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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 07.25.11] movie trailer news horror comedy fantasy

The first trailer for LARPing horror/comedy Knights of Badassdom has finally premiered after much anticipation from the fanboy community.

I can see why people are excited about this film. It's got a strong cast in Steve Zahn, True Blood's Ryan Kwanten and Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage. It also fills its sexy-geek-girl quota nicely with the inclusion of Summer Glau. But a movie about live-action role players who wind-up dealing with the fantasy in reality just doesn't feel original enough to get excited about for me. It just feels obvious and it's certainly been done before. I'm also getting flashbacks to Your Highness -- hardly a watershed of comic fantasy.

Word from the film's Comic Con panel is that the film is much more violent and foul-mouthed than perhaps this trailer lets on. That in itself does not equal a good film, so it's really going to come down to the jokes and the actors and just how original the film goes in terms of the supernatural elements. Like, is it just that one demon witch zombie thing that they deal with? That may not be enough.

So anyway, I'm not trying to be out-rightly negative towards the film. The dudes who made it, Joe Lynch the director and Matt Wall and Kevin Dreyfuss the writers seem like pretty cool guys, all passionate about the film. I just wonder if it's quite worth all the hype based on what I'm seeing here.

Check out the trailer below.

I would be remiss if I didn't give a shout out to another LARPing flick that just awesome. It's called The Wild Hunt. You can check out Marina's review, or check it out on Amazon Instant.

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Anonymous (10 years ago) Reply

It actually looks ok.

The biggest let down in the trailer was the guy they got to do the voice over.
It sounds like the guy that does the voice over for all bad movies.


Anonymous (10 years ago) Reply

I think using that narrator is part of the joke... :/


Anonymous (10 years ago) Reply

It looks totally badass!

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