Rent Hawk the Slayer (1980)

3.0 of 5 from 62 ratings
1h 30min
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Synopsis:
Once upon a time, long ago, but perhaps not far away, there were two brothers. Hawk (John Terry), the younger brother, destined for greatness, possessing gifts of strength, honour, duty and justice. Voltan (Jack Palance), the elder, a man of cruel perversion who bore the mark of Cain. Hideously deformed, Voltan roamed the land under a black mask so none could look on his ghastly face. When their father is killed by the hands of his firstborn Voltan, Hawk swears vengeance. Into Hawk's hand his dying father places the magic mind-sword and Hawk has not only his death to avenge...
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Directors:
Producers:
Harry Robertson
Writers:
Terry Marcel, Harry Robertson
Studio:
Prism Leisure
Genres:
British Films, Action & Adventure, Classics, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
28/07/2003
Run Time:
90 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
06/07/2015
Run Time:
93 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.75:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Raw textless elements
  • Clapperboard: Revenge by the Sword
  • By the Sword Divided - candid on-location interviews
  • Sharpening the Blade-behind the scenes
  • Image gallery
  • Original script PDF

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Reviews (1) of Hawk the Slayer

Spoilers follow ... - Hawk the Slayer review by NP

Spoiler Alert
09/02/2018

‘Hawk the Slayer’ is a modestly budgeted sword-and-sorcery horror that has garnered a cult following and the promise of a number of sequels that have yet to materialise. The ending certainly indicates that the story is not yet over …

The cast is a very good one: Jack Palance delivers a typically enthusiastic performance as the half-faced Voltan, and there’s Bernard Bresslaw, Patricia Quinn, Christopher Benjamin, Annette Crosbie, Shane Briant, Roy Kinnear, Harry Andrews, Patrick Magee - and John Terry as the very earnest Hawk. Many of these were very familiar faces on UK television at the time.

I remember reviews at the time being scathing, and now it is viewed rather patronisingly as ‘so bad it is good.’ I’m not at all sure either is fair. It is very ‘of its time’, directed (and co-written, by Terry Marcell) very much like a television project and features a terrifically cheesy soundtrack (by Harry Robinson) reminiscent of Jeff Wayne’s ‘War of the Worlds’. It is played with gusto by the cast and features some mystical-looking locations and sets, often enhanced by the mist from an ever-present smoke-machine. The effects aren’t always impressive, but there is a sense of infectious, sly humour throughout that discourages us from taking things too seriously. So if you laugh at this, it seems to me, you’re laughing with it rather than at it.

With such an eccentric mix of characters and a ranting, spitting, snarling villain, it is perhaps inevitable that Terry’s ever-stoical hero is the blandest of them all. Yet other players flourish – Giant Gort (Bresslaw) and Baldin the dwarf (Peter O’Farrell) share such a good rapport, for example, ensuring that Palance isn’t allowed to entirely overshadow everyone else.

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