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->''"The ancient prophecy: that a girl of ancient name shall become queen, that she shall choose a king, and that together they shall rule our world, and that their son shall rule the galaxy."''

An evil overlord from space, called The Beast, invades the world of Krull due to a prophecy that a marriage that unites that world will have a son who will rule the galaxy. When two great kingdoms are going to be joined by a marriage (necessitated by this invasion), The Beast's army, the Slayers, kidnaps Princess Lyssa just before her wedding is completed, and Prince Colwyn goes on a quest to save her, aided by a wise old man, a gang of escaped prisoners and thieves, and an ancient sentient weapon.

Supposedly it was [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally supposed to be]] the official ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' movie (under the title ''The Dragons Of Krull''), but the license was somehow lost before the film was released. But this may simply be an UrbanLegend, given that it has been [[http://www.dragonsfoot.org/forums/viewtopic.php?p=506454&sid=2d1b9ed5266c5aa9b2863c456cf6a6b9#p506454 officially denied]] by Creator/GaryGygax himself.

See also ''Film/HawkTheSlayer'', another fantasy film made in Britain.

Has nothing to do with the protagonist of Thomas Mann's 1954 novel ''[[Literature/ConfessionsOfFelixKrull Confessions of Felix Krull]]''. Or the island state of Krull from ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''. Or ''Literature/{{Kull}}''.
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!!This film provides examples of:
* AlasPoorVillain: Vella the seductress, who [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation depending on interpretation]], either could not kill or seduce Colwyn because she fell in love with him herself or because she could not [[ThePowerOfLove ruin his love with Lyssa]], let alone take the life of [[TheHero a man of such goodness and virtue]]. Either way, hearing her speak of the happiness and hope [[TragicDream she knows can never be hers]], and [[YouHaveFailedMe knowing what fate lies in store for her]], you can't help but feel pity for her.
* AllThatGlitters: Implied as a lesson of the Emerald Seer's when the thieves try and take emeralds from his cave, only to find that outside they're simply [[AllThatGlitters ordinary stones]]. In this case, presumably the real treasure of the seer's cave is knowledge. Unsurprisingly, [[TricksterMentor he seems to have a nice chuckle over this lesson]].
* AndNowYouMustMarryMe
* {{Backstory}}: Ynyr and the Widow's past were of a tragic love.
** The Cyclops race made a deal with the Beast, who cheated them and made them one of his mortal enemies.
* BigBad: The Beast has conquered many worlds, and is now after this one.
* BigGuyFatalitySyndrome: [[spoiler:Rell]], being crushed to death at the fortress' gate.
* BinarySuns: Krull not only has them, but daybreak is stated to be when both suns rise.
* BlackEyesOfEvil: A form of GlamourFailure sported by both the Changeling that replaces the Seer and the seductress Vella.
* BlessedWithSuck: The Cyclopes traded with the Beast: one of their eyes (which is why they only have one now) for the ability to see into the future. The Beast ''did'' give them the ability to see into the future - but they can only see [[YourDaysAreNumbered the moment of their own deaths]]. Using the knowledge to avoid their death? [[YouCantFightFate That just brings a much more painful death.]]
* BlindSeer: The Emerald Seer is blind, but the changeling who kills him is not.
* BoxedCrook: A variant as Torquil and his gang aren't in prison, but are defeated by Colwyn when they try to ambush him. Rather than imprison them, he offers them a chance to earn a full pardon. They accept and help the king.
* BreathWeapon: The Beast fires balls of energy from his mouth.
* ButtMonkey: Ergo acts silly and has silly things happen to him, until his character development, when he helps fight the Slayers.
* CallAPegasusAHippogriff: A glaive is actually a type of single-bladed polearm (and also an obscure name for a sword) not a five-bladed shuriken discus. [[note]]Though this may actually be a case of TheyJustDidntCare motivated by RuleOfCool, by combining [[ImpossiblyCoolWeapon an awesome weapon]] with the equally cool name of another. And considering the Glaive was "just an old symbol" and Krull was a place of mythical archetypes, there's nothing to say the name couldn't be attached to something different there anyway.[[/note]]
* CarpetOfVirility: Ken Marshall had one.
