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D&D Blog Hop: Day 24

Written by Darkwarren - Published on February 24, 2014

dnd40hopbadgeDay 24: First movie that comes to mind that you associate with D&D. Why? 

Almost anything with a dragon I associate with D&D: Dragonslayer, Dragonheart, How to Train Your Dragon, The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogies as well. Some of these movies have dungeons as well, so they fill the “associated by titular theme” niche fairly well. Dragonslayer is a classic who’s special effects still stand up fairly well in the modern age. The grim mood and overcast skies really lend a grit to the movie that makes it seem all the more real. The dragon of Dragonheart seems slightly too shiny and Sean Connery’s voice is so damn iconic that I think it actually takes away from the film a bit.

You know what movie I do NOT associate with D&D? The Dungeons and Dragons movie, or the second one. It was just brought to my attention that there is a third movie as well – and it sucks too. They’re all pretty horrible and anyone who’s ever played D&D for any length of time I’m sure is as frustrated as I was to see, among so many other awful things, the bad guys using beholders as watch dogs in the first film. If you are unfamiliar with the movie, read that last line again.


As watchdogs.

It’s like somebody was thumbing through a Monster Manual and said, “This monster has lots of eyes – it must be good at seeing things. The bad guys will use them to try and see the good guys.” Granted, the rest of the movie also seems rather immature in its acting, production value, and plot… but that scene brought forth the loudest and most sustained groaning/cursing from me.

But it does inspire me to ask myself: which iconic D&D monster would I like to see on film? And the answer comes almost immediately to mind: the illithid. A half-man/half alien tentacle-faced villain that uses deception and mental influence to trick other things so that it can eat their brains is beyond creepy. Plus, the mind flayer hits two nerd nerves for me: it’s D&D. (So D&D that Paizo cannot incorporate them into Pathfinder because WOTC, who owns the rights to D&D, owns the rights to the mind flayer… and beholder, grick, grell, etc.) But it’s also so Lovecraftian. These be-tentacled men of the subterranean depths are just begging for Cthulhu to be called. I would give some of my hard-earned cash to watch a film of a mind-flayer at its absolute best – and no hero should survive intact. There should be no happy ending at the end of that movie. Care to watch it with me?

What other D&D elements would you want to see in a movie? Which films remind you of D&D?

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Written by Darkwarren

Matt W., aka Darkwarren, has been roleplaying ever since his older brother introduced him to the red box set when he was 7 years old. Since then he has game-mastered SSDC’s Battleords of the Twenty-third Century, WEG’s Shadowrun and Star Wars, and of course Dungeons & Dragons in a variety of forms. At thirty-four years old he takes turns on both sides of the screen with the group that he helped found in 2000 when 3.0 hit the stands and has met every week fairly regularly ever since. Currently they have been running a variety of the Paizo Adventure Path scenarios, so that’s his wheelhouse. He was almost famous when two of his adventures were green-lighted for possible publication right before Paizo relinquished the rights to publish Dungeon magazine.

Matt also has years if experience in improvisational comedy, fiction, and non-fiction writing. He is currently working and studying to attain a master’s degree in theology, to enhance his career as a religious studies teacher. Lastly, his greatest passion is his family, especially the three sons and dog that he shares with his wife in upstate New York.

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2 Responses to “D&D Blog Hop: Day 24”
  1. Austin says:

    I’ve played my share of D&D and I love those shitty movies. I cheered when I saw the beholder watch dogs! Total misuse of a good monster perhaps, but I didn’t let it get in the way of an awesome film. The 13th warrior is a good D&Dish film in my opinion: the quest, the party, the cave dungeon, and of course the pain of failing your saving throw vs. death poison.

  2. Darkwarren says:

    I loved the 13th Warrior as well, Austin. Good “fantasy-action” movie.

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