Hawk the Slayer is a 1980 British sword and sorcery adventure film directed by Terry Marcel and starring John Terry and Jack Palance. The film has developed a cult following. Sequels have been planned, but never produce
- John Terry as Hawk
- Jack Palance as Voltan, Hawk's evil brother
- Bernard Bresslaw as Gort, a giant
- Ray Charleson as Crow, a reticent elf
- Peter O'Farrell as Baldin, a dwarf
- W. Morgan Sheppard (billed as Morgan Sheppard) as Ranulf
- Patricia Quinn as Woman (Sorceress)
- Cheryl Campbell as Sister Monica
- Annette Crosbie as Abbess
- Catriona MacColl as Eliane
- Shane Briant as Drogo
- Harry Andrews as High Abbot
- Christopher Benjamin as Fitzwalter
- Roy Kinnear as Innkeeper
- Patrick Magee as Priest
- Ferdy Mayne as Old Man (Hawk & Voltan's Father)
- Graham Stark as Sparrow
- Warren Clarke as Scar
A possible 1981 sequel was referred to in the US magazine Cinefantastique (Fall 1980 Issue) but never made. The director is quoted as saying "...I'll be going on a trip looking for locations for the next one. Whether ITC does it or not, we will be making HAWK - THE DESTROYER in February '.
In 2015 a sequel titled Hawk the Hunter was reported to be in development with a budget of $5 million. There was an unsuccessful attempt to raise some of the money via crowdfunding on Kickstarter. The intended beginning of filming in late 2015 has been postponed. In addition to the sequel, British video game company Rebellion Developments plan to release a game and comic books and director Terry Marcel has plans for a TV series called Hawk the Destroyer.
The film serves as the inspiration for the first track on Flight of the Griffin, the first album by the U.S. band Griffin, released in 1984 by Shrapnel Records. The bassist on the album, Thomas "Hawk" Sprayberry, also takes his nickname from the film.
A quote from the film is referenced in Nothin's Gonna Stop Us the second track on the album Hot Cakes performed by the U.K. band The Darkness.
The film has developed a cult following over the years. Bill Bailey, Simon Pegg. and rock musician Rick Wakeman are fans of the film.
Several references to the film appear in the second series of the British sitcom Spaced.