REVIEW: DUNGEONS & DRAGONS 3: THE BOOK OF VILE DARKNESS

CAST

Charlotte Hunter (Always In The Present)
Anthony Howell (Woman In Gold)
Dominic Mafham (The Clinic)
Eleanor Gecks (Alice In Wonderland)
Jack Derges (Humans)
Sebastian James (Logan)
Kaloian Vodenicharov (Alien Hunter)

screen-shot-2013-10-15-at-17-24-25Two thousand years ago, Nhagruul the Foul, a sorcerer who reveled in corrupting the innocent and the spread of despair, neared the end of his mortal days and was dismayed. Consumed by hatred for the living, Nhagruul sold his soul to the demon Lords of the abyss so that his malign spirit would survive. In an excruciating ritual, Nhagrulls skin was flayed into pages, his bones hammered into a cover, and his diseased blood became the ink to pen a book most vile. All those exposed to the book were driven to madness or so corrupted by the wicked knowledge contained within that they had no choice but to turn evil. Misery and bloodshed followed the disciples of Nhagruul as they spread their Masters dark dream. 5195S6CTB0LCreatures vile and depraved rose from every pit and unclean barrow to partake in the fever of destruction. The cities and kingdoms of Karkoth were consumed by this plague of evil until an order of warriors arose from the ashes. The Knights of the New Sun swore an oath to resurrect hope in the land. dd-wofdg_31The purity of their hearts was so great that Pelor, the God of Light, gave the Knights powerful amulets with which to channel his power. Transcendent with divine might, the Knights of the New Sun pierced the shadow that had darkened the land for twelve hundred years and cast it asunder. But not all were awed by their glory. The disciples of Nhagruul disassembled the book and bribed three greedy souls to hide the pieces until they could be retrieved. The ink was discovered and destroyed but, despite years of searching, the cover and pages were never found. Peace ruled the land for centuries and the Knights got lost in the light of their own glory. As memory of the awful events faded so did the power of servants of Pelor. They unwittingly abandoned themselves in the incorrect belief that the Book of Vile Darkness could never again be made whole.

image0002For a low budget movie, even the CG effects are very successful. I had somewhat low expectations for this one, and I was very positively surprised, If you are into this kind of movies, try it, you might be surprised too.

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REVIEW: DUNGEONS & DRAGONS 2: WRATH OF THE DRAGON GOD

CAST

Mark Dymond (Caffeine)
Clemency Burton-Hill (The Prince and Me 2)
Bruce Payne (Highlander: Endgame)
Ellie Chidzey (The Right Juice)
Tim Stern (Santa Claus: The Movie)
Steven Elder (Apple Tree Yard)
Lucy Gaskell (Cutting It)

One hundred years after the first film, Damodar survived his defeat by Ridley Freeborn, having been cursed by his former master, Profion, to walk the earth as an undead entity. Driven insane by the curse, he seeks revenge against the kingdom of Izmir, and the descendants of those who defeated him. After years of searching with the aid of two dark talon lizardfolk shaman, he locates the Orb of Faluzure, an ancient artifact linked to the power of Faluzure, a dragon god imprisoned under Saragasso’s mountains. With the Orb’s power, he heals the curse, and prepares to awaken the dragon to destroy Izmir.Lord Berek, a fighter and former captain of the king’s guard, now a bored lord of the King, and Melora, his wife, a young mage, investigate reports of poison gas emanating from Saragasso’s caves and find the still-slumbering dragon. Researching the threat in Izmir’s library, Melora excitedly reports to Oberon, the head of the Mages’ Council, that Faluzure was imprisoned three thousand years ago by a powerful ancient civilization called the Turanians, who also created the Orb. While trying to locate the Orb through magic, Melora is cursed by the much-more powerful Damodar, and begins dying slowly.She hides her illness from Berek, who is appointed by the King to assemble a party of adventurers; small enough to infiltrate Damodar’s lair undetected, but strong enough to face their enemies: Lux, a female barbarian, Dorian, a male Cleric of Obad-Hai, Ormaline, a female elven wizard, and Nim, a master thief. Together they resolve to locate the vault of the warlock Malek, a worshiper of the demon Juiblex who was gifted a magical scrying pool known as the Pool of Sight; Berek believes the pool will allow them to penetrate Damodar’s defenses and reveal the orb’s location. The party sets out to locate Malek’s Vault, while Oberon and the other mages try to decipher the tomes of Turanian magic in their library, to find a way to defeat the dragon.dd-wofdg_31While traveling through a haunted forest, Berek’s party catches the attention of the powerful lich Klaxx the Maligned, who offers his services to Damodar. Damodar does not trust him, but is confident that the Orb makes him more powerful than Klaxx. After losing Dorian, Berek’s party finds its way to Damodar’s castle. Confronting him, Berek manages to take advantage of his overconfidence and steal the Orb, though Ormaline and Nim are badly wounded before the wizard teleports them to the Temple of Obad-Hai. While Ormaline and Nim are treated by the clerics, Berek rides back to Izmir, Lux staying behind to delay demons summoned by Damodar.5195S6CTB0LUsing his shape-changing abilities, Klaxx infiltrates Izmir’s castle, kills Oberon in his bath, and assumes his shape. When Berek returns with the Orb, Melora uses it to unlock a vault discovered beneath the castle, where the Turanians hid the secrets of their magic. Klaxx reveals himself, stealing the Orb back and kills the King, the new captain of the guard, and many of the castle’s inhabitants, before returning the Orb to Damodar. Falazure awakens and destroys the Orb, regaining his godly power. Damodar asks Falazure to witness the city’s destruction and rule over its remains as Falazure’s servant; the dragon god agrees, but demands Damodar sacrifice 100 people every new moon in honor of Falazure’s release. While Berek rides in pursuit, Melora, who is near death, manages to decipher the Turanians’ secret and rally the remaining mages in a magical attack that defeats the dragon.image0002

