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Knights of Badassdom (2013)

  • Rate: 9.0/10 total 2,432 votes 
  • Genre: Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
  • Runtime: USA:86 min
  • Filming Location: Spokane, Washington, USA
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Knights of Badassdom (2013)


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  • IMDb page: Knights of Badassdom (2013)
  • Rate: 9.0/10 total 2,432 votes 
  • Genre: Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
  • Runtime: USA:86 min
  • Filming Location: Spokane, Washington, USA
  • Gross: $46,763 (USA) (24 January 2014)
  • Director: Joe Lynch
  • Stars: Ryan Kwanten, Steve Zahn, Peter Dinklage | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Bear McCreary   
  • Plot Keyword: Demon | Live Action Role Playing

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Kevin Dreyfuss  screenplay
  • Matt Wall  screenplay

Known Trivia

  • The main cast went through Live Action Role Playing sessions before filming and Peter Dinklage was declared the most successful out of everyone. 7 of 7 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • The world premiere was held on September 24th 2013, at the “Icon” festival in Tel-Aviv, Israel. 3 of 4 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |

Plot: Live-action role players conjure up a demon from Hell by mistake and they must deal with the consequences. |  »

Story: Live-action role players conjure up a demon from Hell by mistake and they must deal with the consequences.

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Mark Burton known as producer
  • Rich Cowan known as executive producer
  • Kevin Dreyfuss known as producer
  • Mike Elizalde known as executive producer
  • Daniel J. Heffner known as executive producer
  • Ketura Kestin known as executive producer
  • Evan Parthenis known as executive producer
  • Rizwan Virk known as executive producer
  • Matt Wall known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Peter Dinklage known as Hung
  • Summer Glau known as Gwen
  • Margarita Levieva known as Beth
  • Ryan Kwanten known as Joe
  • Steve Zahn known as Eric
  • Jimmi Simpson known as Ronnie Kwok
  • Danny Pudi known as Lando
  • Joshua Malina known as Travis
  • W. Earl Brown known as Randy
  • Michael Gladis known as King Diamond
  • Douglas Tait known as Abominog
  • Brett Gipson known as Gunther
  • Khanh Doan known as Andie
  • Sean Cook known as Winston
  • Larry Zerner known as Shelly
  • Kenny Parks Jr. known as Steven (as Kenny Parks)
  • D.R. Anderson known as Eddie
  • Basil Harris known as Johnny
  • Kevin Connell known as King
  • Casandra Marie Hayes known as Fairy
  • Kent Kimball known as Walker
  • Craig Borden known as Dragon Rider
  • Brendan McCreary known as Joe (singing voice)
  • Kim Stodel known as Ira
  • Kevin Joel Coughlin known as Red Army Ranger
  • Charles Bailey known as King Diamond's Warrior
  • Jay Bouck known as Red Prince
  • Kayla Arenas known as Green King's Entourage
  • Brandon Petty known as Jake
  • Rick McCoy known as Barbarian
  • Hayden Snodgrass known as Larper
  • Michael Carpenter
  • Jose Rufino known as Sir Reginald



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Amy Bruscoe known as makeup artist
  • Emily Chisholm known as makeup artist
  • Mike Elizalde known as creature and makeup effects designer
  • Trista Jordan known as makeup supervisor
  • Mike Meyers known as hair stylist
  • Shawn R. Shelton known as special makeup effects artist
  • Cale Thomas known as painter: Spectral Motion Inc

Art Department:

  • Mitch Davis known as swing
  • Mitch Davis known as swing
  • Heidi Habib known as assistant property master
  • Cdavid Hall-cottrill known as property master
  • Michael P. Hunter known as key armourer
  • James Pendleton known as art department temp
  • Michael Ruby known as key scenic
  • Angela J. Smith known as lead/buyer
  • Kari VanSickle known as sculptor/scenic artist
  • Conor Wing known as set dresser




Production Companies:

  • IndieVest Pictures
  • North by Northwest Entertainment

Other Companies:

  • Hula Post  editing systems
  • Iron Liege  LARP weapons and shields
  • LARP Alliance  LARP consulting, training, LARPer extras casting
  • Reder & Feig  production counsel
  • Sparks and Shadows  soundtrack


  • Entertainment One (2014) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Entertainment One (2014) (USA) (theatrical)
  • eOne Entertainment (2014) (USA) (theatrical)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Flat Earth Productions
  • Spectral Motion (creature and makeup effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Jan Huybrechs known as 3D Scanning: Eyetronics
  • Kevin O'Neill known as visual effects supervisor
  • Ryan Purnell known as digital effects artist
  • Chris Wallace known as digital intermediate colourist

MPAA: Rated R for horror violence, language throughout, some drug use and sexuality



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. amosref from Israel
    31 Jan 2014, 6:00 am

    I was extremely lucky to attend the world premiere! The screening washeld at the "Icon" festival (sort of the Israeli version of comic-con)in Tel-Aviv, Israel. The screening began at midnight on the night ofSep. 24-25 2013.

    The movie was introduced by one of the producers. She got on stage,said a few words about the film and then dropped the bomb on all of us- This was the world premiere! The theater ERUPTED! Clapping andhooting for a good 2 minutes before she could keep on talking.

    What can I say? It was a theater packed with geeks and everyone wentwild! the film is fantastic! The cast is brilliant and I laughed outloud at least 20 times (Even though on this page it doesn't say thatthe movie is actually a comedy – it totally is!). People were evenclapping and cheering at many key moments. The feeling in the room waselectric. We don't know which cut we got to see though, but it didn'tfeel too long – just right, in fact.

    Peter Dinklage is wonderful as usual and Summer Glau's performance -she was was fantastic. She is every geek's wet dream of course.. Butshe really delivered the whole "I'm not really into this but I'mplaying along with it" role. She looked amazing in her costume! Her onscreen chemistry with the other characters was excellent. She isdefinitely one of the underrated actresses out there.

