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  • Actors: DJ Perry, Rebecca Holden
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Braindamage Films
  • DVD Release Date: September 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000S6LPAK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #853,757 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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John is an avid role player. He has feelings for Brooke, a fellow role player, but when Brooke makes it clear to him that the feelings are far from mutual, John is thrown into despair and takes his own life. For his game master and the rest of the players, this is only the beginning of their nightmare, as a mysterious black knight strikes them down one by one. It is the ultimate adventure as his rivals strive to not only come to grips with what they thought could not be possible, but now must also fight to stay alive. Knight Chills weaves together a story of those accused and those who test fate by playing a harmless game with a deadly reputation.

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John (Michael Rene Walton) is a polite albeit geeky teenager who loves the roleplaying game "Dungeons and Dragons a little too much. Even his nerdy friends are cooler than he is. They relentlessly pick on him. Worse yet, his mother is overprotective, religious and forbids him to play D&D He disobeys and still attends the gaming night. His professor, Mr. Jack Nixon (Tim Jeffrey) hosts the event as the Dungeon Master and things get out of control when John seeks revenge within the game. Though they are all within the same party, John attacks Hanee (Nathan L. Thomas), one of the bullies characters and then panics as his own character is placed in harm s way. Despite, the others constantly torturing him, he develops a crush on Brooke (Laura Tidwell) a fellow gamer and girlfriend of another bully Zac (DJ Perry). She belittles his advances. Even the professor s wife, Laura (Laura Alexander) who is nice to John s face is caught insulting him behind his back. The only true innocent in the abuse is Mr. Nixon. He does his best to keep John sane and remind him that D&D is only a game. When John begins to refer to the people as their character names, Jack politely corrects him. Pushed to the edge and unable to take the abuse anymore, John runs his car into a tree and commits suicide. Soon, a knight appears and seeks revenge on all of those who wronged the poor gamer. The film evolves from a low-budget after school special to a mystical slasher film. The death scenes are decent, the villain is original, and the lead character does invoke sympathy. Anyone who was or can remember someone who was a complete outcast in highschool will understand John. Walton does well creating a creepy weirdo that the audience can still feel for. The only other characters that had any type of strength or depth were Nixon and Zac. They both added to the overall story and were able to stand out. Everyone else is merely there for the casualty count, and any scenes with them seem wasted and out of place. news: Night Chills_host.jpg The restrictions of budget hindered the lighting, and the acting was about average for this type of production. In the 80s there were several movies that had similar plots. Stephen King s Chistine , Shock em Dead, and Slaughter High, all told the tale of a teased outcast who seeks revenge. All did a better job. Overall, it is still vastly superior to most low budget movies and is worthy of a once over. D&D players may either enjoy it more, or the super serious ones may get offended by the game s representation. The conclusion makes less sense than the rest of the film, but it is funny. --Scared Stiff Reviews

Knight Chills has one of the least eventful first acts in cinematic history. In the first 30 minutes of this 82 minute movie there's an extended roleplaying sequence (with exciting dice rolling action!), a few scenes of exposition-heavy backstory and then a second extended roleplaying sequence. Fortunately, after the second roleplaying sequence finally comes to an end, John, the creepy nerd who's obsessed with another player (Brooke) and takes roleplaying waaaay too seriously, gets rejected and decides to kill himself and come back as his roleplay character, Sir Kallio. Upon his return, Sir Kallio goes after those who wronged John in a fairly standard slasher-movie killing spree. Once Sir Kallio comes to life, the movie does get considerably better. By no means does it reach the level of 'good' (in fact, it gets rather silly), but after thirty minutes of nothing happening just having actual plot developments is a major relief. Sadly the villain of the film (both John and his alter-ego, Sir Kallio) is simultaneously the most developed and the most inconsistently treated character. For instance at the start of the film, Laura (Jack's wife) greets John enthusiastically and the two discuss roleplaying. Then a bit later on Laura tells another girl all about how she "heard that [John] killed his younger brother". I think that was probably added later on to give John's character a bit more menace, but you wouldn't think you'd be inviting murderers to hang out at your house and interact with your small child. And as for Sir Kallio, he's supposed to be fulfilling John's vow to protect Brooke and wronging those who harmed John in some way. And yet he also turns up at one point to visit another character for no apparent reason. And while there he kills someone else who just happened to be in the same hallway. It's like the writers wanted Sir Kallio to abide by a code of honor but then ignored that when they decided the movie needed an extra kill. Knight Chills was made at least a decade too late. After John's death, the teacher who runs the gaming club and serves as Dungeon Master gets police scrutiny, media harassment and suspended from his job. All because of the satanic influence these roleplaying games have on youth (despite the fact his club was comprised entirely of people who had already graduated from high school, and were merely former students). In the special features, one of the co-writers says that the negative reaction that Jack (the school teacher) experienced was inspired by his own experience as a teacher running a gaming club in 1989. While anti-roleplaying crusades were all the rage in the 80s, by the time this movie was shot (1998 according to some of the behind the scenes footage), video games were the thing to blame whenever something bad happened. Also, while I've never played Dungeons and Dragons I know people who play and I'm almost certain that's the game that was being played in the extended roleplaying sequences. I did a search on Pandemonium (what they claimed they were playing) and that game is a comedy roleplaying game inspired by the Weekly World News; they definitely weren't playing Pandemonium. From the special features, it's clear that the writers are big fans of Dungeons and Dragons, so there's no way it was an error. They probably just couldn't get/afford the rights to use the Dungeons and Dragons name. One thing Knight Chills has going for it is that it's obviously a labor of love. The people involved with the movie are obviously fans of roleplaying. Unf --Prime Time Pulse

