Director: Steven Kostanski | Canada | 2011 | 60 mins
From Canadian film collective Astron-6 comes Manborg, a riotously entertaining sci-fi horror in which a soldier killed in battle is brought back to life as a cyborg to fight alongside a band of adventurers against demon hordes in a dystopian future.
Though Astron-6 effects maestro Steven Kostanski throws all manner of influences into the mix (from Robocop to Mortal Kombat via the Mad Max sequels and a veritable library of straight-to-video cult movies) it’s the unbridled enthusiasm for the genre (not to mention an infectious sense of humour) that makes Manborg a truly special piece of cinema. In an age where cult films don’t really exist any more, Kostanski and his Astron-6 comrades have crafted a cult film in the truest sense of the word. It’s loud, brash, violent and hilarious and by the end of it, you’ll want to jabber feverishly about it, especially to any of your friends who were unfortunate enough to miss it.