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

  • May 30, 2013 at 6:43 am
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    I would like a honest opinion from the director what he thinks of this blockbuster of…………
    How many people walked out of the Festival????????????

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  • May 24, 2013 at 10:08 am
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    I was watching it and thinking what it reminded me of. First I thought it an amateuer perforamnace made by students of 2-week summer courses like ones I attended in St. Petersburgh (“how to make a movie”). But no, the more I watched it the more I recognized it. It is exactly like “English for foreigners” short serials, intermediate level – with all this unnatural pronunciation and primitve emphasized dialogues. I remember I used to learn Englsih in my sweet girlhood listening to stuff like that. So: no, it is not a bad movie – it is actually a pretty good movie if you use it in a right way, And the right way to use it is to show it to non-native speakers who fail to master the Falling-Rising tone of English intonation. Strongly recommended.

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  • May 12, 2013 at 3:36 am
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    Ghosts of Sherwood does not deserve half a star, how can I get my money back? How can these people sell a wolf in sheep clothing, I have put this film no.1 worst film i have ever seen, everyone involved in the film should stop, be made to do 10 years community service, work
    10 years in McDonald’s, then sent to mars. Any profits of this film should be used to tell people how bad it is (being very polite here)

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  • February 6, 2013 at 4:00 am
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    Robin Hood – Ghosts of Sherwood 3D

    PRESSEMITTEILUNG

    VZ-Handelgesellschaft mbH meldet Rekordergebnis!!

    Die deutsche Produktion “Robin Hood – Ghosts of Sherwood 3D“ von Regisseur Oliver Krekel erreicht bereits nach nur 3 Monaten ein Rekordergebnis von über 11.000 verkauften Units in der FSK 18 Version.

    Die DigiDreams Studios als Produzent des Films hatten sich seinerzeit für den Vertrieb über die VZ Handelsgesellschaft entschieden, da wir für diesen Titel die optimalen Vertriebsmöglichkeiten angeboten haben.

    Ende Januar erschien nun zusätzlich die FSK 12 Version als Abenteuerfassung. In der FSK 12 Fassung sind erschienen: 1 Doppel-Blu-ray 3D und 1 Doppel-DVD mit der 2D-Fassung und der 3D-Fassung anaglyph.

    Mit einer im Laufe des Jahres geplanten Spezial-Edition gehen wir davon aus, dass wir bis Ende 2013 mehr als 20.000 Units verkauft haben.

    Alles in allem ein Rekordergebnis!!!

    VZ-Handelsgesellschaft mbH
    Geschäftsführung
    Detlef Nikel

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  • December 14, 2012 at 10:59 am
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    There really aren’t words to even describe this movie. My buds and I seek out terrible films for laughs but this kept us straightfaced the whole time (until Little John and the potions where we lost it). I don’t know the goal of this movie but…just stop.

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  • December 13, 2012 at 7:30 am
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    STATEMENT OF THE DIRECTOR: Long I have considered dear cinemagoers, whether I should express myself to the more and more becoming, unfair criticism. Now I have resolved to explain to you the thing a little. Already in summer, 2010 when the project became first public, one heard the first voices “with the budget one can turn no 3D-film”, “of the Krekel nothing can live” etc. Like in Germany, unfortunately, widespread one sees once more in what envy society we if films, without this were started to turn, are already massacred. Over and over again the project was run down and untruthfulness was strewn straight. This culminated in the fact that still before the premiere the play side wrote a destructive criticism gamona.de in the form of the editor Peter Osteried without which this had seen the film generally in an even to some extent ready version still in 3D or even in German. Then various cinemas and even the film distribution were really called and to play the film before it warned or to expel. Even if one 1 star reviews here sees one finds out that everybody is built up after the same pattern to damage because only around the film. To understand better what I mine I recommend once the discussions on gamona and on cinefacts to read. One finds out very fast that it concerns the always same from 10 to 20 people who, of course anonymously, her nonsense to the best one give. Of course is also aware with that we no Hollywood-Blockbuster have turned, however, who on small however fine films stands which know how to maintain as FSK-18 as well as as a FSK-12er Famlienfassung well and in the matter of 3D-technology really near in the reference is it is not disappointed here. Nevertheless, however, they form themselves an opinion, warmly Oliver Krekel (Oliver Krekel – director)

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    • January 30, 2013 at 4:21 pm
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      This director’s statement was translated by Babelfish (or some similar silly translation program), definitely… No human being would translate German to English that badly… how embarrassing is that :roll:

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    • May 30, 2013 at 6:37 am
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      As a director you have the task of giving the audience a good product. Not poor acting bad fight shoots and bad editing. Also only 6 to 10 soldiers. As a director i would be ashamed to release such rubbish. If you dont think this is bad. May i suggest you pack up and get a job in not making films.

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    • December 11, 2012 at 10:49 am
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      Master of what? Poo?

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  • December 11, 2012 at 8:18 am
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    Wait for it! You’re all enviers! You all have never made such a big film not even in world best 3D so give him respect! Krekel puts you all in the pocket, he shows you where the hammer hangs! He’s eating flannels like you for breakfast! Ghost of Sherwood was shown in Cannes where all of you peoples never get. Krekel is on you and you with the big stars and is called in one breath with Michael Bay. Ghosts of Sherwood is much more exciting than the boring “arthouse movie” Drive the director personally said. But he is in good company with all the unable critics who say Peter Jackson’s Hobbit is too long. They have no plan of maiking 3D movies. You can’t make a 3D movie like a 2D movie. It don’t work. Look at wikipedia and you’ll in the know. Tom Savini is a good friend from Olli Krekel and worked with him for an apple and an egg just to be in this great movie. Who else can say this from him? Ghosts of Sherwood must not hide behind the hollywood blockbusters. He is with big distance the best movie of the year who lets The Dark Knight Rises look old.

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  • December 11, 2012 at 4:51 am
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    Worst movie ever i´d seen in my life. Who did this crap and why ? To get the worst votes on imdb ?

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