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Oh, Skullduggery, you horrible little cow patty of a film. Your actors are
stiff and couldn't read the dialogue for an Ovaltine commercial with a
of conviction, your plot is incomprehensible and filled to the brim with
pompous symbolism no one buts its filmmakers could explain, and in the
you just plain stink. But gosh darn it if I don't feel proud to have you
my collection of films. You are, without a doubt, the crown jewel in my
cornucopia of crap. I threaten my friends with you and they cringe in
What power! And honestly, even though you still provide tons of laughs and
potential riffing, one aspect of you keeps me coming back for more: your
theme song! Oh, how brilliant is your theme song? I burned it onto a CD,
crying out loud! Does that not express my loyalty to you? I have no idea
was crazy enough to write the lyrics and put it to one of the worst tunes
come out of the '80s, but if I ever meet them, I will be sure to shake
hand (or tentacle) and say, "Thank you. Thank you."
Can you read what's in my mind? SKULLDUGGERY! SKULLDUGGERY! Tearing up my mind! Heavy breath, passion in your eyes SKULLDUGGERY! SKULLDUGGERY! I just found a clue, it's all gone! YEAH! I can see what's in your head SKULLDUGGERY! SKULLDUGGERY! Feeling just ahead (??) Killer's smile, now I understand SKULLDUGGERY! SKULLDUGGERY! Shattered hopes and dreams all fall down! YEAH!
Oh, good times, good times. 4/4 stars for sheer crapdom
This was probably the worst movie I've ever seen. Imagery? Symbolism?
My ass. This movie was pure crap. Its plot holes had plot holes. The
intense amount of useless character who die evoke no emotion. The whole
constant costume changes was impossible, as well as retarded. Ugh...I
can't even keep writing this, since thinking about the movie makes me
want to vomit all over my keyboard.
I would never force this movie upon even my most hated enemy. I cannot conceive how this man wrote this movie, and thought that it was good enough to be directed and produced. I cannot conceive how any self-respecting actor would read the script and actually take on one of the roles. I cannot even conceive HOW I MANAGED TO SIT THROUGH THE WHOLE DAMN THING. It was like a train-wreck in slow motion, so bad that one can't look away, even with the vile hatred of Ota Strichter or whatever his name is building up within one's self.
Seriously folks: This review has horrible grammar and structure because the sucktitude (a word I just made up because there is no word in the English language to describe such drivel) has me in a complete fluster.
Do yourself a favour, instead of watching this movie, do something a lot more entertaining than watching this horrendous piece of junk movie, such as gnawing of each of your digits one by one, or, say, slamming your head as hard as you can into a the frame of a car door and then subsequently closing the door on your head as hard as you can over and over.
If you'll excuse me though, I have to go shove a burning ember into my nose in the hopes that it will reach my brain and burn the memories of it from my mind.
I don't even know where to begin. The Scooby-like music. The frumpy male lead who, apparently, was Johnny Depp before there was Johnny Depp. The stiff, wooden females. The guy making the puzzle (I mean, what the heck does that prove?) This movie makes me want to puke whenever I see it and for some reason I see it often. You have to wonder why it is that every woman in town is unaccountably attracted to Adam. The edges of this guy's mouth are turned down so far, that even when he smiles it looks like he's frowning. But what can I say? The theme song is very catchy. It sticks to you like painful, prickly brambles. Basically, the whole movie is like a bad high school play, and obviously had the budget of one. All in all, I recommend this movie to fans of truly horrible cinema. Like me.
No, seriously. It makes no sense. It's just a bunch of random nothing
thrown together in as senseless as way possible. Pick up stock footage,
assemble it at random, and release it as a feature film, and you'll have
something easily better than this.
So bad, it's not even funny. The only thing funny is that I watched it, and you can laugh at that.
This movie is pure, concentrated evil.
I acquired my copy from the dusty back bins of a video store which was going out of business back in 1987. Just to put things in perspectrive, it was on Beta--I had to dub it over to VHS. As a gamer, I tend to collect movies in the "Roleplayer Goes Crazy" genre. Most of them are pretty bad...but this one has them all beat, in terms of sheer deep hurting.
Nevermind the blatant anachronisms--such as the opening scene, set in 14th century England in an 18th century manor house where a 16th century nobleman is killed by a guy in a cheesy 1980's wizard costume. Nevermind the fact that the lead actor looks for all the world like he's dead, and was animated by black magic just for this movie. Nevermind the fact that the best actor in the entire movie is a puppet who just hangs there and doesn't do anything. Even without all of those factors, the movie would just be painful.
And yet, it holds a kind of sick fascination, not unlike a car wreck---you want to look away, but you can't. This movie has spawned an unwholesome and degenerate cult (at least two of the other comments on this list are from members.) Beware--this movie is CONCENTRATED schlock of the worst kind. Do not, do not, do NOT watch this movie and Mazes and Monsters back to back. The last person who did that wound up in the hospital a few hours later with an acute gall bladder attack. I kid you not.
