When a genre wears itself out the next-to-last step is self-parody, and BEASTMASTER 2: THROUGH THE PORTAL OF TIME falls right in line. The foolish original came along in 1982, as part of a boomlet in CONAN-influenced sword-and-sorcery epics. But the theatrical market for wizards and
warriors has since dried up, and this direct-to-video sequel drops the earnest attitude of its predecessor in favor of laughs.
The title hero is Dar (Marc Singer), a muscular barbarian who can communicate with and command a rather skimpy posse of animal friends--a tiger, an eagle and a pair of ferrets. In this adventure he's warned that his long lost brother Arklon (Wings Hauser), an...