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A small band of outlaw Knights Templar are accidentally cursed with a magic spell that will turn them - one at a time - into vicious, bat-winged gargoyles. The only hope of breaking the curse is to journey to the mountain stronghold of an evil wizard who not only controls a flock of fire-breathing dragons, but has the ability to become one himself.
With DRAGON CRUSADERS, Atkins fulfills the promise I perceived in his earlier fantasy epic, MERLIN & THE WAR OF THE DRAGONS, with a beautifully shot, well-paced, sword & sorcery adventure. Returning to many of the same picturesque and appropriately Medieval locations seen in MERLIN, and once again employing some very talented Welsh actors, CRUSADERS - shot in 14 days on a shoestring budget - plays and looks far more expensive than it is. Atkins' cinematography and editing are both very slick, and his screenplay is perfectly tailored to make the most of his limited resources.
The cast is uniformly solid. Dylan Jones (who previously appeared in various supporting roles in other Asylum productions, including MERLIN) is appropriately stoic and heroic as the leader of the knights, and handles the swordplay and riding with aplomb (the multi-talented Jones was also the horse master for the film). Sexy stuntwoman Cecily Fay makes a convincing (if tiny!) warrior woman, and Merlin himself, Simon Lloyd-Roberts, is memorable as the youngest of the cursed knights. Really, though, everyone in the cast is surprisingly good.Read more ›
The film opens with pirates raiding a small peaceful village. Dragon Crusaders is a bit bloody, but in the fantasy violence way. Our small band of holy warriors are on a hill overlooking the small village and decide to help. Each of the men have a certain fighting skill, including an archer.
When they reach the village the dispatch the pirates with the help of Aerona portrayed with captivating ferocity by Cecily Fay. Although Fay is rather short, she wields her sword with precision and purpose. The director Mark Atkins mentioned that he put her in the film because he wanted people who already do the action, rather than hiring a series of stunt people. In addition to her sword prowess, and acting ability, Cecily is also a singer and sings some of the tunes used on the movie.
After they dispatch the pirates, the holy warriors sail in a small boat to the pirates' ship and board it. Below deck is a woman named Neem, she has put a curse on all who enter the boat, by turning them into gargoyles. Neem's character is played with wistful passion by Shinead Byrne. Shinead really fits the part of damsel in distress and she has a likable innocence to her. The meat of the plot begins with the quest on how to remove the curse.
The movie was shout mainly outside in Wales, on two Canon 5D still cams outfitted with special lenses. Mark Atkins said the cameras allow for extreme portability, much more so than a tradition digital video camera.Read more ›
Well, the movie TECHNICALLY has both dragons and Crusaders, but sadly our dragon action is limited to about five deeply unsatisfying minutes smushed in the last act. Instead, we're forced to wander around with Ye Olde Xena, Medieval Bella Swan and a gang of not-very-interesting Templars who do NOT turn into dragons.
The aforementioned Templars have returned home from the Crusades. The king (of England, I assume) has outlawed them, and they are fleeing to Scotland with the king's men in hot pursuit... or so they say. That plot point is forgotten after the first five minutes.
They stop at a village of about nine people, which is being raided by a very small pirate gang. But when they venture out to the pirate ship to rescue a young woman named Neem (Shinead Byrne), she reveals that during the FIVE MINUTES she was captured, she put a curse on anyone who sets foot on the ship. Now the Templars are doomed to turn into horrible gargoyle monsters.
Unsurprisingly, the Templars aren't crazy about the idea, so they begin a race against time to somehow undo the curse. Along with Neem and the female warrior Aerona (Cecily Fay) -- who just sort of appears for no reason -- they set out to confront the evil sorcerer who created the spell, the Black Dragon.
When I watch a movie with "Dragon" in the title, I expect there to be some serious draconic screen time. "Dragon Crusaders" was a big disappointment in that respect -- not only do the Crusaders not turn into dragons, ride dragons or have anything to do with dragons, but there is a whopping FIVE MINUTES of dragons doing ANYTHING in this movie.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some knights become cursed and will turn into gargoyles unless the curse is removed. They must seek out the feared black dragon to remove the curse. Read morePublished 17 months ago by The Movie Guy
Fun, exciting movie! Great actors! I think many would enjoy this movie!Published 21 months ago by Marlon France
Husband like the movie. I bought this movie as a gift for him. It's an okay movie if your into dragons.Published on February 3, 2014 by anita mello
Bad acting, cheap effects, scenery mistakes ( some houses & boats are not medieval), boring to death. Nice poster I must admit.Published on January 9, 2014 by firebird phil
As far giving this a star,I'd wouldn't even give that. The plot say's it all when you the by-line about the movie. Read morePublished on March 1, 2013 by Die Hard
Campy and fun. It's a sister film to Merlin and the War of the Dragons. Many of the same actors are in both films, which can be distracting but I enjoyed them both. Read morePublished on January 28, 2013 by Dragon&Fox
overall awful, too much gore.. acting is poor. The plot was fairly predictable. The special effects were OK but not that great.Published on September 22, 2012 by anonymous