Movie– Dark Dungeons
TL;DR– Is and isn’t a parody 90%
Basics-Its the classic Chick Track brought to life. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Read it here: http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0046/0046_01.ASP
DISCLAIMER!!!-I am a Roman Catholic who avidly plays several RPGs as well as several board games. I attend church nearly weekly and married a pagan woman. I am a ball of religious contradictions.
Story– For as bad as the Chick Track is, this movie turns out well. The movie is FULL of hidden little RPG gems and call backs to other RPG movies. That makes it awesome. The movie also plays the plot completely straight-NO CHEAP SHOTS ARE TAKEN AT THE RELIGION. If you, like me, saw all kinds of boarder line creepy movies full of strange logic applied to why we shouldn’t read book x or do thing y, then this movie will completely remind you of your childhood religious education films a little too much. The movie is equally as welcome at a RPG convention as it would be in an extremely religious church afterschool program. It’s not perfect as a few things do detract from its completely walking the line between both its tasks and a few things are added that obviously pan to the modern gamer audience, but overall it’s a damn fine story. 4.5/5
Acting– This was done pretty well. It’s full of all kinds of faces that are pretty famous in the RPG film community. The same people who did an excellent job making The Gamers as well as a ton of different Youtube series all do a great job on this project. Also, this movie adds a bunch of people I’ve never seen before who do excellent jobs in their parts. But, it’s not perfect, but it’s acted well. 4.5/5
Cinematography– This movie was made for less than $30K, but it doesn’t show that often. It uses the same sets several times, but it’s fresh enough to keep you engaged. There is a strange scene in the steam tunnels that somewhat cheap, but overall the movie is well done and looks great. 4.5/5
Summary– This is Reefer Madness for the modern RPG audience. I could honestly see this back to back at a convention with Mazes and Monsters as a double feature. Dark Dungeons is only 40 minutes long, but that time fits the plot well. The original comic is something you can read in less than five minutes, so this movie doesn’t over stay its welcome. I does deviate from the plot a few times by adding Cthulhu in with just to panders to the crowd, but overall this is a short, well done movie that works on an amazing number of levels. If taken straight, it’s a cautionary tale of how RPGs ruin lives and drive you away from God. If taken as the comedy it is, it’s a look at how some crazy, fringe groups view a hobby they completely don’t understand. 90%