Space Nazis and Human Centipedes

Iron Sky

You can find just about anything on the internet. Well you already knew that, but the barriers to entry on the internet are much lower than, let’s say, for a motion picture or a book, which means any schmuck with an e-mail address can start a blog and throw in their two cents (i.e. me). To be a published author is to have something you’ve written printed and distributed, and based simply on the financial resources associated with that it means (generally) that what you’ve written is of a certain standard. It’s the same for the movie business, if you have an idea for a film you have to convince a lot of people to get on board and make it happen. The internet has reduced the barriers to entry for books and movies, among other things. For instance, you can publish an eBook, and if that gets popular they might print it. You can also use the internet to fund and distribute your film. It can be good, non-established film creators have an opportunity to make it without a big studio. Take for instance Iron Sky, a comedy science fiction by Finnish filmmakers of Star Wreck fame(?). The premise is, well, unique: Nazis flew to the dark side of the moon from secret bases in the antarctic and their descendants return to conquer the planet in 2018.

On their website they have a teaser with some stunning visuals, they’re getting real (known) actors and raising money. At the very least it’s original and I commend the creators and contributors for their work so far. Who knows how it’ll turn out but it’s definitely a good thing that movies can be made outside the mainstream, where crap ideas still get realized despite the hurtles. Take for instance The Human Centipede, a horror film in the tradition of Hostel and Saw. A retired (or perhaps decertified) surgeon who specialized in separating conjoined twins decides to put a few people together and create a human centipede. How do you pitch that movie? Now, it’s against my principles to prejudge this film, but who’s going to pay for the psychotherapy bills afterward? It’s just a movie, right? I’m sure I’ve seen worse but this is supposed to be a primer for the big finale: a longer human centipede in the sequel. I wonder where the line is, between what films should see the light of day an which films shouldn’t, it’s probably somewhere between space Nazis and human centipedes (or somewhere else entirely). If you’re into alternative Nazi history read Fatherland by Robert Harris, it’d make a fantastic film, they made an adaptation of The Ghost.

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