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Eric’s Bad Movies: ‘Masters of the Universe’ (1987)

When I first announced “Eric’s Bad Movies” a few months ago and asked for suggestions, “Masters of the Universe” was one that came up many, many times. And with good reason! It is a very silly movie, and it is the subject of this week’s edition of EBM over at

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Now for the guessing! The subject of next week’s edition of “Eric’s Bad Movies” is a sequel from the 1980s whose star has since been nominated for multiple Oscars. Place your bets below!

22 Responses to “Eric’s Bad Movies: ‘Masters of the Universe’ (1987)”

  1. john scherer Says:

    The Karate Kid 3.


  2. Biff Tannen Says:

    John: You mean “The Next Karate Kid,” the one with Hilary Swank. Fits all of the criteria Eric mentioned, except that it was released in 1994. Maybe he meant a sequel to a series from the 1980s.

  3. john scherer Says:


    I assumed he meant a series from the 80’s. The Next Karate kid is right, there was three before that; I forgot. Thanks

  4. Jefers Says:

    If “multiple Oscars” = 2 (that is how many Hilary Swank has been nominate for) then I think John and Biff are right on the money.

  5. Eric D. Snider Says:

    Right. Except that I said that it’s a sequel from the ’80s, and Swank’s “Karate Kid” movie is from the ’90s. I don’t know what’s unclear about “sequel from the 1980s”: The movie is a sequel, and it came out in in the 1980s.

  6. Moffio Says:

    Grease 2 with Michelle Pheiffer (3 time oscar nominee)?

  7. Moffio Says:

    My other guess, for now is Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 – 1986 (Dennis Hopper nominated for two Oscars after it came out)

  8. Marc Says:

    I will go all in with Jaws: The Revenge, featuring Michael Caine who ironically won an Oscar that same year for his work in the movie Hannah and Her Sisters. He also would win an Oscar for Cider House Rules.

    Thankfully most people will remember him as Alfred instead of appearing in one of the worst movies ever.

  9. card Says:

    I am going to go with Grease 2. Michelle Pfeiffer?

  10. whome Says:

    I’d agree with Marc — I think he’s got it.

  11. Carrie Says:


    You know you love it!

  12. Carrie Says:

    I know we’ve all had it in our minds that Dolph Lundgren is a big, muscular, oaf, but I googled the boy and found out that he has a master’s degree in chemical engineering, was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study at MIT, and speaks five languages. Who knew?!

    This review made me LOL multiple times.

  13. John Doe Says:

    I don’t care what anyone says, I still like Masters of the Universe. Nope, won’t say it’s good, but I enjoy it. Whether it’s because my mind refuses to be too critical or what, I don’t know and don’t care. Not to mention that doing a He-Man movie isn’t an easy task. But Eric makes me laugh, so I get to have it both ways. I like the movie and I can laugh at it.

  14. Jacob Says:

    I don’t remember where it was, but I saw a list of the top ten people in Hollywood you’d never guess were nerds, and Dolph was four, right under Vin Diesel.

  15. penguinosharky Says:

    Jacob, I’ve seen that list aswell and if I’m not totally mistaken it was at

  16. stephkitten Says:

    Thank you, Google:

  17. Moffio Says:

    Marc, Thank you for reminding me that Michael Caine was in Jaws IV. I hate you. :)

  18. Angus McFarland Says:

    I felt like Masters of the Universe had absolutely nothing to do with the He-Man cartoon series. Definitely a disappointment. Rumor has it another one is on its way, next year? Hopefully it’s an improvement.

  19. Krystal Says:

    ah yes, a movie starring Dolph Lundgren, guaranteed to make it to anybody “bad movie” list (and if it doesn’t, we must never meet).

    But here’s a fun fact about Dolph that I found extremely mind boggling, and so I thought I’d share. He’s actually extremely smart! I know! Who would have guessed? Certainly not me, but I have read on several sources that he went to the Swedish Royal Institute, then got a masters in chemical engineering in Sydney, and even got a scholarship to go to MIT but decided to try his hand at action movies instead. And thank god, because the acting world without Dolph? I shudder to think.

  20. Eric D. Snider Says:

    “Who would have guessed?”

    Well, the person who posted a comment about it earlier, for one. :-)

  21. AdamOndi Says:

    This immediately makes me think about the YouTube video of characters from the He-Man cartoon singing a cover of “Turn Around.” It is immensely entertaining. I would link to it from here, but the Evil Internet Overlords here at my company have blocked all YouTube access from the corporate network. Perhaps someone else can find it and post a link.

  22. Moffio Says:

    Eric, so where are my congratulatory remarks from you? :) The article is already posted on, but for the sake of suspense (if anyone is reading this thread), I won’t say which one of my two guesses is right.

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