Movies With Swords: Legend

Legend is a British-American adventure fantasy film. It was released in 1985, and has gathered a serious cult following ever since, myself included. I grew up watching this film on VHS over and over… fascinated by the juxtaposition of light and dark, good and evil, opposing forces that cannot exist without the other. Of course, at the time I wasn’t aware of the reason I enjoyed it so much… I mean, I was a kid…

But isn’t that the case with all great films? We love them, but we don’t know exactly why until we sit down and really think about it. A good movie won’t beat you over the head with its message, but subtly suggest it to your subconscious, until one day you’re like, “yeah, I get it!”

In one of his most iconic roles, Tim Curry plays bull-like lord of all things evil. Horrifying, but super awesome. The actor’s entire body was encased in prosthetic make up that took over five hours every morning to apply. More an art film than a regular adventure film, it received mixed reviews when it first came out. But like most things ahead of their time, it has grown to be one of the greatest fantasy films ever made.

This dark fairytale is not afraid to scare you, to show a world that’s enchantingly beautiful, but also terrifying. It’s a throw back to ancient fairy tales. Tales told by the fire hundreds of years ago, warning young children about the darkness that lies inside us all.

Tom Cruise plays Jack, a “forest child” and innocent. When a unicorn is wounded, and his beloved Lily captured, he is forced to become the world’s Champion, donning gold armor and a huge sword. All ends well, of course. Jack kills the Lord of Darkness (Curry) and the unicorns are saved.

Now if you’ve ever wanted to dress up as Jack for Halloween, I’m sure you had a tough time finding gold armor. Luckily I have here a few options to help you create a decent Jack costume.

Celtic War Sword w/Sheath 31″

This sword is an exact replica of the ones used by the Celts. The handle is solid wood with solid brass guard and tip. Granted, not exactly Jack’s sword, but it’s thick enough, and heavy enough to fit the bill. The brass accents give it that gold-like look.

Chainmail Shirt

Jack wore solid gold chain mail in the movie, but a little spray paint is all you need to turn this quality piece of armor into Jack’s own apparel.

I love this movie. It’s a tradition in my house to always watch the old VHS when someone’s sick. Yes, I still have it from when I was a kid. Its particular brand of nostalgia cures even the worst cold. If you would like to honor your love for this movie too, Heavenly Swords can help you recreate the weapons and armor necessary. Now get a blanket and sit on the couch…it’s Legend time!


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