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1[[quoteright:300:]] ˛[[caption-width-right:300:''[[{{Tagline}} Unleash your dark side]]''.]]˛˛A 1999 ScienceFantasy action film based on the [[Literature/{{Beowulf}} epic poem of the same name]], starring Creator/ChristopherLambert and Creator/RhonaMitra.˛˛Hearing about a monster bothering a castle, a hunter with supernatural powers named Beowulf goes there to ply his trade.˛˛!!This film has examples of:˛˛* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: Beowulf from the epic poem was a dude who slayed monsters. This film made the character a HalfHumanHybrid who is tormented by the idea of him turning completely non-human, and fights monsters because of it.˛* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Though she's never described in the original poem, Grendel's mother is usually portrayed as an ogress or a she-monster. Here, she's a beautiful seductress played by former playmate Layla Roberts (beautiful until her OneWingedAngel form, that is).˛* AdaptationOriginConnection: This movie made [[spoiler: Hrothgar sleep with the mother and father Grendel]] eight years [[OlderThanTheyThink before]] [[WesternAnimation/Beowulf2007 the animated film.]]˛* AdaptedOut: The dragon is nowhere to be seen in this story, although some of his physical attributes are given to Grendel's Mother.˛* AfterTheEnd: The world has regressed to a pseudo-Medieval state, with guns and cars presumably becoming LostTechnology.˛* AllForNothing: Beowulf gets in a fight with the army besieging Hrothgar's fortress because they want to execute a girl who abandoned it. When she learns that Beowulf is heading [[NothingIsScarier there]], [[spoiler: she jumps from his horse and runs straight into the besiegers, who kill her.]]˛* AnArmAndALeg: Beowulf's second encounter with Grendel ends with him managing to cut of the beast's right arm off. The arm is then hoist up on display.˛* AntagonisticOffspring: Grendel is only loyal to his mother, and thus becomes an enemy to his father Hrothgar.˛* ArrangedMarriage: Hrothgar married his daughter to the son of some powerful family outside.˛* BadassLongcoat: Beowulf's.˛* BigBad: Grendel's Mother, who has her son slaughtering the populace of the Outpost because it has been built on the land that belongs to her.˛* BlindIdiotTranslation: Russian bootleg translation of the film's title was "Biovolk", i.e., "Biological Wolf". ˛* BlindWithoutThem: The Outpost's weapons master drops his glasses during a patrol, and while he's fumbling for them on the ground, he doesn't realize that Grendel is right on front of him until it is too late.˛* CainAndAbel: [[spoiler:Kyra and Grendel]] are this in virtue of being [[spoiler:Hrothgar's offspring]] making [[spoiler:Grendel, Kyra's half brother]].˛* CompositeCharacter: Although there's no dragon in the film, its version of Grendel's mother has a second form that vaguely resembles an insectoid dragon.˛* CursedWithAwesome: Beowulf considers himself cursed by his heritage, which he believes it will make him evil some day. However, in present time he is superhumanly strong and agile and has a HealingFactor.˛* DarkIsNotEvil: Beowulf wears black and is the son of a dark god, who battles monsters for the sake of not being like them˛* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler: Hrothgar, his wife ([[DemotedToExtra killed before]] [[PosthumousCharacter the movie events]]), Roland (who sort of replaces Unferth) and the castle itself with everyone inside except Beowulf and OriginalCharacter Kyra]].˛* DoesNotLikeShoes: Grendel's Mother is always barefoot.˛* DontTouchItYouIdiot: Despite Beowulf's warning, Will keeps fiddling with one of his weapons and almost gets shot in the face with arrows.˛* TheDragon: Grendel to his mother.˛* DrivenToSuicide: After learning that [[spoiler:her husband impregnated the woman who'd became Grendel's Mother]], Hrothgar's wife killed herself.˛* EyepatchOfPower: Sported by the guy who's second-in-command to the leader of the forces besieging the Outpost.˛* {{Fainting}}: Will faints when he sees Grendel murdering his assistant Karl on front of him.˛* FeudalFuture: Hrothgar conquered an "outpost" built over a medieval castle, arranged his daughter's marriage for some lands, and is besieged to make sure that nobody leaves the place until the monster is dealt with.˛* GorgeousGorgon: Grendel's Mother in her human form.˛* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: Believing that anyone still alive in the outpost is plagued by its evil presence, the forces surrounding the place execute anyone trying to leave it with a device that chops them half.˛* HalfHumanHybrid: ˛** Beowulf is [[HeroicBastard a result]] of [[HumanMomNonhumanDad his mother sleeping with a being]] that apparently was a "god of darkness". ˛** Same goes for Grendel, who's the result of [[spoiler:Hrothgar]] sleeping with the demonic woman only known as Grendel's Mother.˛* HealingFactor: Beowulf can regenerate from wounds that would kill a normal man.˛* HornyDemons: Grendel's Mother is a literal succubus here. She spawns demonic offspring from human fathers.˛* HotterAndSexier: Than the epic poem, for sure. Specially when it comes to Grendel's mother.˛* KillItWithFire: During the final confrontation, Beowulf sees that the blood shed from Grendel's Mother is inflammable. He uses this fact a moment later to set her on fire, which leads to her explosive death.˛* MsFanservice: Kyra's outfits might be very heavy on the cleavage, but Grendel's Mother barely bothers to cover herself up with her net-like dress.˛* MultiArmedAndDangerous: When she transforms, Grendel's Mother turns her limbs into a pair of wings/claws each, and she also sprouts a couple pair more from her back.˛* OfCorsetsSexy: All of Kyra's outfits have a built-in, visible corset showing lots of cleavage.˛* OneWingedAngel: When Beowulf rejects her offer of sleeping with her, Grendel's Mother reveals her true [[GiantSpider demon-spider]] form to fight him to the death.˛* OurDemonsAreDifferent: Grendel's Mother. Her nature is never exactly revealed, but her inhuman form is quite demonic-looking.˛* PeopleInRubberSuits: Grendel. The filmmaker tried to hide this by adding a computer-generated sheen on the character whenever he appeared onscreen to make him seem more otherworldly.˛* PosthumousCharacter: Hrothgar's unnamed wife (presumably Wealthow) and Kyra's husband both died before Beowulf's arrival.˛* ProtagonistTitle˛* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: During the final confrontation, Grendel's Mother claims to be "older than sin".˛* RiddleForTheAges:˛** Beowulf's father. Was it really a god? A demon like Grendel's Mother? SomethingCompletelyDifferent?˛** What caused the ''Film/MadMax''-esque CrapsackWorld of the film?˛* SerratedBladeOfPain: Hrothgar's weapon of choice is a {{BFS}} with serrated edges.˛* TokenMinority: Besides the occasional mook, Will and his uncle are the only black people in the movie.˛* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Though we never learn how much into the future it is.˛* TheVamp: Grendel's Mother uses her beauty to entice men (although, in a subversion, it seems she actually conceived Grendel by raping Hrothgar in his sleep rather than seducing him).˛* WalkingArmory: Beowulf carries lots of weapons on his person: a sword, crossbows, daggers, two picks that double as grappling hooks, a BladeBelowTheShoulder, and so on.˛* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: The girl saved early in the movie by Beowulf was Will's girlfriend and they planned to escape together.˛˛----


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