Directed by Joe Lynch
Written by Kevin Dreyfuss and Matt Wall
Starring: Ryan Kwanten, Steve Zahn, Peter Dinklage, Summer Glau, and Jimmi Simpson
Live-action role players conjure up a demon from Hell by mistake and they must deal with the consequences.
This is exactly what you think it is. A bunch of longtime friends (and mild enemies) get together in the woods for an epic LARP battle. I’ve spent several 100 hundred hours engaged in Dungeons & Dragons, but I’ve never crafted my own pvc sword. These aren’t your standard basement dwellers, these guys have moved out of their parents homes and graduated on to things like doom metal (never ever to be confused with black metal) and recreational drug use.
Stealing the show is the wonderful Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) as the shroom eating, chain mail wearing, Hung, a small man with huge appetites. Throw in Jason Stackhouse (Kwanten) from True Blood, Liam McPoyle (Simpson) from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and the ever awesome, Steve Zahn, most recently from Dallas Buyers Club, and you have a solid main cast for any film. I get the feeling these guys have their own real life graph paper and 20 sided dice and this wasn’t much of stretch for some of the cast. Rounding out the main cast is the gorgeous Summer Glau (Serenity,The Dollhouse), comedian and metal fan, Brian Posehn, and Community‘s Danny Pudi.
The Knights of Badassdom is destined to be a cult classic. Geeks everywhere will enjoy the rapid fire geek references, copious amounts of gore, and solid nerd basis. That’s not to say the film isn’t without fault, I’m just willing to accept it for face value. Despite the cheesy nature, there are a lot of cool geek moments in this part comedy, part bloodbath of a movie. If you’ve rolled a set of polyhedral dice or learned doom metal guitar riffs, chances are great that you’ll enjoy The Knights of Badassdom. HUZZAH!