One of the things I find annoying about a lot of horror films is the way in the audience is expected to accept that a group of characters who clearly don t get along have decided to spend more than 30 seconds in each others company. Knight Chills gets around this pretty effectively by giving all the characters a common interest - this is a horror film about role-players. The film starts with the members of a small gaming club arriving at the house of Jack Nixon, local teacher and the club s games master for one of their regular Saturday night sessions. So we quickly get to meet the characters, starting with John - the nerdy guy whose entire social life is the gaming club and who takes it all a bit too seriously. Next up we have Hanee and Russell - a pair of twenty something flatmates, both of whom have dropped out of high-school and are drifting through a series of dead-end jobs. Hanee and Russell s hobbies, apart from role-playing, are drinking and tormenting John. Nerds have feelings, too, and John s are directed towards Brooke. Unfortunately for John, these feelings are far from mutual... and Brooke already has a boyfriend in the form yet another member of the group, Zac. The other two members of the group are gossipy student, Nancy and Jack s wife, Laura - whose attendance at the group is largely dependent on how quickly her son, Little Jack, will settle down for the night. Time for a confession... I used to be a role-player and watching the gaming sessions played out in the film did bring back a lot of fond memories. Knight Chills does a very good job of conveying what the hobby is about - a group of people coming together over a few drinks to improvise a story. So, now we ve met the characters and had a bit of a discussion as to whether role-playing games are dangerous or just a bit of harmless fun, it s time for something to happen. Seeing Zac and Brooke arguing, John decides to seize his moment and attempt to chat Brooke up... badly... very badly. Unsurprisingly freaked out at John s behaviour, Brooke minces no words in telling him where to go. So John kills himself. Things start to unravel for Jack the following day when the police turn up during his first lesson of the week. They have a suspicious death and they have a connection - in he form of a party invite - to Jack and his gaming club. On the basis that any suspect is better than none, Jack is suspended from his job and told to remain in town. Things unravel a lot more seriously for Hanee and Russell when a medieval knight - the sort of character you might find in, say, a fantasy role-playing game - makes an appearance... Knight Chills is essentially a revenge driven ghost story - and far from perfect. The acting can get a bit wooden at times - most noticeably Laura s Stepford Wife style phone conversation with Zac. Also, the characters - especially Zac - seem far too willing to accept a supernatural explanation for what is going on. It would have been nice to see a bit more disbelief here. On the other hand, the characters are all reasonably believable and the atmosphere of the film is incredible - kudos here to Joel Newport and Dennis Therrian for a soundtrack that really did enhance the film. Knight Chills is not an action heavy film, relying instead on characterisation and dialogue (you know... acting) to drive the plot. Collective Developments, the team that made this film, have set out to tell a straightforward ghost story and they have done it well. And it gets an extra star for reminding me of how I used to spend my Tuesday evenings. --Pulpmovies Reviews

Customer Reviews

Collection of Highschool Video projects, all crap, all unwatchable.
Amazon Customer
This film starts off dramatically with this chunky cavewoman/girl getting attacked by this giant chicken /horse/ bird / rabbit thing.
Bingaman
There so bad that they burn a movie on each side so not to waste one whole Disk.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 11, 2008
Format: DVD
All but eight titles in PENDULUM's MORTUARY OF MADNESS 50 MOVIE PACK are new (for them) DVD releases. The repeats: "Drawing Blood," "Edgar Allan Poe's Darkness," "I Dream of Dracula," ""The Innocent," "Kill Syndrome," "Nutcracker," "Slasher" and "This Darkness."

MAXIM MEDIA's "Pendulum Pictures" horror films are distributed exclusively by MILL CREEK ENTERTAINMENT. These movies are a throwback to the early '60s type of drive-in theater gorefests that were once popular with teens. Fans of low-budget murder, mayhem and maniacs will not be disappointed by this little collection.

This item's companion, CATACOMB OF CREEPSHOWS 50 MOVIE PACK (also from PENDULUM-MILL CREEK), offers up another 42 new-to-MCE-DVD gorefests.

