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Bought a classic movie

February 21st, 2008 . by Matt

I walked into a discount shop and amazingly stumbled upon a DVD of the classic scare movie, Mazes and Monsters, and bought it for only $2. This is the movie that Tom Hanks wants people to forget he was ever in. From wikipedia –

Mazes and Monsters came out in the heyday of the RPG Dungeons & Dragons (the movie’s title is a thinly veiled reference to the game) and was seen by some as a warning to parents about the dangers of RPGs. It came out at a time when Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) was starting to be attacked by Christian groups who alleged that it promoted Satanism and other forms of occult activities.

Back in those days when I was a teenager that played D&D, my bible bashing older female cousin came into my room and told me that I was casting spells and worshiping Satan, and that I should stop it. I told her that spells don’t exist, and Satan probably doesn’t either. 🙂

Anyway, it is a great movie, so bad it is good. There is also another movie on the DVD with Bill Murry called ‘Loose Shoes’. Never heard of it.

Mazes and Monsters


12 Responses to “Bought a classic movie”

  1. comment number 1 by: john k

    The film D&D is the worst film ever, or well, close to it…utter trip!
    What on earth was J.Irons doing in it too…he’s a good actor, must have been hard up for cash

  2. comment number 2 by: Matt

    The film D&D is the worst film ever, or well, close to it…utter trip!
    What on earth was J.Irons doing in it too…he’s a good actor, must have been hard up for cash

    The D&D film was a travesty. I saw it on the plane years ago, and I was shocked that it was so bad.

  3. comment number 3 by: MarkA

    I bought D&D when it first came out on DVD. Watched the first 15 minutes, put it back in the package, and gave it to my stepbrother.

  4. comment number 4 by: john k

    Matt, MarkA
    I don’t know what was worse, watching the film, or having to put with my mate, taking the piss out of me for even suggesting to watch the film, for years on end!!
    Should have followed your line….put it back after 15mins, mind you 15 seconds was enough!

  5. comment number 5 by: BananaBoi

    Yes, the first D&D movie was a bad movie, but the sequel was slightly better. At least it didn’t have black people playing as wood elves 😛

  6. comment number 6 by: Matt

    Yes, the first D&D movie was a bad movie, but the sequel was slightly better. At least it didn’t have black people playing as wood elves 😛

    Review from IMDB, with me putting a line of it in bold –

    The main unknown (to me anyway) leading threesome are all dreadful & from this showing awful actors as well. Justin Whalin is just laughable & one of the worst heroes in a long while. Probably since Val Kilmers appalling performance in The Saint. Zoe Mclellan is pretty enough (which probably explains away her deficiencies amongst other reviewers) but is still dreadful. The worse though is Marlon Wayons, whose performance is not only awful & completely unfunny, but also of a racist nature. The rest of the actors are also bad, but at least the likes of Jeremy Irons, Bruce Payne & Thora Birch, know they are only slumming it, & are at least decent actors if the material is there.

  7. comment number 7 by: Matt

    Oh man, this review is hilarious!

  8. comment number 8 by: BananaBoi

    Has anyone seen Eragon? http://au.rottentomatoes.com/m/eragon

    It’s another bad fantasy movie made by New Line Cinema ( the guys who made D&D) and its got our friend Jeremy Irons in it. Why does he keep accepting these bad roles??

  9. comment number 9 by: john k

    Not seen Eragon…it reminded me too much of DnD, except that it is written by a 17 year old kid. Why does J.Irons do these crappy roles???

    Mind you at least he wasnt in Escape from LA…wow, did that film suck big time!

  10. comment number 10 by: Gerbilbastard

    The first D&D movie actually has huge chunks missing from it. It has been a while since I last saw it, but if you watch the extras available on the dvd, you can actually see storyboarded plot lines that were left out of the movie. I’m not talking about extra/deleted scenes either. These were scenes that they were supposed to film but since they ran out of money they couldn’t film them.
    For those of you who have seen the movie, there is a scene in particular where they enter a cavern to retrieve a magical item and all that is shown in the movie is them going in, and then coming out.

  11. comment number 11 by: T_K

    Gary Gygax, the creator of Dungeons & Dragons, died today:
    http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/welcome


  12. […] Thanks to T_K for the heads up. […]