I rented this film about a dozen times in the late eighties before my
video store got rid of it. I wish I was the one to get it. Did I love
the film? Yes. Because it is good? No. This film is so outrageously
bad, even by bad movie standards. But it doesn't fall into the gray
zone of boring bad. It's not bad like other bad films. A million typing
monkeys couldn't have come up with a more disjointed script. After
reading other reviews, positive and negative, I suspect that a lot of
the people who watched it were too stunned to even remember how messed
up the continuity was. This is like three bad films in one (at least
parts of three bad films, randomly cut together) As far as I remember,
it starts off with the story of the friends roll-playing, then they
start to die, before anyone figures out what is happening- Adam starts
killing some other people, for no apparent reason, then he goes to a
party. I won't give away the ending, which comes rather out of left
field. In the end I was confused.
Yes, put it out on DVD, it's been too long since I saw it. (I too used to inflict this film on others, watching it is like picking at a scab.) I can't cast a vote, it's awful and great. Please, recommended for weirdo's only.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Skullduggery (or its many alternative titles) seeks to cash in on the
early 1980s backlash.
A group of college students get together to play a D&D board game led by an older gentleman (who turns out to be the devil).
One of these players - Adam - comes from a long line of cursed men (starting with a king who betrayed the devil).
While Adam is helping out at a community college talent show, he remembers his ancestral curse and starts killing people.
Adam seems to think that some of his victims are villains fron the D&D game, but other times its seems that Adam is under a demonic spell, or mentally ill or something else.
Sometimes Adam seems to have command of several different magical powers, while other times he seems like a helpess puppet.
He frequency changes into different costumes, can tranform theatre props into real weapons and women seem to instantly want to have sex (sometimes very kinky sex) with him.
The devil - pretending to be two different men (a older D&D gamer and a rich man named, Dr. Evil) - seems confused about what he wants Adam to do.
He wants Adam to kill people, he wants Adam to join some sort of Satantic cult, and he also wants Adam to kill most of cult members...for...some reason....
The film lets us watch a large chunk of the talent show (a weird show... lacking in talent) and the party hosted by Dr. Evil (an even weirder event that seems to suggest the devil likes to hang with geeks, nerds, stoners, and wanna-be young intellectuals.
I suspect that the director and writer thought that they were making a clever, avent garde film with a topical, supernatural twist.
Mostly, the film is hard to follow, with lots of weird characters and scenes that don't really seem to make sense.
When the film pauses to make a point, its either too University pretentious to be taken seriously, or the film tries to make a joke that ain't really funny.
One of the D&D players makes so many lame sexual innuendo jokes, he comes off as more shallow then a certain character from the Family Guy series.
The local hospital has a doctor who has sex with nurses, while dressed in a Gorilla costume. Why?
A nurse leaves work to press Adams pants. She then tries to seduce him by pretending to be his mother. Why?
The film pauses backstage during the talent show to show us two effemiate gay characters who exist as a "arent them gay people funny" joke.
Later on, at the party, two gay characters act as door bouncers who (for some reason) try to rape a woman in a threeway. Adam kills all three with a harpon gun.
Granted, Adam becomes an effective killer (it helps when the police are mostly inept, and people leave dangerous weapons lying around or hanging up on walls).
What else is good in the film?
The music is actually pretty good (albeit often out of place).
Skullduggery will probably be enjoyed by people who want to "riff" it.
The Spoony Experiment has done so, and more efforts will follow.
That I'm inspired to go back and *raise* my votes for other stinkers just to give my vote of 1 a little more oomph. The main character wanders around killing people, but nobody in town seems to notice or care. You won't, either. The killings have some connection with an ancient curse and/or the "Dungeons & Dragons"-like game he plays. At least, that's what the blurb on the back of the box claims - I suspected we were cutting away to scenes from another movie at random.
Skullduggery, skullduggery, ah, how you have hurt so many with your
cheesy-ness. Yet, I love this movie, not as much as 'Big Trouble in
Little China' or 'Trekkies,' but I love 'Skullduggery' all the same.
The entire movie reeks of low budget "student film" and there are more
than enough odd characters, stilted dialog and bad acting to make any
bad movie fan giddy with delight. Plus they filmed the entire thing in
Toronto, one of my favorite cities.
This would have been a perfect movie for MST3K. I hope that years and years from now, when all the old msties get together and lament the movies that never got the MST3K treatment, this movie will rank at the top.
Mind you I don't recommend that you watch this movie in conjunction with any other 'gamer goes crazy' movie, as the consequences for you can be dire. Yes, I was the one who watched 'Skullduggery' and 'Mazes and Monsters' back to back, and what happened? Well, I collapsed with an infected, inflamed gallbladder. You have been warned.
Still if you are looking for a movie to 'MSTify' alone or with friends, you can't beat this movie.
One of the strangest movie ever made, probably, an unbelievable mixture of horror and fantasy, with really cheap special effects, bad acting and a terrible scenario. The curse of a medieval warlock is cast upon generations of men and a young roleplayer of today is forced to become a sort of serial killer, unable to comprehend what is real and what is not. A few of the deaths are creative, at least, but nothing can save this movie from the depths of the charts, as it is too full of crap to be taken seriously, even simply as a late addiction to the slasher flu that took the horror scene like a tide in the first half of the Eighties
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