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From their first meeting at The Winnipeg Short Film Massacre, the five men instantly found themselves embroiled in a deadly game of cat and mouse. Rather than destroy each other, the sworn enemies decided to unite - and then destroy themselves (once famous). Astron-6 is the brainchild of these five iconoclastic, multi-media artists who share a fascination with the mechanics of fear and laughter. They subvert the expectations of the seasoned viewer with the nightmarish and absurd. Their imagery and recurring themes are often torn from the childhood of the irony-craving, internet savvy Generations X and Y. That is, they often lampoon genre films of the 1980s.
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That being said, thank goodness for these clinically unbalanced Canucks. For being homemade films, these fellas are already demonstrating the skills to play in the big leagues (said leagues have only just gotten ready now as they're releasing their first two feature films "Father's Day" and "Manborg" in the festival circuit).
You'll just have to trust me on this one and BUY THIS DVD compilation. It is the best Troma release since...ever...and if you're the least bit a fan of sci-fi, raunchy comedies, straight-to-VHS 80s films, animation or just anything with lasers and/or swords, you'll find something to love amongst these films.
Here are the shorts included:
Heart Of Karl
Siam I Am
Inferno of The Dead
Sebastian and Alan
Ena Lake Blues
Behind the Scenes
The collection opens with a pointless and painfully unfunny introduction from Lloyd Kaufman (Troma distributed it), and proceeds to a terrible menu that is patience-trying at best. This collection is an assembly of short films (some of which are very short indeed) made by people who clearly love spoofs of 1980s themes (particularly when they can be combined with horror genre tropes). This is definitely an ensemble piece, so prepare yourself to see the same faces repeatedly. First up is "Cool Guys", in which two nerds go to the beach to become cool. This had a strong opening, with great credits (something Astron-6 deserves praise for almost universally) like "And introducing Falcon Van Der Baek as The Mayor's Son". The mayor's son, it turns out, is a bully; don't even ask how it turns into a murder mystery. I was so bored at one point that all I could think of was how the murdered girl had really nice teeth.Read more ›
Also, yes Troma distributed this, but it's all Astron-6 baby! After the Father's Day debacle with Troma, I kind of don't like them anymore, I think? Lloyd's always been, let's say, a cheap-skate, and that's part of Troma's charm, but you shouldn't rip off talented, dedicated ARTISTS. I always thought that's what Troma stood for. Also, the products are themselves cheap. The Troma produced DVD of Father's Day has no subtitles. The Manborg DVD made by Astron-6 has subs. BTW, need that full-length making of Father's Day ASAP!
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Funny great short films. The Cool Guys one is the best. I laughed so hard it hurt.Published 6 months ago by S. F. Davidson
I highly recommend getting this DVD collection. Astron-6 has some of the most original ideas and pulling them off with very little money.Published on February 24, 2013 by Kristian M. Day
The film was not very full. The short cool guys was incredible . But the rest of them completely fell flat. And some of them were just short fake trailers. Read morePublished on August 8, 2012 by JACK