Parenthetical numbers preceding titles are 1 to 10 viewer poll ratings found at a film research website.

(???) Abe's Tomb (2007) - John Hanner/Sherri Foxx/Carl R. Merritt/Stacey Sparks/Shannon Caracho/Sal Lizard
(???) Alucard (2003)
(???) Amped (2004) - Elizabeth Di Prinzio/Shelby Barendrick/Trish Christensen/Ray Bachman/Cliff Poche
(???) Apocalypse Rising (2006) - Joe Sperandeo/
(1.0) Bimbos B.C. (1990) - (Produced/written/directed by Todd Sheets)
(3.2) Black Ribbon (2007) - Tony Rugnetta/Jacki Vogel/Rudy J. Altenor/Berenice Di Piazza
(2.7) Blood Bound (2007) - Alex Szele/John Hermann/Tini Martin/Amanda Kutchta
(2.8) Blood Stained Bride (2006) - Joe Sperandeo /Dane Moreton/Renee Intlekofer/Tara Battani
(3.1) A Bothered Conscience (2006) - MacFarland Martin/Stephen Martin/Dannial McCoy/Dennis Smithers Sr.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Allen L. Marshall on April 18, 2009
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These movies stink, but we knew that before ordering. We bought the collection because Ron Jeremy, Robert Z'dar, and Conrad Brooks are in here. There's one movie on here that makes up for how much the rest of these stink, though. 'Vampire Whores from Outer Space' is not at all serious, and it's pretty entertaining for a no budget horror movie a bunch of friends made in their spare time.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Len Snark on December 26, 2006
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A fantasy-prone geeky kid (so geeky that the other members of his role-playing group taunt him) dies and a BLACK KNIGHT rises up to avenge him. Kind of ho-hum in that there is no nudity (that's actually okay given the cast), the violence is on par with a made-for-TV movie, and the plot is pretty predictable. I liked the effort that they put into it to make RPGs seem sinister and sexy.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Schmuck on January 26, 2011
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I cant believe that amazon would even carry this. It looks like it was filmed with a cell phone. The cast is awful, the effects are stupid. They shoulda thrown in some skin shots and that woulda made up for it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bingaman on September 27, 2012
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This film starts off dramatically with this chunky cavewoman/girl getting attacked by this giant chicken /horse/ bird / rabbit thing. Not sure what it was but it definitly had feathers. Anyway, its dramatic! sure you can pick and criticize but the high school art class or drama club that made this movie put their hearts and souls into it. This movie clearly cost tens of dollars to make and I bet the movie took all weekend to film!

Most of the filming takes place in a high school and in some dudes back yard but that just adds to the realism. Like the fact that you can see the actors' street clothes sticking out under their costumes or the fact that that all the cavewomen seem ...um....well fed shall we say.

As for the complaint that a movie with "bimbos" in the title should have some nudity, I doubt the high school would allow it. So if your looking for art, look no further.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 15, 2004
Format: DVD
A group of role-playing game enthusiasts gather every saturday night in their teacher's basement for swords, sorcery, and beers. One guy (played by Michael Wayne Walton) is a little bit TOO into the game, fantasizing about his knightly role with a girl gamer, who wants nothing to do with him. The bozo winds up driving into a tree and burning up, moments after swearing an oath to the great knight-of-the-rose pantheon. Soon, other saturday night gamers start turning up dead, cut to pieces by a dark knight on a big horse. Police are baffled, but we're not! I liked most of this movie. Not bad for a micro-budget indie...
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 28, 2002
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John can't have what he wants in this life, so he's going to make sure he gets it in the next! Knight Chills is a psychological thriller about what happens when the lines between this life and the next are blurred... and the chilling consequences that follow. Set in the present day and in the dead of winter, this feature revolves around an ensemble of young people who share the thrills of role-playing, and the subsequent terror when one of their own takes the game too far.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Roxi DiSante on March 1, 2002
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After viewing Jeffrey Kennedy's Knight Chills at the East Lansing Film Festival last spring, the images resonated in my memory for days. It was one of those films that let you continue reliving the intense moments and contemplating the motives of the characters long after you've walked out of the theatre.
This is the dark tale of a group of young adults and their former teacher who are members of a roleplaying game club. One embittered young man takes the game a bit too seriously, and seeks revenge upon his fellow role-players in a most bizarre and brutal way.
The writing is intelligent, the performances are powerful. The action scenes will keep you on the edge of your seat. At the same time, the nuances and subtleties of the characters' relationships to one another will intrigue you and keep you guessing.
You don't have to know a thing about role-playing to enjoy this film, which speaks to the brilliant dialogue. Those who are familiar with role-playing games will feel that they are right there at the game table with the characters. This is some of the most cleverly choreographed dialogue (the writing and filming) I have seen since the dinner table scene in Hannah and Her Sisters.
Purchasing this film is a wise investment, as you will want to view it again and again.
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