Dark Dungeons DVD

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Innocent students Debbie and Marcie arrive at college eager to save souls, but will they be able to save their own when they're seduced by the exotic and sinister world of role playing games?

Dark Dungeons brings Jack Chick’s 1984 comic to your screen. Debbie and Marcie arrive at college unaware of the dangers of RPGing. They are soon indoctrinated into this dangerous lifestyle where they face the threat of learning real life magical powers, being invited to join a witches’ coven, and resisting the lure of Ms. Frost, a vile temptress of a GM. But what peril must the two friends face when they stumble across the Necronomicon and their fantasy game becomes a reality game?

Special Features:

  • A Lifelong Dream - The Making of Dark Dungeons
  • How to Make a Film with $1,000 (But Not Really)
  • Commentaries:
    • Writer
    • Writer/Director
    • Producers
    • Cast
    • Crew
  • Subtitles: English, German, Italian, Spanish

Feature: 40 minutes
Extras: 150+ minutes
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0
DVD Region: 0 (NTSC)
Language: English
Format: 16:9 Anamorphic
Printed in the USA

ISBN-13: 978-09881874-6-7

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sage advice!

5/5

A wonderful and timely warning about the dangers of splitting the party. I wish I could take it back in time and watch it with my youth group!


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Oh ye gods yes!


NO, NOT BLACK LEAF! NO, NO! I'M GOING TO DIE!

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I've seen it—it's very faithful to the the original source material, and treats it with *at least* as much respect as it deserves.

Dark Archive

On the one hand, this is really funny and I want to watch it. On the other, it seems like beating a dead horse; does anybody take these claims seriously anymore?


BlackOuroboros wrote:
On the one hand, this is really funny and I want to watch it. On the other, it seems like beating a dead horse; does anybody take these claims seriously anymore?

Unfortunately yes. Not too long ago, you had people claiming the game Dark Souls was a cult simulating program.


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All this film did is make me wish I played under a "vile temptress of a GM".


BlackOuroboros wrote:
On the one hand, this is really funny and I want to watch it. On the other, it seems like beating a dead horse; does anybody take these claims seriously anymore?

Yeah, while it's died down SOME it's still somewhat of an issue. Plus, this movie is for us, the players to laugh at those times. The fact that it's fully authorized by the people we are laughing at because they take themselves so serious, so all we have to do is present what they say 100% straight and let the laughter commence.


Just because it needs to be said:

Most Christians, like myself, recognize Jack Chick for the false teacher he is; the Bible literally says that false teachers have a special place in Hell reserved for them, so these are not words we use lightly. His brand of conspiracy theorizing and denigrating all those who disagree with him - and in some cases, those that agree with him but take issue with his harsh tone - makes life difficult for me.

I have no intention to give him a platform, so I will not watch this movie, which has been approved by Chick. For for those who do, please remember that Jack Chick represents Christians in the same way that the Rocky Horror Picture Show represents biologists.


Fergurg wrote:

Just because it needs to be said:

Most Christians, like myself, recognize Jack Chick for the false teacher he is; the Bible literally says that false teachers have a special place in Hell reserved for them, so these are not words we use lightly. His brand of conspiracy theorizing and denigrating all those who disagree with him - and in some cases, those that agree with him but take issue with his harsh tone - makes life difficult for me.

I have no intention to give him a platform, so I will not watch this movie, which has been approved by Chick. For for those who do, please remember that Jack Chick represents Christians in the same way that the Rocky Horror Picture Show represents biologists.

Okay, while you have every right to not watch it, I think you don't understand the beauty of satire. Yes, he approved it, but that's what makes it so wonderful. The movie is making fun of him and he doesn't even realize it.

I am Christian, I grew up playing RPGs in the late 80's and throughout the 90's. We laughed our butts off at the Dark Dungeons chick tracts. By presenting it in movie the way this movie seems to be. The guy behind this movie is a reporter for The Onion.

I don't see it as giving Jack Chick a platform, since that was never the intention, nor is it the result. The intention and result is 100% pure satire and laughing at the idiocy of the 80's RPG scare.

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And with this release, someone absolutely must do the MST3K version.

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I recall reading somewhere that Jack Chick did not want any money for the rights to this tract/film, and that fact was actually used in advertising for the kickstarter.

