How High

'Your Highness' comes out swinging with an evening of sword-and-sandal action

(l-r) Justin Theroux, Danny McBride, and David Gordon Green
(l-r) Justin Theroux, Danny McBride, and David Gordon Green (Courtesy of Jack Plunkett)

"I think I might get grounded after the movie plays," joked David Gordon Green at Monday night's Your Highness: Swords & Sorcery Supreme all-night event. The director was alluding to the presence of his parents in the audience at the Alamo Drafthouse South; after all, they were the ones who forbade him from watching the cheesy sword-and-sandal epics of the early Eighties that inspired his latest film, Your Highness.

Green was joined by co-writer and star Danny McBride and co-star Justin Theroux for a triple feature: a sneak of action-comedy Your Highness, bookended by 35mm prints of two of Your Highness' genre forebearers, 1982's The Sword and the Sorcerer and 1983's Krull. ("To have the movie we made play with Krull? It's insane," Green said.) And then there were the signature Alamo pyrotechnics, including, yes, actual pyrotechnics, plus a medieval-inspired menu, a mead-drinking game, a meatball-eating contest (the meatballs made of bull testicles, by the way), and a go at the classic Krull arcade game.

When asked by an audience member about the experience of watching Your Highness with a crowd, Green responded, "I laugh just at the novelty that it exists." And speaking of novel, Alamo programmer Zack Carlson, who led the Q&A in wizard robes and beard, congratulated distributor Universal for its open-mindedness regarding one of the film's most profitable gags: "I think we should all salute Universal for having a visible Minotaur penis for about 20 minutes."


Your Highness opens in theatres Friday, April 8. Read our review.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Your Highness
Greener Pastures
Greener Pastures
Texas Film Award honoree David Gordon Green is just gonna keep doing his own thing

Kimberley Jones, Feb. 28, 2014

More David Gordon Green
An Ungentrified Man
An Ungentrified Man
David Gordon Green wraps up his Texas trilogy with Manglehorn

Richard Whittaker, July 3, 2015

More Screens
Austin Artist Brings Gamera to Vibrant Life in a New Box Set
Austin Artist Brings Gamera to Vibrant Life in a New Box Set
Matt Frank builds the perfect monster

Richard Whittaker, Aug. 28, 2020

SXSW Film
SXSW Film Reviews: 'Lunarcy!'
Daily Reviews and Interviews

Wayne Alan Brenner, March 15, 2013

More by Kimberley Jones
We Have an Issue: What to Expect When You’re Expecting a Disaster
We Have an Issue: What to Expect When You’re Expecting a Disaster
In this week’s cover story, Lina Fisher examines the looming threats of flood and wildfire

May 27, 2022

Downton Abbey: A New Era
Small-screen stately manor still can't fill the big screen

May 20, 2022

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Your Highness, David Gordon Green, Danny McBride, Justin Theroux, The Sword and the Sorcerer, Krull, Minotaur dick, Zack Carlson

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Behind the scenes at The Austin Chronicle

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle