Movie Defense Force: Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God - A Shockingly Faithful Film

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I have seen this movie many times, and I enjoy it without irony. It's what I wanted the first movie to be, and even on its budget of six dollars, it does its best and works within its limits with enough humility not to become pretentious, but with enough ambition to make the best of what it gets to work with. The plot was a bit weird to me--wait, so, they don't know how divine magic works? But there's a cleric right there healing people and making earthquakes and shit; why don't they know how divine magic works? Did no one ask the clerics?--but the Easter eggs alone make up for that. I call Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God a genuinely successful movie, though I do so while pointedly ignoring how much the CGI kind of made me cringe. The dragon god looked like Liu Kang's animality at the end of Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.

(PS: Mr. Sterling, you should totally do an episode about Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. I'd love to see how deep you have to dig to defend that one.)

Huh, guess I have to check this one out.

Also, defend Jurassic Park: Lost World without mentioning Jeff Goldblum or the rampage on San Diego. Do eet, do the impossible!

What I've always told people when asked about the D&D movies is "Wrath of the Dragon God is what we wanted our campaigns to be, but the first D&D shows what it always ended up like."

I think I saw this once.

I'm not entirely certain - because I had to get seriously drunk to watch it all the way through... still, I do faintly recall laughing

That last bit killed me! "The best CG since Jurassic park (silence) ok that was a lie (more awkward silence)"

I liked that movie, does anyone also gets sqeeced by the "hand in a wall" scene?

You should do Death to Smoochy jim. That was a movie I thought was really good and weird black comedy that everyone else hated. Give it a shot. John Stewart won't shut up about how bad of a actor in it he was.

Having seen this and the first D&D movie, this is the superior film. The pacing is better, the characters are a bit more interesting and best of all it's actually faithful to the source material. I do not consider this a bad film in any regard.

Scorpid:
You should do Death to Smoochy jim. That was a movie I thought was really good and weird black comedy that everyone else hated. Give it a shot. John Stewart won't shut up about how bad of a actor in it he was.

I don't care what anyone says. I liked Death To Smoochy.

I honestly can't imagine why it has such bad reviews and word of mouth. I thought the actors were great in their (admittedly over-the-top) roles, the story was pitch black while staying whimsical, and I thought many of the characters were endearing (if a little broken).

Maybe there was a big party with all the movie critics and Danny Devito made an ass of himself that year or something.

After having seen a few of these videos, I wonder; what are the exact lyrics of the opening theme? There are some parts that I just can't figure out.

I remember watching this for a laugh and expecting a similar train wreck to the previous movie. I was super surprised to find that this movie was actually really, really good and a lot of fun!

bluegate:
After having seen a few of these videos, I wonder; what are the exact lyrics of the opening theme?

I would be happy to provide you with the precise and exact lyrics:

Movie Defense Force
[something that sounds like the word "override"]
Seeing good in movies that society thinks suck
Movie Defense Force

[something that sounds like the words "gopher pie"]
If you came to laugh at bad films, I'm afraid you're out of luck
Movie Defense Force

[something that sounds like the words "miracles die"]

I...I have hearing problems. I watch TV with the closed captioning on.

Now I want to see this. I'm curious.

The best D&D Movie is still The Gamers 2: Dorkness Rising.

the fact there are 2 Dungeons & Dragons movies raises the question of how many more they made. With a low enough budget, they could crank out at least 1 a year.

JimB:
I have seen this movie many times, and I enjoy it without irony. It's what I wanted the first movie to be, and even on its budget of six dollars, it does its best and works within its limits with enough humility not to become pretentious, but with enough ambition to make the best of what it gets to work with. The plot was a bit weird to me--wait, so, they don't know how divine magic works? But there's a cleric right there healing people and making earthquakes and shit; why don't they know how divine magic works? Did no one ask the clerics?--but the Easter eggs alone make up for that. I call Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God a genuinely successful movie, though I do so while pointedly ignoring how much the CGI kind of made me cringe. The dragon god looked like Liu Kang's animality at the end of Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.

(PS: Mr. Sterling, you should totally do an episode about Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. I'd love to see how deep you have to dig to defend that one.)

OMG, YES! There's not enough video game movies Jim tried to defend, and there may be too many for him to try! Come on, Jim. Take your best shot!

HA! Yes, I love this one most because it has classes, and D&D mechanics talk, and to be blunt, the barbarian woman breaks a mold or two since women generally get relegated to archers, healers, rogues, and mages, or equivalents depending on setting.

I frikking love DnD!

Captcha: runny nose
Nope, stuffy.

Darth_Payn:
the fact there are 2 Dungeons & Dragons movies raises the question of how many more they made. With a low enough budget, they could crank out at least 1 a year.

There's one called Book of Vile Darkness that came out a couple of years ago in the UK; I don't know the relationship with the previous two films, as I've never even seen a copy of it. I suppose I could find it on some torrent site, but I keep hoping against hope I'll see it on some cable channel at 2 in the afternoon.

OT: I remember very little about this movie other than the cleric dying in a spectacularly gory and schlocky fashion, but I think it was influential in me starting D&D. It did make it seem cool to go in there straight-faced and just try and be heroes, rather than the snarky antiheroes I was used to seeing.

Also, do you want to see this movie? The whole thing's on Youtube! No idea why it hasn't been flagged for copyright, but it's been up for a few months, so maybe the copyright lapsed or the people making it are just glad that someone out there is enjoying it.

