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Hawk the Slayer (1981)

Cast: Eddie Stacey, Eddie Stacey, Jack Palance, more...
Director: Terry Marcel, Terry Marcel
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Studio: Hen's Tooth Video
Genre: Foreign, Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery, UK
Running Time: 90 min.
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Hawk the Slayer will appeal most to undiscriminating fans of the sword-and-sorcery genre. The title character, played by John Terry, is on a lifelong quest for "The Power", an enchanted flying sword. Alas, Hawk's evil brother Voltan (Jack Palance) likewise covets The Power. A plethora of violence ensues, culminating in a slow-motion duel to the death between hero and villain. Among Hawk's comrades are a dwarf and an elf, who are "R2D2 and C3PO" in everything except name and appearance. Hardly the best of its kind, Hawk the Slayer is redeemed by the unbridled hamminess of Jack Palance, who seems to be the only one who realizes that the whole affair is to silly to be taken seriously. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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For fans of the genre only by Moriarty November 7, 2005 - 6:41 AM PST
6 out of 6 members found this review helpful
When I was a kid, I loved the Sword and Sorcery genre. Which was great because the 80's was the hayday of crappy, low budget S&S movies. I remeber the first time I saw "Hawk the Slayer." I was about 10 years old and I thought I was one of the greatest things I had ever seen. It had an elf and a dwarf and magic, and all the things I couldn't get enough of. Well, I'm a little older now and the movie still delivers, only not in the way it originally meant to. When I saw that it had come out on DVD, I decided to watch it for old times sake.
This movie has it all; hammy acting, visible wires, cheap special effects, and too many cliches to count. If you're looking for good movies about wizards, elves, and magic, go rent The Lord of the Rings. But if you're a fan of movies with names like The Beastmaster, or Deathstalker, give this one a try.
It centers around a warrior named Hawk. A man with the incredible ability to get over the death of a loved one amazingly fast. He gets drawn into a hostage situation brought about by his evil older brother, Voltan, played with scene stealing ham, by Jack Palance. In order to triumph he must round up his rag-tag band of warriors for one final, not-so-epic battle.
Trust me when I tell you, if you're not a fan of this type of movie, there is nothing here to change your mind. But, if you, like me, loved this kind of schlock back in the day, this is a nice, if kind of cheesy trip down memory lane. Consider it a guilty treat for your inner child.

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