VIDEO: Mazes and Monsters (1982)

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This week is the paranoia that surrounded the made for TV movie Mazes and Monsters.

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  • The_Stig

    Mazes and monsters is a far-out game…..

  • Zorha

    *Watches the CGI Intro*

    Where’s the Mountain Dew?!

    • madmanoreo

      to the right of the dm screen

    • Cyvaris

      In the fridge next to the Cheetos!!

  • Thomas Stockel

    I remember seeing the panic going on at the time and just trying to figure out what the big deal was. Fortunately for me, my Dad was a huge Conan The Barbarian fan so he didn’t think it was a big deal. Besides, my parents were pretty snoopy and were always into what was going on in my life. Back then I thought it was annoying, but in retrospect they were just doing what good parents were supposed to do.

  • John Wilson

    There are a few parodies of that “Dark Dungeons” Chick tract

    Here one

    http://www.humpin.org/mst3kdd/

    There also a conspiracy thing done by “crazy” guy. Its on one very large page so that tells you a lot. Just ctrl -f it
    http://subliminalsynchrosphere.blogspot.ie/2013/02/why-so-sirius.html

    There also a comment on this also very long page that compares it to vanilla sky. Which kinds of makes sense(Ctrl-f it)
    http://subliminalsynchrosphere.blogspot.com/2013/03/steven-spielberg-symbolism-mystery.html

    • theroachuk

      One wild and crazy guy…yes that’s me alright. 😉

      • John Wilson

        Your on “agony booth”? Nice:)

  • Joseph Patrick

    Man, this seems like “Reefer Madness” for RPGs’!

    • danbreunig

      Or even “Not Dungeons & Dragons: It’s Your Decision!”

  • Earthbound_X

    Think you’ll review Skullduggery at some point?

    Spoony has reviewed that as well as this, but I’d like to see your take on it.

  • Sean Tadsen

    I will never understand how people get so worked up over this stuff. D&D, video games, Harry Potter – it just looks like parents not wanting to take responsibility for their own shortcomings.

    On a completely unrelated note – OMG! Rhapsody! Yes!

    • maarvarq

      A friend pointed out to me that accusing the Harry Potter stories of inciting devil worship is particularly bizarre given that HP magic works entirely according to rules, and has nothing to do with higher powers = demons or gods.

      • $36060516

        The subset of Christians who get angry at Harry Potter believe that all practice of or belief in magic is Satanic and that stories which center on use of magic encourage kids to be curious about Satanic activity. I don’t agree with either assumption, but don’t think they would care what rules the magic adheres to.

  • Guest

    Derping…didn’t want to put a big youtube vide on here, someone delete this plz

    • The_Stig

      Watching that, all I could think of was

      A: That is one SWEET setup they got going.
      B: DIdn’t it occur to them to just roll up new characters? The least that DM could have done was give them saving throws.
      C: IF this is how they play D&D, their Call of Cthulhu campaign must be off the hook.

  • Muthsarah

    Wow….and I had Dragnet on my rental queue. I don’t think I’m ready for any film featuring…THAT. I’ll just bump Lethal Weapon up in its place. Scripted or not, that scene actually looks harder-to-get-over than anything Mel Gibson’s done.

    And my God, that image at 13:50 – D&D references totally aside, in context of the greater “everything is Satanism” spirit of this DM Guide-burning – could probably be interpreted as coercing an innocent teen girl into lesbianism. I mean, really. Look between the lines. If you don’t see it, you’re one of them!

    Seriously, of all the first-level spells, you’d take Magic Missile? You could get SO much more mileage outta Charm Person. I mean, really. Look between the lines.

    P.S. Why does that church look EXACTLY (different color to the carpeting, but otherwise) like the one I grew up with. And the other one one of my friends used to go to. And the very different one she was married in. And the other other one one of my other friends got married in. And the other other other one I once had to go to for complicated babysitting purposes? None of the pastors were that thin, though.

    • I actually find “Dragnet” to be pretty funny. Tom Hanks and Dan Akroyd playing kind of against type in a parody of the old series. It is kind of to the 80’s what “21 Jumps street” with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum is to now.

  • Moppet

    This is just leaves me in awe. Not just the way it was pulled off, but the things that inspired it. I have trouble wrapping my head around the thought process that leads to D&D being considered something scary. I have the same trouble understanding the reactions that inspire a game like this, and it only makes it all the more entertaining. I spend most of this film going, “Really?” but I can’t stop watching regardless. I roll my eyes at this constantly, but can’t help but like it at the same time. Tom Hanks being in it helps, mostly because I just find Tom Hanks being in this incredibly amusing, probably more than I should.

    • Thomas Stockel

      Well, for years parents have been looking for the “magic bullet” to explain why their kids do bad things. I mean, it can’t be because they were bad parents, right? It can’t be because they either put unrealistic expectations or pressures on them, or ignored them completely. No, it had to be some single catalyst that made their kids crazy. In the fifties it was believed horror comics were making children into little monsters, there was a book about it called Seduction of The Innocent. It led to the Comics Code being enacted. Remember when all heavy metal albums were supposed to have insidious backward messages? How all heavy metal bands were satanists? Heck, some group out there claimed Pat Benetar was some Satanist because she wrote a song called Hell Is For Children. Of course, the song is about child abuse, but gosh, why bother actually listening to the song before you make an unfounded allegation?

