Robin Hood: Ghosts of Sherwood (2012) – Review

1/2 Star

I received a package from one of our far flung fans in Germany, it contained the Blu-Ray of this movie with a note attached; scribbled in English, “Watch this plead”. I took it that the plead was intended as a please, but after viewing the movie it may well have been a cry for mercy. Robin Hood: Ghosts of Sherwood is one of the most desperate horror/comedies I’ve ever seen, and no wonder. The movie’s premise doesn’t work — not even a little, not even sometimes — and that means all the actors in the movie look awkward and silly all the time. This plays less like a movie than like punishment for a willing audience. I’ve seen youtube videos staged with more proficiency and better production values. This film is not edited as much as roughly assembled. The lead actor’s voice slips in and out of accent so often it could be a stand-alone drinking game.

Robin Hood has been envisioned in many different cinematic forms from the laughable (Frank Sinatra’s Robin and the Seven Hoods) to an Americanized Hollywood product (Costner’s Prince of Thieves), but never has it been handled so poorly. After selling his soul to a sorceress Robin is killed in battle. Distraught over these horrific turn of events Marian and Little John attempt to resuscitate Robin and his Merry Men. In doing so they inadvertently have turned the one-time heroes into the living dead and worse, the ghostly reincarnations are now hunting down Marian and Little John. So the pair attempt to seek out a new potion that will free these tormented souls from their demonic possession.

Actually, if the movie were any good, the absurd plotting and amateurish acting wouldn’t matter. But this movie is dismally, painfully not entertaining.The ineptness of director Oliver Krekel is sort of stunning. Look at the way he stages one scene after another and then can’t find the tone, the jump gag, or even the end of the scene. Any interested enough to be reading this review could have directed at least one of these scenes better than Krekel.

Perhaps the most pathetic aspect of the movie is the way it tries to cross one genre with another in a shameless appeal to everybody. Robin Hood: Ghosts of Sherwood lacks originality, narrative momentum laughs or scares, it’s more likely to serve as a sleeping pill than a nights’ entertainment. I get no joy in my hostility towards this picture, but when I commit the hours to focus on a film and absolutely nothing is given in return, the filmmakers have not honored their part of the deal.

Director: Oliver Krekel
Stars: Martin Thon, Kane Hodder, Tom Savini

30 thoughts on “Robin Hood: Ghosts of Sherwood (2012) – Review

  • December 11, 2012 at 3:40 am
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    omg – this crap really was a chartbreaker in germany?? well then they do not deserve it any better…. tells us a lot about them germs and their taste in things.

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    • December 11, 2012 at 4:34 am
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      No, no, this crap was never a chart breaker in Germany. Every cinema kicked the movie after one day because of the poor response. Krekel himself had to rent a cinema, which could screen this movie for his fans, which he invited.
      And the official movie charts didnt even list this movie.
      And btw. the critics only praise the 3D but everything else is crap.

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  • December 11, 2012 at 3:04 am
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    This is the trailer to Oliver Krekel’s highly acclaimed Fog 2:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tc6YHYj8H-U

    Keep an eye on him! You will hear a lot of him in future! Remember that Peter Jackson started with cheap horror movies too and now makes big blockbusters in hollywood!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • December 11, 2012 at 2:48 am
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    So what? This was a highly successful chart breaker here in Germany. Oliver has many other talents besides movie making, one of them is producing. He was Europe’s Newcomer Nr. 1 with ‘Contrast’ at the Euronote Festival in Italy and produced countless hits for famous artists like Eike Immel and Mac Machine.

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  • December 11, 2012 at 1:36 am
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    Don’t make a fruit out of yourself Mr. Rugaard! Oliver Krekel achieved one of the world’s best stereoscopic viewing experiences, so stop bashing him and show some respect! His movie was screened at Cannes, that alone is more than enough to stuff your jealous mouth you little nitpicker. Has any of you haters ever achieved something this big? I doubt it. Oliver has lots of movie making experience, he has worked in this business for ages and has more than enough connections to prove it – just ask Peter Jackson!

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  • December 11, 2012 at 1:27 am
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    Stupid stuff! Don’t make yourself to fruit. This is the world’s best movie in a 3D that’s better than in any hollywood blockbuster even in “Avartar”. You’re all jealous and have no idea about stereoscopic filmmaking. It’s all just like the director wanted it. Camera leading, costumes, cutting, acting, dialogues – it’s all as it’s meant to be by the director. If you don’ give at least 3 stars as the director and the specialised press gives it i can’t take you serious. Pure envy for a businessman who no one can rach the water. If you don’t like it, let it lie.

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  • December 10, 2012 at 5:00 pm
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    In deed it must the “director” or one of his handymen. He is propably the biggest idiot under the sun. The reviews even in germany are giving low ratings for the movie and the audience rips it to shreds (german amazon.de reviews). The director even does fake 5 Star reviews on amazon and insults every reviewer who does not give a good rating. He lost his sanity long time ago… if he was ever sane. He is just a joke don’t react on his comments or the comments of his brainless slaves. The movie is a flop…

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  • December 10, 2012 at 3:22 pm
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    Yeah, this movie is really crap. 1/2 star is too much for this shit.

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  • December 10, 2012 at 3:02 pm
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    your so called ‘review’ reeks of jealousy!!! it’s obvious that you have not the slightest idea about moviemaking. the film showcases some of the best 3D as of this writing and was highly regarded by the German audience as well as respected movie critics. stop spilling your enviousness over this little gem!!!

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