THE BEST Fan Films

Generation 1: Hero

Generation 1: Hero

Chisel Pixel’s awesome fan film offers up action, drama, and excitement, all without spending the kind of dollars Michael Bay does. Inspired by the ’80s Transformers TV series and created by Lior Molcho and a group of Transformers cosplayers. Be sure to watch the BTS video.

Star Trek: The Beginning of the End

Star Trek: The Beginning of the End

The universe is under attack by The Red Empire, a race of robots intent on wiping out all organic life. It’s up to the crew of the NX-01 Enterprise to stop them. Jürgen Kaiser’s stop-motion fan film is an incredible achievement and a true labor of love. (In German w/subtitles)

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The Ultimate Batman Complex

The Ultimate Batman Complex

In 2011, YouTuber themanbatman combined scenes from The Machinist, The Dark Knight, Inception and more to make The Batman Complex, a fan trailer that depicts Bruce Wayne as a schizophrenic. Here’s his updated version of the trailer. It’s Moon Knight: The Movie.

Hand Wars

Hand Wars

Elite Geek dug up this brilliant and hilarious low-budget Star Wars fan film from 1990, directed by Itami Rose. The literally handmade Super 8 film recreates scenes from A New Hope, shot entirely with hands in place of spaceships. (Thanks Jeremy!)

Boba Fett Fan Film Teaser

Boba Fett Fan Film Teaser

Filmmaker Eric Demeusy’s amazing teaser for a non-existent Star Wars film, which sees the bounty hunter escape from the Sarlacc’s guts and fight alongside the Resistance to form a New Republic. Top notch production, camera work and score. (Thanks Nick!)

An Unfortunate Teaser

An Unfortunate Teaser

Netflix is turning Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events into a series. In anticipation, fan Eleanora Poe created this short that captures the spirit of Daniel Handler’s books wonderfully. We’d be happy if this were the title sequence.

Flash Gordon Classic

Flash Gordon Classic

The latest installment of Rob Pratt’s animated fan film series features Flash Gordon and his companions meeting Ming the Merciless for the first time. This made us realize that Krieger is a dead ringer for Zarkov.

Transformers Generation

Transformers Generation

Harris Loureiro spent six months making this stop-motion Transformers fan film, using nothing more than mech toys, cardboard, campy rock music and cartoon voice acting. Michael Bay could learn a thing or two from Harris.

Galactic Battles (Teaser)

Galactic Battles (Teaser)

Galactic Battles is an upcoming fan film that combines characters and objects from Star Trek, Star Wars, Mass Effect and Halo. The film will even have Commander Shepard’s male voice actor Mark Meer reprising his role.

Star Wars vs. Star Trek (Fan Trailer)

Star Wars vs. Star Trek (Fan Trailer)

YouTuber Alex Luthor throws in his take on a sci-fi matchup that’s been discussed and will be discussed billions of times. If J.J. Abrams doesn’t screw up Episode VII, he’s going to be a freakin’ god among geeks.

Half-Life 3: Unannounced

Half-Life 3: Unannounced

Fence Post Productions‘ fan film that pokes fun at the endless wait for the next Half-Life game, as an aging Gordon Freeman is left alone with nothing to do. VALVE, can we just have this game already? You know you’d sell a squillion copies.

Marvel vs. DC (Trailer)

Marvel vs. DC (Trailer)

Before you have a full-on nerdgasm, this isn’t a real film, but a fan edit by MR8866 & Alex Luthor (nice name), which envisions a universe in which intellectual property rights mean nothing and all comic book characters could freely roam.

The Splinter Cell (Fan Film)

The Splinter Cell (Fan Film)

When the Pentagon needed to deal with an informant gone rogue, they asked the CIA for a team soldiers. They got one name: Sam Fisher. It’s a cheesy reboot, but Atomic Productions’ fan short film is as polished as it gets.

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Nightwing: The Series (Trailer)

Nightwing: The Series (Trailer)

This slick fan-made mini-series follows Dick Grayson after he abandons Batman and Gotham, and becomes Nightwing, now living in the city of Bludhaven, and facing off with evildoers like Deathstroke. Premieres 9/29/14 on YouTube.

Hayao Miyazaki: A Fan Tribute

Hayao Miyazaki: A Fan Tribute

The work of Hayao Miyazaki is some of most brilliant animation and storytelling ever to grace the screen. Film buff Alexandre Gasulla created this retrospective from such films as My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away.

The Lord Inquisitor (Teaser)

The Lord Inquisitor (Teaser)

A teaser for The Lord Inquisitor, a fan film based on the Warhammer 40,000 franchise. Animator Erasmus Brosdau has been working on the film for about four years – and it looks like it. Check out the first trailer here.

The AKIRA Project

The AKIRA Project

Almost two years in the making, this live-action fan tribute trailer for AKIRA does a great job capturing the spirit of Katsuhiro Otomo’s classic anime film. And if you’re in the mood for AKIRA fan trailers, you must watch this.

Give Life Back to Music: Animated

Give Life Back to Music: Animated

Daft Punk’s Give Life Back to Music is a great track, but its official music video leaves a little to be desired. Thankfully, Bitter Strike! Cartoons created their own fan-made music video that lives up to Daft Punk’s musical vision.

Human Revolution

Human Revolution

(NSFW, Gore) We didn’t ask for this, but it’s a good thing Moe Charif made it anyway. An alt take on the events from the eponymous video game, the short film sees Adam barge into the Illuminati’s territory to rescue Megan.

Star Wars Episode VII: Fan Trailer

Star Wars Episode VII: Fan Trailer

By combining footage from various video game cutscenes and sci-fi flicks, YouTuber Mr88668866 created this thrilling trailer for what he hopes to see in the next Star Wars film when it comes out in late 2015.

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The Warriors: Fan Trailer

The Warriors: Fan Trailer

A fan-made trailer for an updated variant of the 1979 classic The Warriors, set in LA in 1992. Shot by Ram Bhat, the clip perfectly captures the neon-tinged style of the era, while at the same time paying homage to Walter Hill’s original.

Croft

Croft

(NSFW: Language/Gore) An action-packed short based on Tomb Raider, though the heroine here is more of a Hostage Rescuer. It also stars the world’s dumbest hostages and the dreaded villain Captain Exposition. Great fight scenes though.

Watch Dogs: Fan Film

Watch Dogs: Fan Film

A live-action depiction of Ubisoft’s upcoming open world action adventure game Watch Dogs. Despite sometimes dodgy acting, Infectious Designer did a great job with the short. Aiden Pearce is the 21st century teenager’s idol.

Dead Island Live Action Trailer

Dead Island Live Action Trailer

(Gore) Dead Island didn’t live up to the hype it generated, but it did lead to Axis Animation’s awesome CGI trailer. Cinedrone Pictures pays homage to that gripping short with this live action shot-for-shot remake.

Blade Runner Noir Trailer

Blade Runner Noir Trailer

Blade Runner is frequently identified as an existential cyberpunk thriller, but like many modern works of art it falls under several categories. YouTuber Chet Desmond highlights the film’s noir facet with this wonderful trailer.

Booker, Catch!

Booker, Catch!

(NSFW: Language) A humorous Bioshock Infinite fan film starring Chris Hardwick and Chloe Dykstra, poking fun at Elizabeth’s annoying tendency to throw stuff at Booker at the least opportune moments.

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