Tuesday, February 24, 2015

These Aren't Your Brother's Power Rangers

Massive intergalactic warfare. Tons of cussin'. Lethal force up the wazoo. Threesomes. Yup, you've probably never seen Power Rangers look like this.

Go go...motherfuckers?!

This short film directed by Joseph Kahn and produced by Adi Shankar (Dredd) re-imagines the Saturday-morning staple as something a lot closer to Mortal Kombat. Casting James Van Der Beek as a traitorous former comrade and Katie Sackhoff as a grown-up version of the Pink Ranger is a nice bit of fan casting, too.

Somehow I never thought of Van Der Beek as a Power Ranger, but it makes total sense.

Just to be clear, this is Joseph Kahn's (Detention, Toque) R-rated, NSFW Power Rangers short film. We did not think the Power Rangers could be this dark. We were so wrong.

Created just for shits and grins, Kahn cobbled together what he's labeling a "deboot FAN FILM." Writing quite plainly in his video description that this is...

...not a pilot, not a series, not for profit, strictly for exhibition. This is a bootleg experiment not affiliated or endorsed by Saban Entertainment or Lionsgate nor is it selling any product. I claim no rights to any of the characters (don't send me any money, not kickstarted, this film is free). This is the NSFW version. An alternate safe version is on youtube.

It's like Point Break's dialogue meets Tarantino blood brawls. But, you know, with Power Rangers.This might feel like sacrilege but it turns out that hearing a musical callback to the classic Power Rangers theme music while a guy bleeds out after being stabbed by one of the sentai-derived superheroes is... kinda awesome?

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