARE ANYTHING! I AM SKELETOR! All haters of this movie can die screaming. I taped this bitch off of another friend's VCR (back when you had to hook up two VCRs to copy movies), when I was at the oldest about 5 years old. It remains ingrained in my fucking DNA and is probably my favorite movie of all time, period. Frank Langella should be given a fucking lifetime achievement award for one of the most awesome and theatrical and badass villain performances ever. This is what Julian McMahon or whatever his name is wishes he could've been as Dr. Doom.

  • March 9, 2011, 3:18 p.m. CST

    The Secret Ending

    by Aaron

    First secret ending I ever saw. For years, until we moved away from where the family was living, every time my dad and I would go to the video store down I would ask them when the second movie was coming out. Also the first time I heard Jimi Hendrix, when Kevin is in the pawn shop showing off the Key, and "Purple Haze" is playing in the background. I had no idea what the fuck that sound was but it sounded, appropriately enough, as if it was from outer space. Skeletor's introduction scene is so metal it's just not even necessary. I'm getting chills just thinking about it. Must watch now. BUT I WILL. I TOLD YOU IT WAS ALWAYS BETWEEN US. I looove liiiiiiiiiiiiife.

  • March 9, 2011, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Hey! it's Brown Tom from Legend!...

    by spidar40

    ...right down to the scrotum cheeks.

  • March 9, 2011, 8:21 p.m. CST

    bookhouseboy - spiderman/cyborg/motu

    by Transhuman

    see my post above

  • March 10, 2011, 5:08 a.m. CST

    It was Jack Kirby's New Gods.

    by catlettuce4

    Research the movie online and you'll find out that this is true. And as for MotU connections, it seemed to be based as much on pre-cartoon MotU as on the cartoon. It was a mish-mash at best.

  • March 10, 2011, 10:26 a.m. CST

    IT's going to be on this Sun, Mar 13, 7:30 AM EDT

    by eric haislar

    It's in HD on channel direct TV 549 EXTRHD I think that is Showtime. I am not sure. But I set it to record.