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Trailers from Hell and 'Game of Thrones' Director Neil Marshall Remember 'Dragonslayer'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood June 9, 2014 at 1:14PM

This week on Trailers from Hell, "The Descent" director Neil Marshall professes his love for Matthew Robbins' 1981 "Dragonslayer" from Paramount.
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'Dragonslayer'
'Dragonslayer'

This week on Trailers from Hell, "The Descent" director Neil Marshall--who directed Sunday night's much-debated action-packed "Game of Thrones" episode-- professes his love for Matthew Robbins' 1981 "Dragonslayer" from Paramount.

Director Matthew Robbins' gothic fairytale is the missing link between the stop-motion animation of Ray Harryhausen and the super-real imagery of contemporary CGI. Thanks to special effects master Phil Tippett's "go motion" techniques, "Dragonslayer"'s dragon, a lithesome bat-like creature that terrorizes the medieval kingdom of Urland, is uncannily natural. The movie's overall design is the cinematic equivalent of an elegant storybook illustrated by N.C. Wyeth but the film itself, though produced in tandem by Paramount and Disney, is anything but child-like, with virgin sacrifices, gruesome bloodletting and the unexpected death of of a beloved character that lend the tale unexpected gravity. Starring the great Ralph Richardson as the resolute wizard Ulrich and Peter MacNicol as his callow but brave apprentice.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.