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Knights of Badassdom (2013)

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Live-action role players conjure up a demon from Hell by mistake and they must deal with the consequences.

Director:

Joe Lynch

Writers:

Kevin Dreyfuss (screenplay), Matt Wall (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
D.R. Anderson ... Eddie #2 / Johnny #1 (as Dan Anderson)
W. Earl Brown ... Randy
Michael Carpenter Michael Carpenter ... Guy Elf
Kevin Connell Kevin Connell ... King Kerry
Sean Cook ... Winston
Peter Dinklage ... Hung
Khanh Doan Khanh Doan ... Andie
Michael Gladis ... King Diamond
Summer Glau ... Gwen
Basil Harris ... Eddie #1
Brett Gipson ... Gunther
Tom Hopper ... Gunther
Ryan Kwanten ... Joe
Margarita Levieva ... Beth
Joshua Malina ... Travis
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Storyline

In a valiant but pointless attempt to cheer up their freshly-dumped friend and former Dungeons and Dragons legend, Joe, two enthusiastic Live Action Role Players--Eric, a 27-level Grand Sorcerer in the making, and Hung, a medieval Master Rogue--drag their sad companion to a large-scale LARP campaign in the middle of a forest. However, things will soon spin out of control, as a malevolently cryptic dark incantation from the pages of a seemingly innocent prop book of spells, inadvertently summons a demonic succubus bent on destruction. Now, try to stop a slaughterous extra-dimensional being with several foam sticks and a handful of plastic swords. Written by Nick Riganas

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Canst Thou Handle It? See more »


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Rated R for horror violence, language throughout, some drug use and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 2014 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Los juegos del desmadre See more »

Filming Locations:

Spokane, Washington, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,449, 26 January 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$86,796, 7 February 2014
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39:1
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Trivia

The main cast went through Live Action Role Playing sessions before filming and Peter Dinklage was declared the most successful out of everyone. See more »

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Only Ronnie could read the language in the book but yet somehow Eric was still able to read from it. Eric should have never been able to read from the book hence the creature should have never been summoned. See more »

Quotes

Beth: You live in a fake castle leeching off your accidental millionaire loser friend playing black metal in your bedroom. You'll never change.
Gilberto: Uh, it's *doom* metal.
Beth: Who the fuck asked you?
Joe: Well, he's right. Gilberto, you're the fucking man! It *was* black. Then we went through a sludge phase. Now it's more doom.
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Featured in Men in Suits (2012) See more »

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At the Gates
Written by Brendan McCreary
Performed by Brendan McCreary
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Kind of A Stinker
26 January 2014 | by MarkDGardnerSee all my reviews

After reading the other reviews, I can only conclude that either the reviewers were paid to say complimentary things, or else they saw a completely different movie than the one that got filmed.

"Knights of Badassdom" is disappointing. The plot is that of a very standard evil-monster movie, with no surprises. Normally, it would disappear without a ripple and never see the light of day except on DVD for fans of obscure, poorly-written films. The acting is mediocre, the filming is average, and the production values are, at best, unexceptional.

The only bit of novelty here, and indeed, the only bright spot in the film at all, is the fact that the producers chose to make the lead characters be live-action role-players. This is indeed unusual, and the humor in the film comes about nearly exclusively from the parody of the various clichés of role-playing, and gaming in general. Some of this was reasonably well done, and is entirely why I gave the film a rating of 5; without it, the film would have gotten a 3, as being a standard, low-budget, gore-filled monster movie.

Considering the respectable amount of effort put into the production, the result is rather sad; one would think that they could have come up with a better and more interesting script.

Ultimately, the movie is mildly entertaining, but for the wrong reasons. It's funny mainly because it's so ridiculous in its portrayal of the characters. The audience laughs frequently - but mostly when someone gets killed. Kind of the way you laugh at a really inept home video. This is unfortunate in a movie where the actors and crew worked so hard.

Overall, the film is only notable for being one of the few to mention LARPers at all. Fans of LARPing will be tickled. Fans of phony blood will enjoy seeing plenty of it scattered around.

Other than that, it's completely forgettable. Save your money.


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