Berek and Lux meet up and confront Damodar, who no longer has the Orb’s power. They force him to cancel Melora’s curse. Klaxx, who has no interest in helping Damodar, disappears with a laugh. In the aftermath, Izmir is rebuilt, with Berek immersed in his ministerial duties, and Melora appointed as the new head of the Council of Mages. Lux, Ormaline and Nim are shown to have fully recovered from their wounds. Damodar is imprisoned in a dark dungeon beneath Izmir, but smiling to himself as if he is fully prepared to wait another hundred years to have his revenge.The story is better than the first one, the acting isnt that bad at all, the special effects although basic in parts are quite good really when looking at other lower budget movies, give this a chance if you liked the first one you will enjoy this more, as it has a more Dungeons and Dragons feel. It may nor be perfect but its worth a watch.

REVIEW: DUNGEONS & DRAGONS (2000)

CAST

Justin Whalin (Lois & Clark)
Marlon Wayans (Scary Movie)
Jeremy Irons (Batman V Superman)
Thora Birch (American Beauty)
Bruce Payne (Highlander: Endgame)
Zoe McLellan (Inventing The Abbotts)
Kristen Wilson (Dr. Dolittle)
Lee Arenberg (Pirates of the Caribbean)
Richard O’Brien (Dark City)
Tom Baker (Doctor Who)

