Wasp-Men From Mars! is a sci-fi short film inspired by the monster invasion flicks of the 1950’s but with the more modern sensibility of today’s sci-fi and horror.
It starts in 1959 with three teenagers on a stargazing trip that turns into an evening of heartbreak, jealousy, and sexual confusion — and then giant wasps from outer space invade Earth and make things even worse. The teens need to put their feelings aside if they're going to survive the night. (These are teenagers we’re talking about.)
Written and directed by: Gerrit Thompson
Wasp-Men From Mars! is my love letter to creature features.
My first exposure to these movies, like many people my age, was through Mystery Science Theater 3000. Yes, they were lampooned for their writing, acting, costumes, etc., but I admired them for trying to do something big on very little money and tackling important subjects like Communism and nuclear war by using rubber monsters. Plus, they were fun to watch, even without Joel, Mike, and the robots.
Sci-fi and horror have matured since then, but a lot of my favorite films and TV shows, likeTremors, Buffy, and The World's End, have been influenced by those earlier films. One of my favorite shows, Doctor Who, started as the BBC equivalent of those creature features, and carries on the rubber monster tradition to this day.
With Wasp-Men From Mars!, I hope to honor those earlier films and merge them with the sensibility of modern sci-fi/horror, where the monsters are used as a way to explore characters and their relationships in addition to giving them something to fight. My hope is that audiences will not only identify with our main characters, Suzie, James, and Timmy, but that the fun and spectacle of the film will encourage them to seek out the original creature features, like Invaders From Mars and THEM!
In the end I hope to create a short film that's fun, scary, overdramatic, and at its heart, very sincere. And with really cool Wasp-Men.
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