Hey, thanks. I suspected you'd be a Krull fan too. (Yeah, the world is called Krull but I think you'd only know it from the opening monologue).
Ive never been sure why critics and moviegoers didnt like it. As you say, it really doesnt hold much of a cult status as far as I know.
the sets are slightly cheesy, like you can tell the Beast's fortress is made of plastic rocks, but it was on the same level as other films of the era. And while Colwyn is the weakest character, I dont really blame the actor as he seems to have been written as too much of a goody-two-shoes.
And the world of Krull seems a bit underpopulated but it has a good variety of terrain and an interesting mix of creatures. And it doesnt take itself too seriously, striking the right balance.
It does a great thing in which you actually care when the secondary characters meet their ends.
I heard some rumour even that it was originally a dungeons and dragons script, which would have made some sense. But Gary Gygax denied it and he would have known. I think having the DnD name attached would only have helped as DnD was in its heyday in the late 70s and early 80s and the satanic panic would have been great marketing. But I reckon that was just a rumour somebody started when they saw similar elements.
I was a fan, still have the oversized comic adaptation. The Rifftrax version was hilarious however.
Holy crap, I've been through DS9 twice now and kept thunking , "Eddington looks familiar" but since I watch when I exercise, I never looked him up.
Thanx for the revelation
Mr. Turkentine from Willy Wonka as the wizard was a hoot.
The idea that it was a D&D film makes a lot of sense.