SUNDAY MATINEE: 'Mazes and Monsters' (1982)

posted Sunday Aug 3rd, 2014

Welcome back to yet another thrilling episode of the VoT Sunday Matinee, this week featuring the cult classic 'Made-for-TV' film warning of the dangers of Dungeon & Dragons-style role playing games in the early 1980s, Mazes and Monsters starring a young and very psychologically vulnerable Tom Hanks in a post-Bosom Buddies drama you need to see to believe. You just don't get to see Tom Hanks hallucinate enough, NOW DO YOU?

Based on the novel by Rona Jaffe, this CBS movie tackled the rising fears associated with the growing popularity of role-playing fantasy games aimed at teenagers in an intense, rarely seen film, pushing the limits of the paranoid imaginations both of the parents and the kids it's focused on. Just as religious types came down hard on the Harry Potter books, this is a thoroughly entertaining example of suburban teen exploitation at it's finest, and in our humble opinion, one of Tom Hanks' best roles outside of Bachelor Party.

So pull up a footrest and kick this thriller full-screen, and enjoy one of the fruits of the 1980s trash cinema while you're firing up your next game of Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles