Did watching Stranger Things make you ask that odd question, “What did my mother do with my Dungeons and Dragons books?” Did you get the urge to roll the polyhedral dice and stare at graph paper? Or were you the kinda person that felt better watching your friends nerd out as you laid on the sofa and ate Devil Dogs? Now thanks to Shout! Factory TV you can indulge this weekend on watching an all star group play some D&D and sword and sorcery movies. There’s even a batch of Mystery Science Theater 3000 to geek out on. Is your sofa ready for all that excitement? Here’s the press release with the schedule of magic and swords:
Shout! Factory TV Presents
Sword + Sorcery
Three-Day Livestream Event
Beginning August 10
12 tales of dungeons and deathstalkers alongside original celebrity Dungeons & Dragons game streaming August 10-12
LOS ANGELES – Shout! Factory proudly presents its three-day Sword + Sorcery marathon, streaming on Shout! Factory TV this August. Themed to celebrate fantasy films like Hawk the Slayer and Wizards of the Lost Kingdom, each day will feature tales of magic and might. The marathon’s cornerstone event is a daylong Dungeons & Dragons campaign that uses themes and set pieces from these films, featuring celebrity talent like Deborah Ann Woll, Todd Stashwick and Tiffany Smith.
Sword + Sorcery begins Saturday, August 10 at 12 a.m. PT and will run through Monday, August 12th on the Shout! Factory TV live streaming channel available on Pluto TV, Twitch, Samsung TV Plus, Xumo, and STIRR.
The event starts Saturday, August 10 with Wizards of the Lost Kingdom, Sorceress, Deathstalker II, Amazons, Hawk the Slayer and Hercules vs. The Hydra, alongside interstitial segments of celebrity Dungeons & Dragons gameplay.
On Sunday, August 11, the celebrity Dungeons & Dragons game entitled Always a Sword will play out in its entirety. Featuring Deborah Ann Woll (Marvel’s Daredevil); Todd Stashwick (SyFy’s 12 Monkeys); Tiffany Smith (DC Daily); Marc Bernardin (Carnival Row) and Jasmine Bhullar (Geek & Sundry’s Relics & Rarities), Always a Sword–masterfully led by David Nett (Night of the Zombie King)–will give novices and expert players an inside look at a full, original one-shot Dungeons & Dragons campaign, played by those who love the game.
In Always a Sword, the Sun Queen has ruled the Grand Peninsula of Yurr with a light, benevolent hand for 200 years. But when the Dragon Emperor launched a surprise attack that would spawn the Great War, the Sun Queen was taken completely by surprise and, eventually, fell. Now, five heroic, former soldiers of the fallen Sun Queen live quiet, modest lives in the mud-splattered frontier town of Bordran; always watching out for the evil Emperor’s soldiers. They know one another. They keep each other’s secrets. And, perhaps, someday, things will change. But, for now, this is their life.
For the final day of Sword + Sorcery, Shout! Factory TV’s MSTie Monday programming on August 12 will feature Mystery Science Theater 3000’s best fantasy film riffs. MST3K episodes include Merlin’s Shop of Mystical Wonders, Cave Dwellers, Hercules and the Captive Women, Hercules Unchained, Magic Sword and Outlaw of Gor.
Sword + Sorcery Films Synopses
Wizards of the Lost Kingdom
When evil screams throughout the world. When all the galaxies converge. When all that’s fair and fine seems lost. A Hero will emerge.
Tomboy twins (Leigh Harris) go questing for revenge around angry gods, zombies and monkey men.
Hero Deathstalker (John Terlesky) helps Princess Evie (Monique Gabrielle) reclaim her throne from a sorcerer (John La Zar) and his Princess Evie clone.
The queen Diala of Shinar sends two warriors to fetch the Spirit Stone and Sword of Azundati.
Hawk the Slayer
With the aid of his companions, a man seeks to defeat his evil brother who has taken a nun hostage.
Hercules vs. The Hydra
Hercules must save his true love from an evil queen.
MST3K: Merlin’s Shop of Mystical Wonders
A grandfather tells his grandson several horrifying stories involving the wizard Merlin and a stolen monkey doll in Merlin’s Shop of Mystical Wonders (1996).
MST3K: Cave Dwellers
Wise ruler Akronas (aka “The Great One”) is the keeper of an incredibly powerful but potentially deadly device. When Zor and his soldiers come to the castle in search of the Geometric Nucleus, none but the mighty Ator can hold evil at bay!
MST3K: Hercules and the Captive Women
The guys face off against Hercules once again as the strong man fights evil Queen Antinea to get his son back in Hercules and the Captive Women (1961). Joel and the Bots play with some lousy action figures and finally lay the Hercules series to rest.
MST3K: Hercules Unchained
While trying to resolve a quarrel between warring brothers Eteocles and Polynices, Hercules is taken captive by Queen Omphale of Lydia. Can he escape from the royal court and rescue the woman he loves, before it’s too late?
MST3K: Magic Sword
Sword-and-sorcery film about a prince rescuing a princess from an evil wizard.
MST3K: Outlaw of Gor
In the sequel to 1988’s Gor, college professor Cabot returns to the magical planet Gor, and is soon caught up in palace intrigue involving evil sorcerer Xenos.
The films and MST3K episodes featured in Sword + Sorcery are also available on VOD at Shout! Factory TV.
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