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I can confirm that Jack Chick makes nothing from this.


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At the risk of violating the code of conduct: Jack Chick can get bent.*

* I mean that in the nicest possible way, of course. :)


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Now we just need someone to secure the rights to "The Dungeon Master" from William Dear before it is too late.

The Dungeon Master

I own this book, have read it three times (Egbert and I were almost the same age, he was one year older than me. He started playing in late 78, early 79, whereas I began playing D&D in 1976)

Dear's book would be a great film


Terquem wrote:

Now we just need someone to secure the rights to "The Dungeon Master" from William Dear before it is too late.

The Dungeon Master

I own this book, have read it three times (Egbert and I were almost the same age, he was one year older than me. He started playing in late 78, early 79, whereas I began playing D&D in 1976)

Dear's book would be a great film

Eh, not so much... that book wasn't hilarious like Dark Dungeons is, and in fact it was that book that really set off the whole D&D is evil craze in a lot of ways. There was a LOT more to the story, but it was left out in order to protect Egbert's privacy (which is noble, don't get me wrong) but... that left D&D as the scapegoat for all that happened... and it lit the fire under the religious right.

It's kind of the same reason the D&D community hates Mazes & Monsters. Because, plain and simple, the kid in Mazes & Monsters is mentally ill. If it wasn't D&D fueling his illness, it would be something else. But, the movie (and the book it was based on) doesn't tell you that. They just tell you how evil D&D is and how it's the root of all the problems when it's not, it's just the chosen "outlet" for already existing mental issues. (And I'm not judging anyone here, I have my share of mental issues in my family and myself)

So, unless they worked with William Dear to put the WHOLE story, even the stuff he left out of the book in the movie, then that movie very much would do more harm than good, because as I said that's the book that lit the fire.


The part that was left out, the part that years later, Dear claimed he used the whole "D&D" thing as a way of keeping the real possible people involved from suspecting he was on to them, I believe is the most important part of the story. Also, the unconfirmed story that an Editor at Dragon magazine had spoken to Dear about how the detective would use the D&D spin to his advantage, would also be interesting to get to the bottom of.

All in all, it might make a very good drama.

Particularly if it is sensitive to the problems Egbert was realy dealing with, acceptance, understanding, a feeling of isolation. Growing up different.

Dear, I believe is aproaching 80 years of age, time is limited.


Terquem wrote:

The part that was left out, the part that years later, Dear claimed he used the whole "D&D" thing as a way of keeping the real possible people involved from suspecting he was on to them, I believe is the most important part of the story. Also, the unconfirmed story that an Editor at Dragon magazine had spoken to Dear about how the detective would use the D&D spin to his advantage, would also be interesting to get to the bottom of.

All in all, it might make a very good drama.

Particularly if it is sensitive to the problems Egbert was realy dealing with, acceptance, understanding, a feeling of isolation. Growing up different.

Dear, I believe is aproaching 80 years of age, time is limited.

Well, right if they told the WHOLE story and not just straight from the book as published, that would be a good movie that would give the truth behind the D&D scare of the 80's, but if it was just straight from the book as written, then it would just be pure oh look D&D is evil, it nearly killed this boy!

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AbsolutGrndZer0 wrote:
Well, right if they told the WHOLE story and not just straight from the book as published, that would be a good movie that would give the truth behind the D&D scare of the 80's, but if it was just straight from the book as written, then it would just be pure oh look D&D is evil, it nearly killed this boy!

Actually, as I recall, even the book made it fairly clear that D&D wasn't responsible for Egbert's problems. Early on Dear presents it as a possible theory he investigated, but by the end he flat out says that Egbert's emotional issues were unrelated to the game. 'Mazes and Monsters' was the 'D&D is evil' book. 'The Dungeon Master' was more deliberative, but many parts of the media ignored Dear's conclusions and sensationalized the 'dangers' of the game.


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Splode wrote:
All this film did is make me wish I played under a "vile temptress of a GM".

I already do, she also has other names

"The Wife."
"She who must be obeyed."
"She who is always right, especially when wrong."
"The Finance Controller."

and also as

"The one I wouldn't trade for all the tea in China!" :)
"The missing half of my soul."
"My best friend."

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