81: Skullduggery with Pieter van Hiel
This week we check out a Canadian Oddity with author Pieter van Heil and the utterly bizarre slasher/comedy/cautionary tale Skullduggery. With Pieter as our guide, we embark on an epic quest to figure out what the heck is going on in this film, the appeal of a bad film, and the shocking number of people whose careers survived. Pieter plays and discusses Dungeons and Dragons professionally, so not only did he introduce us to this film, he also fills us in on all the details of the 80's D&D panic. It's weirdly educational. This one won't be for everyone, but if you're a fan of the MST3K oddities, you won't want to miss this strange little piece of Canadian cinema history.
Skullduggery is available on Youtube. The end credit music is the theme from Skullduggery. I can't find who composed or performed it, but it is, inarguably, magnificent.
On this week's show
Pieter van Hiel lives in Hamilton, where he toils in a corporate word mine. Previously, he worked as a newspaper and magazine reporter and photographer. He had better anecdotes back then. He still takes photos, often with film cameras made in the early 1900s. His photos have appeared in Vice and BBC Magazine.
Pieter has been a role playing nerd for about 30 years and he's been paid to write them for 20. His game credits encompass military SF, high fantasy, historical and pulp settings, almost invariably with that subtle veneer of "furry" which is so popular with the kids on Tumblr these days.
Pieter will be selling books and taking strange photos in Detroit at Motor City Fur Con in April. You can follow his adventures at @pietervanhiel on Twitter, or on Instagram at pyatsfortress