Have you ever heard of Jack Chick? For decades he wrote Christian cartoons (known these days as Chick tracts) with elements of Christianity. While some of these are expected Christian ideas (and often propaganda), some of them always were so weird, so unapologetically conspiratorial, that they were comical to many others who viewed them. These strips have been well parodied over the years in many places. The strips spoke out about such evils as Halloween, Catholicism, Islam, rock and roll, and of particular not here, Dungeons and Dragons.
In 1984, in the height of the Satanic Panic, Chick produced the tract entitled, "Dark Dungeons". An assault on Dungeons and Dragons as being evil and affecting the minds of youth, it has been parodied many times among RPG communities, various fandoms, and geek culture at large. For many, if we had not known Dark Dungeons was serious, we would have thought it humor. Instead, know it was intended to be serious, it makes it particularly hilarious for anyone who has actually played D&D. You can find a copy of Dark Dungeons in its entirety here.
What is this relevant now? Well, it looks like there is a movie version coming out of Dark Dungeons. It appears to be a movie with a plot expanded straight from the strip. According to wikipedia, Dark Dungeons has gotten the license to use it from Chick. Based on its trailer, the movie is playing the plot very serious, though I don't think the creator actually took the tract seriously. Why? Well, I encourage you to check out the trailer below, but it appears by making the plot super serious and deadpan, the movie is going to be more hilarious than if they had turned it into a comedy.
Dark Dungeons Official Site
BONUS: If you've never seen the great Chick parody, Who Will Be Eaten First, you should check it out. It can be found many places online, such as here.
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