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SAGA: Curse of the Shadow (2013)

SAGA - Curse of the Shadow (original title)
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A secret cabal, The Shadow, works to bring about the return of Goth Azul - the Undead God - in the rich world of SAGA, populated by elves, orcs, dwarves and dragons.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard McWilliams ...
Keltus the Wanderer
Kullimon the Black
Gyarmuck / Maggut Gulbrow
General Drennon
Bailee MyKell Cowperthwaite ...
Prophetess (as Bailee Mykell Cowperthwaite)
Stephanie Breinholt ...
Prophetess (voice)
Delorus the Mermaid
Mulva the Mermaid
Christel Edwards ...
Gipple the Mermaid (as Christel Edwards Anthony)
Andrew Liston ...
Hulking Abomination / Goth Azul
Fangtor Bloodmoon


A ruthless elven bounty huntress (Nemyt) shoots down the dragon ridden by the fugitive orc shaman, Fangtor Bloodmoon. When Fangtor refuses to surrender quietly, the huntress must battle for her own life against the dangerous villain, and comes away with more than just his head. Written by Anonymous

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2 April 2014 (Philippines)  »

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Curse of the Dragon Slayer  »

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The team from MainStay Productions usually takes over different parts in their movies: John Lyde is for example also one of General Drennon's guards and plays the shadow agent during the fight scenes. Paul D. Hunt is also a guard, and together with Danielle Chuchran the trio practiced that fight at home. The same holds for John Lyde, Danielle Chuchran and Adam Abram in Fangtor's fight. Here Danielle Chuchran also helped editing that scene ... etc. See more »


Nemyt has no scroll, when she approaches Fangtor. Seconds later it is there. See more »


Nemyt: You've been busy, Fangtor Bloodmoon! Murder, rape, arson, desecration of a holy relict... ts ts ts ts.
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Spun-off from Saga (2008) See more »

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"They cursed the wrong Elf."
3 July 2013 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I visit IMDb for several years, but this is the first film I really feel the urge to comment on around here. I stumbled about "Dragon Lore/Curse of the Shadow/The Shadow Cabal" by pure chance (I think it was the lead Elf's iconic mask that initially caught my attention).

The story itself isn't something to write home about, but isn't inferior to the stuff one gets served in most of the shiny Hollywood productions either. A High Elven bounty hunter, a human cleric/paladin and an Orc war chief team up -- more or less reluctantly -- to defeat the malevolent Order of the Shadow, which disciples plan to summon and materialise their demon master, the death god Goth Azul. Nothing new here.

No, the strong points of "The Shadow Cabal" (I'll stick with this title) lie within other fields.

In some parts the film is wonderfully trashy, but more than once we are granted well done sceneries, e.g. the vision sequences or the Orc's boating trip. It is also the Orc that is the trio's most entertaining one, thanks to the actor's solid performance. The Elf, Nemyt, is established as a likable "bad girl", albeit with an irritating habit for spitting (and sexy "Underworld" contact lenses). She has got an impudent attitude, indulges in animalistic hissings at times, but turns out to be loyal to the good side. Last but not least, she is pleasant to behold. Which leaves us with the paladin: He stays slightly anaemic, partly because he hasn't got as many strong scenes as the other two lead characters.

Digital effects are scarce, yet (or therefore) the final boss is rather impressive for an indie film. Furthermore, there is many a scene that sports a downright surreal atmosphere (for example the happenings at the Bleeding Stone). The locations are generally well chosen, but the footages of the Grand Canyon and other recognisable sites work against the immersion into a fantasy world. Make-up and props look good, often really good. However, the main Orc needs a nose job -- right now he reminds me of the Grinch. The fighting scenes are mostly solid and never overdone. To top it off, there are a lot of lovely details, such as Nemyt's aforementioned mask.

Unbiased, this film would get a seven. But the indie bonus makes it an eight out of ten, hands down.

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