In the face of total annihilation by the omnipotent Beast's unstoppable hordes of Slayers, the young aristocrats of two hostile neighbouring nations--the brave Prince Colwyn and the fair Princess Lyssa--are about to come into union, and form an alliance against the common enemy. However, the otherworldly adversary is all-powerful, and before long, a fateful abduction will trigger a desperate quest to the evil entity's grim Black Fortress, as Colwyn and a handful of mismatched defenders are willing to dice with death to ensure the land's future. In this suicide mission, the magical, five-edged weapon known as the Glaive is their only chance of survival. Can Prince Colwyn slay the Beast, save Lyssa and Krull, the small planet in the middle of the vast galaxy?Written by
This film was a commercial failure, panned by critics and even won a Stinkers Bad Movie Award for Worst Picture in 1983. Despite that, it has since gained a cult following. See more »
When in the trapped spiked room, the spikes are obviously stopped or pulled by the actors when they grab them, especially by the actor on the floor who is supposedly having a spike pass through him. It's obvious he is pulling the spike toward himself. See more »
It's hard to rate this film in conventional terms. I am a sucker for this golden age of sci-fi fantasy. I did see it as an adult for the first time, so didn't imprint on it as a child. The good was wonderful and the bad was amusing. It's certainly derivative, but shines in moments of originality.
Plot: 6/10 (derivative fantasy; a cornucopia of Star Wars, Willow, LOTR and other classics)
Art direction: 10/10
Characters: 6/10 (none evoke much empathy, development is mostly shallow)
Acting: 4/10 (mostly - a few good actors stood out)
Pace: moves quickly, stays dynamic. Definitely doesn't drag.
Better than Legend, not as good as Willow. Similar in overall style & quality to Labyrinth, except no Bowie, no muppets.
Lowkey cameos by: Galadriel/Shelob, ponyta, Starlord, Highlander, the princess from Legend, Fin Raziel, Sauron, Capt. Archer's beagle, necromongers/stormtroopers/ringwraiths, light sabers, Obi Won, John Carpenter's The Thing, Mt. Doom, Sarumon, Road Warriors, Lothlorien x Death Star, Jodorowsky's Dune. Granted, in some cases this came first. Watch the madness unfold. Enjoy.
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