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KRULL - 3 Slimes
Rated PG
Copyright 1983 Barclays Mercantile Industrial Finance Limited
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Colwyn - Heroic prince who wishes to free his world from the evil Beast. He is also made out of something fire retardant.
  • Lyssa - Princess who dearly loves Colwyn, even though she has known him for about one hour and it is an arranged marriage.
  • Ergo - Inept sorcerer who has some ego problems.
  • Ynyr - Ancient wise man with darn little common sense. Dies after he runs out of sand. (Go watch the movie and stop scratching your head over what that means.)
  • Torquil - Bandit and robber, he does not really exhibit any good qualities, but Colwyn likes him for some reason.
  • The Cyclops - Powerful warrior who can see into the future, unfortunately the only thing he can see is his own death. Ends up as a one eyed pancake.
  • Kegan - Liam Neeson! One of Torquil's fellow bandits who has a wife in almost every village. Shot by a Slayer.
  • The Widow of the Web - Once beloved of Ynyr, she has been sentenced to life imprisonment for killing his son. Eaten by a giant spider.
  • Turold - Colwyn's father, the late king.
  • Eirig - Lyssa's father, another late king. (In case you missed it, I'm not talking about punctuality.)
  • Rhun and the Merry Men - The rest of the bandits, just here so someone can die every other scene or so.
  • The Emerald Seer and Titch - Old man and his little apprentice, the seer is killed and replaced by a servant to the Beast.
  • The Slayers - Army of armored creatures which serve the Beast. When you kill one red special effects go off and it's skull splits open, then something nasty burrows into the ground.
  • The Beast - Conqueror of worlds, ruler of the known galaxy, but I've seen piles of sticks with better skill at romance. Roasted alive by Colwyn.

Buy It!

The Plot: 

If you were any sort of fantasy film lover alive during the 80's it is impossible to imagine that "Krull" did not grab your attention at the video store. Not only does it have an impressive cast (so many of these people appeared in other films, though I only mentioned Liam with the "!"), there are swords, lasers, monsters, and even a remote control 10,000rpm throwing star! Coolness!

Along the lines of plot, well the film is a textbook example of some evil power stealing the hero's true love and him fighting to gain her back, with some sidetracks to show just how fantastic the setting is. Even though the Beast is a towering reptile monster it desires Lyssa to be his bride, she is a little unnerved by this. (Not the least of which would be consummating the event, yikes!) Slayers take her prisoner and leave Colwyn for dead, but the prince is saved by a wise old man and easily gathers a party of loyal friends to assist him in attacking an impregnable fortress.

The special effects range from downright ludicrous, such as the amazing flying Clydesdales scene, to exceptional. The stop motion spider that guards the Widow is a gorgeous piece of work. There is nothing like watching a convincing arachnid scaled to the size of a small house. Most of the acting I can do without, but Ergo was my favorite character. When not bumbling spells and turning himself into a goose, the little guy is extolling his own virtues, which leads to some amusing descriptive phrases.

No matter what "real" critics say, you can not get me to hate this film.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Women can make water catch on fire.
  • Advanced alien armies, which have conquered the known galaxy, use horses for land transportation.
  • Heroes are made from asbestos.
  • When traveling as a flaming meteorite one should avoid ponds or other bodies of water.
  • Kings carry master keys to every lock in their kingdom. (Which probably work on chastity belts too.)
  • Spider web sounds just like wind chimes when you shake it.
  • Beauty might not be skin deep, but love sure the heck is.
  • Cyclops are made out of Kevlar.
  • Boomerang throwing stars, that you intend on chucking at some slimy alien overlord, should have a nonstick coating.
  • Marriage vows are based on a grisly way to flame broil the bride and groom's enemies.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 10 mins - Advanced enough to have propane torches, but still using bows and swords...
  • 22 mins - Colwyn is really spry for having a laser lance pierce his shoulder. Oh, rock climbing now!
  • 54 mins - Great idea Beast, keep traumatizing her with weird visions, I can see this being a successful marriage.
  • 56 mins - Hehehe! He actually stood up in the quicksand for a moment.
  • 58 mins - Everyone is darn clean after wading through all that quicksand.
  • 74 mins - The phrase you are looking for is "Oh shit!" What did you expect was living in that huge web anyway?
  • 84 mins - Why didn't you get a weekly schedule or something? That way they would know when the fortress was visiting some local area.
  • 91 mins - Holy blue screen Batman!

