MANBORG

Half-man, half-cyborg: Manborg. Killed while battling the forces of hell, a super-soldier is brought back from the dead in order to fight an army of Nazi vampires and demons led by the nefarious Count Draculon. There’s an Australian punker, a knife-wielding anime chick, a kung fu master, and of course the titular Manborg, a literal cinematic Frankenstein of pulp sci-fi pop culture references.

Manborg, is directed by Steven Kostanski, the special effects prodigy of Winnipeg’s filmmaking collective Astron-6 (Father’s Day), who deftly juggles co-writing, editing and directing duties on a micro budget of below $2K with the ambitious creation of an extraordinary barrage of elaborate miniatures, iconic costumes and delirious stop-motion creatures. Most impressively, despite drawing from so many sources, Manborg’s universe remains unmistakably original, and as a director, Kostanki’s vision is unquestionably unique and his talent impossible to deny.

“Manborg is an incredible achievement” says Don McKellar, and FilmThreat.com calls the film: “A glorious mixture of claymation, computer graphics, practical effects, make-up and a DIY ethic that’s above and beyond most science fiction movies being produced. Manborg is a total hoot.”

Also playing with Manborg is Kostanski's brand-new short film BIO-COP, an epic emulation of 80s-era cop movie trailers, meticulously recreating the experience of watching VHS-era cheese with full-tilt gonzo gusto.

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Director: Steven Kostanski

Starring: Matthew Kennedy, Adam Brooks, Jeremy Gillespie,

Details: 75 min. 18A 2011 Canada

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