In 1984, Jack Chick, of Chick Tracts fame, warned about the dangers of Dungeons and Dragons in a comic book that, among other things, depicted players of the entirely imagination-based role-playing game casting actual spells and joining the occult. The pamphlet is kind of a high water mark of cultural fearmongering for those of us who are into that sort of thing. And now that tract is a film, apparently, because good things can still happen in this world we live in. A trailer for the film came out this week.
You've probably been offered a Chick Tract at some point in your life. They've been in production for decades, and tackle pretty much every topic from global warming to other religions to sports players, all with a very evangelical, very End Times-heavy message for the reader. Each pamphlet ends with a call to pray to Jesus, as they are intended — and used as — evangelical tools for lay Christians and for clergy. Chances are, you have ignored the proffered pamphlet in your path. I am here to tell you that you should not: Chick Tracts are astonishing artifacts of one particular, reclusive, man's fear of the world, channeled through his religious belief. They are themselves cultural treasures, despite the fact that this is certainly the opposite of what Chick would like. Anyway, in case you're not familiar with the pamphlet, the Chick Tracts site has the entire thing available for reading online, here. This is a sample panel:
Based on the trailer, Dark Dungeons plays it entirely straight, presenting Chick's earnest warning from the comic strip of the same name as it was written in 1984, and letting its unintentional comedic genius shine through, like light from heaven: