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01 December 2008 @ 10:41 am
Kull the Conqueror  
So B and I ended up watching this almost entirely forgettable swords-and-sorcery movie last night which rejoiced in the name of Kull the Conqueror. It is, apparently, an adaptation of a Robert E. Howard Conan book but with the hero replaced by Kull, much as the first Conan movie is a reworking of a Kull novel (I hope everyone is still following).

It all proceeded much as you would expect with Kevin Sorbo never knowingly over-dressed* throughout and a truly spectacular array of terrible wigs. Then halfway through the first act up pops Douglas Henshall from Primeval




in a wig.






Getting his just deserts



Anyway, just to note that I spent a lot of yesterday evening giggling at material which I think was intended to be entirely serious.

* though, it must be said, it wins points, as a movie, for being clearly far more interested in getting the leading man's kit off than the leading lady's.
 
 
 
reggietatereggietate on December 1st, 2008 11:09 am (UTC)
*howls* Thank you so much for posting this, I can barely type for laughing... :-)
louisedennislouisedennis on December 1st, 2008 11:34 am (UTC)
There are very few screencaps on line displaying this movie's wigs in all their finery (can't think why :-) ). Our Dougie actually got off fairly lightly I think, at least compared to poor old Edward Tudor-Pole.

Not his finest hour though.
reggietatereggietate on December 1st, 2008 12:00 pm (UTC)
*g* He'd probably want to hide behind the sofa in embarrassment if he happened to catch it on TV! Poor chap, and he has such lovely hair of his own.
louisedennislouisedennis on December 1st, 2008 12:23 pm (UTC)
At least we can now be grateful for his S3 hair however floppy instead of fluffy it becomes...
munchkinofdoom: Primevalmunchkinofdoom on December 1st, 2008 11:35 am (UTC)
OMG, his eyes in that last pic! *sporfle*
louisedennislouisedennis on December 1st, 2008 11:38 am (UTC)
Well, you know, if Tia Carrere in a bad wig had just burned a hole through your brain you might look a tad surprised.

Words can not do justice to the comedy backwards topple from a window that followed.
Hugh / Cairmencairmen on December 1st, 2008 11:54 am (UTC)
Oh, Kull's a classic of its kind.

Key words being "Of its kind"...

(If you enjoyed this, you might like "The Beastmaster" too.
louisedennislouisedennis on December 1st, 2008 11:59 am (UTC)
It had a high cheese factor which made it remarkably watchable and a plot sufficiently straightforward to avoid too much risk of plot holes.

I'm not sure I'd actively seek out more of its ilk, but for a way to pass an evening in front of the telly it served its purpose.
philmophlegm: How did it come to this?philmophlegm on December 1st, 2008 12:36 pm (UTC)
It's a sad fact that whereas there are lots of excellent SF films, half-decent fantasy films can be counted in single figures:

The Lord of the Rings (which I'm counting as one film)
Excalibur
The Thirteenth Warrior
Beowulf
Errr...

Kiddy stuff doesn't count.
philmophlegmphilmophlegm on December 1st, 2008 12:39 pm (UTC)
Sorry - forgot The Princess Bride.
louisedennislouisedennis on December 1st, 2008 12:40 pm (UTC)
Hmm.... not seen Beowulf and, despite my love of Antonio Banderas, I can't say I'm much enamoured of The Thirteenth Warrior.

I quite like LadyHawke though, although that would appear to be something of a minority opinion. I'm struggling to think of others though - would Highlander count as fantasy?
philmophlegmphilmophlegm on December 1st, 2008 01:17 pm (UTC)
I'll let you count Highlander as fantasy, but not as good!
philmophlegm: Midnightphilmophlegm on December 1st, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
I'd not heard of LadyHawke, and looking it up at IMDB and seeing that it featured Michelle Pfeiffer prompted me to remember another good fantasy film: Stardust.


I don't know whether to allow made-for-TV films or not. If I did, I'd include both of Sky's Terry Pratchett adaptations - Hogfather and The Colour of Magic.
louisedennis: fantasylouisedennis on December 1st, 2008 03:21 pm (UTC)
You're right, Stardust is good.

I'd probably include Time Bandits as well.
philmophlegm: Midnightphilmophlegm on December 1st, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah - Time Bandits. Agreed.
wellinghallwellinghall on December 1st, 2008 12:59 pm (UTC)
Which of the half-dozen versions of Beowulf are you thinking of?
philmophlegm: Midnightphilmophlegm on December 1st, 2008 01:18 pm (UTC)
The one with Ray Winstone in.
philmophlegm: servalphilmophlegm on December 1st, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
The Ray Winstone one is (I think) the only one I've seen. Researching some of the others suggests I haven't missed much. Would you include any of them on a list of half-decent fantasy films?
wellinghallwellinghall on December 1st, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC)
No; but some people wouldn't even include the Ray Winstone version in those ranks, which is why I asked.
king_pellinorking_pellinor on December 1st, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
The Iron Crown :-D
philmophlegm: Sumatraphilmophlegm on December 1st, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
I had to look that one up too (I'm no expert on Italian cinema in the era of Mussolini).
king_pellinorking_pellinor on December 1st, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC)
Neither am I, but it was on when I was making a cloak for a LARP event a few weeks ago, and I got engrossed :-)

Big battles, dramatic effects, hero having a silly gimmick weapon - excellent stuff :-D
Carrie: cute cuttermadscribbles on December 1st, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
*sporfles*

That's just... wrong. *giggles madly*
louisedennis: primevallouisedennis on December 1st, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC)
It took me a while first to work out where I'd seen him before and then to convince myself it really was Douglas Henshall. After that I just giggled every time he showed up, although I was giggling quite a bit anyway - mostly at inappropriately serious moments.
fredbassettfredbassett on December 1st, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
Oh. My. God.

*sporfles*
louisedennis: primevallouisedennis on December 1st, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
I know...
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louisedennis: primevallouisedennis on December 1st, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC)
He obviously hasn't seen a lot of fantasy films because, as they go, this one was pretty competent. The plot was dull and predictable but basically held together, the acting was uninspired but basically competent.

I hope you don't mind my linking to your screencap. I tend to figure that my journal has sufficiently little traffic not to cause a problem to anyone's bandwidth.
fredbassettfredbassett on December 1st, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC)
LOL, the nice thing about DH is that he doesn't seem to take himself seriously.

Thanks for the link.