Films: Dungeons and Dragons (2000), Dungeons and Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God (2005), Dungeons and Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness (2012)
Alias: The gold and red dragons, beholders, ghouls, demons, the ice dragon, Faluzure, Bezz the Vermin Lord, wyvern, the Slaymate, Helmed Horror
Location: Haunted Home/Civilized Area/Forest/Cave
Height/Weight: Ranges from half that of an average human (Slaymate) to that of a large whale (Falazure)
Affiliation: Good (gold dragons), Neutral (wyvern), Evil (the rest)
Summary: One of the most popular tabletop games is, undoubtedly, Dungeons and Dragons. A perfect role-playing experience that's only as good as how many people you got doing it. So it only made sense for movies to be made based off of it. Sadly, not even they can match the potential of an imagination-based board game.
History: The three movies here are different in plot, but similar in format. The first one involves Jeremy Irons losing his marbles on set-I mean, a mage trying to control all of the dragons via a cursed rod. The next involves his sorcerer-turned lich second-in-command coming back after so many years to awaken Faluzure, the black dragon god of decay and famine. And the last involves the much-feared Book of Vile Darkness, and the lengths people went to for its power and/or destruction. Needless to say, in the mystical land of DnD, anything can happen.
Notable Kills: Bezz blows a guy up in such a way that we're shocked the third film didn't receive a hard R rating. Also, see Final Fate.
Final Fate: The mage is eaten by a golden dragon after his plans go up in smoke, the ice dragon is brought down via magic, Faluzure is imprisoned again by magical faith, the wyvern is crushed by rocks, the Slaymate is warded off by positive intentions, and Bezz is seemingly killed before revealing himself to be very much alive. No matter the outcome, the adventure continues.
Powers/Abilities: All dragons breath fire with the exception of the ice dragon, which breaths freezing ice. All kinds of magic are practiced by the demons and sorcerers all around, and guys like Faluzure cannot be killed so easily.
Weakness: Heavy physical/magical artillery. But Faluzure can only be imprisoned by an Orb of faith and magic. Also, the Slaymate can be rendered ill by positive emotions.
Scariness Factor: 3-In spite of some interesting and sometimes unnerving designs, such as that of Faluzure and the Slaymate, the CGI used for all of them is downright unforgivable. Nothing even remotely looks real, and really, it's saying something when a tabletop game has you beat.
Trivia: -Although the last two films were made on a comparatively smaller budget, they are often praised more for staying true to the original game's rules. Any DnD fan would be proud of just that.
-Faluzure, in the original game lore, is the dragon god of death and decay, but he's described as being totally incapable of flight, his wings entirely vestigial. He is also the much more disciplined brother of the almighty draconic goddess Tiamat.