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Among its many dubious distinctions, Hawk the Slayer is the only sword-and-sorcery movie to feature Silly-String® as a medieval weapon! This splendidly wretched British fantasy also boasts such magical wonders as an automatic fast-action crossbow and an archer who shoots instantly replenished arrows in rapid succession, never missing his target! At the lowest ebb of his career, Jack Palance is gleefully hammy as Voltan, the disfigured (i.e., irredeemably evil) elder brother of Hawk (John Terry), who swears vengeance after Voltan kills their father, kidnaps a virginal abbess (Annette Crosbie), and threatens a nunnery for ransom. Add an ultracheesy '80s soundtrack (imagine Rick Wakeman playing roller disco) and some respectable British thespians (Patrick Magee, Roy Kinnear, Harry Andrews), and you've got a poor man's Willow with a dash of Krull, laughably awful and surprisingly entertaining. Fully aware of its own low-budget absurdity, Hawk the Slayer is a Bad Movie classic, guaranteed to satisfy connoisseurs of garbage. (Trivia note: Terry survived his titular heroics and was guest-starring on the popular TV series 24 when this DVD was released in late 2002.) --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Widescreen

Cast

Jack PalanceVoltan
John TerryHawk
Bernard BresslawGort
William Morgan SheppardRanulf
Patricia QuinnWoman
Cheryl CampbellSister Monica
Annette CrosbieAbbess
Shane BriantDrogo
Harry AndrewsHigh Abbot
Roy KinnearInnkeeper
Warren ClarkeScar
Derrick O'ConnorRalf

  • Genre: Sci-Fi Movies
  • Director: Terry Marcel
  • Producer: Hen's Tooth
  • Length: 90 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 1981
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaNov 5, 2002
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