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24 February 2014

[D&D 40th Anniversary Bloghop] Day Twenty-four

Day Twenty-four: First movie that comes to mind that you associate with D&D. Why?

Dragonslayer would be the answer to this question.

Why? Well, let me count the ways.
  1. Hello, DRAGONS?!?
  2. It came out during my gaming youth.
Honestly, though...it was a tie between this movie and Clash of the Titans, also from 1981. I'm sure a lot of people would go with Clash first, because of the whole "lots of monsters, swordplay, adventure, quest-thingy" theme, whereas Dragonslayer is something of a different movie, in part because the hero is a bungling clod through most of the movie. (Before you object: Peter MacNicol. A dragonslayer? Really? In what universe does that make sense?)

On second thought, I'm firmly going with Dragonslayer. It edges out Clash of the Titans on several fronts. First, a golden mechanical owl. Secondly, Clash always gets all the love; Vermithrax Pejorative is due a little respect himself. Thirdly, you've got the bungling hero thrown at the dragon right off. First adventure, BAM! DRAGON.

Finally: "ten tons of rapacious reality. No maiden is safe."

Need I say more?


Timrod said...

You already know that I agree with you, but the coolness of the name Vermithrax Pejorative needs to be emphasized some more. You know right off the bat that anyone with this awesome name is going to be possessed of both toxic and comic genius; a villain who will implement your demise for his own incendiary amusement.

Jason said...

For my money, Vermithrax is STILL the best dragon ever put on screen, even over Peter Jackson's Smaug. Seriously, she was just plain cool. And scary. I recently had an argument with a friend who borrowed my Dragonslayer DVD and thought the movie was "lame." Sigh. Damn Kids(tm).

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