Dark Dungeons trailer: based on the insane Jack Chick gospel tract

One of the few good things about people who are bonkers and publicly proud of it is that you can make fun of them and they don’t even realize that’s what you’re doing. And so we have this upcoming film from Zombie Orpheus Entertainment, who’ve made a bunch of movies about RPGs and gaming and general dorkness. It’s an adaptation of the 1984 gospel tract from the infamous Jack Chick, who believes that role-playing games are Satanic and involve real magic spells. This is what the film is about:

Dark Dungeons brings Jack Chick’s 1984 masterpiece to the silver 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? Find out in Dark Dungeons!

The movie’s official site informs us that ZOE acquired the film rights at no cost, and that the film will not be a parody or a satire but as honest an attempt to transfer the spirit of the tract to the big screen as any comic adaptation can be, given the challenges of expanding a short comic to feature-length and transferring it to the screen.

Except… here’s a bit from Chick’s “Dark Dungeons”


It doesn’t need to be exaggerated or misrepresented in any way for it to be funny as, well, hell. (You can read the whole thing at Chick’s site. Perhaps you will even want to purchase copies to share with your RPG-playing Satantic friends.)

Via Boing Boing.

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Thu, Mar 20, 2014 12:33pm

No. No, no, no, no, no. We DO NOT WANT to give Jack Chick any money.


You know, when I came across those things as a kid, reading them gave me a feeling akin to when I sneaked a look at porn. And that’s what they are…but porn without the positive attributes.

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  LaSargenta
Thu, Mar 20, 2014 1:40pm

You’re not giving Chick at money. He’s not getting anything as a result of this movie. The producers say so at the film’s official site.

reply to  MaryAnn Johanson
Thu, Mar 20, 2014 4:17pm

That was in response to the suggestion “You can read the whole thing at Chick’s site. Perhaps you will even want to purchase copies to share with your RPG-playing Satantic friends.”

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  LaSargenta
Thu, Mar 20, 2014 10:01pm

Ah. Well, that was sarcastic. :->

Paul Wartenberg
Thu, Mar 20, 2014 1:14pm

No comment (prepares Level 20 lightning bolt spell to strike Jack Chick with -2000 xp) (rolls for critical)

Thu, Mar 20, 2014 2:58pm

Looks good. It doesn’t need to be self-consciously parodic to be fun.

Tonio Kruger
Thu, Mar 20, 2014 3:44pm

Based on a tract from 1984? Sure glad to see Hollywood keeping up with the latest issues. :)

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  Tonio Kruger
Thu, Mar 20, 2014 10:02pm

It’s not a Hollywood movie.

Tonio Kruger
reply to  MaryAnn Johanson
Fri, Mar 21, 2014 1:28am


JR Ralls
Thu, Mar 20, 2014 3:53pm

The classics of western literature never get worse with time, they age like a fine wine.

Thu, Mar 20, 2014 3:54pm

wait… wasn’t there a movie in the 1980s about this, with tom hanks as the kid who goes mad from power and then gets burned out on D&D (i think it was called Monsters and Mazes or something like that)… we need a remake?

reply to  bronxbee
Thu, Mar 20, 2014 4:00pm

Oh, I think we need this one.

“How many zombies are there in Dark Dungeons the Movie?

As we are trying to staying as true to the comic as adaptation will allow, Dark Dungeons the movie takes place in a monozombistic world.”

reply to  bronxbee
Fri, Mar 21, 2014 12:39am

Mazes and Monsters, based on the book by Rona Jaffe. Based, in turn on the ludicrously misreported story of the steam tunnel kid, James Dallas Egbert.

More recently, there was a Spanish film along the same lines called El Corazón del Guerrero (Heart of the Warrior) which was, I have to say, a whole lot better than Mazes and Monsters.

Dr. Rocketscience
Dr. Rocketscience
Thu, Mar 20, 2014 5:50pm

“Based on the Graphic Novel by Jack T. Chick”