* TheCasanova: Kegan (Liam Neeson), who has a wife or lover in numerous towns ([[UrbanLegendLoveLife or so it is rumored]]). Two wives are known of for sure, and while he never falls prey to OopsIForgotIWasMarried, he does have to do some quick thinking and fancy maneuvering to keep them from finding out about each other.
* ClimbingTheCliffsOfInsanity: Colwyn has to climb one to get to the cave where the Glaive is resting.
* CollapsingLair: The fortress falls into pieces at the end.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: Played with. In the scene when Colwyn retrieves the Glaive from the lava pit, he clearly acts as if there is a great deal of heat rising from the pool, yet is still able to reach in and retrieve the weapon without burning himself or catching fire. However, he is [[TheChosenOne the prophesied hero]] who would carry the Glaive, so its magic is implied to protect him from all effects of the lava.
* {{Cool Horse}}s: Fire mares can travel super fast, leave tracks of flames as they gallop (hence their name), and fly through the air without breaking stride.
* CuffsOffRubWrists: The thieves do this when Colwyn removes their manacles.
* CursedWithAwesome: While it's played as very melancholy in the film, the ability to know when you're going to die has major advantages. (See ''Film/BigFish''.)
* {{Cyclops}}: Rell is of a race of people who traded one eye.
* DamselInDistress: Lyssa spends much of the movie trapped in the Black Fortress.
* DealWithTheDevil: The Cyclopes, in their backstory. They were once normal humans living on a distant world. They made a deal with the Beast, exchanging one of their eyes for the ability to know the future. The Beast cheated them, however, only allowing them to know the times of their own deaths, and ensuring they will die horribly if they try to resist their deaths.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Ynyr leaves the Widow to go off on his mad adventures, not knowing he had left SomeoneToRememberHimBy. Furious and hurt, she kills their child after it is born. It is to the credit of Francesca Annis and Freddie Jones that the scene revealing this MoralEventHorizon, for which she was consigned to the web, is played with immense sympathy and tragedy thanks to the genuinely pity-inducing punishment she received and her clear regret for her crime.
* DwindlingParty: As the party nears the end of its quest, several characters start dying.
* EldritchAbomination: The Beast's true form is a HumanoidAbomination.
* EvilOverlord: The Beast has conquered many worlds before he comes to Krull.
* FairytaleWeddingDress: Lyssa's dress with lots of lace, which she ends up wearing for most of the movie.
* {{Fanfare}}: The film starts with one by Creator/JamesHorner.
* FuumaShuriken: The glaive is a Western example. It's also not as large as other examples, but still larger than a typical throwing star. When the blades are retracted, it's the size of an adult's hand.
* GalacticConqueror: The prophecy states that a couple will marry, rule Krull, and their son would rule the galaxy.
* GeniusLoci: While not strictly alive or even sentient, the Black Fortress does seem to obey the Beast with great alacrity as if it is just an extension of his will--witness how the dome forms around Lyssa, or how the floor just so happens to crack open under the heroes, then close as Colwyn is trying to climb through. [[spoiler: This would also explain why it [[LoadBearingBoss collapses after he is killed]].]] If it ''is'' an outer manifestation of the Beast's mind, its MalevolentArchitecture would then be not only a typical EvilTowerOfOminousness, but a reflection of its master being an EldritchAbomination (or at least, not thinking or viewing the world at all the way humans do).
* GiantSpider: The crystalline spider, that is guarding the Widow of the Web, is the size of an elephant.
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: Ergo is able to turn only himself into animals, which is only used for comic relief until [[spoiler:he turns himself into a tiger]].
* HeroesWantRedheads: Lyssa, TheHero's destined true love, is a redhead. They even chose to marry over the objections of their fathers.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Rell]], the Widow of the Web, and the Old One each die to help the heroes.
* HypocriticalHeartwarming: Ergo changed to a puppy to grant the boy's wish. After changing back, he said it was a stupid wish, although [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold no one is fooled]]
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Very much how the Beast treats Lyssa during her captivity, whether [[ScarpiaUltimatum attempting to woo her]], offering her [[PimpedOutDress gorgeous gowns]] and [[RequisiteRoyalRegalia a floating crown]], or coming right out and telling her WeCanRuleTogether. His objective is to convince Lyssa to willingly betray her love for Colwyn, thus defeating [[ThePowerOfLove the power they share]], which is his only weakness.
