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From costuming to camerawork and score to secondhand style, 'Beastmaster III: The Eye of Braxus' is 
only a vapid tele-feature clone of the cheaply assembled 'Beastmaster' Universe.
The third installment in the series, directed by 'TV Heroine' Gabrielle Beaumont 
(Hill Street Blues, Remington Steele, Star Trek: The Next Generation), has only one highlight to offer, 
a gloriously comical B-Movie rubber creature named Braxus!
Dar, the Beastmaster (Marc Singer) teams up with stick fighter Seth (Tony Todd) to rescue his 
brother King Tal (Casper Van Dien). 
The bungling boy was captured by the wrinkled Evil Lord Agon (David Warner), 
who has been sacrificing young prisoners in order to magically retain his youth, 
and seeks to gain immortality by releasing the dark God Braxus from his prison. 
Along the way, the heroes are assisted by a beautiful witch named Morgana (Lesley-Anne Down), 
her acrobatic sidekick Bey (Keith Coulouris), and a warrior woman named Shada (Sandra Hess).
A very very lightweight blend of sword and sorcery.
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Promotion Studio shot of Marc Singer ('V'). 
One shot was used for the Cover of the Video release.
Promo 2.25 transparencies.
Tony Todd is well known among Genre Fans for 'Night of the Living Dead' and 'Candyman'.
Lesley-Anne Down did 'The First Great Train Robbery', 'Hanover Street' and the noted TV Mini-Series 
'North and South'.
The cast fight a losing battle against the decor.
Ultra cheap styrofoam and paper mache cave set. A bunch of Airbrushed phony rocks without any texture.
Is this the aseptic waiting room of Doc Braxus?
Casper Van Dien (King Tal) is sitting on the far right.
He received a bit of fame through his role of Johnny Rico in Paul Verhoeven's 1997 science fiction 
action film 'Starship Troopers'.
Close Up shot of Marc Singer (Dar the Beastmaster).
Candyman Tony Todd tries to force his opponent to the ground via telepathy.
Sandra Hess (Viper in 'Nick Fury: Agent of Shield') would have had the potential to save the show, 
though certainly not in this costume.
Towards the end there is suddenly an entertaining Gag that pulls me out of lethargy.
A thug from the Ninja Turtle universe jumps out of his cave ...
Fanfare for the climax! Time to wake people up. 
Braxus, the embarrassingly awesome rubber monster appears on the stage.
An 8 foot full body suit, designed and fabricated by the Chiodo Brothers ('Critters', 'Screamers').
The evil rubber creature looks like as if it's a leftover from one of the ingenious 'Empire' B-flicks of the 80s.
Ahhh... Empire Pictures!
Nobody cares about the story or the actors as long as a new crazy creature appears every few minutes!
No one dares to do that anymore today.
With a little imagination you can see a wafer-thin connection from Braxus back to the good old Empire Pictures times.
Michael Deak, a creature make up expert of the enthralling Empire Pictures / Buechler (MMI) days, 
is sweating in the Braxus suit.
During his time at Buechlers 'MMI' shop Michael Deak was involved in the creation of a lot of goofy creatures.
The big guy (1,98 m) even played a few of them and enjoyed his role as a creature suit performer ('Cellar Dweller'). 
To be inside of the 'Braxus' suit had a few not insignificant advantages.
Nobody recognizes you in that embarrassing rubber suit and you don't see it yourself either! 
The young Special Make Up expert Michael Deak and Bub, the Zombie with a Soul, in the 'Saviniland' shop 
on Set for 'Day of the Dead'.
Michael Deak went through the notorious 'Rubber Hell' school of John Carl Buechler (Mechanical and Makeup Imageries Inc.) 
and jumped into Tom Savini's Zombie workshop. 
Hardly arrived Mike was part of a crew of young talents sculpting and casting 'Zombie' appliances 
for the new George Romero show.
For 'MMI' he was the on-set effects supervisor for several of the scatterbrained 'Empire' flicks.
My personal favorites are 'From Beyond', a glorious little Horror party, and the bizarre nuthouse 'Spellcaster', 
with a groovy rubber creature-per-minute rate.
Creepy stories about these masterpieces are already scheduled for 2020!
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Dar wrestles with Braxus.
The evil leader of the dinosaur gang escaped from a cage while filming one of the cheesy 'Ninja Turtles' films.
Marc Singer is not a dwarf himself (1.88 m), but to be able to tower over Braxus, 
they put him on a box for this promotional photos.
