When I saw that Mark Atkins wrote and directed “Dragon Crusaders” I knew it would be a good film. It was a great story and fun to watch, it kept my interest and me being the pig I am I typically need comedy and nudity to keep me interested. It gripped me the moment a pirate killed a performer and the audience cheered thinking it was part of the show, until more performers were killed, then the audience ran for their lives. It set the tone that this medieval movie would have quality kills along with a little subtle humor. You have to pay attention for it, but some looks by the characters, subtle gestures, or comments added some enlightening moments here and there. Then again someone can get their head chopped off and I would consider that funny….well, depending on how it’s chopped off.
Watch out for Aerona (Cecily Fay), when we meet her the first time she struts in innocently humming a song and then kicks everyone’s ass. She was sexy and scary. Right away I went online trying to find a poster of her in that costume to replace my Patty Smyth “The Warrior” poster.
One of the many great things about this film is most people would assume that there’s a lot of stock footage and green screens used for the scenery while it’s filmed in California. NO! It was filmed in the UK which made it more genuine and the scenery was beautiful. With amazing castles, mountains, and beautiful peasants, what could be better? Just adding some dragons, kills, and horror which Mark did a great job doing.
One thing that cracked me up a little was every time Neem (Shinead Byrne) was alone something horrible happened. In one scene she takes off running on her own and I knew something bad was going to happen and of course she was captured by a dragon, but my biggest problem with that scene was I couldn’t stop visualizing the scene from Monty Pythons “Holy Grail” when Sir Lancelot was running to save the prince and takes out the guards along with everyone else in the castle. Classic.
“Dragon Crusaders” was a fun story to follow and fortunately it wasn’t like other medieval or fantasy movies where they have too much going on to where you’re confused. Okay, I only have two brain cells so it may just be me that gets confused easily.
Lastly, I want to personally thank Mr. Atkins for casting fellow men with serious male pattern baldness.