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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...
  • 16 mins - RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST A HAY CART!
  • 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 

FileDialog
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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Krull
Reply #9. Posted on April 07, 2001, 11:22:31 AM by Clint
I must say, the spider outdid himself...his friend in Ator the Fighting Eagle should take notes.
Krull
Reply #10. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Aurizen_Darkstar
I thought it was a great movie.  Good special effects.  Plus, it was weird that I happened to rent this after seeing the movie "Dune".  The guy that playe Ynir, and the Widow are in that movie too.  Freddie Jones (Ynir) plays Thufir Hawat in Dune, and The Widow (forget her name) plays Lady Jessica in Dune.

The big surprise was that Liam Neeson is in Krull.  He was pretty unrecognizable (at least to me) when I saw it.
Krull
Reply #11. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by BoyScoutKevin
This film is now out on DVD. As in most DVDs, the pluses are in the added bonuses to the film. They include audio commentary w/ director Peter Yates, editor Roy Lovejoy, and actors Ken Marshall and Lysette Anthony. A behind the scenes
commentary. The broadcast TV "Journey to Krull" documentary.
A video montage of images from the Marvel Comic w/ sound from the film. Plus four still galleries, an audio essay from "Cinefantastique," and talent files and trailers. Like the cult film, "Lair of the White Worm," this is a cult film which one seems to either love or hate. Put me down on the love side for both films, thus, next to "Lair of the White Worm," this is the second DVD I plan to buy. Enjoy
Krull
Reply #12. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Gareth
One of the best and most underrated films ever. It's got a giant spider in it for Gods sake!
Krull
Reply #13. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by steve
     one of my alltime favs.  my g/f always askes why i buy these dvds(i have many godzilla and cartoon dvds)  you just can't explain to someone how cool this stuff is if they don't believe.
     what kid didn't want a 'krull' to throw in their toy box after seeing this film?  what?  the 'firemares' looked fake??  did anyone get why the'obi-wan'-like old guy and the widow of the web broke up? (she was hot when she was young)
     one of my favorite characters was the cyclops.  being able to see when you are going to die--how crappy is that?  slayers---looked very cool, with the sword/harpoon guns they used.  tell me this though, if they were so badass, why does their brain run away when they get hit once with a sword??
     reguardless, i loved this flick-----memories(da da da do be)
Krull
Reply #14. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Derek
This movie is killer.  It's really really bad and so excellently cool that i love it! :)  The guy who plays the "old one" is probably one of the worst actors i've ever seen!  He sucked in dune and he sucks in this movie too.  The princess is about the wimpiest woman alive, the prince is blind in his goal and pig headed as hell, the "army" are about as incompetant as can be, and the slayers fight with the collective intelligence of a junior programmer.  Nothing, but NOTHING makes sense in this movie!  I absolutely love it!
Krull
Reply #15. Posted on September 18, 2001, 09:29:50 AM by Bohica
Krull: The movie that defined a generation.
Krull
Reply #16. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Paul F
I love these type of films, but this one shines of pure class. Britan's answer to Starwars, Good against evil. I can watch this film over and over, the slayers are the dog's and there overall look is slick. When I first saw the trailer that showed the slayers rising out of the water I remember thinking WOW. The fact that the slayers head split open and there brain jumps out and burrows into the ground(where the hell does it go to) was quiet disterbing for a six year old, even now I cringe to see the slayer pretending to be the seer and his nasty hands. But overall the film kick's ass with the great special effects and the music is ace, It's sad to think that they don't make them like this any more.
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