Jul 26 2011 6:00pm

Knights of Badassdom Trailer

In case you’re still catching up on the plethora of movie trailers that premiered over the weekend at Comic Con, here’s your chance to check out The Knights of Badassdom, an upcoming horror comedy with a cast that reads like some kind of magical fanboy wishlist sprung to life. We’ve got the awesome Peter Dinklage (enough said), True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse, in shining armor), frequent Whedon muse Summer Glau, frequent Aaron Sorkin muse Joshua Malina (look, I know The West Wing isn’t SFF, but that doesn’t make it any less awesome), Community’s Danny Pudi (Abed! Playing a character named “Lando”!), the always likable Steve Zahn, and the brilliant Jimmi Simpson, who finally seems to be getting bigger roles after popping up on shows like Party Down, Psych, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia for the last few years….

The movie’s premise involves a group of live action role-players who accidentally summon an ancient evil and must band together to defeat it — so, kind of like the Evil Dead movies, if Ash had been a Dungeon Master. And yes, the trailer features an obligatory “Lightning bolt! Lightning bolt!” reference, but given the accumulated geek cred of the cast, I’m really hoping that the movie will be more than a bunch of cheap jokes at the expense of gamers. Frankly, we’re way overdue for a geek-friendly take on LARPing, and as long as I’m getting a For Geeks, By Geeks vibe from this movie, I’m happy to give it the benefit of the doubt. Unfortunately, there’s no release date yet, but in the meantime, check out the trailer above and see what you think...

Bridget McGovern suddenly wants a t-shirt that reads “Bruce Campbell Is My Dungeon Master Now” in the worst way.

David Thomson
1. ZetaStriker
Having recently watched the Canadian indy film The Wild Hunt, this really hits the spot for me. For those who haven't heard of it, by the way, The Wild Hunt is the story of a young man crashing and disrupting his brother's LARPing weekend to try and win back his slutty girlfriend. He pisses off a lot of people in the process though, leading into things becoming a little less LARP and a little more medieval in the bloody final act. I wouldn't have called it an amazing film, as I found the girlfriend entirely unlikeable and the first two acts dragged on a little long, but it is most definitely the first thing to spring to mind when I see this trailer. In a good way.
Cathy Mullican
2. nolly
They hit all the right notes in their SDCC panel, including talking about the LARP Alliance, who trained them in the way of the LARP and consulted on the film. They seemed to be having fun more than poking fun.
Irene Gallo
3. Irene
Makes me want to watch the tragically earnest, but for some reason very dear to my heart, Knightriders.
John Massey
4. subwoofer
Looks like fun. Never really got into the LARPing myself as I don't seem to have that kinda time or resources. If this was around when I was a kid, I'da been on it like a fat kid on a smartie.

Very happy to see Summer Glau, I always thought she is one of Hollywoods up and comers that should be a big star. Steve Zahn is always fun and seems in character here. Jimmi Simpson... well, I saw the movie "Loser" and can't shake the role he played there.

Good times all round tho':)


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