A great film that cleverly subverts the expectations of the fantasy genre & the Disney film. Apparently Del Toro & George R. R. Martin are big fans of this movie, they both thought this film had the best movie dragon. I don't disagree at all. Vermithrax Perjorative is a great cinematic creation, melded with all kinds of SFX into a believably living & breathing movie monster that's horrifying & magnificent.
What a mean-spirited movie, subverting every audience expectation of a Disney movie. Sure, the dragon get slain but there's a net loss by the end of it that almost makes that victory irrelevant. Of course I love it.
Early ILM-work and impeccable production designs and settings! The Dark Ages seem so authentic, you can almost smell those dragon-fearing peasants. Vermithrax Pejorative. Love that name. The Alex North score is dirge-like and dissonant. The unconventional hero, Galen, works in the film's overall "anti-cliche" presentation of age-old material. DRAGONSLAYER deserved more than it got! Best of its kind.
One of the most believable and dangerous dragons that has been on screen and that actually (for once) is blood-thirsty and eat young virgins. I like the use of light and the music and cinematography is top notch. Peter MacNicol is also good cast as a nontraditional hero. The story has some flaws and the pace is slow, but it is hard not to be impressed by the dragon and the ambition of the film.