How to Make a Cult Classic

Samm March 11, 2014 No Comments »
How to Make a Cult Classic

How do you make a Cult Classic film?

You’ll need:

1 part Space Adventure
1 part Comedy
2 parts Great writing
5 Well known actors with impeccable comedic timing
1 Rubber duck named Gary

Blend on high until creamy while exposing it to a time shifting device to enhance the flavor.

Pour it into a glass and enjoy!

Coincidentally, this is also how you make a Space Milkshake.

In all seriousness, Space Milkshake is a movie that doesn’t follow the cultural norms of Sci-Fi today and that’s actually what works for it. There are no super fancy special effects (when Val and Anton’s space suits bump you can hear cardboard thumping which is both hilarious and awesome). There’s no “groundbreaking” 3D gimmick. And there’s no way to accurately define what type of film it is. Since you didn’t ask, I’ll take a stab at it anyway.

Space Milkshake has the makings of a cult classic. There. I said it. CULT CLASSIC. That’s how I would describe this film. Cult films are known for their dedicated fanbase, (which this entire cast already possesses) who, according to Wikipedia, “engage in repeated viewings, quoting dialogue and audience participation.” Space Milkshake is chock full of quotable dialogue, and its brain-candy-like quality makes it ripe for repeat viewings. Audience participation? Try watching it in your underwear a’la Captain Anton.

Writer/Director Armen Evrensel’s tale brings together the crew (Billy Boyd, Amanda Tapping, and Kristen Kreuk ) of the orbiting sanitation station Regina, throws in an awkward IT guy (Robin Dunne), exposes them to a time shifting device that takes them to another dimension and forces them to do battle with a tentacled rubber duck (voiced by George Takei). How can you go wrong?

Ok, so it could have easily gone horribly wrong. What saves Space Milkshake is great writing that’s not mind-numbingly complex, easily relatable characters, and witty dialogue rife with subtle homages to geek culture. The spot-on comedic timing of Billy Boyd, Amanda Tapping, and Robin Dunne also helps quite a bit. Space Milkshake gloriously dances along the fine line of taking itself way too seriously, (such is the bane of many Indie films), and being Gremlins 2. This is a film that’s shared with friends and filed with other well-watched movies for those nights when you need some cheering up, want to decompress, and have a good laugh.

So how do you see Space Milkshake? Well, unless you’re lucky enough to get a cut from the director like we did, you may have to wait a while. Follow their website, Facebook page, and Twitter for the latest info. Space Milkshake may just be playing at a film festival near you! Really want to see it? Talk to your local theaters about setting up a screening. It’s well worth it!

 

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