Grendel (film)

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Genre Action
Based on Beowulf by Anonymous
Written by Ron Fernandez
Berkeley Anderson
Directed by Nick Lyon
Starring Chris Bruno
Ben Cross
Marina Sirtis
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Jeffery Beach
Phillip J. Roth
Cinematography Lorenzo Senatore
Editor(s) Matt Michael
Running time 82 minutes
Production company(s) Universal Pictures
Original network Sci Fi Channel
Original release
  • January 13, 2007 (2007-01-13)

Grendel is a 2007 American action-fantasy television film directed by Nick Lyon and very loosely based on the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf. The television film was produced by the Sci Fi channel as an original movie for broadcasting on the Sci Fi cable television network, and began airing on January 13, 2007. In 2010 it was released on DVD from the sister company by Universal Pictures.[1]


The movie posits Grendel's mother as a monster ("Hag") who demands monthly sacrifice from the Danes; king Hrothgar and his wife Wealhþeow have agreed to the scheme, with the result that by the time the hero Beowulf comes to the kingdom of the Danes there are almost no children left, and Hrothgar bemoans the fact that he has become as monstrous as the monster. After she disappears from the scene her son, Grendel, continues her reign of terror.



Nickolas Haydock, in the essay "Making Sacrifices" from the Beowulf on Film collection, called the film "highly derivative" and "regrettable".[1]


  1. ^ a b Haycock, Nickolas (2013). "Making Sacrifices". In Haydock, Nickolas; Risden, E. L. 'Beowulf' on Film: Adaptations and Variations. Jefferson: McFarland. pp. 81–118. ISBN 9780786463381. 

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