Knights of Badassdom

Spring 2012 will see the release of Knights of Badassdom. It’s an indie film that touts itself as a horror comedy. The story revolves around three larpers and quickly turns into something much more than a weekend of boffer fighting in the woods. By a twist of luck, or a joke of the gods, this group of larpers summons a succubus from hell. Hilarity and gore ensue. Check out the trailer:

This movie will probably not be what you’re used to from other films. To start it has a real director, Joe Lynch, who made the film Wrong Turn 2, which is as good as horror films come. Second, the cast is incredible. In no particular order the cast consists of Peter Dunklage (Elf, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, and most recently Game of Thrones), Ryan Kwanten (Australian Soap star, True Blood), Steve Zahn (a ton of films and TV), Danny Pudi (of Community fame) and Summer Glau (Firefly, Serenity and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles). Third, it’s a movie about larping that is funny because it wants to be. And it looks hilarious.

At first glance I was sure this was going to be a trailer for another run of the mill larping movie. There are a whole slew of larping documentaries such as Darkon and Monster Camp, which, when I saw the title was the first thing to pop into my head, “Oh great, someone made a documentary that will try to make larping look bad-ass.” Then as the trailer started I thought it would be mocking larping as the likes of Role Models did. Oh how I was totally wrong.

My assumptions continued to be wrong at every turn as I watched the trailer. What I thought would be some kind of cute PG-13 flick turned bloody and gory. It looks like a gory zombie movie along the lines of Shaun of the Dead. Also, it looks as though they’ve done a great job capturing some of the realities of larping, while also poking fun at it, which is to be expected.

There are a few things I’m wondering though. First, it seems as though there will be a greater “Comic-con” type influence than a larping influence. Will this pan out? Or will it be more Larp focused than it seems? Second, will larpers identify with it? Will they look at it and go, “Yeah, that’s awesome. That’s us!” or will it be, “Nope, not even close to our culture.” Only time will tell, but I’d be interested to hear others thoughts.

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