Tip of the hat to my friend who told me about this movie. Somehow I missed seeing this one in theaters... Behold, I give you DUDES & DRAGONS. I mean, what dragon movie would be complete without a cameo from Luke Perry!
Apparently, this 2015 movie was the result of a successful Kickstarter campaign that was backed by 1628 people and raised $216,260. The team has gone on to raise enough funds via a second Kickstarter campaign to get the film a theatrical release. No wonder I missed it! Straight to video, of course.
Not only is over 90% of the film shot on a green screen, but on a green screen that they built themselves in a warehouse. The budget was so tight that one of the directors/creators had to don the fetching green morph suit and wave a giant dragon head around. You can hardly tell it's a green screen though...
Admittedly, I have not seen the movie yet, BUT I WILL. OH YES, I WILL. Here is the plot. An evil wizard, Lord Tensley, seeks the hand and heart of the beautiful princess, Lady Ennogard. When she refuses, he locks her away and releases a deadly dragon, which he controls, to terrorize the land.
The wiz vows that, until she accepts his love, his dragon will destroy all who dare display any sign of love throughout the kingdom. Desperate to end the tyranny, she sends an enchanted dragonfly with a mission to find a true "Dragon Warrior" who is fit to release her from her captor and stop the destruction of the dragon.
Meanwhile a young warrior, Camilan, braves the attacks of the Dragon and plans to marry his true love, the elf princess Larec. But his parents refuse to give their blessing, as marrying outside of their race would forfeit the family birthright.
His only hope is to find a wife for his estranged older brother Ramicus, a rogue bounty hunter. But convincing the wild-hearted Ramicus to settle down and secure the family's inheritance seems a feat as impossible as any heroic quest. Camilan reunites with his brother with the hope that he will be able to soften his heart. Clearly, this is a weird family.
His attempts are in vain until Lady Ennogard's dragonfly reaches their camp and relays her call of distress. Enamored by her beauty and lured by the promise of wealth, Ramicus agrees to take on the heroic task. So Ramicus and his Orc sidekick Shokdor, and Camilan and his loyal squire Samton, set off on a journey to rescue Lady Ennogard and put an end to the dragon and the evil reign of the powerful Lord Tensley.
The original title of the movie was going to be called Dragon Warriors. Thank goodness they retained a consultant to help them to make this movie and change the title to be something way more badass... who am I kidding, I totally helped to make this movie (hangs head in shame). Please go watch it so I can get rich!