New York Times - 07/29/1983
"...A gentle, pensive sci-fi adventure film....[Marshall and Anthony] bring the fairy-tale lovers to life very sweetly..."
Variety - 07/27/1983
"...[KRULL is designed] to please the senses and appeal to one's whimsical sense of adventure....Alun Armstrong delivers well..."
Fantasy meets science fiction in this visually spectacular tale of valiant Prince Colwyn (Ken Marshall) and Lyssa (Lysette Anthony), his young bride-to-be, who dwell in the mythical kingdom of Krull. During their wedding ceremony the Beast, a monstrous dark force of evil who threatens to rule their world, kidnaps the princess and hides her in his dark and forboding fortress. In order to save his prisoner bride and his kingdom from the evil powers of the Beast, Colwyn embarks on a heroic quest to find her. In order to accomplish this, though, he must first get his hands on the glaive, a magical weapon that is his only hope for slaying his fearsome enemy. With the help of an elderly leader and a band of magicians and rogues (including Liam Neeson), Colwyn sets out on an eye-opening journey throughout his kingdom, where evil slayers and mythical creatures under the possession of the evil Beast oppose him at every turn. Ultimately, Colwyn uncovers the mysterious whereabouts of the Dark Fortress and must battle the dark and powerful forces of the Beast to rescue his loving bride and save his kingdom from the clutches of the evil being. This highly entertaining fantasy adventure features state-of-the-art animation and visually stunning special effects that combine to create a dreamy and magical kingdom reminiscent of the legendary fantasy worlds of STAR WARS, EXCALIBUR, and WILLOW.
Description by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment:
In a fantasy adventure, set in a world peopled by creatures of myth and magic, a prince embarks on a quest to find the magical Glaive and then rescues his young bride. Colwyn (Ken Marshall) is the leader of a mythical sword-and-sorcery group in pursuit of "the Beast" that has kidnaped his fiance, Lyssa (Lysette Anthony).
After his bride is spirited away during their wedding ceremony, valiant Prince Colwyn sets off to rescue her from her monstrous captor, the Beast, with the help of a five-pronged weapon imbued with magical powers.
Kidnapping And Missing Persons |
Swords & Sorcery |
Theatrical Release |
Witches And Wizards
Theatrical release: July 29, 1983.
Composer James Horner would go on to become hugely successful, composing the scores for ALIENS, TITANIC, and LEGENDS OF THE FALL, among others.