* IKnowYourTrueName: Ynyr is able to reach the Widow of the Web by calling her true name, [[spoiler: Lyssa. It is a coincidence that she has the same name as the princess.]]
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: The Glaive, a giant, telekinetic ninja star, with retractable blades. And manually adjustable rotation rate. Colwyn uses it as a rotary saw at one point.
* IneptMage: Ergo tries to change people into animals but it only works on himself. Then he finally uses that weakness as a strength.
* InsignificantLittleBluePlanet: The Beast says that the planet Krull is this.
* IronicEcho: Lyssa's twisting of the Beast's words back to him might be {{Narm}} to some, a delicious CrowningMomentOfAwesome to others who truly believe in ThePowerOfLove.
-->'''Lyssa''': ''Power'' is fleeting. ''Love'' is eternal.
* KillAndReplace: [[spoiler:A shape-shifter kills the Emerald Seer and takes his form to get close to Colwyn and kill him.]]
* KillItWithFire: How the Beast is finally taken down.
* LargeHamTitle: Ergo the Magnificent, acts as big as the epithet he gives himself.
* LavaIsBoilingKoolAid: Corwyn sticks his arm into a pool of lava to get the Glaive. He should be dead, but he's completely unharmed, though see above under ConvectionSchmonvection.
* LethalHarmlessPowers: Ergo learns to shapeshift into dangerous animals, which not only takes out a Slayer, but even takes a staff blast and survives.
* LicensedGame: A pinball game, an UsefulNotes/{{Atari 2600}} game, a really confusing arcade game, a [[http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/1626/krull board game containing an plastic-army-man-sized Colwyn and The Beast]], and [[http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/25901/krull-card-game a card game]].
* LoadBearingBoss: The Beast. The Black Fortress falls apart after he dies.
* LoadBearingHero: [[spoiler:Rell]] sacrifices himself to keep a stone gate open so the heroes can get in.
* MadeOfEvil: The Slayers and Changelings gruesomely melt into the ground when dealt a mortal blow.
* MagicMisfire: Ergo's BalefulPolymorph spells always hit himself.
* MagneticHero: Colwyn
** He made bandits about to rob him do a HeelFaceTurn and join him.
** He also seems to have so much appeal that a woman sent to seduce and trap him falls in love with him at first sight instead.
* TheMagnificent: Ergo, of course. (His "proper", full name is: Ergo, the Magnificent, Short In Stature, Large In Power, Narrow Of Purpose And Wide Of Vision. Though he will answer to just "Ergo" in a pinch.) [[spoiler: He proves he isn't just comic relief in TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon.]]
* MalevolentArchitecture: The Black Fortress is loaded with traps.
* MarsNeedsWomen: The alien BigBad, the Beast, kidnaps the hero's fiance. This is due to a prophecy that if he gets Lyssa to marry him, their son will rule the world.
** There's also a prophecy that implies if she chooses to marry the Beast, their son would rule the universe.
* MeaningfulEcho: "Only the king and his lord marshal carry those keys." The second time he says that, he realizes that Colwyn has made him his lord marshal.
* MenActWomenAre: Lyssa gets kidnapped and provides Colwyn with the drive (and power) to succeed; the Widow provides the information they need to find the Fortress but otherwise does nothing. All other roles are filled by active men (save the Seer).
* MoodWhiplash: From bad to good -- from [[spoiler: another of Torquil's men dying by walls with SpikesOfDoom closing in and the others in general peril]] to Lyssa and Colwyn happily meeting again. Also, a milder example in (paraphrased) dialogue:
-->'''Ergo:''' If I had my wish, I'd be out of this gloomy place...if I'd ''really'' have my wish, I'd be sitting on a gooseberry pie as [[BigEater big as a mountain.]] No, that's a bit greedy...I'll settle for one as big as a house. What'd you wish for, Titch?
-->'''Titch:''' ''(ponders)'' A puppy.
