Mysterious Muscle Crossover: Poe Knows Sinbad

Hoist the anchor and mind the mizzenmast, because Sinbad (1989) is the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click on the VHS cover or the movie title above to download our review of the film, featuring guest host Keith Allison of Teleport City and The Mysterious Order of the Skeleton Suit.

Review in a Nutshell:  A delightfully lunatic children’s fantasy hobbled by dreadful pacing and a bare-bones budget, Sinbad is nevertheless the Greatest Movie EVER to feature sock-puppet piranhas, rock monsters, and Lou Ferrigno punching his meaty fist through the Legions of the Damned.

This movie contains:

A Lost Viking.



John Steiner, Paragon of Acting Technology.


(No Skeleton Suits were Harmed in the Creation of this Post.)


  1. Wow – I don’t even remember HEARING about this one, let alone seeing it! I saw the Ferigno HERCULES, written and directed by STARCRASH auteur Luigi Cozzi (“Pandora’s Jug” – for total mythological accuracy!), which is in its own way The Greatest Movie Ever – but this one? Drawing a blank here, gang.

    I can’t wait to hear the podcast.

  2. Eduardo M. says:

    Like I said on the GME Facebook page, ONCE was all I needed to watch this film. Its taken me years to realize this movie was not the result of fevered dreams during a bad flu.

  3. gooberzilla says:

    Tim, you’ll be happy to know that Luigi Cozzi is also credited with writing this film, too. Unfortunately, Sinbad isn’t as bonkers as the Lou Ferrigno Hercules films, so if you compare the former to the latter you’ll probably end up feeling the same sense of disappointment that Keith expresses.

  4. Paul – I also saw Cozzi listed as an uncredited co-director on IMDB when I looked the movie up. I added it to my Netflix queue – so is this like METALSTORM, and it’s a crappy pan&scan transfer, or did they actually release it in an anamorphic disc so it’ll look good on our new 42″ 1080p 120 Hz HDTV…? Or even my new 1080p 23″ PC monitor?

  5. Eduardo M. says:

    So did the movie ever explain just how staring at green and red water was supposed to brainwash Prince Ali’s girlfriend?

  6. pearceduncan says:

    You might have figured this out already, but the uncredited co-director that Keith was referring to was TIm Kincaid, the auteur behind Breeders, Robot Holocaust and She’s Back.

  7. timeliebe says:

    @pearceduncan – ROBOT HOLOCAUST explains the “sock puppet pirañas” (look, that’s how my Macbook Air’s Autocorrect insists on spelling it, okay?).

    I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve probably seen all of Tim Kincaid’s (non-gay porn, at least) oeuvre – when I first lived in New York City in the Eighties, I was sufficiently impressed at how he made SF and horror movies in NYC that I sent him a screenplay I’d written and told him I wanted to work with him!

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