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BEASTMASTER II : THROUGH THE PORTAL OF TIME
After their escape, Dar wanders into a swamp where he meets a strange creature who tells Dar the secret about his birth. Dar has a brother who is as evil as Dar is good. The fate of the world rests on Dar who must destroy his brother before his brother can destroy the world.
In the meantime, Arklon has captured Lyranna, a witch with magical powers. In order to save herself, she takes Arklon through the Portal of Time, showing him a modern Los Angeles where a neutron detonator exists. The detonator could destroy the world, and if Arklon could possess it, he could rule the world. Arklon is determined to steal the neutron detonator, and Dar must stop him. Dar and his animal companions also pass through the Portal of Time and with the help of Jackie Trent, a hip, wise-cracking, wealthy, modern adventuress, they race to save the world from Dar's evil brother, Arklon.
There's animal action throughout this adventure-fantasy. Dar's ferrets travel with him in a sack. At times the sack is tossed or involved in rough action. Whenever that happens, scenes were shot in cuts with no ferrets in the sack or by using fake ferrets. Whenever the ferrets bite a person, they are just nibbling at food that has been strategically placed.
In the tiger attack scenes, the tiger is merely playing with his trainer. When flames seem to erupt near the tiger or other animals, the scenes were either shot in cuts with no animal actually in the same shot, or the animals were a safe distance from any flame, with camera angles creating the illusion that they were closer. When a tranquilizer dart hits the tiger, a fake tiger was used and edited with shots of the real one. Where a close-up of the dart in the tiger is seen, it's the fake tiger. Where the tiger is lying tranquilized, the real tiger is merely lying still, which he has been trained to do.
The eagle used
throughout the film is an African Tawny eagle, which is not an
endangered species. When the eagle first attacks Arklon and
goes for his head, a face mask protected a trainer who doubled
for the actor. Food was placed on the trainer's face and the
eagle was filmed eating the food. When you actually see the
actor's face, a stuffed eagle was tied onto the actor to
create the illusion of an attack. Later, when Arklon uses a
thunderbolt to fell the eagle, the scene was shot in cuts
using both a live and stuffed eagle. The same technique was
used in a later scene where the eagle comes back to life. The
trainer put the eagle's head under its wing. When the actor
touched the wing and the eagle lifted his head, it appeared to
be coming back to life.
A variety of wild animals appear in a zoo sequence. In another scene where Arklon spits out a tarantula from his mouth, a fake tarantula was used.
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