-->'''Ergo:''' Only one? Why not a hundred?
-->'''Titch:''' Only want one.
-->'''Ergo:''' Well, that's a foolish wish...what about you, Rell, what'd you wish for?
-->'''[[StoicWoobie Rell]]''': ''(gloomily)'' [[YourDaysAreNumbered Ignorance.]]
* {{Mooks}}: The Slayers.
** They are very powerful though, easily slaughtering the RedShirtArmy near the beginning of the movie, and even the heroes have a difficult time fighting them. Thus they could be considered SuperSoldiers.
* NothingIsScarier: Thanks to the SpecialEffectFailure in how the Beast was portrayed, rather like the shark in ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' and the creature in ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' it is more frightening when unseen, only sensed or heard breathing. [[MalevolentArchitecture The unsettling, surreal interior of the Black Fortress]] doesn't help.
* ObviouslyEvil: The Beast and the Slayers.
* OffingTheOffspring: The Widow of the Web killed her child.
* OhWaitThisIsMyGroceryList: Ergo does this while trying to find a spell he has written down.
-->"There we go! Oh, this is a recipe for hot fudge sauce..."
* OneSteveLimit: Averted. [[spoiler:The Widow of the Web shares her name with Lyssa.]]
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler: Near the end, Ergo decides "if my BalefulPolymorph spells always backfire, why not turn myself into a tiger?"]]
* PantheraAwesome: [[spoiler:Ergo turns himself into a tiger to dispatch the Slayers.]]
* PetTheDog: Literally, but inverted: the moment where it's first shown that Ergo has a heart and a more selfless side is when he turns ''himself'' into a dog for Titch to pet and hold.
* PlayingWithFire: [[spoiler:Colwyn does this in the climax with Lyssa's help.]]
* PluckyComicRelief: Ergo.
* PokeInTheThirdEye: The Beast pulls this on the Emerald Seer, shattering his scrying gem in the process. This necessitates the Seer having to travel to the Emerald Temple where he will have enough power to break through the Beast's barriers...[[GenreSavvy a trip during which the Seer just so happens to be very vulnerable]].
* PopCulturalOsmosis: As noted under CallAPegasusAHippogriff, a glaive is actually a type of polearm, but if a work mentions one after this film, you can bet it's probably a giant shuriken.
* ThePowerOfLove: Which is considerably less metaphoric than in other examples. [[spoiler: Part of the marriage ceremony in this story involves the female taking a literal fire from a ceremonial pool and holding it in her immune-to-this-flame bare hand. Lyssa literally [[ChekhovsGun carries this flame for Colwyn through the entire film]] until the FinalBattle, where it proves to be more than the BigBad can handle.]]
* PreciousPuppy: When the boy mentions he always wanted one, Ergo transforms into a puppy for a few scenes.
* PrecisionGuidedBoomerang: The Glaive. Justified by its supernatural nature.
* PrincessClassic: Lyssa. Though in her opening scenes she shows courage, strength of heart, and more than a little independence (for one thing, it's made quite plain that the alliance by marriage was her idea and she bullied her father into it), and when she is captured it's clearly due to lack of fighting skills and training, not lack of desire to fight back.
* QuicksandSucks: In a surprisingly tense and desperate scene with one of the thieves. Considering this whole moment existed as one big distraction for the Beast to replace the Emerald Seer, the quicksand may well have been magically generated, thus explaining why it didn't act like the RealLife version.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Torquil and his thieves, plus Ergo, Rell, and Titch.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The Beast.
* RedRightHand: Combined with GlamourFailure, the Beast and his servants could take any shape, but their eyes always looked demonic and evil. At least, when they ''opened'' their eyes, or used their powers in any other way. [[spoiler: The one impersonating the Emerald Seer got away with it through the simple expedient of never opening his eyes when the heroes were looking at him; the one trying to seduce Colwyn only blew her cover when she manifested her claws.]]
* RedShirt: All but two of the brigands who join Colwyn, as well as the kingdom soldiers in the first part of the movie.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Colwyn and his father are knights fighting the invaders.
