Krull (1983)

121m, 10,859 feet
35mm film, “filmed in Panavision” (anamorphic), Metrocolor, 2.35:1
Dolby Stereo, English
Reviewed at The EOFFTV Review

A British science fiction film directed by Peter Yates.

Plot Summary

An alien race of Slayers attacks the planet Krull and kidnap the Princess Lyssa on her wedding day, a ritual that would have united Krull's two great rival power blocs. Her intended husband, Prince Colwyn, is persuaded by the mysterious Ynyr to track down a five-bladed sword in readiness for an assault on the ' fortress where Lyssa is being held…


* = uncredited

Directed by: Peter Yates
© 1983 Barclays Mercantile Industrial Finance Limited
Columbia Pictures presents a Ted Mann-Ron Silverman production. A Peter Yates film
Executive Producer: Ted Mann
Produced by: Ron Silverman
Associate Producer: Geoffrey Helman
Written by: Stanford Sherman
Director of Photography: Peter Suschitzky
Film Editor: Ray Lovejoy
Music Composed and Conducted by: James Horner
Sound Mixer: Ivan Sharrock
Costume Designer: Anthony Mendleson
Make Up: Alan Boyle
Hairstylist: Barbara Ritchie
Special Make Up Designed by: Nick Maley
Special Effects: John Evans, Mark Meddings
Visual Effects Supervisor: Derek Meddings
Animator: Steven Archer
Production Designer: Stephen Grimes
Casting: Patsy Pollock

Ken Marshall (Prince Colwyn)
Lysette Anthony (Princess Lyssa)
Freddie Jones (Ynyr)
Alun Armstrong (Torquil)
David Battley (Ergo)
Bernard Bresslaw (Rell)
Liam Neeson (Kegan)
Dicken Ashworth (Bardolph)
Todd Carty (Oswyn)
Robbie Coltrane (Rhum)
John Welsh (Seer)
Graham McGrath (Titch)
Tony Church (Turold)
Bernard Archard (Eirig)
Belinda Mayne (Velta)
Clare McIntyre (Merith)
Francesca Annis as the Widow of the Web
Bronco McLoughlin (Nennog)
Andy Bradford (Darro)
Gerard Naprous (Quain)
Bill Weston (Menno)
Lindsay Crouse [voice of Princess Lyssa] *

Alternative Titles

Dragons of Krull
The Dungeons of Krull
Krull: Invaders of the Black Fortress
Krull ja näkymätön vihollinen
– Finnish title

Extracts included in
Screen Test: 14 December 1983

See also
Krull: Marvel Comics Video Adaptation (2000)


American Cinematographer vol.64 no.8 (August 1983) pp.54-60; 56; 57 – illustrated article; illustrated article; illustrated note
American Film vol.8 mo.9 (July/August 1983) p.78 – review
Cinefantastique vol.12 no.4 (May/June 1982) p.10 – article
Cinefantastique vol.13 no.2/3 (November/December 1982) pp.28-47 – illustrated article
City Limits no.115/116 (16 December 1983) p.42 – review
L'Écran Fantastique no.37 (September 1983) pp.19; 20, 22; 22-24; 24-25; 25-28; 28-29; 29-33 (France) – illustrated interviews
Empire no.190 (April 2005) pp.108-112, 115 – illustrated article (My first movie)
Empire no.211 (January 2007) pp.120-121 – illustrated article (It was a time of heroes… by Kim Newman)
Empire no.231 (September 2008) pp.170-171 – illustrated article (The top 10: Movie by Owen Williams
Eyepiece vol.4 no.6 (November/December 1983) pp.241-253 – illustrated article
Film Score Monthly vol.3 no.9 (October/November 1998) pp.42-43 – article
Films vol.3 no.12 (December 1983) p.29 – review
The Hollywood Reporter vol.277 no.48 (28 July 1983) pp.3, 8 – credits, review
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.50 no.599 (December 1983) p.331 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review (by Nick Roddick)
Motion Picture Product Digest vol.11 no.5 (31 August 1983) p.18 – review
Première February 1984 p.8 – review (by Stella Molitor)
Prevue no.52 (June/July 1983) pp.54-61 – illustrated article
Retro no.21 (October/November 1983) pp.23-24 – review
Screen International no.286 (4 April 1981) p.1 – note
Screen International no.312 (3 October 1981) p.1 – note
Screen International no.328 (30 January-6 February 1982) p.11 – credits (In production)
Screen International no.339 (17 April 1982) p.13 – interview
Screen International no.341 (1-8 May 1982) p.12 – credits (In Production)
Screen International no.420 (12 November 1983) p.13 – review
Sight & Sound vol.51 no.2 (Spring 1982) pp.79-80 – illustrated production notes
Sight & Sound vol.11 no.6 (June 2001) p.59 – DVD review (Homemovies: reviews by Danny Leigh)
Starburst vol.5 no.4 (December 1982) pp.11-37 – interview
Starburst no.288 (August 2002) pp.76-82 – illustrated article (Krull and unusual by Howard Maxford)
Time Out no.695 (15 December 1983) p.67 (UK) – review
Variety 27 July 1983 p.21 – credits, review

Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.381-382
The Best 80s Movies by Helen O'Hara pp.80-81 – illustrated article (The movies you loved… back then)
Creature Features Movie Guide Strikes Again by John Stanley p.219 – credits, review
The Films of the Eighties by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan p.310
Horror and Science Fiction Films III by Donald C. Willis p.155-156
The Stop-motion Filmography by Neil Pettigrew pp.412-415
Variety Science-Fiction Movies by Julian Brown (ed.) p.63-64 – illustrated credits, review