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Plot: Hawk, having suffered the ignominy of watching both his father and fiancée die at the hands of his brother, Voltan, sets out on a quest for companions to aid him in his fight to stop his brother's reign of evil and free the Abbess. Written by Lee Shapiro Runtime: 90 min Release Date: 18 Dec 1980
I first saw this movie in 1981 at about 4 o'clock in the morning and I LOVED it. I had some friends staying over at my house for the weekend, we were 12 years old and lived to play D&D. About 2 minutes after the movie ended we all set about creating our own Mindswords and automatic crossbows for our characters. Yes, the acting is truly lame, but in a movie like this, who cares? I've always secretly hoped that there was a sequel made, as they totally left it open for one, but I guess that would be too much to ask for. I have always wanted to find the movie on DVD so I can show it <more>
to my nephews, who thanks to me, are also D&D players. The greatest cult fantasy movie ever!
I first saw this movie years ago as a kid who Dungeons and Dragons and from that standpoint it was an instant hit with me and my friends. I don't know how I can still like this movie with all it's terrible special effects, but I always get a kick out of watching it. The cast is pretty funny and Jack Palance's over-the-top B-movie acting in this is classic. There are so many great lines in this movie like "Draw your dagger out one more inch and you are a dead man, be you my son or not..." The music is the best thing about this movie - so surreal it's cheesy yet cool <more>
enough to work. In short, the movie somehow surpasses the sum of its individual parts to achieve something near a cult classic quality. I've even made Baldur's Gate PC characters based on the characters using pics and voice clips from the movie. Just imagine clicking on the elf character and hearing "I, am ready" or "Name, the target" in that delightful monotone.
I remember watching this film from when I was a child and I only just revisited it now, 20 years later. I must say I laughed the whole way through, yes it is terrible but that's what makes it so fun. How can you not fall over laughing when you see the terrible Muppet forest? Or heard IL Jack ranting like a crazy man? This film has a slightly better casting than most of the junk films in it's genre, and I think that is what sets it apart from them. Sure it isn't Lord of the Rings, however you will find many LOTR influences in it, but the fact they seemed to actually try to make it <more>
a serious film just has to give you a barrel of laughs.
For a fantasy movie they really tried to capture the feeling of a great book. One you get lost in because of the characters,except you get no background on anyone except the title character and his brother. I found it enchanting and a little funny despite the serious feeling it gave to the audience. When I wish to lose my self in a book but don't have one on hand I plug this tape in. I also liked the weird music, which tried to sound like a mix of irish and welsh folk songs. All in all I really enjoyed this movie dispite its shortcomings.
Nostalgia shows that your getting old... (by grun577)
Hawk the Slayer, how can I put this without saying what so many have said before I, about this little gem of cinema. Well, Its a bit poor, the effects are very poor and the plot is, extremely poor Not quite sure which order that is in! But what I can say is, putting aside all my criticism about it and focusing on why I REALLY love this film, I will tell you.... About the first time I saw it, I was just getting into D&D and RPGs when I was a lad, and the lack of inspired cinema lacked films that mirrored the RPG experience, this one however does. It has all the elements of a basic <more>
D&D type session, all stereotyped and straight out of the pages of an old Fighting fantasy game book adventure. All those things that prevailed in mine and my friends D&D games at the time. We loved that film and still do to this day, so for me it represents a time long ago when we used to fight monsters and explore fantasy worlds. So in short, I don't care how bad the effects, acting or plot is, it will always remind me of those days....Ahhh happy memories
The very first thing that hits you when you watch this is the incredibly innovative and catchy film score that plays throughout it really is one of the most memorable scores I think I have ever heard!The film itself however has attracted some decidedly derisory comments from critics who have keenly pointed out many flaws ranging from poor acting to less than convincing special effects.From these criticisms I can hardly realistically defend the movie however .the cerebellums of the aforementioned critics must be seriously jaded as they are overtly missing the intrinsic point with the <more>
movie .it is just so much bloody fun!!!!!!!In compendious terminology this film represents pure B-Movie heaven!!!!!!So what if the acting is shall we say, somewhat less than stellar by a few of the key cast members it only adds to the charm factor! And the special effects? - Well put it this way, after sitting through the final climatic battle in the film, you'll never look at a rubber ball the same way ever again!This film really is just so fantastically enjoyable!And to all those who feel nothing but abomination for it, I ask but one question ..what would you rather watch .this innocent, nostalgic fun fest or one of the modern plague of seemingly infinite CGI monstrosities that have been ostensibly aimed exclusively towards those unfortuitous individuals whose sagaciousness as calculated on an Intelligence Quotient scale is marginally smaller than my shoe size?
