Once again we are given narration explaining how the “final war” leveled the old world to the ground, and how warlords now rule the land with iron fists, but amongst this chaos a band of gifted women roam the outlands pledged to the sacred duty to restore peace and equality, they were called…
Chuck Wagner) and he stands out from the group because he is the one dressed more appropriately for sword wielding.
Including laser eye powers.Yes, she has friggin laser beams coming out of her eyes. That is Alee (Rebecca Holden) who we later find out has telekinesis, and can move small objects with her mind. I’m not sure how telekinesis translates into killer eye beams but I’m cool with it. Just as Mikal is getting the upper hand in a duel with Alee she uses her powers to start a small rockslide, distracted by the falling rocks he is easily disarmed by Alee. Meanwhile her partner Vera (Barbara Hooper), whose magic power is healing, managed to dispatch a couple of Mikal’s men, and thus are two women are victorious. Alee spares Mikal saying, “We have nothing worth dying for. Go in peace.” You kind of get the impression that The Sisterhood are like Jedi Knights working as guardians of peace, but Mikal is what one would call a sore loser for as they ride off he swears, “I’ll have your heads on my pike one day!”
Lynn- Holly Johnson) who is harassed by the residents for being a witch. Seems she has the ability to talk to her to her hawk, which she named Lady Shree, and instead of this earning her respect it gets the local asshats throwing stones at her. She tries to tell some of the men that Lady Shree has spotted raiders in the vicinity but she is just insulted and chased off. We do learn that Lord Neufield kept her around because of her gift so why in the hell would he lets his men treat her like shit?
Her bird is certainly more useful than the one in Wheels of Fire.Marya’s little brother wants to run away saying, “Lady Shree will keep us safe,” but Marya isn’t down with that idea as she tells him that she would be, “Enslaved by the first man who found me.” So I guess The Sisterhood’s feminist army hasn’t been all that successful. The kid even suggests she join The Sisterhood, but there are a couple of problems with that; one being that they are consider by most to be just a myth and the second is that even if they were real her little brother would not be allowed to join this all girls club. She tells her brother to stop living in dreams that, “No woman can travel the world without a man to defend her.”
Marya is a total Debbie Downer.Well the problem of what to do with her little brother if she ever did join this mythical Sisterhood is solved when the raiders attack and Mikal kills the kid. (Note: Mikal actually seems upset when he discovers he’s killed a kid which is a really nice touch here) With her latest home sacked, her family were forced to leave their previous home in the Western Kingdom because her powers freaked people out and that is how they ended up with Lord Neufield, she decides to hit the road. But how will she survive in world where woman are nothing more than chattel?
Could the answer be a nice relaxing bubble bath?A little later at a nearby tavern Alee and Vera are enjoying some backroom delight in a medieval Jacuzzi while over in the main room of “Dynamite Willy’s” we find Marya trying to eat some food without being noticed by all the raiders drinking and carousing around her. When she tries to sneak out the owner grabs her and claims her for himself, but before he can get too far Alee and Vera enter the room and ask if Marla claims protection of The Sisterhood. She does and after Alee sends a well-aimed telekinetically thrown bottle into the owner’s head, which sets off a bar fight, they escape into the night.
I wonder if Marya will get one of those awesome hats.At first Alee and Vera were going to drop Marya off at a town known for being nicer to women, but when they learn that Marya can psychically communicate with her bird they decide she has what it takes to be a Sister. Unbeknownst to them Mikal was at the tavern and he witnessed the whole thing, and so he and his men track the girls until one night they are able to sneak up and abduct Vera. This is made possible by the fact that though Vera is a good fighter her super power is healing and not an effective tool when jumped from behind. Mikal tells his men that, “Now The Sisterhood will have to deal with me, and they will wish they never crossed me.” He and his men try to join up with a slaver caravan run by Lord Barak (Robert Dyer) for added protection, but when some of Barak’s men tries to rape the bound Vera Mikal runs to her aid and fights off the villains.
Robert Dyer’s performance as Lord Barak is easily one of the film’s highlights.Lord Barak does not like fights among his people so he politely asks Mikal to leave. Unfortunately this means that when Alee and Marya attack the caravan later that night the find out that they’ve just missed Mikal and his cronies. In the hopes of catching up with their friend’s kidnappers Alee decides to takes a shortcut through the Forbidden Zone, an area known for being inhabited by mutant cannibals, and mere minutes into this shortcut they are ambushed by said cannibals.
Are these mutants or the witches from Hocus Pocus?We are then “treated” to a long and drawn out running battle through the woods. It’s dark, you can’t see what’s going on, and the mutants never seem that much of a threat. Marla falls down a hole but instead of it turning out to be some pit trap it is revealed to be an entrance to a series of underground caverns. At least now we can see what’s going on as the lichen in the cave glows nicely. They continue to fight off mutants as they make their way through caves until they come to a large door with an electronic keypad. Alee is able to make the keypad work, I’m assuming she used her powers but it’s really not made clear, and they enter an abandoned military bunker.
Do you think John Connor and his girlfriend are down here?They explore the facility and discover a cache of weapons and a garage that contains a “War Wagon” (actually its Cadillac-Gage V-150 Commando light armored vehicle) which should certainly give them an advantage when it comes to rescuing poor Vera. How these two manages to get such vehicle running (the gas would have evaporated and the batteries would be long dead) let alone know how to drive it and use its armaments is the true mystery here.
Anthony East) but is running into the same problem, having one of The Sisterhood as prisoners causes much unrest among the soldiers. Mikal tells Jak not to relax, that he and his men are moving out and that they are taking her to the Hall of the Sisterhood, “We are going to confront those witches face to face.” Jak points out one small problem that being Mikal has only three men.
So Mikal feels remorse after killing a child, defends his enemy from rape, and has a complicated if completely skewed backstory. This makes the character of Mikal one of the most nuanced characters I’ve seen in the genre, and Chuck Wagner gives a really nice performance.
Kenneth Peerless) is holding a group of Amazons that were captured during the battle of the Twelve Trees. Cirio H. Santiago certainly went to town on world building with this movie; you actually get a sense of history without the need of endless narration or flashbacks, characters name drop events and places without going into detail explanations, and that’s cool because we really don’t need to know. It’s to see a low budget action film crediting its audience with a little intelligence.