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Dungeons & Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness (2012)

Two thousand years ago, Nhagruul the Foul, a sorcerer who reveled in corrupting the innocent and the spread of despair, neared the end of his mortal days and was dismayed. Consumed by ... See full summary »

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Gerry Lively

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Brian Rudnick (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Anthony Howell ... Ranfin
Dominic Mafham ... Mayor of Little Silver Keep
Jack Derges ... Grayson
Beau Brasseaux ... Barbarian (as Beau Brasso)
Barry Aird ... Bezz
Kaloian Vodenicharov ... Shifter
Sebastian James ... Barbarian (as James Rawlings)
Eleanor Gecks Eleanor Gecks ... Akordia
Charlotte Hunter ... Carlotta
Lex Daniel ... Seith
Austin Naulty ... Barbarian
Yana Titova Yana Titova ... Gorgeous Girl
Lloyd Pitts ... Helmed Horror
Habib Nasib Nader Habib Nasib Nader ... Vimak
Vladimir Kolev Vladimir Kolev ... Delgar
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Two thousand years ago, Nhagruul the Foul, a sorcerer who reveled in corrupting the innocent and the spread of despair, neared the end of his mortal days and was dismayed. Consumed by hatred for the living, Nhagruul sold his soul to the demon Lords of the abyss so that his malign spirit would survive. In an excruciating ritual, Nhagrulls skin was flayed into pages, his bones hammered into a cover, and his diseased blood became the ink to pen a book most vile. All those exposed to the book were driven to madness or so corrupted by the wicked knowledge contained within that they had no choice but to turn evil. Misery and bloodshed followed the disciples of Nhagruul as they spread their Masters dark dream. Creatures vile and depraved rose from every pit and unclean barrow to partake in the fever of destruction. The cities and kingdoms of Karkoth were consumed by this plague of evil until an order of warriors arose from the ashes. The Knights of the New Sun swore an oath to resurrect hope... Written by SP-Development

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Country:

UK | Bulgaria

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Donjons & Dragons 3: Le Livre des Ténèbres See more »

Filming Locations:

Bulgaria

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DTS

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1.78 : 1
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By far and away the best of the Dungeons & Dragons movies, and the only one that is halfway decent
11 July 2014 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

That is saying a lot though, because the first Dungeons & Dragons gets my vote as the worst fantasy film ever made and among the worst movies in general; the second is a little better but is rather mediocre. Dungeons & Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness isn't great but compared to the previous movies it's certainly watchable. The ending is far too rushed and anti-climatic, also on the convoluted side. The dragon battle is also rather hastily paced and a little cheap-looking. The movie does drag a little at the beginning(the prologue maybe could have been trimmed a bit), there is the odd cheesy line and Jack Derges looks somewhat ill at ease as the hero. The cast mostly are very reasonable though, the best of the lot is Barry Aird as Bezz who is very menacing but in an understated way, thankfully a far cry from the chewing-the-scenery-to-pieces approach seen with Jeremy Irons in the first. Lex Daniel is an amusing and threatening assassin and Eleanor Gecks is sexy while not falling into the trap of being too vapid. There are definitely far cheaper-looking movies than Dungeons & Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness, the costumes are decent enough and the scenery is great. The special effects aren't award-worthy with the dragon being a disappointment but they do look as though some effort was put into them. The undead mutant child is really creepy and in a good way. The make-up is good as well, especially for Bezz. The music is dynamic enough and at least has a pace to it, the characters have a likability generally(they're not too bland and none of them are anywhere near as irritating as the one played by Marlon Wayans in the first), and the dialogue while ropey at times is still an improvement over the script-writing of the previous two movies, being thought-out and cohesive and there is little misplaced humour or tedious melodrama. The story is fun, swiftly paced and with a welcome dark and gritty touch, thankfully not going the camp or melodramatic route which the first two did, and the action excepting the dragon battle is decently choreographed with some intensity and energy. What Dungeons and Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness also has over its predecessors is that it is more loyal in spirit to what makes Dungeons & Dragons as an overall franchise work so well with the odd referencing, which the first two movies did not. Overall, the definitive Dungeons & Dragons is yet to be made and this movie doesn't really do the franchise justice, but it is not a bad movie at all and a significant improvement over the second and especially the first. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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