Hawk: The Slayer
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Hawk the Slayer
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
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In its time it was GOD, and one can plainly see the inspiration it had on the modern Lord of the Rings films, at least on Legolas' character. Crow, the elf in this film, and his rapid-fire bow work was quite an original concept regardless of how badly it was portrayed. Nowhere in LOTR does Tolkien refer to any of the fast paced archery skills as represented in the LOTR films, so somebody clearly took the quick-shooting elf concept from Hawk. As cheesy as it is here, it is still cool to watch, even though his robotic Vulcan-like performance is dreadful.
For trivia buffs, Annette Crosbie, who plays the Abbess in Hawk, also gave the voice to Galadriel in the 1978 Bakshi animated Lord of the Rings.
Don't misunderstand: I am certainly not comparing Hawk to Peter Jackson's LOTR films. NOTHING compares to those. All I'm saying is that I'm sure this film has given some inspiration to other fantasy filmmakers, with its unquestionably original take on certain concepts.
Many of the actors here are plainly better than the script allows them to be, but Jack Palance is ridiculous as Hawk's older brother (he looks as old as their father), and his casting was completely ludicrous. Also, the film could do without the dwarf, and his demise is proof of that. It was chiefly directed at the Dungeons & Dragons audience, and probably succeeded in winning them over
Ultimately, as with Jackson's LOTR saga, the elf steals the show with his poorly editted dexterous bow work, which is always interesting to watch.Read more ›
As the movie begins, the evil prince Voltan (Jack Palance) kills his father (who looks younger than he does) because Daddy won't give him a Magic McGuffin. But before Daddy expires, his younger son Hawk (John Terry) is given the McGuffin in the form of a magic sword... which basically just comes to him when he thinks about it. You could get the same effect by training a dog to fetch it.
But instead of walking down the hall and killing his murderous brother, Hawk sort of... wanders off into the woods and becomes a sort of knight errant.
An unspecified number of years later, a wounded warrior is found and nursed back to health by a group of nuns, just before their Mother Superior is kidnapped by Voltan for... some reason. So the warrior sets out in search of Hawk, who in turn uses a sorceress he saved to help him find his old buddies -- an always-hungry dwarf, a rather small giant, and an elf in orange pajamas.
I honestly wish that I could have liked "Hawk the Slayer," but there were just too many things wrong with it. For one thing, it obviously had a very, very low budget -- at times it looks like it was shot in someone's backyard for about $15 and snacks. Seriously, the evil green forest is about twenty feet long!
And honestly, the acting is awful. Palance chews the scenery like a piece of gum, managing to be both hammy and wooden.Read more ›
Somehow this movie transcends an obvious fate of oblivion. It has a character all its own and it really really fun to watch. Try and watch it with friends. You will love this movie, just don't laugh too loud so you can't hear what's happening next....
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A dreadful script, terrible dialogue, awful directing, bad acting, lots of Ham, silly special effects, overused locations, no plot whatsoever - I can't think of anything bad to say... Read morePublished on Sept. 16 2003 by Mitch Miller
Fans of LOTR's Legolas will definitely get a kick out of this, with the swift-shooting elf. Special effects-wise it's about a step up from...say....Land of the Lost. Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2003
Simple good vs evil, with all the traditional sword & sorcery fantasy characters. The dwarf is brilliant! No swearing, nudity or blood anywhere.Published on June 30 2003
This is one of the cheesiest, corniest, cliche'-ridden B-movies out there. I loved it. :) A piece of my childhood come back to life. Read morePublished on June 20 2003 by ClintK
I was eleven going on twelve in the 7th grade when I caught this movie on Showtime. My sister, who was eight, fell immediately in love with Hawk played by John Terry. Read morePublished on April 15 2003 by WildHeart83
Now after reading a few reviews, I must say that 20 years ago.... (Wow I am getting old) I was a young teenager that loved fantasy and Sci-Fi movies. Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2003 by W.L.W.JR.