KRULL / SPACEHUNTER ADVENTURES IN THE FORBIDDEN ZONE

THE PLOT THUS FAR

Krull
Starring Ken Marshall, Lysette Anthony, Freddie Jones, Francesca Annis and Liam Neeson in one of his earliest screen roles!

A World Light-Years Beyond Your Imagination!

Journey into a mystical time and place that belongs to neither the past nor the present, where extraordinary creatures of myth work their incredible magic, and where a horrific, omnipotent Beast is the ruler. This is the planet of Krull!

Prince Colwyn sets out on a daring mission to rescue his young bride who is held captive by the Beast. But slayers and alien beings under the command of the Beast oppose him at every turn. Colwyn must first reach a faraway cavern to recover the legendary Glaive, a flying blade capable of phenomenal powers.

Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone
Starring: Peter Stauss, Molly Ringwald, Andrea Marcovicci

In the year 2136, Wolff (Peter Strauss), a wily salvage pilot and intergalactic bounty hunter, answers a distress signal on Terra Eleven. Agreeing to pick up three women who’ve been shipwrecked, he lands on the planet only to discover they’ve been kidnapped. Following their trail, Wolff soon encounters Niki (Molly Ringwald), a spunky orphan who agrees to guide him across the Forbidden Zone, a vast wasteland populated by plague-infested mutants. After many battles, Wolff and Niki finally reach the lair of Overdog (Michael Ironside), the planet’s half-man/half-machine ruler. Discovering the women are held captive in Overdog’s slave pens, Wolff’s rescue mission finally begins.

WHAT WE THOUGHT

“Krull” is a film that wanted to be equal parts “Star Wars” and equal parts easy to shoot British fantasy. Unfortunately, the end result was a jumbled mess with a score that sounded like Horner’s left overs from “The Wrath of Khan”. Naturally, I saw it as a child and played the living hell out of the tie-in game on the Atari 2600. While I forgave many of its warts over the years and spotted the early Liam Neeson role, I can’t say that this is a good movie. Visual intriguing and well designed, I’ll give it that. But, it’s just not a good movie.

I remember being obsessed with this movie as a young kid. But, even then…the constant tonal shifts and vague approach to the film’s central villain was bizarre. It’s a satanic style figure that seems to live in a teleporting castle where he can only be seen via a smeared lens? That’s crazy, but it appeals to little kids in the way that a good fantasy should do it. Abstract plot, but defined by clear roles and objectives.

“Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone” is a film that’s been long out of print. It also caused me to raid many Kroger Video stores back in the day to try and find a PPV copy that I could make my own. Sadly, it failed until today. Basically, Molly Ringwald and a random pilot fight a tank man to save humanity. Women are saved, Michael Ironside is defeated and we learn that Canadian Sci-Fi never quite got past 1983.

The DVD comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is pretty sharp for standard definition. That being said, the transfer still doesn’t get much to do. The Dolby 5.1 track keeps all channels pumping. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.

RELEASE DATE: 01/13/2015

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