Sunday, December 2, 2012

What Movie Best Represents "Dungeons & Dragons" in Your Eyes?

This question came up in last night's / this morning's game session. Yeah, we are pretty good at derailing game sessions, even those that are not rail roadie in the least ;)

In any case, for me it was Hawk the Slayer. Cheesy as all shit, but it was nice to see a true Crossbow of Speed in action. Maybe I'm still looking at it with the eyes of a teenager, but it rocked back in the day.

Besides, it has Jack Palance - need I say more?

So, what movie best represents D&D to you and why?


  1. Hawk the Slayer is a fine choice, indeed, but I don't think that any movie can well represent the action of a D&D game. The picaresque nature of the games almost requires a TV series. I'd pick Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire, which has the mix of semi-ineptness, dumb humor, adventure, picaresque, and overall arc of a D&D campaign.

  2. The Mummy (1999) reminds me of D&D in play - has an adventuring party of Fighting Man, Magic-User, Rogue and Cleric. It has a range of undead and an insect swarm. Hirelings die easily. There are traps and betrayals.

  3. When I started playing, which was while AD&D was in the process of coming out, we basically had the 2 Sinbad movies and Monty Python and the Holy Grail as inspiration. It's the latter that represents D&D to me the most, especially how Sir Robin would run away.

  4. Hawk the Slayer is definitely up there; a Fighting Fantasy gamebook on the big screen!
    For the feel of being 14 years old and running solo Chaotic Evil or CN(E) campaigns for my friend Fergus over the summer holidays, though, no film can match "Deathstalker"!

  5. Replies
    1. Yes. Especially so with the science-fantasy kick that has swept the OSR.

  6. Conan the Destroyer - a couple of Fighters, a Thief and a Magic-User undertake a quest on behalf of a Queen, raiding a Wizard's castle and an ancient temple for magical artefacts, before battling an awakened god. How much more D&D can you get in a movie? :-)

  7. "Hawk The Slayer" is a good choice, but, the first live-action movie that came to mind was Mr. Macauley's pick: "Conan The Destroyer.". If we can add animation, I'd say the old animated "The Hobbit."

  8. I asked the same question on my gaming blog in July: http://digitalorc.blogspot.com/2012/07/what-movie-your-d-game.html

  9. 1. Krull
    2. Hawk the Slayer
    3. Conan the Barbarian
    4. Barbarian Queen
    5. Zardoz
    6. Flash Gordon (the one with the soundtrack by Queen)
    7. Ice Pirates
    8. Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone
    9. Damnation Alley
    10. Star Wars

    yeah, I like my D&D gonzo with a hint of post-apocalyptic space opera

  10. 'Hawk the Slayer' is one of my favorite fantasy movies for all of its flaws and I think it does do a good job of showing D&Dish adventure. 'Conan the Destroyer' is another good choice, very party/adventure structured. I also rather liked 'Your Highness' as a D&Dish movie, though some people dislike (justifiably) the crudeness of some of the humor in it.

  11. The Golden Voyage of Sinbad will always be my exemplar of a D&D movie.
    Here's why: Demons of Darkness

    It's ironic, though unsurprising, that no one has chosen Dungeons & Dragons as the best D&D movie.

  12. While not really D&D, the crew of Firelfy's Serenity is definitely a gaming group. I can imagine people I know playing those characters.

    1. When I first saw the advertising for Firefly, my first thought was "they're making a Traveller TV series!" I was hooked from that moment, before ever seeing an episode of the show.

  13. Before I even read the post.. the first thing that popped into my head after reading the title was 'Hawk the Slayer'

  14. A second for the Golden Voyage of Sinbad. I think that it is still just about the best S&S movie ever. Also, you have to make a save against heaving, glistening cleavage every five minutes while watching it.

  15. Pretty much anything by Ray Harryhausen.

    Sword & the Sorceror!

    A couple of my favorite 80's movies are pure pulp action adventures with weird bad guys and ensemble casts as heroes, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension and Big Trouble in Little China.


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