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Cheap But Priceless,
This review is from: Hawk The Slayer [DVD] (DVD)
On one Eastern sunday morning a few years ago this film was shown on German television and the reason I wanted to see it was because it features Bernard Bresslaw whom I knew from Krull(another 80s fantasy gem and the movie that blew me away when I was a small boy). Had I only taped it! Watching the titles AND hearing the music over them for the first time was a experience that's hard to describe and that left me paralyzed, sitting open-mouthed in front of the TV, looking forward to anything that would follow.
The fun I had! Jack Palance hams it up like I've never seen, and his character is so terribly, terribly evil! First he kills his father, then he steals the family sword, then he wants to kill his brother and take his woman, but when he accidently kills her instead and his brother gets away he gets REALLY angry! So he rides around in the forests and kills anybody in sight to make up for it. When he starts terrorizing nuns, though, they send for Hawk's help, who assembles a group of old friends, one of them an archer with a fully automatic weapon, to fight against him. I must agree with the other reviewer: words can hardly describe this wonderful movie! And the music is a knockout, some kind of new-age rock with a 70s flavour that might seem slightly inappropriate at first but fits the film like a glove!
Many truly awful fantasy movies saw the light of day in the 80s, and most of them are so unbearable I could never sit through them from start to end. They are so dull, dumb and uninspired they cause me a bad stomache. HAWK isn't one of them. It was done on an obviously tight budget, everybody is hamming around and it even features the obligatory magic crystal that can fly and glow on its own but the point is that the sum of it all is an entertaining and very funny and unique movie, and it doesn't matter that it's "bad". Ed Wood's movies are called "bad", but like HAWK, they make for great entertainment, and that's all good movies are about. Quite simply, a movie that is entertaining can't be bad. Which makes HAWK THE SLAYER a masterpiece.