As a child of the 70s and early 80s I have fond memories of ‘Star Wars’ and numerous other films and television shows of that day, but I have particularly fond memories of the early onslaught of fantasy movies that seemed to be released at alarming rate during the advent of home video here in the UK.
One such film was ‘Hawk The Slayer’ a fantastic fantasy romp written and directed by Terry Marcel.
In recent months we’ve learned that a sequel is on its way, which is to be titled ‘Hawk The Hunter’ and I was lucky enough to be able to ask Terry Marcel a few probing questions in E-Mail about ‘Hawk The Slayer’ and his plans for ‘Hawk The Hunter’.
SFP: Hawk The Slayer has been a favorite movie of mine since first seeing it back in 1983 on a dodgy video that my brothers friend lent us. What was the inspiration behind the film and how much of a challenge was it for you to get such a great cast involved on such a modest budget?
Terry Marcel: I’m pleased the film is a favourite of yours and good to be talking to you. My inspiration for Hawk the Slayer was Kurosawa’s “ Yojimbo”, which had previously been remade as “A Fist Full of Dollars”. I had a vision to make something similar and I really wanted to have a wondering warrior with a sword carried on his back, but I could never work out how to get the sword into his hands quickly. So it evolved into a magic sword, controlled by the hero’s mind, suddenly it became a Sword and Sorcery movie which gave me the licence to do what ever I wanted.
Regarding the cast. I Directed a couple of Ray Cooney movies “ Let’s Stay for Breakfast” which had Ray Charleson (CROW) then followed “There Goes the Bride” with a young Actor called John Terry. I knew John would make a great ‘HAWK’ and Ray a great ‘ELF’. My writing partner Harry Robertson and I then flew out to the USA to meet with Jack Palance. We loved Jack as “SHANE” and wanted him to play the evil brother ‘VOLTAN’. He liked the character and the idea of working with us in London, so we
signed him up. We also had a great Casting Director called Debbie McWilliams and she was responsible for the wonderful supporting cast that over time has been called Iconic. People like Bernard Bresslaw, Roy Kinnear, Warren Clarke, just brilliant Actors.
SFP: Aside from the story for Hawk one aspect I loved about the film was the soundtrack, which kind of felt like a Spaghetti Western kind of thing. Who was responsible for that and was Spagetti Western what you were kind of going for or was that a happy accident?
Terry Marcel: The music was written and produced by my partner Harry Robertson. As mentioned above re Kurosawa’s “Yojimbo” / “Fist Full of Dollars”, the score was definitely a kind of Fantasy/Spagetti Western sound track that definitely captured the feel for our movie. It became a stand alone masterpiece in my opinion. Still sounds great today.
SFP: With ‘Hawk The Hunter’ in the works. One of the challenges you’ll have is getting some of the original cast back. Is there likely going to be any struggle in getting John Terry to return or is the new film likely to be a whole new cast of characters.
Terry Marcel: We’re looking to bring in a new Hawk and band of followers, mainly because we have aspirations to do a Hawk TV series and we’ll need to sign Actors up for a while. But I have written a part for Ray Charleson in the sequel. He’ll play an ancient Tree Elf called “BOWMAN” and there’s a very emotional scene when BOWMAN dies in the arms of the new Crow. So we’ll have a kind of “Spock meets Spock moment”. I do have some thoughts for other British Actors but I wouldn’t want to mention anyone at this stage.
SFP: I couldn’t help but smile a little about the fact that you have managed to get Rick Wakeman to do the soundtrack for ‘Hawk The Hunter’ and wondered if you could discuss how you managed to get such a much loved Rock musician involved?
Terry Marcel: Rick is a massive coup for us. I’m a big fan of his work and turns out he’s a big HAWK fan. I couldn’t think of anyone better to carry on from what Harry Robertson produced.
Basically I met with Rick and we discussed ‘Hawk the Hunter’. I explained we were doing a Kickstarter to try and raise the final piece of the budget and would he like to come on board to write and produce the sequel Soundtrack. I was absolutely delighted when he said yes. He’s also going to let his social media followers know of our campaign, which is very kind of him. When someone like Rick Wakeman joins the team, you get very excited for the project overall.
SFP: On August 30 you will be launching a Kickstarter in order to raise the 20% worth of funds that you need in order to make ‘Hawk The Hunter’ can you maybe give some clues as to what sort of incentives you’ll be offering to entice people into pledging to the cause or is it to early for you to say?
Terry Marcel: Sure. To give you a taster, I’ve enclosed one of our “Fan Day” REWARDS to give you an idea of how we’d like to get the Hawk fans involved. And also the T Shirt, which I have to say is a must have fashion item! Other items include a specially commissioned silver plated HAWK COIN that will be used in the movie. There will be the DVD and some great Digital Downloads too, so all in all we’re hoping there’s something for everyone at all budget ranges.
We’d like to thank Terry Marcel for kindly taking the time out to talk about ‘Hawk The Hunter’ with us.
- You can find out more about ‘Hawk The Hunter’ at: www.hawkthehunter.com