A while back, I spent a whopping $5 on this 50-movie set, Sci-fi Invasion. That adds up to 10 cents per movie. Star Knight combines sword n’ sorcery action with sci-fi alien freakiness.
Here’s what happens: Back in the ol’ Renfest days, there’s much talk about a dragon laying waste to the countryside. When the dragon appears to have abducted the local princess, the king’s alchemist (Harvey Keitel!) quests to get her back. Turns out that the “dragon” is actually an alien spaceship, and the princess has fallen for the hunky alien visitor.
Speculative spectacle: Apparently telepathic, the alien “talks” in a series of electronic, chirpy sounds. It’s supposed to make him all otherworldly and magical, but instead he just reminded me of Charlie Brown’s teacher.
Sleaze factor: The princess goes skinny-dipping!
Quantum quotables: Keitel: “Sire, surely thou canst not doubt my forceful courage. A hundred trials I have fought and, forsooth, have triumphed over each one. If I were knighted, and made Sir Klever, the vassals would respect me more, and thus would be eased the rigors of your reign.” King: “Must you speak like that?”
What the felgercarb? Everyone is very, very badly dubbed, except for Harvey Keitel, who delivers all his faux-Shakespearean thees and thous in his usual New York/Italian brusque. The result is… unconvincing.
Microcosmic minutiae: According to the IMDb, the alien’s name is “Ix,” which was also the name of the planet of machines from Dune. I hereby dare someone to write some Dune/Star Knight fan fiction right away.
Epic crossover: Judge David Johnson reviewed this movie for DVD Verdict. Read it now.
Worth 10 cents? Ehhh, not really.
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