Knights of the Damned is a 2017 British fantasy action horror film directed by Simon Wells (Carnivore: Werewolf of London) from a screenplay by Ben Loyd-Holmes and James Morelli-Green. The movie stars Ross O’Hennessy (Tribal: Get Out Alive), Ben Loyd-Holmes and Silvio Simac.
A sequel, Dragon Kingdom, followed in 2018.
The King has sent his best Knights to defeat the Dragon besieging his castle. Along their epic adventure, they encounter malicious sirens, warrior women on a mission of revenge and an unstoppable army of the undead. Can they survive?
“The production design is solid, the costumes are great, and the CGI is adequate. But the screenplay needlessly repeats information the viewer was already given. The acting is ho-hum and there is too few action beats to be rousing. However, it is the film’s non-ending that makes it such a cumbersome chore to watch.” Bobby Lepire, Film Threat
“The idea of the Katori warriors and the more-or-less equal time they get kicking fury-butt is also pretty cool. That is definitely our kind of progressive filmmaking. Unfortunately, the movie itself looks like it was produced with sets and props discarded by A Knight’s Tale and discovered in a local landfill.” Joe Bendel. J.B. Spins
“If you can get passed the sub-par acting and the horrific CGI you can really see how awful this movie is because it is so cluttered. The story is hard to follow. The characters have barely any depth and it’s all bad really.” Shona Harding, Moving Picture Review
“In the age of CGI and animation, you’d think that dragons would be easy to put into movies. But it still doesn’t work with a moderate budget, apparently. The dragon in the movie just doesn’t look good. At all. The zombies, on the other hand, look fine. They’re a bit generic, but they don’t take away from the movie like the dragon.” Sword and Cinema
Cast and characters:
Ross O’Hennessy … Richard
Ben Loyd-Holmes … George
Silvio Simac … Thomas
Zara Phythian … Dimia
Andrea Vasiliou … Phrowenia
Adrian Bouchet … James
Kate Davies-Speak … Isabel (as Kate Marie Davies)
Kunjue Li … Kateya
Jon-Paul Gates … Prince Favian
Rebecca Dyson-Smith … Princess Elizabeth
Tim Vincent … Nicolas
Marc Zammit … Bryce
Chris Bell … Tybalt the Inn Keeper
Simon Burbage … Clumpy
Louise Rhian Poole … Luanda the Inn Keeper’s Wife