Krull

A world light years beyond your imagination
A world light years beyond your imagination
KRULL (PG)
D: Peter Yates
Columbia (Ted Mann & Ron Silverman)
UK 1983
121 mins
 
Adventure/Sci-Fi/Fantasy
 
W: Stanford Sherman
DP: Peter Suschitzky
Mus: James Horner
PD: Stephen Grimes
 

Ken Marshall (Prince Colwyn), Lysette Anthony (Princess Lysa), Freddie Jones (Ynyr), Francesca Annis (The Widow of the Web), Alun Armstrong (Torquil), David Battley (Ergo the Magnificent), Bernard Bresslaw (Rell), Liam Neeson (Kegan), Todd Carty (Oswyn)
 
The Welsh Film Board attempted to do its own version of Star Wars with this sword & sorcery adventure which, unfortunately, has dated incredibly poorly.
On his wedding day, a prince sees his bride captured and held prisoner by a giant monster in a teleporting castle. A wise old wizard assists him in finding an ancient weapon capable of killing the beast, as well as discovering the location of the castle which begins each new day in a different part of the vast fantasy world.
Some of the makeup effects still look good, but the visual effects look ropey and the acting is particularly hammy, especially from a supporting actor who plays a young magician whose power is limited to turning himself into a duck. James Horner's rousing music still sounds good and the film will still be looked upon nostalgically by those who enjoyed it during the 1980's. It's unlikely to capture any modern audiences though, who would most probably view it with derision.
6/10
 
Ken Marshall in Krull
Ken Marshall in Krull