The whole monster suit appears to be pretty immobile and hip-stiff.
If Mike had fallen over with the suit, he probably wouldn't have been able to get up without help.
Oh look, the little one just wants to cuddle.
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What did we learn?
When the loopy rubber toy that appears at the end of a painful show is regarded as a highlight, 
you know the movie's in trouble.

A studio scene staged against a photographic backdrop, a blown up photo from an actual location photograph.
Movie mogul and 'The Longest Day' entrepreneur Darryl F. Zanuck was always at the shoulder of his directors 
(Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Gerd Oswald, Bernhard Wicki) and even directed a few minor scenes himself.
He sits there, smokes his cigar, and surely comments on this and that, especially if he doesn't like what he sees.
The harbor scene shown in the background photo shows an English harbor.
The troops are waiting on their ships in the harbor for the green light, the start of the D-Day Operation. 
Filmed in the Fox Boulogne Studios?
Studio scene with Eddie Albert.
Producer Darryl F. Zanuck conducts his little stage troupe. 
Fox Boulogne Studios, Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France
This is how to overcome high cliffs in proper style.
A casual Andrew Marton (Director) in a short-sleeved shirt on a ladder demonstrating to his young actors 
(Bob Wagner, Paul Anka, Tommy Sands,...) what he wants to see from them in the action-packed 'Pointe du Hoc' scenes.
Andrew Marton (1904–1992) earned himself a very good reputation as a capable second-unit 'Action' director.
He was in charge of the chariot race for William Wyler's 'Ben Hur' and filmed scenes for great epics like 
'55 days at Peking' and 'The Fall of the Roman Empire'.
During his exhilarating time in Spain, working for the Samuel Bronston company, he got to know the many 
good opportunities that Spain can offer a film production.
For this reason, he returned to Spain as a director to make his films 'The Thin Red Line' and 
'Crack in the World' in this country, mainly around Madrid.
On the World War II epic 'The Longest Day' he staged the Normandy invasion sequences: Pointe du Hoc.
More on the making of 'The Longest Day' can be found here:
- Props
- Puppetmaster Rupert
- Rupert and the Stuntman
- Richard Burton
- John Wayne
- Father Jean-Louis Barrault
More to come!

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The spirited animatronic beasts have a real cult status among fans of 80s horror flicks.
The iconic creature make-up effects of Chris Walas and his crew have surely contributed significantly to this.
These little Party animals know how to move on the dance floor.
Good vibrations from the 80s!
Who does not like to remember the brave old days when crazy rubber creatures conquered the screen in 
your small local cinema.
These cinemas are history, instead of rubber there is pixel salad on the menu today!
The chainsaw dance.
The scene wasn't in the original script and was added by Director Joe Dante and Actor Zach Galligan as a
groovy homage to Tobe Hooper and his legendary 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre'.
Stripe, the cunning leader of the Gremlins, attacks Billy (Zach Galligan) with a Chainsaw in the 
department store.
The 35mm slide shows a test run of the scene with Chris Walas playing Billy.
Director Joe Dante crouches there on the right and looks for the best camera position.
The crew try to find the coolest possible moves, to get the best out of the Stripe puppet.
To stage such a scene was complex and expensive, and all was handmade with no CGi.
Look at all the cables there running into the body of Stripe.
It was tricky to make all connections and brackets invisible, which the boys didn't manage to do 100%.
Several puppeteers were needed to keep the rebellious Leader under control and to steer his wild power 
in the right direction.
Some rubber toys are harmless, others only very difficult to tame.
You never know exactly what will happen!
Movie scene with Billy, Stripe "The Tool Man" and his new Chainsaw.
Stripe is showing Billy his tremendous talent for wood carving.
Special creature Make-Up effects by Chris Walas.
Here you find some pics of his rubber toys from outer space:
- Galaxina
- Enemy Mine
The other day in Dorry's Tavern - Behind the scenes of the Diner sequence.
The Gremlins are true Party animals!
A fairly complex and difficult to stage scene, with many Gremlins puppets and their puppeteers being involved.
As you see on this shot (35mm Slide) the guys squat down there in front of the bar counter and try to 
navigate the puppets above their heads with their arms outstretched.
An exhausting work as you can hardly see the doll you want to control.
The whole sequence is a rousing firework of lovingly fashioned little Gags.
This could be your local bar at the corner during a Saturday night sporting event.
"Yum, yum, yum." The language also sounds similar!
Are there any more snacks?
Sure, of course. Coming soon in this tavern.