What would the 80's
have been without a 1987 movie based on the He-Man toy
line? Boring, perhaps? Starring 80's kingpin Dolph Lundgren as He-Man
and Frank Langella as Skeletor, the movie was not a
favorite of critics. The movie was released after
the height in popularity of the toy line, which
contributed to the fact that it was not a financial
movie begins with Skeletor's army having seized Castle
Grayskull on planet Eternia. Skeletor's plan is to
use a time and space portal within the castle to wreak
havoc, especially for his nemesis, He-Man, and
ultimately become the Master of the Universe.
There are a number of cosmic portal keys that various
parties within the movie are after, and a group of
Eternians accidentally zap themselves to California,
where they lose the key. It is found by two
teenagers, one played by Courtney Cox, and Skeletor
sends his minions to California to claim it.
makes it to earth to try and get the key himself, but in
the process, he is temporarily defeated by Skeletor and
taken back to Grayskull as Skeletor's slave. Just
when it looks as if He-Man is defeated and Skeletor is
indeed the Master of the Universe, He-Man manages to get
his hands on the sword of Grayskull, and the two battle
it out. He-Man gains the upper hand, and all is
made right with the world. Or is it really?
At the end of the movie, Skeletor "rises from the ashes"
and says "I will be back!"