6 Weird-Ass Upcoming Movies That Deserve More Hype

Now that Fantastic Four's cleared out the summer box office with the uncanny grace of a corpse in a subway car, we're faced with an autumn full of cinematic lima bean farts. That is, until Star Wars rolls up and makes us weep bittersweet tears, for even Han Solo is not immune to the inexorable suplexes of Father Time.

But don't be glum! Here's the next installment of our multi-part series on movies nobody's yapping about. These six films are primed to knock your tits off in the foreseeable future. (Or at least until December, when we grow lachrymose during a 10-minute, Sarah McLachlan-scored shot of a graying Chewbacca laboriously consuming a cup of yogurt.)

#6. Ninja Turtles: Blood Brothers Is A Fan Film About Bebop And Rocksteady

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The live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles universe has so far been frustratingly barren of the beloved thug tag-team Bebop and Rocksteady. And, while the next Michael Bay installment will supposedly include the brothers in arms, Lord knows what kind of sad-eyed CG hulks that crap reel will yield. Luckily, there's Blood Brothers -- a fan-made, practical effects-driven take on everyone's favorite mutant wildlife. And boy do they look sweet!

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Urge to stomp toitles rising, rising ...

Goddamn. Created by directors Scott Fields and Angus Lyne, the short film aims to honor the childish aesthetic we all know and love from the cartoons -- which includes at least two other characters from the series. Fugitoid:

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An inter-dimensional stuff-building, multiple-language-speaking robot
from the planet Please-Don't-Sue-Us-Lucas.

And this fuckin' guy:

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He might have made an episode or two, in the background somewhere.

In a neat twist -- the film aims to actually be a gritty take in a way that isn't simply lowering the saturation while keeping every other aspect PG-13 ... but rather opting to get the characters' hands dirty with the residue of destruction and debauchery.

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Blood Brothers FX
Michelangelo will never be this much of a party dude.

Yup, it's like if GWAR tried to make a children's film.

#5. Cartel Land: The People Vs. Mexican Drug Lords

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Speaking of people way more badass than you, Cartel Land is about a physician nicknamed "El Doctor" leading a vigilante uprising against a violent Mexican drug cartel called the Knights Templar. Also, this is a documentary, and not a Robert Rodriguez film where Antonio Banderas fires two uzis in a church while maintaining a Jesus Christ pose.

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"We wanted to use guitar cases like he did, but have you seen how much space
those fucking things take up?"

The film also follows an American veteran running a group called the Arizona Border Recon, attempting to halt any violence that may seep across the border while struggling with their Fox Newsified persona.

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His deepest, darkest secret: His Daily Show DVR season pass.

Morally speaking, the film sounds mind-bogglingly at war with itself, as Mexican citizens and mercenaries are forced to take less-than-compassionate measures against the people fucking up their country with drug trade. All shot by a filmmaker whose most notable previous work was an investigative piece on healthcare that I'm guessing involved very few gunfights. Possibly zero gunfights, even. This is probably why Cartel Land's production took an admittedly surprising route when the director found himself tasked with keeping the camera rolling through multiple confrontations, meth labs, and blazing hellfire shootouts.

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The one time shaky cam would've been acceptable, and they spared us from it anyway.

And from the looks of the trailer -- we're not even talking about a single crazy shootout, but multiple goddamn gun battles, ranging from ambushes to raids, that these hapless film school graduates documented in the grips of the stewing fear-sundaes no doubt brewing in their pants. With any luck, they'll make a follow-up film that's just two hours of them crying under a wool blanket.

#4. Yoga Hosers: Kevin Smith Plays A Nazi Bratwurst

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In the span of 30 years, director Kevin Smith has gone from America's grunge stoner to America's walrus-horror auteur. It's been a strange trip, and I can't say his work is for everyone, but who knows? You might find the following picture intriguing:

Kevin Smith
"I can't attack the Polish. They're my people!"

Unmistakably, that there is Kevin Smith himself playing a giant bratwurst Hitler man (not to be confused with a late-career Tom Selleck). As was briefly touched upon in a previous installment, Smith has been working on what he's calling his True North Trilogy, which began with Tusk and ends with the self-explanatory Moose Jaws, making Yoga Hosers the Empire Strikes Back of grotesque puck-chaser tribute films. Along with Smith, the movie bafflingly stars his own daughter, a sleazed-up Haley Joel Osment, and Johnny Depp apparently playing an off-brand Che Guevara impersonator.

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If your actor sexual fantasies involve getting mugged over $20 and paying too much
for a '93 Hyundai, this is the film for you.

Finally, Depp's daughter also stars beside Smith's, no doubt as the central motivator for why the millionaire actor was willing to dress like a Smurf villain in a raunchy comedy. At this point, the plot seems almost inconsequential, but in case you're wondering: The film's conflict comes when an ancient evil from the planet's crust threatens the hangings-out of our two young heroes, who join forces with Depp's character (a French-Canadian manhunter named Guy Lapointe) to grapple their way to victory ... presumably in a sequence where they grill a giant racist sausage. That's as much sense as this film is offering, so it's probably best to just go with it.

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