Roleplaying is Evil – Skullduggery (1983)

A Canadian effort from 1983, Skullduggery has to be one of the worst atrocities ever put to film and even so, it is still a better time than a lot of the movies The Asylum puts out and that is saying something as this picture is just truly awful.

The movie features Dungeons and Dragons at its core or a game very similar to it, played by a group of people who just want to have some fun. Be that as it may, Adam is cursed and that curse starts to make itself known as Adam can no longer tell what is real and what is fantasy. So it is that he starts killing and when a person factors in a magician who is awfully good, a talent show, some ladies and more game playing, one has a picture filled with everything but the kitchen sink.

Suffice it to say, this film was one giant mess. It was hard to keep track of everyone as there were so many costume changes and there were times when the audience itself was unable to tell if it was a fantasy sequence or not. The script was not as good as it could have been though the idea for the story was, it simply needed someone better to make it become a reality. Also, who calls themselves Dr. Evil? It is like nobody in this picture was even trying in the slightest, the actors included. Sometimes the material drags the talent down, and sometimes vice versa. In this case, both were equally bad which is a shame as the seeds were here to give the audience a little something different when it came to horror.

At the very least, there was a bit of blood to liven things up but in the end, it felt like the entire affair lasted for days instead of the ninety-five minutes it actually was. Factoring all of that in, one would think to skip it and yet, this trainwreck calls out to those who love horror to be watched. That is the true horror of it all, that no matter how bad it is, one has to see it for themselves to actually believe it.

1 out of 5

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