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I seriously LOVED Ice Pirates when I was a kid. I picked it up on DVD a few years ago and rewatched it. That was an excruciating experience. I had the same reaction rewatching Yellowbeard. Childhood me was an idiot with very little taste (although the scene in Yellowbeard where the British officer kicks the street urchin down the stairwell is still funny).



I, too, have discovered that The Ice Pirates does not age well... I was similarly disappointed in Strange Brew,though as a child I found it to be the height of comedy.

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What are you talking about, Strange Brew is Hamlet (really, it totally swipes the plot of Hamlet)?

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Buttmonkey wrote:
I, too, have discovered that The Ice Pirates does not age well... I was similarly disappointed in Strange Brew,though as a child I found it to be the height of comedy.


Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:29 pm
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Jyrdan Fairblade wrote:
What are you talking about, Strange Brew is Hamlet (really, it totally swipes the plot of Hamlet)?

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I, too, have discovered that The Ice Pirates does not age well... I was similarly disappointed in Strange Brew,though as a child I found it to be the height of comedy.



Yeah, and Clueless was based on Jane Austen's "Emma", but that doesn't mean it's aged well

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Is there hate for Dragonslayer on this thread?! Decent acting, good story, and in my mind hands-down the best dragon ever envisioned for the screen.

I might go with that old standby Krull - totally flat performances, misfired effects, slow pace, just a hard slog.

Honorable mention, though, to Jackson's Hobbit trilogy. In terms of budget and expectations vs. results. . . well I'm sure we all remember how much we enjoyed the elf/dwarf forbidden romance subplot.


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Is there hate for Dragonslayer on this thread?! Decent acting, good story, and in my mind hands-down the best dragon ever envisioned for the screen.

I might go with that old standby Krull - totally flat performances, misfired effects, slow pace, just a hard slog.

Honorable mention, though, to Jackson's Hobbit trilogy. In terms of budget and expectations vs. results. . . well I'm sure we all remember how much we enjoyed the elf/dwarf forbidden romance subplot.

I could spend all day riffing off this post. I never cared for Dragonslayer. I found it slow-paced and disappointing as a kid. It didn't hold up to the sort of fantasy excitement I expected after playing D&D. I much preferred Krull.

Sadly, the forbidden dwarf/elf romance was about the only think I enjoyed in the 2nd and 3rd hobbit films. The guy playing Bilbo did some wonderful acting, but Bilbo frankly wasn't that central a character after the first movie. If you took Evangeline Lily out of the last two movies, I probably would have walked out or fallen asleep. I really hated the Hobbit films I suppose is my overall point.

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Dragonslayer owns, and has aged well. So has Conan the Barbarian, though its sequel sucked then and hasn't gotten any better.

Surprised there isn't more attention on the glut of bad sword & sorcery flicks from the 80s: Lucio Fulci's "Conquest", Don Coscarelli's "The Beastmaster", "The Sword and the Sorcerer" (which is actually a lot of fun), "Hawk the Slayer", "Sorceress" (which I think has already been mentioned), etc. Some of the movies mentioned here seem oscar-worthy in comparison. "Fire and Ice" wasn't perfect, but I dig it.

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Hmm, for what it's worth I own both Dragonslayer and Krull and watch them occasionally - and there are a few things I like about Krull like the cyclops and the creepy spider-web scene. But there's no accounting for taste!

On the swords & sandals 80s craze, I think we tend to give them a pass because of the camp/kitsch factor - they don't pretend to be anything other than goofy, low-brow, no-budget yarns. Films that aspire to be something higher - and fall flat - don't get any charity from viewers. E.g. I like Red Sonja although it's pretty darned bad.

Once I met a woman who (claimed to have) trained Beastmaster's ferret buddies. . . .


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Hawk the Slayer.... :) Haven't thought of that one in years, yes pure camp, not sure it's the worse.

File take away...do not get into an Archery contest with a mysterious Elf... Seriously what did you expect to happen?

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If you look on Netflix, there are scores of low-budget, campy, awful fantasy movies out there. Many of these were direct to video, SyFy nonsense, and the like. Until you have seen some of THOSE gems, there is no way anybody could consider Conan The Destroyer, DragonSlayer, or the like the worst fantasy movies.

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Hmm, for what it's worth I own both Dragonslayer and Krull and watch them occasionally - and there are a few things I like about Krull like the cyclops and the creepy spider-web scene. But there's no accounting for taste!

On the swords & sandals 80s craze, I think we tend to give them a pass because of the camp/kitsch factor - they don't pretend to be anything other than goofy, low-brow, no-budget yarns. Films that aspire to be something higher - and fall flat - don't get any charity from viewers. E.g. I like Red Sonja although it's pretty darned bad.

Once I met a woman who (claimed to have) trained Beastmaster's ferret buddies. . . .



On some level, this is subjective. Artistic merits aside, I watched the CRAP out of The Beastmaster as a kid. I watched it many times, and my sister and I would turn down the playback speed on our VCR, and watch the swordfights in slo-mo over and over again.

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I've seen a few bad low budget fantasy movies on Mystery Science Theater, but I can't remember their names. Nevertheless, they were all low budget movies with no name actors and directors, so expectations were low anyway. Based on a bad per $ budget, the Hobbit Trilogy is by far the worse in my book. It's not just one really bad 90 minute movie, it's 3 really bad 3 1/2 hr movies. I enjoyed watching Martin Freeman play Bilbo, but that was it. The 1977 animated made-for-tv movie was far better in comparison.


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Kayolan wrote:
Highlander II: The Quickening (and all that followed)


Yeah. They were pretty bad. Greedy franchise owners pushing a story already concluded. But there are far worse out there. *shudder* unfortunately.

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