There’s meta (that’s really what Dark Dungeons was all about) – then there’s meta, which is what this rather insane endeavor by Zombie Orpheus is about. I actually got an inside peak into the process on how they did this while they were filming the first piece, and… all I can say is that this entire team is insanely talented.
And insane, period.
A comedy mockumentary about the people who want to ban tabletop gaming and their epic quest: to produce the ultimate anti-RPG movie.
Introducing Attacking the Darkness – a feature-length mockumentary about religious filmmakers who set out to create the ultimate anti-roleplaying movie.
SYNOPSIS: In November of 2013, Jupiter Ridge Ministries agreed to fund a cautionary movie about the spiritual dangers of roleplaying games. Undaunted by their lack of experience or small budget, producers Harmony Hope and Brady Bryant hired a crew, cast their movie, and began production, only to discover that nothing would be as easy as they assumed.
This is a movie unlike any other: a feature film shot behind the scenes of another, totally different film production. We hired some of Seattle’s best comedy improvisers as our leads and a cast and crew willing to play original characters in our film while simultaneously performing their jobs in that other movie.
The result is a comedy about how far people will go in the name of their passions: filmmakers who will do anything to get the shot, churchgoers who will stop at nothing to save souls, and gamers who will fight tooth and nail to defend their hobby. We’ve all met zealots who take their obsessions too far. Now, we invite you find out what happens when they collide, in our newest and boldest comedy, Attacking the Darkness.
BACKGROUND: In 2014 we brought you an adaptation [ VHX | YouTube ] of a famous graphic novel about the evils of tabletop roleplaying games, a comic book so powerful that it helped fuel the Satanic Panic of the 1980s. The film was a big success for us, but it also raised many questions among our audience. Were roleplaying games really satanic? What did we believe? Why tell this story?
Now, we’ve returned to Kickstarter with a film, three years in the making, that explores some of our own perspectives on those questions — all while raising new ones about faith, the leaders in whom we put our trust, and whether roleplaying games are truly the devil’s work.
As filmmakers with almost two decades of experience in independent film, we’ve seen it all: inexperienced producers, blown budgets, and how charismatic leaders can cultivate a cult-like devotion to their personal vision, no matter the cost. Everyone in indie film has horror stories to tell. So do many churchgoers. And more than a few gamers.
When we were given the opportunity to work on a genuine film about the evils of tabletop roleplaying games, we were thrilled. Here was a chance to explore exactly why some people believe that roleplaying games are the work of the devil, to represent their beliefs as accurately and faithfully as possible, and to let the audience decide for themselves.
But then we had a brainstorm. Maybe we and the people seeking to end roleplaying gaming weren’t that different after all. After all, making an independent film is a lot like participating in a short-term cult. And from that seed Attacking the Darkness, a film about the fictional making of a non-existent anti-RPG movie, was born.
From our perspective, the best comedy takes big risks, speaks the truth, and reveals new ways of seeing the world. It even often offends. And if you are offended by foul language, religious irreverence, homosexual relationships, roleplaying gaming, personal faith journeys, book burnings, infidelity, drug use, hip leather bracelets, or creepy cult leaders, this film is guaranteed to deliver.
For the rest of us, at long last, Attacking the Darkness is ready to be unleashed on the world.With religion, roleplaying games, and independent filmmaking set on a collision course, what could possibly go wrong?