Dragonslayer (1981)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy  |  26 June 1981 (USA)
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A young wizarding apprentice is sent to kill a dragon which has been devouring girls from a nearby kingdom.


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A King has made a pact with a dragon where he sacrfices virgins to it, and the dragon leaves his kingdom alone. An old wizard, and his keen young apprentice volunteer to kill the dragon and attempt to save the next virgin in line - the Kings own daughter. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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Its talons tear. Its breath burns. It is terror. And only sorcery can destroy it. [UK theatrical] See more »


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Release Date:

26 June 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El verdugo de dragones  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)


$6,000,000 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The story has many familiar dragon motifs found throughout Western culture, in particular St. George and the Dragon, in which maiden sacrifices were made to appease a harassing dragon. St. George's tale also includes a sacrificial lottery resulting in the surprise condemnation of a princess. St. George is also frequently depicted with a magic (blessed) lance or a sword. See more »


During the scene in which the wizard teleports himself to the mountaintop for the final battle, thunder continually rumbles under a clear sky in the soundtrack even though the wizard hasn't yet magically summoned the electrical storm (which he will do in a few moments). See more »


[Galen has interrupted the sacrifice of Princess Elspeth to the dragon, scaring everyone away except for Tyrian]
Tyrian: I knew I'd find you here. Well, I'm not as sentimental as his majesty. The kingdom, everyone of us, needs this sacrifice. If you intend to interfere, you'll have to kill me.
Galen: I've plenty of reasons to kill you that have nothing to do with this sacrifice.
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Best cinematic dragon ever!
25 July 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm not sure there's more than one compelling reason to see this film, but what a reason! As an SF/fantasy buff, I've seen my share of dragons on film, but there has never been one like Vermithrax Perjorative. The old beast simply looks, moves, sounds, acts, almost smells as one would imagine a dragon would. The filmmakers paid painstaking attention to detail in creating VP. Other film dragons look like animated clay figures, or lizards with wings glued on, or CGI effects (impressive, but still obviously computer-generated). This one looks like the cinematographer actually caught a dragon on film. The rest of the film is entertaining enough - not exactly Wellesian drama, but captivating nonetheless. Sir Ralph is marvelous, even in his twilight. And the fact that the dragon doesn't show until the end serves to heighten the suspense, ala Jaws or Alien. But, oh that dragon!! Well worth the price of admission. Can't wait to see it on DVD.

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