Remember all those crazy, spoof, sci-fi, comedy horror films of the late 80s andearly 90s that for more than a decade were the most popular video genre ever? Canadian director Steve Kostanski from the Astron-6 film co-operative certainly does.
It was after watching 80s classic ‘The Eliminators’ again that he decided to spend the following three years of his life making his own contribution to the genre, the crazy sci-fi adventure ‘Manborg’.
The film has been a big hit at festivals around the world and following rave reviews at the London Sci-Fi Fest in May is being released on retail DVD by Rockstone Films on October 1.
If the pre-release hype is anything to judge by ‘Manborg’ already looks set to emulate the success of Revolver’s ‘Iron Sky’ and yet … the film was made for just $1000!! Who needs Hollywood’s mega-buck budgets?!!
Explains Steve: “The majority of the film was shot in a garage and all the equipment was borrowed from a local high school film department. All the actors worked for free, most of the costumes were made out of second-hand sports equipment and the miniature sets were made out of discarded boxes and random odds and ends from various dollar stores”.
All the classic ingredients from those 80s straight-to-video movies have gone into ‘Manborg’ but with one addition from a later era … a hot, knife wielding, kick-ass blonde chick who throws her weight around at every opportunity!! It is the future and Nazi vampires led by the nefarious Count Draculon (Adam Brooks) and his minions rise from the bowels of Hell and take over the planet. A ragtag group of rebels is fighting back but their rebellion is effectively crushed, leaving nothing but scorched earth on which the Hellions plan to build their new
After a personal confrontation with the Count, a soldier (Matthew Kennedy) is blasted into oblivion only to awake in the dark future to find most of his body replaced Robocop-style with cybernetic enhancements. A mysterious inventor has turned his bloodied remains into Manborg, cyborg of destruction.
Added Steve: “If there’s a heaven, for me it’ll be a grungy video store with endless racks full of sci-fi/horror/action movies with cool covers”!!
Watch the trailer below.