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note krull1.wav Ynyr: "This it was given me to know, that many worlds have been enslaved by the Beast and his army, the Slayers."
Green Music Note krull2.wav Ergo: "I am Ergo the Magnificent! Short in stature, tall in power, narrow of purpose, and wide of vision, and I do not travel with peasants and beggars. Good bye!"
Green Music Note krull3.wav Torquil: "I don't kill men without good reason."
Green Music Note krull4.wav Ergo: "My name is no jest, beanpole. It's all very well to have a short name when you're twenty feet tall, but small people need large names to give them weight."

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Colwyn vs. the Beast.

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Reply #25. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by AlphaWoolf
This movie is definitely less than the sum of its parts.  And even after seeing it many times over the years I still can't pinpoint why.  While it has some very cool moments it just never escapes a strange stiffness to the proceedings.  Still, a good popcorn movie worth a watch.

Oh, and the first poster makes reference to a contest between this, Conan, and Beastmaster.  Despite much poorer production values relative to the competiton, I find Beastmaster to have the most compelling plot and characters.
Reply #26. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by David
God! How I love this movie! Everyone is familiar with the concept of "comfort foods". I have "comfort movies", and "Krull" is VERY high on that list. It cost $27,000,000.00 and I think every single penny shows on the screen. The sets and costumes are trully beautiful. James Horner's score is the equal of any ever composed for film( from the period you should also take note of his scores from "Wolfen", and "Something Wicked This Way Comes"). The cast is wonderful. Ken Marshall is gorgeous and heroic, and also gives quite a nice performance. Lysette Anthony is aristocratic and fairytale lovely. And Freddie Jones is brilliant, as usual, as the Ynir. His magnificent voice and presence lend a true and grand weight, and I've always found him to be the heart of the picture. His scenes with Francesca Annis as the Widow of the Web are genuinely moving. Which brings me to the special effects, almost all of which are brilliant(ok, so the ones in the final battle with the Beast are a little cheesy. They're still fun.). Ergo's morphing is excellent years before CGI came into film, and the scenes of the crystal spider are some of the finest stop motion I have ever seen on film, on par with any of Ray Harryhausen's exquisite work. No matter how many times I see the "Widow of the Web" scene it still exhilirates and astonishes me. Every other aspect of the film shines with this same extreme high quality. These things make "Krull" a trully great film, but there is another, more elusive quality that makes this film so precious to me. I cannot name it. I can only say that whatever it is this film purely, simply, and joyously makes me feel GOOD! It inspires, it satisfies, and it comforts me. Thank God for "Krull"!!!
Reply #27. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Linmenel
I loved this movie so much when I was a kid. I guess I'm just a sucker for happy-ending fantasy stories. I lvoed the fire horses though, I want one ^_^
Reply #28. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Russ
This is the best movie ever!! I'm a sucker for wide-scale fantasy movies where the hero will stop at nothing to rescue his women!!
  I love the whole idea of the film. The set most of the way through is awesome, especially that of the spider's web.  Why don't they make films like this anymore? Are they too boring now? Movies like this rock. Oh, by the way, if there's any other Krull fans out there, I'd be happy to get in touch with yer! (Or fans of anything else which is cool and fun, like The Karate Kid, Ghostbusters, Labyrinth, etc.). I need to find someone cool for a change.
Reply #29. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Sheve
Okay, so this movie is admittedly crap when it comes to quality, plot, etc.  Some part of me just doesn't really care at all because of the nostalgia involved. :)
Reply #30. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by LadyAri
I've loved this movie since I was a little kid! Which was actually when it came out, lol. I Still love it, slightly cheesy effects and all! But those effects are what makes it such a great movie!!
Reply #31. Posted on February 12, 2005, 11:02:28 PM by Jim
Just watched the DVD after 20 years,... great movie!
Reply #32. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Austin
Underrated in every sense of the word.  Probably my favorite movie of its genre.  Most people I've mentioned this movie to haven't even heard of it.  Some show a glimmer of recognition when I mention the flying-chinese-star-thing (how many people know what a glaive is?).  I still wanna know how he didn't burn his hand off when he reached in the lava to get it.
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