Twisted Minds - Underground Reviews

fredag 6 april 2018


Directed by: Flint Dille
Written by: Flint Dille
Stars:  Alan Blumenfeld, John Boyle, Lee Cole, Debbie Korkunis... read more

Country: USA
Style: Fantasy | Short
Runtime: 33 min

I can’t even tell if I watched the right Dragon Strike, but this played out as a floating head with a goofy haircut teaching you how to play the Dragon Strike boardgame by immersing you in an imaginary world that is a cross between animation and live action insanity. A bunch of scrawny dudes LARPing as Masters Of The Universe. The Dragon Strike version of He-Man was the only buff character. The skeleton warriors were cool looking, there was even a decapitation at one point. There we also this scorpion guy who’s make up looked great, he was the only character that looked great though. But anyway, man, was this corny. There was some good one liners. But none of these suckers were delivering them well, or acting well in general. The video was broken up into segments which were separated by the floating head explaining to a bunch of off screen voices how to play the board game.

There was a lot that wasn’t great about this. The cast, save for HeMan, didn’t look good. Their costumes were pieced together from thrift store junk and Halloween costumes. The animated sets were all pretty good though, and surprisingly the people didn’t look too disconnected from them when they were interacting with the backdrops. For example, the thief character scales a wall, and it looks like she’s scaling the wall. At other points it was just people walking in front of backgrounds and there wasn’t much interaction at all. The narrator was ridiculous and worthless. It broke things up and made transitions easier, but watching this without caring about how to play the boardgame made it just feel out of place. A film with a boardgame theme could totally work and be broken up the way that this one was. But at the end of the day it was just too much and felt like a half hour long commercial. The music was good though. It reminded me of the Goosebumps tv series.

I totally had the board game when I was little. I didn’t have any friends though, so I tossed the board to the side and played with the pieces and the cardboard castle. Which were all pretty detailed. I got it at this place that carried merchandise that was recovered from department stores that burned down or flooded. They also carried Monster In My Pocket figures. Which were much more fun to play with.

Like I said, I don’t even know if this review is for the right Dragon Strike video. But this is a review of what I watched. đŸ€·đŸŒ‍♀️ I cant imagine anything else based on this game being any better. It was very 90’s, which gave it the nostalgic feel that everyone my age joneses for. But it didn’t really help it at all.


Produced by: Peter W. Silver
Cinematography by: Scott Billups
Editing by: Terrie Berlin
Special Effects by: Scott Billups
Music by: Craig Stuart Garfinkle
Language: English
Color: Color

Distributor: TSR


Writer for Twisted Minds. Crazy American guy, collaborates together with his homebro Crack Sizzlack and Four Twenty Film Reviews. Have a great knowledge about movies and music and has been on the track as long as he can remember. He has a huge VHS-collection and is responsible owner of the underground movie distribution label King of the Witches and has written and directed the feature film In Furs (2016).