There a few things that I love above all others:
1. Free Things
2. Avatar the Last Airbender
3. Good Art
Now, while none of the following have combined all three satsifyingly (one day…), they’ve done a pretty good job of being free good art. So, open youtube in your browser and enjoy:
TOP FIVE FAN FILMS YOU CAN WATCH RIGHT NOW
5. THE OMEN CHRONICLES-HARRY POTTER UNIVERSE
Run Time: 13 minutes
Watch if: You like Harry Potter, Fantasy, Fun Special Effects
What It’s About: We bring the Harry Potter universe over to America with the reveal of a new magical item that the good guys want to hide and the bad guys want to use for mysterious purposes. Harry is directly involved in the plot, but his omission does not subtract from this fun film. What makes this worth the watch? Two reasons. One: American wizards and witches! Two: I think they did great things with their special effects on a presumably low budget. With an ominous tone, magical fights and a cliffhanger that leaves you wanting more, this one’s good for fans or non-fans alike.
4. BATMAN PUPPET MASTER
Run Time: 15:18
Watch if: You like Batman, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Crime Shows
What It’s About: This Batman tale takes place in between the Dark Knight and the Dark Knight Rises. Instead of having the focus mainly on Batman, we focus on a new enemy looking to make his mark in Gotham-and his plan to take down the Bat. Now, there are tons of Batman fan films out there. What makes this stand out are the costumes, 3 Batman villains (and unlike Batman and Robin, this works!) and its commitment to the Dark Knight universe. There a few fun twists in this film too, so if you like crime thrillers, this one’s for you.
3. TRUTH IN JOURNALISM
Run Time: 17:08
Watch If: You like Spiderman, Venom, Mockumentaries
What It’s About: This tale completely omits Spider-man to focus on Eddie Brock, a discredited news reporter. We follow him around as he tries to redeem himself to a French camera crew and regain his former reputation. There is a lot to love in this story. The actor who plays Eddie Brock is full of charisma and is exciting to watch. The film is shot entirely in black and white “film”, giving it a unique lens. And let’s say the last scene is something that would satisfy any Venom fan. Whether you’re on your toes waiting for the next Spiderman film to be announced or like original ideas and concepts, this film is a must-see.
Run Time: 19:57
Watch if: You like Tomb Raider, Strong Female Leads, Action Scenes
What It’s About: A group is held hostage on an island by a group of mercenaries. All hope seems lost…until a lone woman decides to fight back. Right away, let me tell you that the action scenes are excellent. You can tell that a lot of care was put into the choreography. The acting is fantastic, the settings make you feel like you’re in the game and the pacing of the story is perfect. And beyond all that, there is a great twist that you have to watch to truly appreciate. Whether you like strong female leads or you’re a fan of Lara Croft, this is a must-see.
1. PUNISHER: DIRTY LAUNDRY
Run Time: 10:15
Watch if: You like Punisher, Daredevil, Or Really Good Films
What It’s About: The Punisher is doing his laundry.
Seriously. Oh, in typical punisher fashion, there happens to be a gang terrorizing some people nearby and the Punisher has to decide whether to intervene or let it be. This film almost lost out to Croft, but it had three major points in the corner:
1. It’s got the original actor who played Frank Castle: Thomas Jane, and a guest starring role from Ron freakin’ Perlman. (Sons of Anarchy, Hellboy)
2. The tone is absolutely perfect. It almost feels as if you’re watching a deleted scene from the first move.
3. The length is perfect for a quick watch with friends. And out of any others on this list, it feels like a completed story.
Enjoy these free fan films! If you’ve seen any great ones lately, let me know! I’d love to add more to my free collection.