Skullduggery (1983 film)
(aka Blood Puzzle)
|Directed by||Ota Richter|
|Produced by||Ota Richter|
|Written by||Ota Richter|
|Music by||Evzen Illín|
|Cinematography||Robert C. New|
|Edited by||Ian McBride|
Media Home Entertainment
|Distributed by||Media Home Video|
The film follows a group of young adults who come together to play a fantasy role playing game, while working at a costume rental store. One of the players is a young man named Adam (Thom Haverstock) who is the descendent of a long line of men who are all cursed by the devil. While working at the community college theater performance a strange magician appears and puts a curse on Adam, forcing him to remember the fate of his ancestors and to make him believe that he really is a warlock.
Increasingly Adam is unable to determine the difference between fantasy and reality and believes that, as a warlock, he is on a quest to kill various people. As the bodies pile up, the local police are baffled and no one suspects that Adam is a deranged serial killer being commanded to kill by the devil.
After playing the role playing game with instructions to kill all the members of the Apostles of Hell before they kill him, Adam attends a costume party hosted by a man named Dr. Evil, who wants Adam to join his cult and also kill most of the party guests. When the police figure out that Adam is the killer, they corner and shoot him in a factory, but his body disappears and leaves a puppet in its place.
At the end of the film, the surviving players are playing a game with a suit of knight's armor seated in Adam's place. The armor comes to life and kills their dungeon master. Upon looking at the body, they learn that their dungeon master was Dr. Evil, and by extension, the devil.
- David Calderisi as Sorcerer/Dr. Evil
- Wendy Crewson as Barbara / Dorigen
- Thom Haverstock as Adam
- David Main as Chuck
- Jim Coburn as Simco the Magician
- Kate Lynch as Janet
- Starr Andreeff as Irene
- Claudia Udy as Dolly
- Clark Johnson as Dave
- Geordie Johnson as Jake
- Jack Anthony as Mr. Sluszarczuk
- Sharolyn Sparrow as Carmen
- Patricia Nember as Ginny
Dungeons & Dragons
The film was released during a time where there was a public backlash against role playing games. Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) games were accused of promoting Satanism and other forms of occult activities among young people.
Originally released in 1983, it was later issued on VHS by Media Home Entertainment, and then licensed to budget label Video Treasures. The film had a commercial re-release on DVD in January 2008 by JEF Films, although the DVD is considered a bootleg release.
The film was panned.
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