Have you ever heard of Troubled Moon Films? How about Dave Wascavage? Well if you haven’t, you’re not alone. I was sent two of his films and asked to review them, and the title of this one alone should have told me what I was in for…but to be honest, it didn’t even come close.
Revenge of the Earth Chomping Space Marauder is a goofy, sci-fi comedy full of homemade 3D animation that looks like it would have been more at home in Dire Straits’ Money For Nothing video and acting that makes Ed Wood’s crew look like Oscar candidates. This is one of those films that falls into the “so stupid it’s funny” category, in fact, this movie had me laughing and smiling quite a bit.
The story, such as it is, basically revolves around an alien’s desire to get paid for an intergalactic traffic accident. It comes to the Earth in a wave of destruction to present the president with a bill for repairs. Oh, and speaking of the president, she’s an older woman who’s more concerned with how she looks and getting re-elected than she is with the destruction that’s happening on the Earth, and her assistant is an older gentleman that looks like he’s been henpecked all his life. These two folks were Dave Wascavage’s real life parents, and the interactions beteween them are absolutely hilarious. What was really funny about this whole bit with the president and her assistant is that at no point do you ever get the feeling that they’re in the same room together at the same time. Every part of their conversations were shot individually, so you only see whoever’s currently talking in the shot and then it was all edited together after the fact. In fact, pretty much everything about this movie, from the alien, to the 3D triangle explosions, and even the acting is all so totally goofball and so cheesy that you can’t help but laugh, which is exactly what you’re supposed to be doing while you watch it. It is a comedy after all.
The DVD has both full screen and widescreen editions, but truth be told there’s not a lot of difference between the two. The disc’s other “special features” aren’t really much more than some of the initial CG test work that was done and a photo gallery. The DVD itself is being self produced, so it comes in a keep case with a homemade DVD cover and the movie itself is on a DVD-R with handwritten labeling. Don’t let this put you off though, because the movie plays just fine and the menus were all done really well. It’s no different than any other DVD you’d buy except that the packaging and the media are home-produced rather and churned out in some press mill somewhere. Many independent filmmakers are doing this nowadays in an effort to save money, and with the advancement of home computer editing and DVD creation, it’s become more and more common to see these types of releases.
Revenge of the Earth Chomping Intergalactic Space Marauder is short in length with a running time of 45 minutes, and it’s pretty short on plot as well. The one thing it’s not short on though is fun. If you can appreciate the goofiness of a movie like this, then you’re going to have a really good time watching it and you will definitely find yourself laughing. If you’re one of those people though who’s more into artsy fartsy films, then you’ll probably want to skip this one, because not only would you not be able to appreciate it for what it is, but I can hazard a guess that it was never made to appeal to people like you in the first place. This film’s not for everyone, but it will be enjoyed by those who have a good sense of humor.
If you want to pick up a copy of the film, you can get it from Cult Classic DVDs who are currently distributing the film for Troubled Moon. You can also purchase Dave Wascavage’s films through his Troubled Moon Films website.