Treasure of the Four Crowns (1983)

aka El tesoro de las cuatro coronas
Article 3120 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 12-12-2009
Posting Date: 2-28-2010
Directed by Ferdinando Baldi
Featuring Tony Anthony, Ana Obregon, Gene Quintano
Country: Spain/USA/Italy
What it is: One part horror, one part Indiana Jones, one part heist movie

A key holds the secret to the ultimate power contained in four crowns. A crack team of experts seeks to acquire three of the crowns which are being kept in an impregnable castle by a fanatical cult leader.

If you didn’t know this movie was originally made in 3-D, you’ll know soon enough; there are so many close-ups of things “comin’ at ya” (spears, knives, keys, hands, feet, tambourines, etc) that you’ll figure out the gimmick. The opening crawl is lifted from STAR WARS, the opening scene is ripped from RAIDERS FROM THE LOST ARK, and I was a little surprised that the movie just didn’t keep on that pattern; instead, by planning the acquisition of the crowns as something out of a heist movie, it manages to achieve a little more in the way of interest factor than it might otherwise have. Overall, though, the movie doesn’t really satisfy; the end in particular seems muddled and confused, and you’re never quite sure just what kind of power these crowns contain. Overall, though, I think I can say that the movie isn’t nearly as bad as it could have been. This was the follow-up to COMIN’ AT YA, a movie which started a short-lived resurrection of the 3-D craze during the early eighties; a follow-up space opera was planned but never made, as the 3-D craze petered out.

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