      • Moppet

        I agree, certainly, that people blaming ‘things’ for their woes, rather than bothering to look at themselves in the mirror, realistically, for five seconds, isn’t a new thing. On that same level, neither is assuming the worst about a thing, rather than taking the bit of time it would take to actually understand it. It’s all old hat. Sadly. I just agree. In that same vein we like to look for that, ‘one’ thing that the cause of ‘x’ rather than thinking it may be a combination of little things and experiences. It’s like watching one of those historical documentaries where they try and pick the, ‘one thing’ that caused x to be wiped out. All these different theories. All these different elements supporting each theory, facts you can look at and point to – but no, only one can be right. Certainly it couldn’t be a combination of each little thing.

        That would be like saying we’re the sum of multiple experiences, that no two people are necessarily effected in exactly the same way by. It’s just easier to point out that one thing, right or not, and blame all your woes on it, for most people. It’s too bad, some of the old horror comics I’ve read are really quite good. They deserved better.

  • Alexa

    I guess Tom Hanks got caught in a glass case of emotion…Sorry I couldn’t resist =)

  • Kanonite

    Like Spoony pointed out, Its apparent that Robby has issues deeper than the game and if the game really was the cause of the problems the rest of the group would be insane aswell.

  • goofycat

    I better stop playing Sega’s Yakuza games. I might start dressing up like a mafia member, save injured dogs and singing karaoke.
    I’m sure glad I got to watch power rangers when I was growing up. I remember the witch hunt with that one.

    • Kanonite

      There was a Power Rangers witchhunt!?

      • Wizkamridr

        I thought there was.

        • $36060516

          I do remember that my cousin was blaming Power Rangers for her kid misbehaving, because he liked to jump around pretending he was fighting monsters. But that’s just anecdotal…

          • Muthsarah

            One of my first “WTF moments” (though I would have been beaten at the time for calling it such), was reading in a magazine about a child – maybe about ten – who accidentally killed his younger brother, while doing something incredibly stupid. He told his mother that he did it because he was emulating something he saw on Beavis & Butthead. That story immediately caught on, and that led to a mass protest movement against the show’s very existence. A reporter covering the controversy went to interview the mother and son, and during the interview, the son was walking up and down the hallway of their house, screaming at the top of his lungs “Beavis and Butthead killed my brother! Beavis and Butthead killed my brother!”.

            I was like….eight or nine or something, and that still just felt seven shades of wrong. But it’s very typical, this kind of blaming. Nobody wants to either A) accept responsibility for doing something stupid, even if they clearly didn’t mean anything bad to happen by it, or B) accept that sometimes, crazy, horrible $#!+ happens as a result of chaotic behavior, that you can’t predict, that you can’t prevent. You just GOTTA have a scapegoat, preferably something you already don’t like, preferably something conspicuous. ‘Cuz it’s all THAT thing’s fault that something bad happened. Better to blame that than to blame something you can’t use to deflect responsibility from you and/or that you can’t sue for huge amounts of money.

          • Kanonite

            What the hell? That wasnt misbehaving, that was normal childhood behavior!

          • $36060516

            Yeah, I thought they were overreacting as well. He did end up growing up to steal car stereos and threaten his sister enough that he had to be kicked out of the house and have a restraining order put on him, but probably not the Power Rangers’s fault.

          • Kanonite

            Definately not the power rangers fault. It really feels like trying to find a scapegoat for the childs ill-developed empathy, something that is usually born out of neglect.

    • $36060516

      I agree with you that media shouldn’t be censored for fear of disturbed people who might copy fictional acts, but there actually are cases where people have been inspired by things they’ve watched and read to kill people. I’m not blaming the media, just saying it’s not a completely ridiculous fear. For instance, back in the ’50s when Frederic Wertheim was demonizing comic books as a bad influence on kids, there was an actual case called the “Brooklyn Thrill Killers” of kids who killed people who were influenced by horror comics (in particular an obscure S&M themed one drawn anonymously by Joe Shuster, the co-creator of Superman). Other cases:

      http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/films-shows-inspired-real-crimes/story?id=16836535

      • Wizkamridr

        I think this is why Superman and Batman stopped killing people in the 30s/40s. Oh, and why lame Robin showed up.

  • Sofie Liv

    Oh my god.. that clip with the guy ranting about Pokemon calling it evil..
    I am so glad I was sitting alone and isolated for that, I just couldn’t stop laughing!
    By god, that was INSANE, and man oh man. Air! Can’t breath! Gasp..

    I don’t know whether to cry or laugh in genneral over these sorts of things, it’s funny but also quite sad.
    I grew up having a friend whom just happened to come from a Jehovas Witnes’s family.. and he really liked stuff like this.
    Magic cards, Harry potter and so on, it appealed to him, but. he was not allowed to watch or enjoy any of it!

    This is a true story, he came to my house, to watch the Harry potter movies in secret so his mother wouldn’t find out, and hid his deck of magic cards in my drawer, ones again, so his mother wouldn’t find them..
    That’s so insane and ridicoules I don’t even know where to begin.
    And it’s not even like the parents were evil or mean, they were nice welcoming folks, treating me and him quite while, but they simply just didn’t allow Harry potter or magic cards in their home.. what can you do about that other than shake your head?