5 Controversial Fan Films You Need to See
Fan films have been part of our collective consciousness for some time now. Unlike parodies, that seek to lampoon or otherwise mock films, fan films attempt to pay tribute to the original by offering a continuing or parallel story. While these fan films are not considered canon by any stretch, we’ve compiled a list of five of the most controversial fan films to date.
Power Rangers Unauthorized (Bootleg Universe)
Starring big names Katee Sackhoff & James Van Der Beek, Adi Shankar’s controversial fan film revealed a very gritty, adult version of the power rangers. We don’t want to spoil too much as it should be seen to be believed, but this film is notable due to it being originally pulled offline after a copyright dispute with Saban Entertainment.
Prelude to Axanar
Prelude to Axanar was developed before the release of the full film Axanar, but immediately contested by Paramount, owners of the Star Trek IP. The film was brilliantly-made, rivaling even official Star Trek films, which caused Paramount to provide a set of rules regarding how fan films are to be produced in the future to prevent them from having to take legal action against producers.
Jakku: First Wave
Jakku: First Wave tells a story about Stormtroopers that you may not want to see, showing them as very human and vulnerable as they descend upon the Empire’s final battle on the planet of Jakku.
Ninja Turtles: Veterans of the Night
This ultra-violent take on the Ninja Turtles is short, but comes with a curious realism added to the turtles.
Spawn: The Recall
Taken directly off the pages of the comic, the special effects alone in this Spawn fan film rival the production value of modern film.