* RuleOfCool: The Glaive, the Slayers' weapons, the Black Fortress, the Fire Mares, the twin suns, the cyclops, the translucent giant spider, and a marriage ceremony that gives the groom [[spoiler: temporary but powerful pyrokenesis]].
* RuleOfSymbolism: Colwyn and Lyssa's love [[spoiler:makes a literal flame that can destroy the Beast]]. The Black Fortress (evil) [[ParanoiaFuel can appear anywhere]]. The Widow of the Web's hourglass sands not only can briefly stop time, allowing someone past the spider, but they also [[spoiler:represent the span of her life--and thanks to MindlinkMates, Yynr's too, so that spilling them ends their lives]]. Torquil not wanting to have his manacles removed until the end of the quest (when he'd earned it), only to keep them even after he does remove them as a reminder of the past he'd atoned for. Bardolph dying on the SpikesOfDoom because [[{{Greed}} he has to go back for his special knife]].
* SaveThePrincess: The basis of much of Colwyn's actions.
* SameLanguageDub: Lysette Anthony is dubbed throughout by Lindsay Crouse.
* SceneryPorn: Lots of beautiful shots of the lovely Italian Alps.
* ScienceFantasy: It's basically a fantasy world invaded by high-tech aliens.
* ShapeshiftingSeducer: Or at least ''would-be'' lover, at two points. The Beast assumes Colwyn's form, and at least one of his minions can do so as well [[spoiler: by impersonating the Emerald Seer]]. Whether the Changeling sent to "make [Colwyn] betray her; if not, kill him" had a similar ability or was somehow assigned the form is not revealed.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Ergo definitely has shades of this, considering his OverlyLongName is clearly CompensatingForSomething. It turns out by the end, though, that much of this is a pose.
-->'''Ergo:''' I am Ergo the magnificent. Short in stature, tall in power, narrow of purpose and wide of vision - and I do not travel with peasants and beggars. Goodbye!
* SoulJar: The Black Widow's hourglass - or more specifically the sand inside it - determines her life span. She passes it on to an injured Ynyr so he could inform the group about the fortress' next location.
* StreetSmart: Torquil, in spades.
-->'''Torquil''': ''Fame? It's an empty purse. Count it? Go broke. Eat it? Go hungry. Seek it and go mad!''
* SuperSpeed: Fire Mares can travel "a thousand leagues in a day." The definition of "league" differed according to era and location, but it refers to the distance a healthy horse can most efficiently travel in an hour - about five and a half kilometers. Fire Mares thus have a cruising speed of ''231 kph'' or '''143 mph!'''
* SwordOfPlotAdvancement: Colwyn's first task on his quest is to retrieve the Glaive.
* TeleportersAndTransporters: The Black Fortress vanishes from one location during a sunrise and appears in another (never the same place twice), to thwart enterprising young heroes. Figuring out where it will appear next so it can be intercepted is one of the major plot points.
* TooAwesomeToUse: The Glaive. The hero is specifically told not to use it until he faces the Beast. Otherwise the movie would just be a long string of monsters getting hacked apart by a flying rotary saw.
* {{Troperiffic}}
* TheWallsAreClosingIn: Includes the [[SpikesOfDoom spiked walls]] version, and a gruesome death for one character who could have escaped but went back for his cherished knife.
* {{Wangst}}: InUniverse it's both justified and defied.
-->'''Colwyn''': You haven't lost a father, and a bride on the same day!\\
'''Ynyr''': Nor have I become ''king'' on that day.
* WeddingSmashers: The Slayers kidnap Princess Lyssa during her wedding.
* WinYourFreedom: Torquil and his band must survive their adventure with Colwyn and rescue the princess if they are to earn their pardon.
* WomanScorned: The Widow by Ynyr, in {{Backstory}}.
* XMeetsY: ''Star Wars'' meets ''Dungeons & Dragons''.
* YouCantFightFate: Not if you're a Cyclops. Well, you can (as in, [[DoNotGoGentle refuse to go off into self-imposed exile]] to await your foreseen death), but [[FateWorseThanDeath you'll regret it]]. [[spoiler:[[HeroicSacrifice Rell doesn't]]--he may regret the pain, but not the reason for it.]]

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