Here we are again. As the holiday season pushes on and we wake from our turkey induced sleep, let’s talk about movies. Not the blockbusters that everyone knows about, but smaller produced movies and ones from eras that most of us haven’t seen. Some smaller or indie movies can be really artsy and awful to suffer through. That’s not what we are after. We are looking for thematic and inspirational movies that can’t get a major release.
Movies like one of my favorites, Ink. If you are looking for inspiration for a modern fairytale, urban fantasy, it seems like the quintessential Changling the Lost game. Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth was very popular, but there are two other films that go along with it: Devil’s Backbone and The Orphanage. These are very close to Changeling also, but with much stronger horror elements than Ink.
Most people know the Nosferatu movie, but few have ever watched it. It sets such a tone of dread and horror without saying a single word. There are not many movies that still hold up after nearly 100 years.
If you want to run neo noir, near future games look at Narcopolis. It has the classic hard-boiled detective of noir movies set in a near future world with corporate influences similar to shadow run.
Shorts can have just as much to offer as full length movies. Project Arbiter inspired an entire Dust Adventures campaign. I played the short for the players, and the game took off with them going to recover the research deep in Axis territory.
This post could go on and on. So I think I will stop here after giving you so much to check out. My advice is to watch these movies and shorts for inspiration, but don’t share it with your players right away. Run the games and sessions with their inspiration, and then share them after.
Let us know what you think of these or any other awesome and inspiring movies below.