4.5/10
1,856
30 user 9 critic

Dungeons & Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness (2012)

Two thousand years ago, Nhagruul the Foul, a sorcerer who reveled in corrupting the innocent and the spread of despair, neared the end of his mortal days and was dismayed. Consumed by ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

(screenplay)
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Based on the phenomenally successful role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons 2 takes you deeper into the dark and fantastical world of this fantasy epic. When the evil sorcerer Damodar braves... See full summary »

Director: Gerry Lively
Stars: Bruce Payne, Mark Dymond, Clemency Burton-Hill
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

Profion, a tyrant, attempts to overthrow a peaceful kingdom ruled by a tough empress.

Director: Courtney Solomon
Stars: Justin Whalin, Jeremy Irons, Zoe McLellan
Action | Animation | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Long ago in a land ravaged by strife, an ancient race of mages crafted the ultimate weapon to destroy their enemies, and end all wars. They called it the Aryx Orthian, the Scourge Of Worlds... See full summary »

Director: Dan Krech
Stars: Dan Hay, Lester Rosenthal, Anna Deas
Dungeons & Dragons (1983–1985)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A group of kids are thrown into a fantasy world where they must search for a way home, armed with magic weapons that an evil tyrant wants.

Stars: Willie Aames, Don Most, Katie Leigh
The Gamers (Video 2002)
Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Sent on a quest to rescue a princess, four clueless players must guide their characters through dangerous forests, ancient ruins, and past the girl next door.

Director: Matt Vancil
Stars: Emily Olson, Matt Cameron, Matt Shimkus
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

As the Lich King's zombie legions ravage the world, Marek, a cursed young sorceress, embarks on a quest to obtain a weapon from the gods, with her friend Dagen, a self-serving half-elf ... See full summary »

Director: John Lyde
Stars: Melanie Stone, Adam Johnson, Matthew Mercer
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

When a team of unlikely heroes hijacks a steam-powered battle wagon, a daring young wizard (Marek) steals the final piece of the all-powerful Darkspore and embarks on a desperate quest to ... See full summary »

Director: John Lyde
Stars: Melanie Stone, Adam Johnson, Jake Stormoen
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

A man named Farmer sets out to rescue his kidnapped wife and avenge the death of his son, two acts committed by the Krugs, a race of animal-warriors who are controlled by the evil Gallian.

Director: Uwe Boll
Stars: Jason Statham, Ron Perlman, Ray Liotta
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Ranfin
...
Mayor of Little Silver Keep
...
Akordia
...
Grayson
...
Shifter
...
Barbarian (as James Rawlings)
...
Bezz
...
Carlotta
...
Helmed Horror
Vladimir Kolev ...
Delgar
Aaron Saxton ...
KNIGHT
...
Seith
Beau Brasseaux ...
Barbarian (as Beau Brasso)
Ryan H. Jackson ...
Warlock
Austin Naulty ...
Barbarian
Edit

Storyline

Two thousand years ago, Nhagruul the Foul, a sorcerer who reveled in corrupting the innocent and the spread of despair, neared the end of his mortal days and was dismayed. Consumed by hatred for the living, Nhagruul sold his soul to the demon Lords of the abyss so that his malign spirit would survive. In an excruciating ritual, Nhagrulls skin was flayed into pages, his bones hammered into a cover, and his diseased blood became the ink to pen a book most vile. All those exposed to the book were driven to madness or so corrupted by the wicked knowledge contained within that they had no choice but to turn evil. Misery and bloodshed followed the disciples of Nhagruul as they spread their Masters dark dream. Creatures vile and depraved rose from every pit and unclean barrow to partake in the fever of destruction. The cities and kingdoms of Karkoth were consumed by this plague of evil until an order of warriors arose from the ashes. The Knights of the New Sun swore an oath to resurrect hope... Written by SP-Development

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

24 November 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Donjons & Dragons 3: Le Livre des Ténèbres  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in Shameful Sequels: Dungeons & Dragons 3 (2015) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Average movie; VASTLY better than the previous two
28 November 2012 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

Considering the previous two failed attempts at making D&D movies, I was positively surprised at this one. Having followed the Book of Vile Darkness promotion a year past, I knew that the movie was in production for quite some time, along with its source material (the D&D 4th Edition Book of Vile Darkness for those wondering), and there are several references in the movie that will appear more than anything as name dropping or inside jokes - which can be a good thing, provided that you know what is being referred to. To be precise, the Heroic and Paragon tiers are mentioned in regards to magic armor, and the main character also encounters thassil root poison, and both Vicious and Vorpal longswords, along with a Bag of Holding (the last of which is used in a manner that most seasoned D&D players would be proud of). Furthermore, both the sun god Pelor and the Shadowfell, the D&D realm of the dead (along with Gloomwrought, the closest thing it has to a capital city) are mentioned. The inclusion of shadar-kai and a goliath instead of the typical elves and dwarfs is also a nice touch, and in line with this, it breaks with many typical fantasy tropes.

As mentioned above, knowing the source material beforehand can be a boon in the case of this movie, especially since the Book of Vile Darkness in its previous edition was suited only for people aged 18+ because of its... well, "vile" contents, along with a focus on playing evil characters that is unheard of elsewhere in typical D&D, where the player characters are usually the heroes - and the main character in the movie faces some of the same moral quandaries that are mentioned directly in the D&D source material. There is also the fact that the main characters mention a red dragon at some point in the movie that is clearly not a dragon, but a Nhagruul Dragonspawn, and is thus again tied to the Book of Vile Darkness supplement for D&D 4th Edition. It is strange that this isn't mentioned at all in the movie, however.

The acting isn't the best that one could want (maybe except for the Vermin Lord, who fits the bill perfectly) and some of the lines are somewhat illegible at times, but I would praise the story in that it both manages to feel somewhat "realistic" (in-universe at least) while staying interesting and entertaining.

All in all, I would consider this movie a success, in that it was both entertaining and thought- provoking, the latter of which especially with the aforementioned moral quandaries in mind. It's probably not for everyone, but I would recommend it to any somewhat seasoned D&D player, along with anybody interested in a fantasy film a bit darker and grittier than the usual.


15 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?