Dragon Crusaders NR

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A group of Knights Templar attacks a pirate ship and are cursed to turn into hideous monsters. To fight the curse and save the world, they must defeat the wizard-dragon.

Starring:
Dylan Jones, Cecily Fay
Runtime:
1 hour 31 minutes

Dragon Crusaders

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The plot say's it all when you the by-line about the movie.
Die Hard
We all know that I'm a pushover for fantasy material, but my expectations were far exceeded by Atkins' accomplished film.
Christopher Mills
This quality of the film was actually OK but the story line and acting are really bad.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Shamon on October 16, 2011
Format: Amazon Instant Video
Dragon Crusaders represents a major leap forward for home video company The Asylum. Although the film was shot on a low budget, with only a two week shoot, the result was a highly watchable and entertaining romp through a Wales forest complete with dragons, pirates, and gargoyles.

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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Mills on February 8, 2012
Format: DVD
The latest fantasy epic from micro-budget studio The Asylum and director Mark Atkins (PRINCESS OF MARS, DRAGONQUEST) is probably their best genre effort yet. DRAGON CRUSADERS (2011) is a lively and exciting mini-epic that benefits from a reasonably original story, a good cast, and gorgeous Welsh location work.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 7, 2012
Format: DVD
When I watch a movie called "Dragon Crusaders," I expect two things: dragons and Crusaders. Or crusaders who turn into dragons. Or Crusaders RIDING dragons.

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.
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