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Classic Trailer: Krull

They don’t make ’em like this anymore. Thankfully.

I remember when Siskel and Ebert reviewed this (sadly, not in their archives)…Ebert pointed out one scene where a ship lands on some planet – you could actually see a the edge of the miniature special effects set they built and a “giant” car just beyond it. Yikes!

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16 Comments on Classic Trailer: Krull

  1. :O

    Are you nuts?

    Krull’s a fantastic film! It’s full of lovely ideas (the flame-footed horses? the giant spider who defends something that grants wisdom at the cost of your life? the cyclops who has to die? the world-hopping Cthuloid monster?) and features some great performances too.

    I’d rather watch that than Jackson’s pompous trilogy!

  2. Lysette Anthony in Krull is the hottest on-screen fantasy woman ever. If there was a Special Edition DVD of just her scenes, I would pay twice the retail proce for it.

    Mia Sara in Legend comes in a moderately distant second.

  3. Lysette Anthony? Mia Sara? Pah! Caroline Munro. I say again, Caroline Munro!

    But…I look at Krull as being one of those that could have been. You examine individual bits–the weapons, the costumes, etc.–and you see the potential for greatness. But for some reason, the director couldn’t fit all the great little bits together to make a great film.

    But then again, they can’t all be Bladerunner, can they?


  4. Oh, I love me some Caroline Munro. Tho’ I usually hated her taste in swimsuits (which she inevitably ended up running around in in every film). She is striking in that Sinbad film she did. But Lysette’s doe eyes, big red hair, and that kinda smirk when she wields a weapon make me melt. She was also yummy in the remake of Dark Shadows.

    I call a Fantasy Woman Battle Royale!

    Strictly fantasy. Cartoons count.

  5. Well, if we’re going to have a Fantasy Woman Battle Royale, we need to get Pete’s input.


  6. Anonymous // August 7, 2008 at 3:52 pm //

    Honorable mentions:

    Fairuza Balk in Island of Dr Moreau. Also Return to Oz, but she was like 14 then.

    Barbara Carerra in the other Island of Dr Moreau.

    Jennifer Connelly in Labyrinth.

    The girl from MirrorMask, but only after the creepy “Close to You” scene.

  7. What the ninja star-like thing with the blades? That was cool, yet the design may have Been flawed; I assume a lot of fingers would be lost in training.

    Also, I remember a scene with a blind wizard who turns out to be some kind of demon or something. It creeped me out the way he died.

    Overall, though, the movie wasn’t great. When he fought the giant monster at the end, it looked awfully fake. But, it was the early 80’s…

  8. Return to Oz? Now that was a strange flick, but a good one.

  9. joshua corning // August 7, 2008 at 8:18 pm //

    strangely enough to plot of this movie is similar to the plot of Tron.

  10. I really like this movie. Rell is one of my favorite characters of all time. In fact, I recently bought and watched it on DVD about six months ago. I’ll watch it again, too.

    I really try to suspend my disbelief for films like KRULL because like Fred said, the vision is there but the F/X of the time couldn’t quite reflect it.

    Y’know, I wouldn’t mind if they made films like this again. It’s a nice break from all the CGI. Minus inadvertent shots of the boom and stuff like that, though.

  11. The Siskel & Ebert review is here

  12. All hail Gary and his Google Fu! Thanks! πŸ˜€

    …And my memory is faulty. Again. Apparently it was nit the S&E review with the blooper. Now I’m wondering if it was even Krull. Damn you, fading memories of the 80’s!

  13. As much as I love Roger Ebert, his video review (above; amazing what’s on YouTube) continues to prove that film critics just don’t get sci-fi/fantasy. It’s not just that he gave it a bad review, he has to say things like it’s ridiculous and such, showing that film critics just can’t suspend their disbelief for the genre, which is crucial to loving the genre. Krull may not be among the best sci-fi/fantasy films ever made, but it’s a great romp, with a strong cast. I love it, even though sometimes I consider it a “guilty pleasure.” Long live Krull!

  14. @Bill: I’d buy that about Siskel, but Ebert is a science fiction fan

  15. Horrible, horrible trailer, and I’d probably shudder were I to ever watch Krull again. But damn if I didn’t love it as a kid.

    Oh, yeah, Lysette Anthony… damn, she’s smokin’.

  16. mark silverman // September 5, 2008 at 4:23 pm //

    I actually have one of the Glaives used in the film.  It was sent to me from Pinewood Studios in 1984.  Glad most of you seem to really enjoy the film.

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