Who else remembers 'Krull'?

Remember Krull? The sci-fi/fantasy movie, which came out 25 years ago this summer, is probably in nobody’s pantheon of great genre films, yet people remember it vividly. Despite its ho-hum kidnapped-princess plot and its wispy leading man (Ken Marshall, who also starred in a mini-series around the same time about Marco Polo), Krull had visual imagination to spare, including its sequences of flame-hoofed horses and a particularly scary pre-LOTR segment with a giant spider. If you’re of a certain age (as I am), you probably have fond memories of whiling away many a weekend afternoon watching genre cheese like this on HBO.

Over at The House Next Door, the group bloggers (including my friend and former EW.commer Justine Elias) have been having a tremendously entertaining discussion about Krull, in all its glories and shortcomings, complete with illustrative YouTube clips. Check it out and savor it; after all, as one blogger notes, Krull is the kind of sci-fi/fantasy film that Hollywood simply wouldn’t make today, mainly because it’s not based on a pre-sold property like a bestselling novel or a videogame. Oh, and enjoy the Krull trailer below, and please share with your fellow PopWatchers your own memories of Krull (or movies like it) that you watched during your geeky, misspent youth.

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  • JJ

    I remember Krull, but not the movie – rather this exact trailer. It was playing incessantly as I recall back in the early 80′s (way in advance of the movie’s actual premiere). That leads to an interesting question – which movies do you remember more due to their trailers than the movie itself? The other option for me would be, in this same period, My Favorite Year. Never saw it, but I swore I saw the trailer a good 20-30 times.

  • Stephanie T.

    I remember the weapon he used.

  • Eric Friedmann

    Not knowing any better, I actually went to see KRULL in the theater that summer when I was 16 years-old. Even then, I thought it was lame. Today, it’s hard to believe that this sci-fi dud came from director Peter Yates, who also directed BULLITT, THE DEEP, BREAKING AWAY and THE DRESSER. I guess even the most talented directors are entitled to at least one f*ck-up in their lives.

  • Eric Friedmann

    JJ, you should see MY FAVORITE YEAR (1982). Very funny movie.

  • Snarf

    I thought Krull was a great B movie.
    Wouldn’t be surprised if it gets remade (like everything else is these days) after all this was BCGI

  • J from VA

    I thought I was the only one who remebered this movie. Gary I remember watching this on HBO about 2 dozen times when I was a kid. Even then I remember thinking “this movie isn’t that great, yet I can’t look away”(kinda like I-Robot repeats on FX). Thanks for the reminder.

  • J.

    I remember this movie. The only thing remotely cool was the Glaive the Hero used, and it seemed like it didn’t work until the end of movie. Oh and I cried when the cyclops got crushed holding the door for the heroes. I was 6–back off!

  • Susan

    I loooove Krull! I had the comic book version (and read it countless times) before I FINALLY saw the movie a few yrs ago. I love it (I’ve got the special edition DVD with extras)
    My lil’ sis and her fiance wrote their wedding invitations as they watched Krull, and my future brother in-law said he respected me more because I had the Krull comic book. A TRUE CLASSIC!

  • Ben

    Wow completley forgot about this movie! I remember staying home from school, sick on the couch when I was about 5 years old, and my dad rented this. We have an awesome video store in Halifax, Nova Scotia called Video Difference where they have thousands of films on archive. Anyway, he went through the archives and brought this one home for me, I totally remember this because of the cyclops haha

  • BrandonK

    I would hope that’s the kind of movie Hollywood wouldn’t make anymore because it looks like crrrraaaaaap.

  • Laura M

    Yeah, I remember this movie. And I remember it freaked me the hell out when I was a kid. Especially the creepy old man and the giant spider – very disturbing to childhood me. Aaaand after watching the trailer… still creepy. And very cheesy. Thank goodness they don’t make movies like these anymore.

  • Ledonatella

    my sister and I were about7 when this came out and we loved this movie! It was good cheesy fun, we still have it on VHS and do watch it occassionally just for kicks. I agree the leading man was kind of a wuss, but the monster was cool and the Cyclops dude was cool. And the guy that turned himself into a puppy for that little boy was kinda sweet!

  • ABB

    You all are on crack…Krull rules!!! I woke up at 5AM one morning completely hung over and Sci-Fi was playing Krull. I got in right at the beginning. Hadn’t seen it in at least 15 years and it was as good as I remembered! 5 words: Liam Neeson plays a Cyclops. If that doesn’t get your motor running, I’m not sure what will. People: do not be dissuaded from these negative posters! Rent Krull and you will not be disappointed!

  • aaa

    Um, yeah, you must have been pretty hung over because Liam Neeson is NOT the Cyclops in this movie. He is in it though (looking very young and fine as always).

  • x302

    Jeez, my kids would watch this movie EVERY day :)

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