This week, instead of reviewing one older genre film for Saturday Review, we’re taking a look at ten older comix-themed fan films, now playing at Youtube.
We include a few seasonal offerings, of course.
I suspect most of us have marvelled at this one already: a believable Batman, the Joker, some SF guest stars, and excellent production values.
We previously discussed this extraordinary trailer for a film that will never be made (though the makers would love to do the complete film).
This longer companion piece to “Grayson” gives a fascinating account of how some guerilla filmmakers, with minimal budget, captured the look of a superhero comic better than major studios manage. If you’re interesting in making movies, watch this.
A student at the American Film Institute made this one in a couple of weeks back in 2002. Adapted from the comic, it nails Lobo. This is not, however, a particularly nice Christmas Special. The sound effects are particularly grisly.
Don’t show this to children unless you really, really hate them.
This film makes the most of its ridiculous (yet not necessarily far-fetched) premise: what if some hardline comic fans re-enacted their favourite “event” story arcs with the same seriousness of Civil War Re-enactors or Pennsic SCA types? From Geek-Week.
6. I’m the Juggernaut, Bitch!
This famous fan film features clips of an X-Men cartoon, dubbed hilariously with gangsta/blaxploitation dialogue. Its popularity resulted in the signature line, “I’m the Juggernaut, bitch!” appearing in X-Men 3. Marvel has (as of this writing) pressured Youtube to remove all copies. Responses and references to it abound, however, and the original has been reposted a number of times. It will likely reappear from time to time. Be warned that it is neither child- nor work-friendly.
Nerf Herder (best known for doing the theme for Buffy) recorded an inappropriate Christmas song; someone else put it to clips of Charlie Brown and friends. This piece of pop-culture blasphemy provides laughs—but it’s not for kids or for the workplace.
I can hear Charles M. Schultz spinning in his grave.
A few people have posted home-made vids for “MC Hawking.” This one features “What We Need More of is Science” with some familiar animation. E to the MC2, motherf*@%er!
Of course, a lot of the films at Youtube look like this.