Prince Killian and the Holy Grail is a Spanish take on the Holy Grail from the Spanish comic book hero but the low budget does not help the film at all.
Film making 1/5
Bonus Features 0/5
Recommendation 2/5 Stars
Prince Killian and the Holy Grail takes on odd but new look at the tale of the Holy Grail but be warned this was filmed in Spanish and dubbed to English. Prince Killian and two of his companions, Crispin and Goliath find themselves teamed with a princess tasked with bringing the Holy Grail to its proper keepers.
Sergio Peris-Mencheta plays Prince Killian with Natasha Yarovenko as Princess Sigrid and Asier Exteandia playing Prince Hassan. Prince Hassan is the son of a Moslim King who has an amulet that has something to do with the Holy Grail.
Prince Killian’s friends and fellow warriors Crispin and Goliath are taken hostage during the Crusades and while the prince is rescuing him he gets more than he bargained for. During the rescue the prince gets separated and runs into an old man who entrusts him with the Holy Grail and taking it to its proper keepers.
During the escape Prince Killian helps a princess also escape and they rejoin King Richard who is leading the crusades only to be assigned a new task. King Richard is given word of new troubles in Spain so he sends Killian and his group to find out what is wrong.
The princess tags along and the group continues to be the target of trouble as others try to take the Grail from them. Magic and sword fighting are the common fodder but the fight scenes are pretty bad and acting over all is not that great.
The worst part of the film is the lack of proper flow because of the bad acting at times and the even worse English dubbing that is really distracting. The film is probably not so bad in its native Spanish but the English has been dubbed and is very obvious with bad timing.
The film also has some very cheesy lines in English, “Behind you big fella,”, “Where did they all come from?” “They could have sent someone smarter to rescue me.” Its lines like these that make Prince Killian seem more like a high school attempt at a play then a serious movie due to the cheesy lines.
Fight scenes are atrocious with the hero easily defeating wave after wave of armed men, I mean he regularly beats up guys bare handed when they have swords. The heroes never get hit with anything but an occasional punch when there barehanded against swords, spears and bows.
The English dubbing is what really ruins it with almost decent tries but very poor lines and inappropriate language for a film from the crusades. The script could have better written with lines more appropriate to old England instead of modern times which would have made for a better movie.
Video and audio quality are alright for the DVD film and do not really detract from the enjoyment but lower budget could have been the reasoning behind the poor script. The film does have some magic and other special effects which really show the lower budget but it does work out well for both video and audio quality.
There are no bonus features on the DVD release of Prince Killian and the Holy Grail which is not really surprising given the obvious budget constraints. The film just does not strike me even as a rental unless you are into cheap crusade films that take an odd turn for the worse with the English dubbing.
Prince Killian and the Holy Grail would only be worth a rental if you are interested, and if you do understand Spanish, it may be worth checking out.
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