The Horned King's soldiers are minor antagonists that serve the Horned King, in Disney's 1985 film The Black Cauldron.


Physical Description

The soldiers wield swords, spears, and axes. Just about every one of them wears tunics. Some of them have various helmets and hoods and most of them have mustaches and beards.


While waiting to wake up his army of the dead, the Dark Lord has gathered in his castle the worst scoundrels in the kingdom of Prydain. These henchmen are brutal, savage, vulgar, brainless types, who love having fun, drinking beer, watching in a sort of huge, ugly Esmeralda, torturing, and Toad. Their role is simple, low-run work, in particular, looking for the bodies of the greatest soldiers to bring them into the lair of their master. Despite their strong side and nasty, these henchmen fear the Dark Lord above all. When it comes to his castle, the festivities stopped immediately. The music stops ringing and the beer flowing and everyone is silent, waiting for the orders of the master of the house. In addition, they are terrified at the sight of the army of the dead, who kill those who have not managed to escape. These thugs are minor characters from The Black Cauldron, mainly driven by the system of rotoscoping, which involves a sheet of tracing the movements of actors who played the scenes in real-time.


The Black Cauldron

One of the henchmen appears sleeping in a nearby chamber. The henchman's dog sees Taran and viciously barks at him, waking the guard up. The guard, not seeing Taran, berates the dog and takes him to "make their rounds". They join the other henchmen who are celebrating the capture of Hen Wen the pig until an eerie noise and electricity interrupt them. The Horned King suddenly and magically appears in the room, much to the awe of his minions. Creeper orders one of the henchmen to bring Hen Wen near the Horned King's throne to interrogate her for the whereabouts of the Black Cauldron. When Creeper threatens Hen Wen for not complying, Taran, who was watching the whole scene from a tall pillar, stumbles to the grounds, one of the henchmen prepares to kill Taran until Creeper says to release him. Taran refuses to instruct the pig to tell the Horned King where the black cauldron is, The Horned King orders Creeper and the executioner to kill the pig. Taran reluctantly decides to tell, but then tries to escape. The henchmen chase them. Hen Wen escapes in a moat, but Taran is caught by Creeper and the henchmen throw Taran into the dungeon.

While Taran, Fflewddur Fflam, and princess Eilowny are trying to escape, a henchman is pulling a cart carrying dead warriors. So, they wait for the chance. The Henchmen soon find out that Taran and Eilowny have escaped. The henchmen try to get Eilowny, Taran, and Fflewddur Fflam who has soon escaped, but the plan failed. The henchmen soon capture the heroes again after they have the black cauldron. They chain them up. The henchmen run away in fear when the Horned King ruthlessly brings the deathless warriors to life.


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