Star Wars Fan Film ‘Vader Episode 1: Shards Of The Past’ Is The Vader Film We’re Looking For!

Last Friday Star Wars Theory uploaded the first part of his fan-made Vadar film, Shards of the Past – and it’s had quite the reception from Star Wars fans and even reached #2 on YouTube’s trending list!  The film takes place in the early days of the Empire after the fall of the Republic. In true Star Wars fashion, the opening crawl text reads:

“Anakin Skywalker is DEAD. For eight months, the mysterious Darth Vader has enforced the Emperor’s commands. Fighting between the loss of Padme, and the new cursed life he now leads, Vader must do what must be done when a surviving Jedi Master from Order 66 has lured him to the home planet of his late Wife’s tomb…”

Whilst having nowhere near the budget of Disney, this fan-film boasts impressive visual design and CGI, which to me shows that a lot of love went into making this. I was particularly impressed with the shots of an un-masked and unarmoured Vadar, which actually led me to make an audible ‘woah’. The entire short is shot incredibly well and has left me wanting more.. so much more!

The film had a 2-night premiere in L.A last week for fans and supporters of the film and Star Wars Theory will be sharing the crowds reactions on his channel in the very near future.

The script for the full film has been completed, but there is no news yet if there an Episode 2 will actually be made. We’ll likely hear more news on this at the start of the new year, but we’re hoping with the amount of love it’s receiving will mean there will be even more supporters backing this fan-made delight.

You can watch the impressive 16-minute short below!

The Terror Of ‘Halloween’ Returns in ‘The Spirit of Haddonfield’ Fan Film

Written by Michael Dean

October marks the 40th Anniversary from one of the best horror films made, John Carpenter’s Halloween.  Blumhouse will be releasing the direct sequel to theaters on October 19th however, if fans cannot wait there is a chance they can whet their beak a bit earlier with a very well done fan film, The Spirit of Haddonfield.  The 19-minute film takes place in Michael’s hometown where a young girl, Hanna (played by Hannah Owens), walks to her house on the evening of Halloween and we learn why she is really not fond of this time of year.

The Spirit of Haddonfield is a passion project from writer and director Rene Rivas who pays tribute to John Carpenters 1978 slasher. Rivas’ passion pours through the camera from the very beginning providing fans with a familiar style.  There is a very steady pace in the beginning portion of the film as Rene delivers some very crisp snapshots of various homes and Halloween decorations until that familiar Halloween music comes in as our protagonist Hannah walks along the street.  The way the camera moves with Hannah while she walks among the fallen leaves on the sidewalk is very smooth and once in a while, the viewer is treated to some nice angled shots.  Rene really knows how to move the camera and the cinematography is so well done that the whole thing has the look of a major production.

The Shape is played by Vincente Disanti, who also played the killer Jason in the Friday the 13th short film, Never Hike Alone, which he directed and co-wrote.  Vincente’s portrayal of Michael Myers is done very well and I love how he captures the presence of Michael looming in the background, quietly stalking his victim, until he makes his move.  Some of his movements appear spot on as Vincente’s body language emulates those of the famous horror icon.  Hannah Owens also does a good job in expressing her fear in some intense moments as Michael Myers comes closer and closer to claiming the life of his victim.

A Halloween film would not be the same without that famous score, and fans will be happy to know that Rene Rivas includes the scores The Shape Stalks Laurie from Tyler Bates which was used in the Rob Zombie Halloween reboot as well as John Carpenters famous Halloween tune composed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.  The music is perfectly placed in the film and makes such an impact that sometimes I would forget that I was actually watching a fan film.

Overall Rene Rivas does a great job in bringing The Shape back to the screen and those who are itching for some Michael Myers until the new Halloween film is released should find The Spirit of Haddonfield to be a satisfying fix.

Gremlins: Recall – The Mogwai Return in Fan Film

Written by Michael Dean

It’s been over 30 years since the 1984 film Gremlins, directed by Joe Dante, released to theaters bringing their cuddly Mogwai and horrific Gremlins to the big screen.  The film was such a success that a sequel followed in 1990.   A third film has been in discussion for years and has yet to gain any traction, so leave it to a director from Los Angeles who decided to whet the Gremlin fans appetite with a short fan film called Gremlins: Recall.

The film picks up 30 years after the events of the first film and the Mogwai can now be kept at your home as a pet, for a very large price.  However, there is a catch!  The owner must continue to medicate the Mogwai so they do not turn into those menacing green Gremlins.  So all should be fine right?  Well, as you will see from this story, something always goes wrong.

This fan film was written and directed by Ryan Patrick, who was a big fan of the original film.  So big that he went all out to bring this project to life by using high quality, animatronic puppetry for those pesky little gremlins.  Along with the fine puppetry are a nice soundtrack and solid casting with Katherine Rodriguez and Randy Irwin, which explains why the short film currently has over 182,000 views on YouTube.  I will admit, it was quite a thrill to see these creatures come to life once again and who knows maybe enough fan interest will get the ball rolling to get Gremlins 3 off the ground.

If you would like to learn more about how this all came together, be sure to head over to Ryan Patrick’s official website to view some behind the scenes footage as well as a director’s commentary, script, storyboards, photos and even download the soundtrack!

You can watch Gremlins: Recall below!

Nathan Fillion & Allan Ungar Bring ‘Uncharted’ To Life Through Fan Film

Year: 2018
Directed by: Allan Ungar
Written by: Allan Ungar & Jesse Wheeler
Cast: Nathan Fillion, Stephen Lang, Geno Segers, Mircea Monroe, Ernie Reyes Jr. 

Written by Michael Dean

Fans have been clamoring for a major motion picture release for the Uncharted game series by Naughty Dog.  In 2017 it was confirmed that Tom Holland, our new friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, signed up for the role to play Nathan Drake in an upcoming release by Sony Pictures.  However, it is still in the developing stages and some fans simply cannot wait any longer.

Enter Nathan Fillion, known for playing Mal in Serenity and the short-lived TV series Firefly, as well as Richard Castle in the TV series Castle, and writer-director Allan Ungar (Gridlocked) to deliver the fans an entertaining take on the character in a live action 15-minute short film.  Those unfamiliar with the game should know Uncharted is an action adventure game series similar to the Tomb Raider series and the Indiana Jones films.

Allan’s direction in the short film shines with some smooth camerawork, clean edits, and looks very much like a professionally made film.  Allan does a fine job capturing the action, which is fun and well choreographed.  Being a film based off of the game, Allan made sure to include scenes from the game.  In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Allan stated, “Almost everything Nathan does in that fight is seen in one of the four games”.  In addition, some scenes have a video game like quality, for example, in an action sequence where Nathan jumps out a window, he picks himself up from the ground and the camera pans around to where his back is centered in the screen as if he’s ready for the gamer to guide his next action.

Anytime you have Nathan Fillion in a film you know he’s going to deliver the charm and humour he is known for, and he does so in spades.  It was a great idea to include an interrogation scene as it gives a chance for Nathan to show off his acting chops.  It probably helps that the Nathan and Allan are fans of the video game series as their passion pours onto the screen.  Elena Fisher and Victor “Sully” Sullivan are supporting characters from the game and are included in this film as well, played by Mircea Monroe (Magic Mike) and Stephen Lang (Don’t Breathe) who are solid for the short time they are given.

Unfortunately, I am not familiar enough with the video game series to fully state whether or not Allan and Nathan capture the full essences of the character and story, but word from the masses are very positive stating the film does capture the spirit of the game.  What I can state is that I was very much entertained and would love to see more from this crew if they are given another opportunity