Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Let's talk about Fantasy / Science Fiction Movies

There are so many bad and decent  Fantasy / Sci Fi movies out I thought I would take this page to bring up a number of movies that influenced the way I Dungeon Master and play role playing games.

There are many influences taken from these movies even the worst movies give something of value to us creative types. 


I grew up just as Cable TV and Movie channels were starting up, also when the first VCR and Video stores were coming out. the early 80's  brought so much change to entertainment. 



The purpose here not to review to films, but to reintroduce people to movies I adore


The grand daddy of all movies when I was growing up was

The Sword and the Sorcerer




Everyone had a character named Talon and every one wanted swords like that. The crazy part is the sorcerer is Bull from Night Court and Lee Horsley was Talon... 

The movie is not horrible and it does play the genre well. 






Next is Excalibur, the notable is how  played Merlin, both scary and playful 


The soundtrack and story was top notch, You could not ask for more. Carmina Burana was the score for film

The Shiny Armour, the swords and the personal battle really were cool






Clash of the Titans, the Original, not the remake


Featuring the special effects of Ray Harryhausen and the guy from LA Law, this was exciting.. Basically any film with Burgess Meredith was pretty cool (he was great in Rocky also) 

This was a DM's dream movie









Beastmaster, Marc Singer and Tanya Roberts





 
Cheesy film with some interesting concepts and who can forget the first time you all saw Tanya Roberts emerging from the water.... 









Lord of the Rings 




This is the Movie that was amazing to watch, even with the liberties in the script.  Orc and Goblins, Orcs and Goblins...









The Hobbit





Ok, so Peter Jackson stretched out the book to 3 movies and added a lot of filler to the movie. Also the barrel scene was pretty laughable 


Still, it was a good film. I found it to be very entertaining










Star Wars




The Original trilogy in the Original Theatrical presentations....


Before the mucked over with CGI and Bullshit


This inspired so much and never has a middle film been so dark before the silliness of the Ewoks




The Last Star Fighter





I have loved this movie since I saw it, it was revolutionary as all the Star Fighter flight and Battle sequences were computer animations












The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension




This is what every adventure is all about, an eclectic group of people striving to overcome odds and aliens... the movie captures the spirit of and role playing party










Treasure of the Four Crowns




We had a local theater the was withing walking distance and on Fridays my gang would go to the movies. The 3 D craze was full swing so we went to many of them at that place.


This is one of the adventure movies that is little known, cheezy and cool. This inspired many adventures and we were all charging gems when our Magic users were high enough level...  Check this out


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9Pm1oaKDZY







I did a Poll and here are the top of the results, I will update this from time to time... but here are the main influences on Gamers. 



Answer Choices– Responses–


Excalibur 88.89%

Lord of the Rings trilogy 77.78%


Monty Python Holy Grail 77.78%

Clash of the titans 77.78%


beast master 77.78%

Conan the Barbarian (the original, not the remake) 77.78%

Princess Bride 66.67%

Dragonslayer 66.67%

Dark Crystal 66.67%

Conan the Destroyer 66.67%

hobbit 66.67%

Reign of Fire 55.56%

Hawk the Slayer 55.56%

Add additional Movie 55.56%

Pirates of the Caribbean movies 55.56%

1982 Conan the Barbarian 55.56%

Legend 55.56%

Robin Hood (pick any, from 1930's to present), 55.56%


Highlander 55.56%