When it was released in 1980 "Hawk The Slayer" didn't quite set the till bells ringing at the box office and critics were unduly harsh in their reviews. Yet it was fans of fantasy sword and sorcery tales and the Role Playing Game (RPG) community that took this colourfully classic tale of good vs evil to their hearts and elevated it to the more esteemed cult status with its more successful VHS video and DVD releases.
Recently there have been talks of wheels turning to make the long awaited sequel "Hawk the Hunter" a reality with a YouTube announcement plus news of legendary musician Rick Wakeman agreeing to produce the film's score. Following the announcement that "Hawk The Slayer" has been selected for presentation in the highly popular Discovery Stand at Film4 FrightFest 2015, the film's writer and director Terry Marcel commented;
“I am deeply honoured that after 35 years, Hawk The Slayer will once again be shown on the big screen, and at such a prestigious event. I will be announcing the film, alongside CROW actor Ray Charleson, and we will take a Q&A session after the movie closes. During the proceedings I will be launching our Kickstarter Campaign to raise the final amount required for us to make the long awaited sequel Hawk The Hunter, of which more news to follow. In attendance will be my good friend Rick Wakeman who is attached to produce the film score I hope everyone enjoys the screening and I look forward to meeting as many Hawk fans as possible." - Terry Marcel
"Hawk The Slayer" has many a celebrity fan including lead singer of The Darkness Justin Hawkins, Bill Bailey, and Simon Pegg. It will be available on Blu-Ray from 6th July 2015.
Further information can be found online and on social media;
Twitter; @slayer_hawk #SlayerReturns #HuntBegins #hawkthehunter
Facebook; Hawk The Hunter
Film 4 Frightfest; www.frightfest.co.uk