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03:45 pm - Mutant Chronicles
Do you think Mutant Chronicles is so awfully bad that I shouldn't go and see it? The trailer was bonkers and the plot summary seems unhinged. Anyone seen it yet?

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From:happytune
Date:October 16th, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
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We're going to see Burn after Reading with some people on Saturday evening in Leam. I'm not really being given a choice - evidently it is a Good Thing for me to be with people at the moment. Would you/H/A/S etc like to come with?
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From:communicator
Date:October 16th, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
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Actually I really would like to see it
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From:ninebelow
Date:October 16th, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
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I was very much WTF!? at the trailer so if you do see it I would be interested in the outcome.
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From:communicator
Date:October 16th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
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I'm trying to persuade my son and his teenage friends to go see and report back. I almost felt I wanted to see it, as boisterous nonsense, but that nearly always ends in disappointment.
From:cdybedahl
Date:October 16th, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC)
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Mutant Chronicles? Is that based on...?

*checks IMDB*

OMGWTF! It is based on the old Swedish tabletop roleplaying game! *boggle* *rofl*

I know the people who wrote the original game. If their particular sense of esthetics lives on in the movie, "bonkers" and "unhinged" is probably just the starting point.
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From:communicator
Date:October 16th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
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OK, I wondered where on Earth it took its premise. Thanks for that info - remarkable. I didn't know they based films on dice games. And you know the originators? What a world we live in.
From:cdybedahl
Date:October 16th, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC)
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Roleplaying game, so more cooperative storytelling than dice. But yes. There was a short-lived TV series ("Kindred: the Embraced") based on another roleplaying game, but it certainly isn't common.

I'm not sure if they count as originators. "Mutant" was the second-ever Swedish-language roleplaying game. "Mutant Rymd" was a later expansion that got translated into English as "Mutant Chronicles". It was to 90% or so written by a woman by the name of Gunilla Jonsson, who together with her boyfriend Michael Petersen was one of the more inventive Swedish roleplaying game designers. They got most well known for a later game, the horror RPG "Kult", which also got translated into English. They were also active in Swedish SF fandom, which is a small world and where I met them the most.

If I recall correctly (which I may not, this is all over a decade ago) Gunilla wrote Mutant Rymd as a contract thing within fairly rigid guidlines. She didn't particularly like it herself, and pretty consistenly referred to it as "Mutant Nazi".

And I want to see that movie, because that it even exists is just too weird for words.

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