Jaunty but gory horror comedy Knights of Badassdom affectionately sends up the nerdy world of live action role-playing games – or LARPs – as three friends played by Steve Zahn, Ryan Kwanten and Peter Dinklage accidentally conjure up a demonic succubus during a medieval fantasy weekend in the woods. The fact that the bloodthirsty succubus has taken the form of the heart-sore Kwanten’s ex-girlfriend (Margarita Levieva) only adds to their troubles. Clumsily edited, the movie is very uneven in tone – perhaps because of the three-year post-production hell experienced by its makers between shooting and release – but the spirited cast emerge from the jokey carnage with dignity, if not all their body parts, intact.
Certificate 15. Runtime 83 mins. Director Joe Lynch.
Available on DVD and Digital HD.