The Dark Knight, Punisher, Luke Cage and YouTube

Lately I’ve been watching a lot of fan-made stuff on YouTube.

* Try The Dark Knight & 60s Robin for a funnier approach to The Dark Knight Rises. The same people also put out a mumblemouth version of Bane but since that’s what we get in The Dark Knight Rises, it isn’t much of a parody. Yes they cleared up a lot of Bane’s dialogue (in The Dark Knight Rises) but I missed quite a bit of what he said on my first viewing. Maybe it was all a plan for repeat business.

* Try Batman: Dead End for a much more serious fan film. This was released at ComiCon in 2003 and was so well received that the creator (Sandy Collora) created another fan short, World’s Finest as well as directing an interesting feature film, Hunter Prey.

* So you say you enjoyed Thomas Jane as The Punisher but liked the grittiness of Punisher: War Zone? Try the short Dirty Laundry on Youtube.

* Isaiah Mustafa (The Old Spice guy) cut a serious albeit fake trailer for Luke Cage. I think he looks good in it but I’d really like to see Michael Jai White as Luke Cage (or T’Challa).

* I do have to give Isaiah props though for he also cut this silly video combining his Luke Cage persona with his Old Spice commercials.

* I also got to enjoy watching an old Christopher Lee/Peter Cushing film that I hadn’t seen since I was a child. Night of the Big Heat (Island of the Burning Damned here in the U.S.) turned out to be nowhere near as good as I remembered it being but was still fun.

I noticed Youtube had a number of other ‘abandoned’ films (Island of Terror, The Legend of the Werewolf, The Uncanny, Blood Beach, etc.). I cannot imagine that they are out of copyright or Mill Creek and all the other public domain moviehouses would have cranked out DVDs but no one appears to be defending the rights and there has never been a U.S. DVD release for any of those films.