The Empire of Izmir has long been a divided land, ruled by the Mages, an elite group of magic users. An evil mage named Profion (Jeremy Irons) attempts to create a sceptre that allows him to control Gold Dragons. His attempt to control a captive golden dragon fails, and he is forced to kill it. The dragon bleeds into the river, causing it to catch fire, which many inhabitants notice, including a pair of thieves, Ridley (Justin Whalin) and Snails (Marlon Wayans).Later, Profion and the Council talk about the controversial views of Empress Savina (Thora Birch), who wants to give rights to non-mages in Izmir. Meanwhile, Ridley and Snails break into the magic school to steal valuables, but are caught by Marina (Zoe McLellan). She is distracted when the Library wizard is held hostage and interrogated by Profion’s henchmen, Damodar (Bruce Payne) for information on where the map to the magic sceptre that controls Red Dragons is. After refusing to talk, Damodar kills him. Marina gets the map and travels through a portal to escape, accidentally taking the thieves with her. After crashing into a pile of garbage, they meet a dwarf named Elwood (Lee Arenberg), who ends up joining Ridley, Snails and Marina escaping through the sewer.Damodar puts a price on Marina, Ridley, Snails and Elwood’s heads and, after letting Profion know that the protagonists got away, Profion creates a tentacled monster inside Damodar’s head. The protagonists hide in a tavern and read the map that Ridley and Marina get sucked into. Damodar and his henchmen attack Elwood and Snails, but they manage to get away with the map. Ridley and Marina exit the map and all decide to work together to find the sceptre. They apparently have to find a red ruby called the “Eye of the Dragon” that can open the door to a tomb where the red sceptre rests. The ruby is located in a den of thieves that is led by Xilus (Richard O’Brien) who’ll give the protagonists the “Eye of the Dragon” if Ridley solves a maze of booby traps. Ridley manages to get the “Eye of the Dragon” when Damodar arrives to capture him and his friends. Marina is captured while Ridley, Snails and Elwood escape, meeting an elf named Norda (Kristen Wilson) who works for Empress Savina and informs the Empress about Profion’s plans to get the Red Dragon sceptre. Meanwhile, Damodar interrogates Marina, using the tentacles in his head to gain her knowledge.Ridley and Snails break into the castle to rescue Marina, while Norda and Elwood stay behind. Ridley and Snails split up and Ridley finds Marina, but Snails is confronted and killed by Damodar when he throws the map to his comrades. Ridley becomes enraged at Damodar and attacks him, but Damodar disarms him and stabs him in the left shoulder with his own sword. In the confusion Marina grabs some magic dust and uses a magic portal to escape with Ridley, leaving the corpse of Snails behind. During the council meeting, Profion and Empress Savina battle over the domination of Izmir.Meanwhile, an elf (Tom Baker) heals Norda’s soldiers and Ridley, and Marina tries to help Ridley get over the death of Snails, but Ridley angrily rebukes her. After an argument in which Marina convinces Ridley that Snails didn’t die in vain, they become love interests. Ridley uses the “Eye of the Dragon” to finally get the Red Dragon sceptre, which is held by a skeleton that comes to life and warns Ridley that “anyone who wields the power of the rod shall suffer a horrible fate”, but Damodar arrives to steal the sceptre and brings it to Profion, where Ridley, Marina and Elwood follow.They travel back to the Empress’ castle where Gold dragons controlled by the Empress are battling the Mages below. Profion uses the Red Dragon sceptre to summon Red dragons, which battle the Gold dragons and slowly begin to win the fight. Ridley comes across Damodar, duels him with his new magic sword and then kills him, sending his body off the castle wall, and then, after a confrontation with Profion, Ridley destroys the sceptre and a Gold dragon eats Profion. idley later visits Snails’s grave, where Snail’s engraved name disappears, and Norda teleports Ridley to a place where “your friend awaits you”, along with herself, Marina and Elwood. This is a very much underrated film and the reasons for this escape me.The action is non-stop and the special effects really are good. Having never been into the game, I chose this film on the basis that I wanted something light, entertaining, and fun. Having watched it, it fulfilled all my criteria.

REVIEW: DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS (1983)

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CAST (VOICES)
Willie Aames (Adam-12)
Don Most (Happy Days)
Tonia Gayle Smith(The Faqcts of Life)
Adam Rich (Eigh Is eniugh)
Katie Leigh (Rugrats)
Frank welker (Transformers)
Sidney Miller (Little nemo)
Peter Cullen (Transformers)
Bob Holt (Gremlins)
The show focuses on a group of friends who are sucked into the “Realm of Dungeons & Dragons” by taking a magical dark ride on an amusement park roller coaster. Upon arriving in the realm they meet Dungeon Master (named for the referee in the role-playing game) who gives each child a magical item.
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The children’s main goal is to find a way home, but they often take detours to help people, or find that their fates are intertwined with that of others. The group come across many different enemies, but their primary antagonist is Venger. Venger is a powerful wizard who wishes to rule the realm and believes the power from the children’s weapons will help him to do so. Another recurring villain is Tiamat, who is a five-headed dragon and the only creature Venger fears.
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Throughout the show, a connection is suggested between Dungeon Master and Venger. The final un-produced episode “Requiem” would have confirmed that Venger is the Dungeon Master’s corrupted son (making Kareena, Venger’s sister DM’s daughter), redeemed Venger (giving those trapped in this Realm their freedom), and ended on a cliffhanger where the six children could finally return home or deal with evil that still existed in the Realm.
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Yes there is no introductory episode and yes there is no final episode (because it was never commissioned as explained in the box set. But it’s a magical cartoon series that brings back your childhood memories. Interestingly some of the stories lines are not what I would expect from a cartoon series from the eighties i.e. some quite dark story lines that I appreciate now but don’t remember back then.