Decade before "Game of Thrones"
Lamberto Bava helmed his Fantasy Masterpiece
TWO COMPLETE FILMS (#3 AND #4)
OVER SIX HOURS OF SPECTACLE!
HERE FOR #1 AND #2
Italian title: FANTAGHIRO
also known as PHANTAGIRO and CAVE OF THE GOLDEN ROSE
MOVIE THREE (1993)
director: Lamberto Bava
starring: Alessandra Martines · Ursula Andress · Kim Rossi
Stuart · Brigitte Nielsen · Elena D'Ippolito
MOVIE FOUR (1994)
director: Lamberto Bava
starring: Alessandra Martines · Brigitte Nielsen · Kim
Rossi Stuart · Brigitte Nielsen · Horst Buchholz
evil wizard Tarabas learns of a prophecy that forecasts his death at
the hands of a King's child. So he releases an army of dead soldiers
to kidnap/slaughter all royal children in the realm. When the soldiers
attack Fantaghiro's castle, fighting against them seems impossible until
she discovers that water turns a zombie warrior to stone. Romualdo lures
the dead army to a nearby river where he destroys them, one after another.
But then he accidentally falls into the river and is turned to stone
by the poisoned water. No one can revive him. Fantaghiro decides to
find wizard Tarabas to force him to help reverse the curse.
#4 is a direct continuation from the previous film. But there's a new
problem facing Princess Fantaghiro and her kingdom. A black cloud travels
across the country, killing animals and plants, drying up the rivers.
When the cloud reaches Fantaghiro's castle, she meets Prince Parsel
who is following the dark mass to get his stolen castle back. When her
castle vanishes too, Fantaghiro joins Parsel on his journey to retrieve
her home, her people and her love.
It is probably obvious from the description(s) that these movies are
part of a larger story started with FANTAGHIRO
1. While these films can be enjoyed as stand-alone fare, it
is recommended that they be seen in chronological order.
Bava learned his craft working as an assistant director for his father
Mario Bava [VENUS
OF ILLE was co-directed by both of them]. After Mario's death
in 1980, Lamberto joined Dario Argento's stable and was given the opportunity
to begin directing on his own. He made 40+ movies since 1980 and has
delivered numerous memorable films including the DEMON
IN THE DARK, FOTOS
(Photos of Giola), YOU
WILL DIE AT MIDNIGHT, MAESTRO
OF TERROR, et al. The FANTAGHIRO series is generally
considered his masterwork.