I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s introduction to director/writer George A. Romero’s 1981 independent drama Knightriders. Readers can also read Cox’s intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was June 2, 1991 (read here). Along with There’s Always Vanilla and Season of the Witch (both from 1973), Knightriders is notable for being one of Romero’s few non-horror films. How can I briefly sum up this film? Well, think of jousting, but with motorcycles instead of horses. This makes up the surface of the plot, which deals with the trials and tribulations of a traveling renaissance fair troupe from Pittsburgh. As with all of Romero’s films, I love this one as well. Fascinating bit of trivia: Romero has reportedly cited the Society for Creative Anachronism as the inspiration regarding the occupation of the film’s protagonists. If you readers are interesting in reading a list of my favorite George A. Romero films, read here.
Here is a youtube video link to Alex Cox’s Moviedrome intro to Knightriders
Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer
12 thoughts on “Moviedrome Mondays: Knightriders (1981)”
Not only have I never seen this, I had never even heard of it.
Best wishes, Pete.
Absolutely fantastic post. I have never seen Knightriders but definitely want to see it now. Great work as usual curating this one.
Well now you have Pete 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂
I think you will enjoy it – I can guarantee you that 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂
Knightriders is worth watching just for Ed Harris. Mind you, you can say that about any film starring Ed Harris.
You are most certainly correct about Ed Harris Paul 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂
I need to see this John. It sounds very original. Perhaps it inspired Panos Cosmatos’ Mandy to a degree. I’ll have to see to find out.
Sorry for the late reply Pam – been busy these past few days 🙂 Yeah, you should check out Knightriders at the very least. I wonder If a little bit of it did influence some of Panos Cosmatos Mandy as well? 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂
one of my best friends, now passed on, brother blue, played merlin in knightriders.
Omg, you were best friends with him – that must have been awesome 🙂 I do remember him as Merlin. He was immensely talented – I mean just watch his interpretation of King Lear in this youtube video link below 🙂
ivim to lear, romeo…and shaken a speare (as blue called him) he was a harvard divinity graduate who did his preaching as a storyteller in the streets of harvard square. we had a ot of fun together, once attended a staged readung wth norman mauer if hus play strawhead, about marukyn monroe, which was never produced. u think i have an audio file of a conversation we had about romero and knightriders. if u can find it, ill send you a copy
send me an email at email@example.com if you want to hear brother blue talk about knightriders