10. Knights Of Badassdom (2013)
Knights of Badassdom is a sword and sorcery film with fake swords and some accidental sorcery. When best friends Hung, Eric, and Joe enter their local woods to participate in a dungeons and dragons inspired live-action role playing event as they have done countless times before, they have no idea that it could be for the very last time.
When the group attempt to take their LARPing to the next level with a batch of magic mushrooms and a spell book purchased on the internet, they soon find that their prop weapons and fake armour aren't going to help them against what is to come: the book turns out to be a genuine grimoire and the LARPers unwittingly welcome a vicious succubus into their realm.
Why It Never Got The Cult Following It Deserved:
Although it was released some five years after, Knights of Badassdom still somehow seemed to struggle for light in the shadow of 2007's Role Models. David Wain's similarly themed film follows two energy drink salesmen who end up having to participate in 150 hours of community service as punishment for crashing their company car into a school, which leads them to the world of LARPing.
While Role Models is a very funny film that utilises the weird and wonderful tropes of LARP to great effect, Knights of Badassdom is a lot more than that. Yes, like Role Models it pokes fun at the idea of live-action role play and the eccentricity of the people it attracts, though at its core this film is as much a horror as it is a comedy.
The movie really gets going once the horny blood-sucking demon is accidentally summoned, and what at first seemed like a mildly enjoyable take on LARP-culture becomes a hilarious battle for survival in the most ridiculous of circumstances. A great film that died in the shadow of a slightly better one.