Major films at Comic-Con want to keep their cards close to the vest, but the smaller films need to show more to get some attention. Knights of Badassdom is a smaller film but it’s got a great premise: a group of LARPers (Live-Action Role Players) head out into the woods, end up doing a real spell, and accidentally summon a blood-thirsty demon. As the demon starts picking off LARPers, three friends (played by Ryan Kwanten, Steve Zahn, and Peter Dinklage) have to find a way to defeat the demon. It sounds like a fun blend of comedy, horror, and fantasy and it’s one of my most-anticipated panels of the Con. Major films sell themselves, but Knights of Badassdom has a shot at winning over an audience unfamiliar with the flick.
Hit the jump for my recap of the Knights of Badassdom panel.
[Update: We've added the trailer after the jump.]
In the horror adventure Knights of Badassdom, a group of costumed LARPers (Live Action Role Players) take to the woods to re-enact a scenario right out of the Middle Ages, and a make-believe wizard casts an all-too-real spell that conjures an actual demon with a taste for human blood. As the demon starts to systematically decimate the players in this suddenly deadly game, three friends (played by Ryan Kwanten, Steve Zahn and Peter Dinklage) must team up with a hot, ass-kicking LARPer, while hoping to survive and make it out with their lives.
During a recent interview to promote the film’s presentation at this year’s Comic-Con, director Joe Lynch talked about how crazy it was to find out that they were getting a coveted Saturday spot in Hall H, how the film was influenced by Shaun of the Dead and An American Werewolf in London, wanting to be very accurate and completely embrace the LARPing community, using as many practical monsters and creatures as they could, and how having a great cast that were totally into the role-playing made filming a total blast. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
There’s plenty of good stuff to see at this year’s Comic-Con. There’s too much good stuff. You could clone yourself seven times and you and your many selves still probably couldn’t see everything worth seeing. I am without a cloning machine (damn you, lazy scientists) and I will be covering only Hall H this year. After the jump, I’ve listed the five panels I’m most interested in seeing in Hall H as well as the five panels I wish I could attend outside of Comic-Con’s biggest room.
The Saturday schedule for Comic-Con has been released, and it looks to be a very big day for TV fans. However, Hall H will be having a fairly light day, with the highest profile panels being Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman and Tarsem Singh’s Immortals. Other films taking up shop in Hall H on Saturday include Francis Ford Coppola’s Twixt, the comedy-fantasy Knights of Badassdom, the animated film Dorothy of Oz, and wrapping things up will be “An Early Evening with Kevin Smith.”
TV highlights include Chuck, Terra Nova, Being Human, Futurama, The Simpsons, Community, Family Guy, American Dad, Adventure Time, Once Upon a Time, The Vampire Diaries, The Last Airbender: The Legend of Korra, Grimm (includes pilot screening), Fringe, Charlie’s Angels, The Secret Circle, Alcatraz (includes pilot screening), Teen Wolf, Nikita, Good Vibes, Person of Interest (includes pilot screening), and Mythbusters. The day also includes comic panels with Joss Whedon and Robert Kirkman. Hit the jump for a list of schedule highlights for movies and TV.
This past week, Collider got the opportunity to do an exclusive interview with the always charming Aussie actor Ryan Kwanten about his upcoming romantic dramedy Griff the Invisible, which follows an office worker by day, superhero by night who has his world turned upside down when he meets a beautiful young woman (Maeve Dermody), who is just as quirky as he is, but in her own ways. While we will run that portion of the interview closer to the film’s August 19th release, the conversation also turned to the direction of his character, Jason Stackhouse, on the new season of the hit HBO vampire series True Blood, so we wanted to post what he had to say.
In what is sure to be a crazy season for Jason, the actor talked about how interesting it was to have the year-forward jump in time, Jason’s new position of authority and the fact that he’s been forced to man-up, how nothing is what it seems in Season 4, how as long as the scripts stay as strong as they are now, he will continue to keep coming back to the show, and that he hopes they’ll get at least a couple more seasons. He also talked about how amazing the experience of Comic-Con is, where this year he will be promoting True Blood, Griff the Invisible and Knights of Badassdom, in which he plays roommates with Peter Dinklage and Steve Zahn. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
In the animated fantasy adventure Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, Aussie actor Ryan Kwanten voices Kludd, a young owlet who yearns to hunt, fly and steal his father’s favor from his younger sibling Soren (voiced by Jim Sturgess). When the brothers fall from their treetop home and right into the talons of the evil Pure Ones, the two make very different choices as they embark on their own journeys of self-discovery.
In this exclusive interview, which took place during the film’s press day, Ryan Kwanten talked to Collider about how amazing it was to see his animated owl, the process of finding the voice for Kludd and exploring the darker side of the character. He also revealed that he’s returning to the set for Season 4 of True Blood in late November, and he gave some details on his upcoming features Knights of Badassdom, Red Hill and Griff the Invisible. Check out what he had to say after the jump: