October 20-27, 2011 - 8 Nights Of Horror, Sci-Fi, Action & Cult Movies!
Steven Kostanski, 2011, Canada, 60 mins
**Filmmakers in Attendance for Q&A!**
A dead soldier finds himself reanimated as a cyborg killing machine in this cult-tastic throwback to 80s sci-fi action films like ROBOCOP and THE TERMINATOR from Astron-6.
“It’s probably safe to say that the cult of MANBORG will grow pretty quickly and steadily; there are just too many moments that speak directly to sci-fi geeks.”
- Quiet Earth
“Goofy, violent, funny, cheap and charming… the movie is a crazed fantasy!”
- IFC: The Independent Film Channel
“What sets MANBORG apart and really makes it worth watching is the craftsmanship that went into the production, as well as the enthusiasm of the cast and crew for their material….What MANBORG lacks in budget, it makes up for in heart and soul.”
- Twitch Film
***TORONTO AFTER DARK 2011 UPDATE***
This Film’s Screening at Toronto After Dark had MANY REVIEWS, read them here.
The armies of Hell have taken over the Earth, and all that stands in the way of the villainous Count Draculon and his total subjugation of humanity is a motley lot of misfits seemingly torn from the pantheon of schlock genre-cinema circa the 1980s. There’s an Australian punker, a knife wielding anime chick, a kung-fu master (voiced with deliriously pitch-perfect stoicism by Kyle Herbert, the narrator from DRAGON BALL Z), and of course the titular Manborg, itself a literal kind of cinematic Frankenstein, both emblematic of pulp sci-fi as obscure as Charles Band’s ELIMINATORS and as broad as ROBOCOP and THE TERMINATOR. The master of ceremonies to this cacophony of laser-blasts and comic book ultra-violence is long-standing TAD alumni and Astron-6 special effects prodigy Steven Kostanski (LAZER GHOSTS 2, HEART OF KARL), who deftly juggles co-writing, editing and directing duties with the ambitious creation of an extraordinary barrage of elaborate miniatures, iconic costumes and delirious stop-motion creatures that would have Harryhausen and Tippet try to high-five the ghost of David W. Allen out of sheer enthusiasm. Most impressively, despite drawing from so many sources, Kostanski’s universe remains unmistakably original, his voice unquestionably unique and his talent impossible to deny.
- Peter Kuplowsky
Screens With Short Film
- ETHEREAL CHRYSALIS, Canada, 2010, 10 min, Syl Disjonk. See Canada After Dark for details.
Official Film Links
See Related Films at the Fest
- Cult action (horror): FATHER'S DAY (from the same filmmakers)
- Cult comedy (horror): SOME GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE
- Sci-Fi (futuristic): REDLINE