Krull (1983) – Fantasizing About Fantasy Films

Again within the 1980’s, each studio on the town was chasing the success of Star Wars by releasing their very own sci-fi epics. Within the meantime, Conan the Barbarian introduced the fantasy style again to the mainstream, and in the event you put Star Wars and Conan The Barbarian collectively, you may get one thing like 1983’s Krull.

A dear epic from Columbia Photos, this fantasy flick was directed by Peter Yates, and starred Ken Marshall because the swashbuckling hero Colwyn, a good-looking prince armed with a sword and one thing even cooler – a mystical weapon referred to as The Glaive. He embarks on a quest to avoid wasting his beloved (a dubbed Lysette Anthony) with a merry band of thieves (together with a younger Liam Neeson) from a terrifying beast. The rating by James Horner ought to have been sufficient to make this a basic, nevertheless it crashed and burned on the field workplace.

On an estimated $27-30 million price range, the movie solely managed to gross $16 million. It didn’t assist that the principally British solid was crammed with unknowns. Lead Ken Marshall had performed Marco Polo on TV, however was in any other case unknown. Most likely probably the most recognizable face within the solid was Freddie Jones, who’d at the very least been in motion pictures like The Elephant Man. For some weird motive, Columbia opted to launch it within the wake of Return of the Jedi, which made little or no sense all issues thought-about. It fared rather a lot higher on residence video and HBO, the place it grew to become a staple for youngsters of the eighties, and to at the present time its one thing of a cult hit (we beforehand coated it on The Best Movie You Never Saw). So seize your Glaive and let’s revisit the magical land of KRULL!

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