I also liked "From Beyond" - but that's definitely **not** even close to being a PG-13 flick.
Um, no. Not by a long shot, although it's still considerably cleaner than many budget horror flicks.
To get away for H.P. Lovecraft for a moment, there's an in-production indie sci-fi movie from Finland that looks promising. It's a riff on some of those crackpot stories you see on the web that maintain there are secret Nazi military bases which have been on the dark side of the moon since the 1940s.
It's almost like Steampunk
meets alternate military history.
Some people are already calling this subgenre Dieselpunk
Dieselpunk would cover the time period between 1918 and 1945 or thereabouts. The primary difference would be that the Dieselpunk era has electricity, more advanced industrial sciences, and mass production capabilities. First generation fission weapons are also a possibility in this timeframe.
Many moons ago I remember reading in one of those UFO conspiracy paperbacks about something called Operation Blindspot
. According to the story, the Nazis once operated advanced secret bases in the Antarctic with the intent of developing technologies for space travel and moon colonization. It was called Operation Blindspot
because it was meant to be utterly secret, and act as an emergency fallback in case the war didn't go the way the Third Reich
planned. The idea was to conduct secret moon launches from the most remote part of the world in order to keep their activities completely hidden from hostile observers. The moon's dark side was chosen for the location of the moon base for the same reason. Once established, Blindspot
would rebuild the Nazi war machine, repopulate its SS ranks - and when the time was right - this new spacefaring Fourth Reich
would begin its conquest of the planet Earth.
Supposedly, Operation Blindspot
was successful and it's only a matter of time before their nuclear weaponized armada shows up in our skies.
I guess somebody else read that same whacked-out book.
Here's the plot synopsis from the Iron Sky website
Towards the end of World War II the staff of SS officer Hans Kammler made a significant breakthrough in anti-gravity.
From a secret base built in the Antarctic, the first Nazi spaceships were launched in late ‘45 to found the military base Schwarze Sonne (Black Sun) on the dark side of the Moon. This base was to build a powerful invasion fleet and return to take over the Earth once the time was right.
Now it’s 2018, the Nazi invasion is on its way and the world is goose-stepping towards its doom.
If the two trailers are anything to go by, the visuals should be quite impressive. But I'm not 100% sure about what they're up to with the script. The official website bills it as a "comedy" which seems surprising considering how dark the subject matter is.
Either way, it should be out sometime in 2011 if things stay on course. They're pursuing fan financing (via a humorous Buy War Bonds!
campaign) so it may take longer than expected to complete.
I'm guessing that when you're making a film revolving around subjects which still
make a lot of people very uneasy (even if it is fiction) it's a lot more 'challenging' to secure mainstream financing.
Anyway, here's some stills:
Animated movie poster link is here
Link to Teaser #1 here
Link to Teaser #2 here
The Iron Sky Official Website
can be found here
Be interesting to see how it plays out if
they ever get it finished.