7 items from 2011
Now here's a boxed set tailor made for you Quiet Earth readers who we know are fans of weird and wonderfully demented cinema. It's a collection of all the short films from one of Canada's greatest exports, Astron-6, who recently made Father's Day for Troma (which incidentally won Best Feature at Tad 2011) and the completely insane looking Manborg.
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Holy fucking shit. Astron-6 is a film collective custom made for Twitch if there ever was one. This five man short film wrecking crew from Winnipeg have blasted on to the big screen in an impressive way in the last few months. First they premiered post-apocalyptic Mortal Kombat styled action film Manborg at Fantastic Fest in September, and only a couple of weeks later they took their second feature Father's Day to Toronto After Dark where is destroyed audiences and came away with tons of awards. This two disc collection from Troma shows where the team came from and gives you a good overview of their myriad influences and sensibilities. If you can't find something to laugh at and enjoy in this four hour set, »
After six years, Toronto After Dark is bigger than ever. The films are better, the lines are longer and the fan-frenzy is wilder. This year’s chilling selection included: civil war zombies, creepy abductors, cliff-hanging killers, post-apocalyptic insanity and suburban hell – a sci-fi horror fan’s paradise.
Writer-director John Geddes’ Exit Humanity is a post-civil war zombie epic set in 1870’sTennessee. When his wife and son fall victim to the undead, Edward Young (Mark Gibson in a breakout performance) flees across the countryside for survival, but zombies are the least of his worries after he’s captured by a band of ruthless Confederate soldiers who are obsessed with conducting medical experiments. Geddes‘ concept of zombies in the old west is a fresh perspective on the popular genre. The film’s use of animation (a budgetary decision) advances the action excellently and the beautiful cinematography makes this a great-looking period movie. »
- Nigel Hamid
Directed by Steven Kostanski
2011, 60 minutes, Canada
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Coming at you from Astron-6 productions and the mind of writer/director Steven Kostanski, Manborg is a genre-mashing love letter to a childhood spent watching 1980′s cult television and the cut scenes in early 1990′s computer games.
In a similar vein to Alugro’s Italian Spiderman or fellow Canadian Lee Demarbe’s Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter, Manborg brings utter sincerity to a story that could easily have had the fun sucked out of it by overly self-conscious delivery or winking at the audience. Yeah they know the source material is kind of stupid but they also know it »
That's right! Following the mind-blowing world premiere of Astron-6's first feature length film, Manborg, at Fantastic Fest 2011, Troma is releasing a DVD compilation of their many short films. You may remember Lazer Ghosts 2: Return to Lazer Cove from our coverage of that brilliant piece a few years ago. You have also seen the posters and updates for their remake of Father's Day, premiering tomorrow night at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival. Well, here's even more great stuff from one of our favorite independent film companies!The promotional material from Troma was a little bit vague, so I asked the guys at Astron-6 for a little bit of detail regarding what we can look forward to, and this is what they had to say: »
The plot keywords for "Manborg" on the Fantastic Fest website are: action, comedy, sci-fi, and bizarre. To which I would add the following: goofy, violent, funny, cheap, and charming. The mythos of this film is huge. There's a cataclysmic war between the armies of man and hell, a dystopian future ruled by drippy-skinned demons, chase scenes on hoverbikes, and massive sci-fi battles. If Hollywood tried to remake "Manborg," the movie would cost at least $150,000,000. I suspect director Steven Kostanski's budget had at least five less zeros.
Stylistically, the movie looks and sounds like a really impressive cinematic from a Sega CD launch title circa 1992. The backgrounds are flat, the effects are crude, the voice dubbing is laughable, and the entire film looks like it was shot in front of a green screen with an old camcorder. All of that is by design. "Manborg" follows in the footsteps of recent »
- Matt Singer
It's been a while since last we brought you anything on the new Troma flick Father's Day, but that's about to be rectified. How does some artwork, the first still, and a teaser trailer sound to ya?
Opening on June 19th is Father's Day, written and directed by Astron-6 (yes, that's right - Astron-6) and starring Adam Brooks, Mackenzie Murdock, Matt Kennedy, Conor Sweeney, Amy Groening, Meredith Sweeney, Garrett Hnatiuk, and Ross McMillan.
Dig on all the goods below, and for more check out the official Father's Day website.
A long, long time ago in a town north of Tromaville, there was a bad, bad man who raped and killed dads. Nobody could stop the fat monster until a mysterious stranger took a stand. Some say he was avenging his own father. Some say he was just crazy. The stranger could not have known the Hell that was to follow. »
- Uncle Creepy
7 items from 2011
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