    The film itself has some great plot twists and even though it had avery low budget – it manages to escape the feel of a B-movie. It evenhad some pretty good CGI animation.

    At the end everyone was clapping and as I walked out of the theater,feeling giddy – EVERYONE was smiling, laughing, reminiscing and all inall I didn't hear a single person saying anything negative about it.The only reason this film gets a 9 is because a 10 is reserved formaybe 5- 10 movies in my life. If you are a geek, were a geek, orsimply have a little bit of geekyness in you – don't hesitate when itis released – it's worth every penny! Go with friends who appreciatethis kind of stuff. I was never much of a role-playing fan and stillfelt completely connected to this film. Well done!!

  2. Terry B from United States
    31 Jan 2014, 6:00 am

    Saw this in the theatre at a showing organized by a local LARP chapter.

    The crowd was having a great time with the movie, laughing out loud andcheering (when called for). The energy in there was almost half theexperience. The rest was the move itself. Lots of laughs, great acting,and a ridiculous premise really sold me on this.

    You can really tell that the actors had fun with the movie. None ofthem seemed like they were forced to be there or looked like they'dmade a terrible mistake by signing a contract(You know the kind ofmovie I'm talking about).

    For how long it took this movie to come out, it really pulled through.

    If you're looking for something that takes itself seriously, or maybehas a deeper side to it, this probably isn't what you're looking for.

    If you're looking for a FUN movie to watch with a group of friends, I'ddefinitely recommend it.

    I will be watching this again for sure.

  3. Shel Graves from United States
    31 Jan 2014, 6:00 am

    A slasher flick with demons set at a live-action role-playing adventure(geeks rule!) —

    The extras, led by Wotan the Faerie Smasher, lend this movie fantasticpresence. The cast is perfection. Loved to watch: Summer Glau (Firefly,Dollhouse); Ryan Kwantlen (True Blood); Danny Pudi and *drumroll* PeterDinklage as Hung brings the fabulousity — again!

    Every time anything to do with LARPing or anything in scripted redlettering comes on the screen, it's awesome.

    Egregiously bad: the special effects, especially the "boss" at the end,and the sexism. There are three women characters in the movie: the evilex-girlfriend turned succubus, the evil ex-girlfriend andindiscriminate bisexual (and she won't last long!), and the new loveinterest with the "+ three ass of perfection" — nope, they never speakto each other or, actually, talk much at all. Bechdel roll failed.

    Badassdom-ly good saving throw: The ending is AH-MAZING! *devil hornsup*

  4. Tyrione from United States
    31 Jan 2014, 6:00 am

    It's a sarcastic, solid cult style Evil Dead 2 dry humor, with greatbanter throughout.

    Every actor enjoyed themselves and it comes through in the film.

    Great cast that everyone already knows, with solid chemistry. Nothingforced.

    If you're a fan of the 60s Godzilla flicks with an over-sized andclassic style creature, mixed with a Saturday the 13th tongue firmly incheek (on a low budget) then you'll embrace the climax.

    If you can swallow the fantasy laced use of Sir John Dee's magnum opusbeing artistically lifted for a completely different purpose, thenyou'll really chuckle along with all the LARP and AD&D referencessomeone who grew up in AD&D at its height of fame.

    Script is solid and surprising, especially how many red-shirted crewmeneat it.

    With all that, the Giant Trollish (think Asian Monkey Kingdom meets theCold Troll on TV) that gets sprung actually fits.

    It doesn't take itself serious and throughout the film that turns intosomeone biting it.

    Hope it gets at least a full DVD release and perhaps a mid-levelrelease into theaters.

    I got what I expected and more. Well worth the $10.

    Seeing the Premiere in Spokane where it was filmed and listening tomany who worked on the film was an added bonus, tonight at its SpokanePremiere.

    And yes, Summer Glau doesn't seem to age, is great in the film alongwith everyone you see in the official trailer.

    Solid F/X for the budget this film must have had.

    I enjoyed this film tenfold more than that pile remake of The EvilDead.

  5. Mark Gardner from United States
    31 Jan 2014, 6:00 am

    After reading the other reviews, I can only conclude that either thereviewers were paid to say complimentary things, or else they saw acompletely different movie than the one that got filmed.

    "Knights of Badassdom" is disappointing. The plot is that of a verystandard evil-monster movie, with no surprises. Normally, it woulddisappear without a ripple and never see the light of day except on DVDfor fans of obscure, poorly-written films. The acting is mediocre, thefilming is average, and the production values are, at best,unexceptional.

    The only bit of novelty here, and indeed, the only bright spot in thefilm at all, is the fact that the producers chose to make the leadcharacters be live-action role-players. This is indeed unusual, and thehumor in the film comes about nearly exclusively from the parody of thevarious clichés of role-playing, and gaming in general. Some of thiswas reasonably well done, and is entirely why I gave the film a ratingof 5; without it, the film would have gotten a 3, as being a standard,low-budget, gore-filled monster movie.

    Considering the respectable amount of effort put into the production,the result is rather sad; one would think that they could have come upwith a better and more interesting script.

    Ultimately, the movie is mildly entertaining, but for the wrongreasons. It's funny mainly because it's so ridiculous in its portrayalof the characters. The audience laughs frequently – but mostly whensomeone gets killed. Kind of the way you laugh at a really inept homevideo. This is unfortunate in a movie where the actors and crew workedso hard.

    Overall, the film is only notable for being one of the few to mentionLARPers at all. Fans of LARPing will be tickled. Fans of phony bloodwill enjoy seeing plenty of it scattered around.

    Other than that, it's completely forgettable. Save your money.

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