Suburban Knights (USA, 2011)
Directed by Doug Walker
Starring Doug Walker, Lindsay Ellis, Lewis Lovhaug, Noah Antwiler
As much as film reviewers like myself harp on about the current state of Hollywood and the lack of innovation in Western cinema, we have to acknowledge that we live in a time of great privilege for budding filmmakers. The speed of innovation in digital video, photography and effects means that it is now easier and cheaper than ever before for would-be directors to pick up a camera and make a name for themselves. The internet provides instant, widespread and bespoke publicity for their efforts, challenging both traditional media and the powers that own it.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: the experience is still memorable regardless of how many references you spot.
Jareth the Goblin King, complete with crystal ball and... package. Brownie points also go to Kaylyn 'Marzgurl' Dicksion, who delivers all but one of her lines in Japanese while cosplaying as Princess Mononoke.
To Boldly Flee.
Verdict: A high-water mark for fan films