There seems to be a wave of cheesy, low budget, ’80s throwbacks flowing through pop culture over the past few years: the Machete movies are exploitation films in the vein of those that permeated the ’70s and ’80s, the 2009 Norwegian film Dead Snow is about zombie Nazis, Iron Sky examines an alternate future where the Nazis built a base on the moon after WWII, and Drafthouse Films actually pulled a real ’80s movie – the wonderfully campy Miami Connection – from obscurity and gave it a real theatrical release. In the world of video games, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon parodied ’80s action thrillers by combining a futuristic tech vibe with classic tropes from the genre.
Now, a new film called Kung Fury hopes to combine all of those ideas – and dozens more – into one ridiculous mash-up of insanity that you have to see to believe. Check this out (and thanks to /Film for the heads up):
There are a LOT of ideas presented in this thing, and if they were presented individually on their own, I don’t think I’d be very excited about any of them. A cheap green screen movie inspired by ’80s action films? No thanks. A time travel thriller about killing Adolf Hitler? Eh, seen that before. Thor shows up? Marvel’s already done that. People riding dinosaurs? Sounds a bit too cheesy for my tastes. But against all odds, by combining all of these elements into one film, Kung Fury manages to make it work.
Here’s the problem – it’s not finished yet. Director David Sandberg, who quit his job and sank his own money into this production, has turned to Kickstarter to raise the rest of the money needed to finish the 30 minute short, and if he’s successful, he’ll release it online. (As you can imagine, there’s a lot of visual effects work required for a film shot almost entirely against a green screen, Sin City-style.) If they raise enough money, the team will rewrite the screenplay into a full feature length version, and they’ll get to work on bringing that version of the story to life. Check out their Kickstarter page for more details, and we wish them luck completing this utterly bonkers-looking movie.
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