HarmonQuest (Aug. 3rd, plus "Mazes and Monsters"!)

Community creator Dan Harmon’s weekly podcast Harmontown is unadulterated nerd bliss, thanks in no small part to Harmon’s raw, confessional storytelling style — and thanks in humongous part to the majesty of Dungeons & Dragons, through which Harmon and his assembled comedian guests go questing at the finale of every episode. With the aid of his dedicated DungeonMaster and a truckload of booze, Harmon has turned the once-cloistered, homebound tradition of role-playing games into a audience spectacular. For this installment of HarmonQuest 2013, Dan, joined by hand-picked special guest BLAKE ANDERSON (Workaholics), will take to the Cinefamily stage for a special live “off-podcast” D&D session — plus, these Cinefamily installments of the game will be recorded for a new animated version of the series!

MAZES AND MONSTERS – approx 10:00pm
Starring a brash, emotional 26-year old Tom Hanks in his first big role, Mazes & Monsters is a monolith of cultural misunderstanding, full of so much campy goodness that you’ll need a bag of holding to contain all the comedy gold found therein. Created at the peak of D&D’s popularity amidst a media firestorm of accusations that the game promoted satanism and suicide, this made-for-TV movie drew upon on a wildly inaccurate newspaper story about a college student who allegedly disappeared into subterranean tunnels under live-action D&D-related circumstances. Anyway you roll your die, this anti-roleplay scare film will sustain your laughter long enough to reduce you to a shambling mound. With a sensationalized “afterschool special” mentality permeating both the film’s bizarre hallucination sequences and outrageous acting choices, Mazes & Monsters is deliriously content in its depiction of its mentally stunted “maze controllers”, the hopelessly (and hilariously) tormented young souls with an inability to separate reality from the sinister world of RPGs. Prepare to level up, as Mazes & Monsters casts a 9th level charm spell on your tuchus.
Dir. Steven Hilliard Stern, 1982, analog presentation, 100 min.