It is D. Dully acted. It is I. Irritating. It is S. Stupid-stupid. It is C. Completely rubbish. It is O. Oh! Oh! Oh my God it's bad! It's soooooo bad. So bad that it is fantastic. Just everything about it is wrong, wrong, wrong. So wrong, in fact, that it comes out right.The disco music is just inspirational brilliance. What better music to go with a sword and sorcery movie than modern at the time synthesizer sounds.The actors are all soooo wooden I kept losing them amongst the trees. John Terry plays the hero. But he's so unashamedly American. Not even an attempt to try a <more>
British accent. Totally out of place amongst the other actors. Bernard Bresslaw of Carry On movies fame, and one of the world's all-time worst actors plays Gort, a giant. Well, he's taller than anyone else, so he must be a giant, right? He delivers some lines truly terribly. Jack Palance plays Voltan, supposedly the hero's brother, but looking more like his father. He dresses very much like Darth Vader but overacts so completely that I wondered if he was trying to end his career with this movie. Ray Charleson plays Crow, an elf. He can shoot arrows so fast that the camera couldn't catch more than one being fired, so they replayed that shot over and over so you got the idea he was really fast. William Morgan plays Ranulf, a man with a rapid firing crossbow they obviously had those in pseudo medieaval times and Peter Farrel is Baldin, a dwarf. You know he's a dwarf because he's the shortest one of the group. He also acts and delivers some lines so badly you won't believe see the raft scene .The story is a standard rescue scenario, though why anyone would want to rescue the Mother Abbess is beyond me. Ineffectual would be a polite word to describe all the nuns, who mill about and cower a lot, but do little else.Did I mention the special effects? They really are special. Laugh at the teleporter. None of that fancy Star Trek malarkey about slowly disappearing. Here you simply sit inside two rings welded together at an angle and placed on a turntable. Then there's the "storm of whirling fireballs" which appear to be ping-pong balls fired horizontally. And then there's the silly string to immobilize the guards. "One ping-pong ball to blind them, lots of silly string to bind them"The only half-way decent effects are the mindsword, which has a cool glowing orb held in a fist instead of a pommel. And the healing orb, which Voltan uses to soothe his damaged face. But that's it. In fact, everything magical glows. The teleporter rings, the ping-pong fireballs, the sword, the healing orb, all of it.One thing I never understood about Voltan's face. It was supposedly burnt, which is where the damage came from, but it won't heal naturally?Anyway, this film has all the bad things that make a classic B-movie and is well worth a look. But it still amazes me how good a bad film this is. If you set out to do everything wrong in a movie it would be truly awful, but here, it just works. Recommended.
Some would say this film is one of the poorest ever made. They would be correct. However it is also one of the most amusing. Such classic moments as 'a bit falls off the set really obviously' and 'the baddies lair is a skanky old tent', and of course the cheesy sound effect/soundtrack make this a great movie, especially when drunk. To assist this, the Hawk the Slayer Unofficial Drinking Game is as follows: Drink when: Anyone says 'Hawk'; Anyone says 'Voltan'; Every time they show a picture for the backdrop instead of a real set; Every time they use the <more>
ridiculous electronic sound effect first used at the start with the sword ; Every time someone dies can be limited to 3 drinks for a fight scene as its hard to keep count ; Every time the crazy disco soundtrack starts up; Every time there are poor special effects; Every time there is a cheesy flashback Every time the top of the set is visible.Enjoy!
Back when this was released, when I was 9 years old and into Star Wars and Clash of the Titans and Beastmaster, a movie like this would have been right up my alley. I just saw it a couple days ago, as I am now proud owner of it on video, and let me say even now I was pretty impressed. Hawk was a very cool hero and his cohorts were all equally as unique, especially Crow the bowsman. Jack Palance puts in an over-the-top performance as Voltan great name the villain. I was also proud that I recognized Patricia Quinn Magenta from Rocky Horror! as the witch and Patrick Magee from Clockwork <more>
Orange as a fanatical priest who has a great little scene in the middle. The highlights: the cool rapid fire bow effects, the uzi crossbow needs to be seen to believed , everything with Crow, the glowing elfstone sword, the hilarious disco music that swelled up whenever Hawk rides through the forest its like Vangelis meets KC and the Sunshine Band, not kidding and the interaction of Hawk and his friends. The lowlights: the bad acting, the crappy editing, the obvious painted matte of the abbott's castle, the slow sword fights, and the whiny nun who is way too trusting of Voltan and not of Hawk. Duh! He's saving you! Idiot.I should say i would have overlooked all the bad points if I were a kid, anyone 7-12 would dig this flick. Overall, if you have a chance to see this, and its hard to find I understand, enjoy it for what it is and nothing more. You'll definitely get some laughs out of it at least. 8 out of 10.