Wednesday, December 26, 2007

What Was That Weird Fantasy Movie

I had a vague memory of a fantasy movie I watched on cable as a child. Not knowing what it was had been bugging me for a few years now. I did remember that it was a low budget production, probably made for TV. I just couldn’t remember the name of the film, or any of the actors. All I had to go on was: one, it had an elf that could shoot superhumanly fast; two, there was a character with an automatic crossbow; and three, the main hero had a magic sword that could float back to his hand. Seems like not much to go on right? Well, in this day and age of the net, I just knew there was info online someplace, but what was the name of the film? It was even easier than I thought to discover it as I found the title in two searches on Google. The winning search yielded the answer by including: fantasy film and 1980s. …And the movie is?

Hawk the Slayer!

It looks pretty cheesy, but at least I can stop wondering “what was that weird fantasy movie.”

I love this user comment from IMDB:
Everything about it is terrible and yet something about it is great!

It has the feel of a Saturday "matinee" and is certainly an entertaining piece of work (although far from a masterpiece). Essentially, this movie is a guilty pleasure. If had to choose between it or "The Beastmaster", I would certainly take Hawk the Slayer.

Plus, it has Jack Palance as the villain so you know it has to be entertaining on some level right?

Here’s the trailer:



Arkonbey said...

Oh my god.

That makes Ator movies look like high quality.

Don Snabulus said...

Why does Jack Palance remind me of Martha Stewart? Ah yes, it is having one eye obscured by some variety of head cover.

Arkonbey said...

snab: and the evil. don't forget the evil.

Swinebread said...

arkonbey - I dunno that Ator looks really bad

the evil yes

Dean Wormer said...

The Sword of Mind.

The greatest of all swordy artifacts.

+29 to Hit, 126 D100 damage and slowly returns to it's owner through the air.