If you are into LARPing, or not into LARPing, or like slasher-comedy flicks, get thee to a theater to see this if at all possible. It was so incredibly entertaining, even though I wasn't able to hear quite a bit of the dialog, due to a couple reasons - the sound turned surprisingly low and the crowd (including myself) laughing. Oh, and the fact I'm deaf. Wait, verily, that is three things. I actually got a little hoarse because at one point I cheered louder than I usually would, or at all.
The movie showing was made possible by an SCA group The Shire of Hauksgarðr
. It played at the Kiggins Theater
in Vancouver, which is a very lovingly restored 1936 theater, and so easy to get to. As I was waiting to get popcorn, a fellow line-stander filled me in on the restorations the owners had done - putting in less and new seats for more comfortable sitting, pouring a new concrete floor (!) to get the angle of the floor just right, putting a bar in upstairs, etc. And I must say, those were the most comfortable theater seats I've ever sat in. Most seats try to fold you into an uncomfortable fetal position like airplane seats, but these actually had lumbar support. But they need to do something about the sound!
I would say about 75% of the audience was in costume and very boisterous. Everyone seemed to know everyone else. There was a lot of well-deserved laughter and cheering throughout the movie.
The movie itself is full of nerdy goodness. Peter Dinklage, Ryan Kwanten, Summer Glau are the three people in the film I knew best for their strong nerd ties - Game of Thrones, True Blood, and everything, consecutively. Steve Zahn isn't someone I usually associate with geeky things, but that didn't make him any less fun or funny to watch. Then there were the people I recognized and needed to research a little more - Margarita Levieva from Revenge (THAT'S where I'd seen her before) was great as the demonic succubus (is there any other kind?), Jimmi Simpson from many many things, Brett Gipson who I thought I'd seen before but hadn't, as Gunther, did really well as a slightly lost soul who never 'breaks game' (I think that's the right term), and I can't figure out who the actor was at the beginning in the garage who looked familiar. I guess I'll have to wait for the DVD!
The other name I recognized was Bear McCreary. He's done the music for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Battlestar Galactica, Defiance, Eureka, and Terminator Sarah Connor Chronicles just to name a few. He described the soundtrack as a “heavy metal fantasy concept album,” and when he first read the script
"my musical imagination filled with soaring bagpipes, drop-tuned distorted guitars, double kick drums, blaring horns, dulcimers and ethereal vocals – everything I love about music in one epic score."
Here's a preview of the soundtrack:
McCreary has a blog where he talks about making music for movies, and here's his post about the Knights of Bassassdom
that includes notation for each character's theme (warning: contains mild spoilers). Very cool!
I couldn't really find any information about the costumes, but I know that actual LARPers were used in the filming (and assume none of them were harmed :) ) so they probably had some input into that aspect.
This will definitely be a request for purchase at my library. So much fun!