The Curse of the Spellstone is a first season episode of the animated television series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, produced in 1983. Written by Marc Scott Zicree, directed by Ed Friedman.
Skeletor and Evil-Lyn attack the Temple of the Fire People in order to gain possession of an artifact called the Spellstone. Evil-Lyn uses the artifact to enhance her dark magic and cause fierce storms that ravage the surface of Eternia. After deducing the villains' location, He-Man, Battle Cat, Stratos and Ram Man battle Skeletor and his Hover Robots at the temple, but are trapped underground in the process.
At the Royal Palace Evil-Lyn, disguised as an old woman, plays on the fears of the nearby villagers and tricks them into giving her possession of the Creeping Horak, the harshest of Eternian punishments. Telling the villagers that the royal family are to blame for the terrible storms, she uses the Horak to trap the king and queen; when used on the palace, the inexorable plantlike growth covers the walls. Man-At-Arms, Teela and Orko are also trapped inside, but nothing they do seems to work against the unstoppable Horak.
After fighting the Fire People and escaping the temple, He-Man and the others head back to the Palace, where they find Skeletor, Evil-Lyn and Trap Jaw. The Creeping Horak has nearly enveloped the entire Royal Palace, but He-Man manages to retrieve the Spellstone from the villains and uses its power to destroy the Horak, saving his friends. Faced with defeat once more, Skeletor makes his escape and the heroes send the Spellstone back to the Temple of The Fire People where it can be protected.
Man-at-Arms tells viewers to first consider whether any practical jokes they play on friends may cause accidental serious injury.
- Prince Adam
- Battle Cat
- Queen Marlena
- Ram Man
- King Randor
- John Erwin as He-Man/Prince Adam, Ram Man and King Helios
- Alan Oppenheimer as Skeletor, Man-At-Arms and Battle Cat/Cringer
- Linda Gary as Teela, Evil-Lyn and Queen Marlena
- Lou Scheimer (credited as Erik Gunden) as Orko, Stratos, Trap Jaw, King Randor, Jaymar and Old Zak
- Jay Scheimer (uncredited) as Bran
- When Man-At-Arms and King Randor are introduced standing at a window, Man-At-Arms is holding his mace in his left hand and Randor has his left hand on Man-At-Arms' shoulder. In the next shot, Randors hand has disappeared from Man-At-Arm's shoulder and Man-At-Arms is using both his hands to operate the remote control for his weather controlling satellite. When the weather turns bad, the same establishing shot is reused, complete with mace in hand and hand on shoulder.
- After Skeletor says "The others lead to destruction", Trap Jaw's jaw-piece is colored green like his face instead of magenta like his helmet.
- King Randor describes how the Creeping Horak would grow over an entire house and squeeze all the air out, killing the inhabitants. This would explain why the Eternians are unable to use any exits to escape from the palace when the Horak is after them. However, around 17 and a half minutes in, the outside of the palace is shown and there is no sigh of the Creeping Horak covering it.
- Evil-Lyn's cape is missing when she casts her spell on the Spellstone.
- When Man-At-Arm uses the remote control for his weather controlling satellite, his hands are flesh colored instead of green in one shot.
- Before Evil-Lyn transforms herself into the old woman (Zenia), her gauntlets are missing and Skeletor's back-straps are gone in the overhead shot.
- The old woman disguise used by Evil-Lyn will also be used by the evil wizard Jarvan in A Friend in Need and then again by Evil-Lyn in The Royal Cousin.
- The tentacled monster that attacks the Heroic Warrors twice in the Region of Fire was referred to only as 'Serpent' in the script, but reappeared in the episode Double Edged Sword, where it was called a Spidasaur.
- The shot of Man-At-Arms repairing the Sky Sled during the moral is seen again in A Beastly Sideshow. A version with Adam replacing Man-At-Arms was used in Teela's Quest.
- The animated sequence of Cringer's fur standing on end with fright will be seen again in Fraidy Cat.
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