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February 20, 2013

Flicks: Manborg (2011)


Any movie that spoofs Robo Cop and features a character called Dr. Draculon has to watched.

Manborg. Part man, part machine - and mostly terrible special effects. But "terrible" a very entertaining and Troma-esque way that makes for an incredibly entertaining horror film watching experience. Manborg was directed by Steven Kostanski (Lazer Ghosts 2: Return to Laser Cove), who, according to his IMDb entry is currently a creature effects artists in Guillermo Del Toro's upcoming Pacific Rim (2013) and has worked on two Silent Hill movies as a make-up artist.

His film, Manborg, is a tribute to the narrow clarity of culture seen in 1980's American action movies where the good guy was waving an American flag in one hand and blazing automatic gun-fire with the other. Manborg also makes use of 1990's era special effects on a shoe-string budget.

In some ways, Manborg is an unintentional masterpiece. It's an homage to movies like Robocop, Tron, Stuart Gordon's Robot Jox (1989), Clive Barker's Rawhead Rex (1986) with an unlikely dose of Mortal Kombat arcade art direction and graphics to really confuse the viewer into believing that this is a move that should, at times, be taken seriously.

Manborg screened at Calgary International Film Festival, Action Fest,Sci-Fi London Festival, and won "Best Feature" (the movie is only 60 minutes) at the Boston Underground in 2012.

References:
IMDb, Manborg (2011)
Astron-6, Manborg
Manborg.com, Official Site



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