I’m all for cheesy exploitation films, even if it’s intently made to be cheesy. Although I prefer honestly bad exploitation movies made in earnest, like Miami Connection, The Visitor, and The Room, movies like Planet Terror, Machete, and Hobo with a Shotgun do also appeal to me. Enter Kung Fury. This movie has everything you want from a ridiculous exploitation film, including skateboarding tough guys, kung fu, Nazis, and the god of thunder Thor, among other things. The newest film from Swedish director David Sandberg (AKA Laser Unicorns) needs funding and he’s turning to Kickstarter.
Sandberg is new to the director game, but does have a background in post-production. Kung Fury is his first feature, and his movie looks absolutely bonkers. The movie follows an 80s-style super cop from Miami who travels back in time to kill Adolf Hitler, AKA Kung Führer. However, during the journey back to World War II Germany, he accidently gets sent back to the Viking era, where he befriends Thor. With the help of his new found godly friend, and sexy Viking-lady companion, the hero must put an end to the Nazi Party once and for all.
Here’s the official synopsis:
KUNG FURY is an over-the-top action comedy written and directed by David Sandberg. The movie features: arcade-robots, dinosaurs, nazis, vikings, norse gods, mutants and a super kung fu-cop called Kung Fury, all wrapped up in an ’80s style action-packed adventure. During an unfortunate series of events a friend of Kung Fury is assassinated by the most dangerous kung fu master criminal of all time; Adolf Hitler, a.k.a Kung Führer. Kung Fury decides to travel back in time, to Nazi Germany, in order to kill Hitler and end the Nazi empire once and for all. Kung Fury is a visually spectacular action comedy that has it’s foundation in ’80s cop movies.
According to Sandberg, the movie is almost complete, but he’s turning to Kickstarter for additional funding for post-production visual effects. Believe it or not, a majority of the settings and backgrounds were shot using nothing but green screen Chroma Key. Sandberg made a 30-minute short of Kung Fury with $5,000 and was “driven by a strong will [and] love for the ’80s and action movies to create a unique movie.” He did all the short film’s VFX work himself.
If Sandberg meets his goal, he’ll release the original short online for free. His video is heartfelt and sincere, so if you have some extra money, pitch in so he can finish it. While the film looks ridiculous, Sandberg appears to know what he’s doing when it comes to post-production work.
At the moment, Kung Fury has raked in $185,732 of a $200,000 goal with 28 days to go. It’s most likely that he will hit the end goal sooner than later, but if you’re inclined, you should still fund this project, just to be part of something incredible. Laser Unicorns is offering some nice rewards, too, including digital downloads of the finished film, Blu-rays, t-shirts (something I want), and producer’s credit, if you have the big bucks.
Kung Fury is the type of movie that you’re likely to watch at Fantastic Fest or released through Drafthouse Films. I’ve watched its trailer multiple times and it’s something that lingers in my brain. I can’t wait to watch this crazy movie come to life. Also, this movie NEEDS to be in 3D to truly capture the full cheesiness/awesomeness.