Watch Here

Thunderous Cacophony:

Darth_Payn:
The fact that there are two Dungeons & Dragons movies raises the question of how many more they made.

There's one called Book of Vile Darkness that came out a couple of years ago in the UK; I don't know the relationship with the previous two films, as I've never even seen a copy of it.

It came out a year or two ago here in America, too. Syfy plays it now and then; it's been on in the last month or so. It has fuck-all to do with either of the first two movies. Some prick doesn't get chosen to be a paladin, so he becomes evil in a quest to save his father from evil, and there's this guy who can turn into bugs who's fucking immortal and immune to all harm and all fucking Xanatos on everything, the GMPC of the movie if I've ever seen one. It's not good on its own, and it's even worse because it promised me I'd see a mind flayer and instead of a mini-Cthulhu they made the mind flayer be just a human guy with his mouth stitched shut who used psychic powers to talk through the mouths of half-clad, crawling, human female slaves. I could not have been more disappointed.

Ah yes I was also quite surprised by this moving actually being dnd. I mean it was not very good, but I liked it quite a lot anyway as like I said it was actually dnd.

Rebel_Raven:
HA! Yes, I love this one most because it has classes, and D&D mechanics talk, and to be blunt, the barbarian woman breaks a mold or two since women generally get relegated to archers, healers, rogues, and mages, or equivalents depending on setting.

I frikking love DnD!

Captcha: runny nose
Nope, stuffy.

If you love dnd and mold breaking I would highly recommend the book NPCs by Drew Hayes, it has loads of both and is very funny to boot.

Wrath of the Dragon God is by far a better movie than the one I paid to see in theaters that came before it.

mmmm, Barbarian

zerragonoss:
Ah yes I was also quite surprised by this moving actually being dnd. I mean it was not very good, but I liked it quite a lot anyway as like I said it was actually dnd.

Rebel_Raven:
HA! Yes, I love this one most because it has classes, and D&D mechanics talk, and to be blunt, the barbarian woman breaks a mold or two since women generally get relegated to archers, healers, rogues, and mages, or equivalents depending on setting.

I frikking love DnD!

Captcha: runny nose
Nope, stuffy.

If you love dnd and mold breaking I would highly recommend the book NPCs by Drew Hayes, it has loads of both and is very funny to boot.

Looks like an interesting premise! And not a huge price, either. Awesome! I'll add it to my shopping list!

My favorite thing in the movie from the tabletop game was when you mess up a teleportation, you take damage. I was pretty tickled to see that in the film.

el_kabong:
My favorite thing in the movie from the tabletop game was when you mess up a teleportation, you take damage. I was pretty tickled to see that in the film.

Not to mention when he had to cut her arm off to teleport out. Concentration check! I also liked the mirror puzzle they had to get through.

Book of Vile Darkness was... not quite as good. It did have some evil classes show cased, like the Vermin Lord. Otherwise it was pretty meh.

Dragonlore wasn't a D&D movie but it might as well have been. It's on Netflix right now under a different name (The Shadow Cabal? Saga: Curse of the Shadow). Anyways it's a little better than Wrath of the Dragon God, the male lead can't really act all that well, the female lead is slightly better and does her own stunts. The makeup effects show some love though and there's some fun bits in it.

Huh... well now I'm curious.

Did I miss a joke at the end? Why did it cut away mid sentence?

daxterx2005:
Did I miss a joke at the end? Why did it cut away mid sentence?

The orb of phallus? Really? Nothing? :P

Darth_Payn:
the fact there are 2 Dungeons & Dragons movies raises the question of how many more they made. With a low enough budget, they could crank out at least 1 a year.

There are at least three. The original, Wrath of the Dragon God, and the Book of Vile Darkness.

The "Orb of Phallus-" beckons me softly.

Nimzabaat:

Dragonlore wasn't a D&D movie but it might as well have been. It's on Netflix right now under a different name (The Shadow Cabal? Saga: Curse of the Shadow). Anyways it's a little better than Wrath of the Dragon God, the male lead can't really act all that well, the female lead is slightly better and does her own stunts. The makeup effects show some love though and there's some fun bits in it.

It's on Netflix as "Curse of the Dragon Slayer"... and yeah, it's good, campy fun. Anyone who enjoyed Wrath (like me!!) will probably not regret a sit-through too much. Libations are optional, but always help.

After watching this episode, I went and got a copy of this movie and watched it. I expected a crappy movie with a few classic D&D call outs. It's actually not horrible, though I wouldn't say it is good. The dialogue actually sounds like the kind of shit people at my D&D games would come up with while trying to fit the medieval fantasy setting. So you have lines that are a mix of overblown formal language and modern speech, which in any other film would just be bad writing, but in this it works. There are some classic monsters both present and mentioned (there may or may not be a flask of Purple Worm's stomach acid) and the dragons fit the Monster Manual art. Oh and the actress that plays the barbarian is absolutely stunning and just watching her is almost worth the time watching this movie on its own. So yeah, like Jim said, if you're a D&D player, you should check out this movie it's pretty fun.

"Novel Length Wikipedia Page" - Let's just call it what it is, free distribution Autobiography, or the best Memoir ever.

Wrath of the Dragon God is a masterpiece in comparison to The Book of Vile Darkness. Mind Flayer my ass!!!

God of Path:
The "Orb of Phallus-" beckons me softly.

Valazhure. Dragon God of Death according to D&D 3e.

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