A new film about medieval knights, the supernatural, and a dragon was always going to interest me. When it comes from a studio specialising in horror, then it interests me even more. And this is the case with Dragon Knight.
Scottish genre house Hex Studios are the people behind the project, having previously given us the likes of Lord of Tears (2013) and The Devil’s Machine (2019).
Based on a concept by Hex Studios’ Lawrie Brewster and Sarah Daly, Dragon Knight is described as “a gritty fantasy epic, set in the dystopian lands of Agonos, where a lone knight must embark on a perilous quest to save the world from a great and growing evil”.
Director/producer Lawrie Brewster said: “Dragon Knight takes inspiration from the fantasy films of the ’70s and ’80s, and classic fantasy literature, like the Conan the Barbarian series of books, and John Boorman’s Excalibur.
“We want to capture the sense of wonder and awe that fantasy can bring, with a story that is totally original, but feels timeless. And, like all our projects, the film will have a dark edge, so we’re not straying too far from our horror roots!”
Writer Sarah Daly added: “Fantasy, like horror, offers a great opportunity to mirror the world we live in.
“Through the prism of genre, you can explore real-world issues with a degree of separation that can let us see them more objectively.
“Dragon Knight will have everything you expect from a fantasy film: dragons, heroes, epic battles, but it also has something to say, and should feel relevant to the strange times we live in.”
If you’re interested in getting involved (as I have done), the Hex Studios team has launched a crowdfunder to help finance the film’s post-production by offering rewards to backers, including special editions of the movie, Kickstarter-exclusive T-Shirts, and miniature figures of the film’s cast and creatures.
Dragon Knight is scheduled for release later this year. Meanwhile, you can see the trailer here.
And if you also like dragons in films, you might like this short post from 2020.