Ted Nicolaou captures a singular sense of childhood innocence. The films story conducts a predictable arc without any surprises, nevertheless it works superbly. Nicolaou pays fine attention to the sense of Scottish heritage, where Andrew Keir gives a nicely genteel performance. Brittney Powell is incredibly lovely. She and Sam McKenzie are wonderfully paired his unworldwise innocence and guileless eagerness are charming and the scenes of them coming together, learning to dance are very nice indeed.
The dragon effects are somewhat variable, although it is clear that the Bands have put far more money into them than they usually do. There is nothing particularly wrong with them the only complaint is that the dragon in the earlier scenes looks a little too cartoonish. Its eyes are too big and glassy and the jaw an obvious single hinge. However, David Allen conducts some excellent stop-motion shots of the dragon moving about the courtyard and these are flawlessly integrated in with the live-action.
Ted Nicolaou and the Bands made a sequel Dragonworld: The Legend Continues (1999).
Ted Nicolaous other genre films as director include:- one of the segments of The Dungeonmaster (1984), TerrorVision (1986), Bad Channels (1992), Subspecies (1991), Bloodstone: Subspecies II (1993), Remote (1993), Bloodlust: Subspecies III (1994), Leapin Leprechauns! (1995), Leapin Leprechauns! 2/Spellbreaker: Secret of the Leprechauns (1996), Magic in the Mirror (1996), Magic in the Mirror: Fowl Play (1996), Vampire Journals (1997), The Shrunken City (1998), Subspecies 4: Bloodstorm (1998), Ragdoll (1999), The Horrible Dr Bones (2000), In the Shadow of the Cobra (2004), Puppetmaster vs Demonic Toys (2004) and The Etruscan Mask (2007).
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