Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Honourable Mention: Morbius the Living Vampire

With the major Marvel film franchise that is seeing massive movies weaving an intricate fantasy world over the big screen, it is hoped that they might see their way to bringing some of their darker characters to the big screen (or back to it, in the case of Blade).

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One of those dark characters that could open a black edge to their franchise is Morbius, the Living Vampire. But (a Polish spider-man film in post-production notwithstanding) it seems we should look to fans to actually bring us these characters. Enter Chaz Dray and Adam Michaels who wrote and directed this Morbius short.

Adam Michaels as Morbius
Now there isn’t much in the way of story; some backstory, a little back alley tête-à-tête (which was, admittedly, a tad too dark) and then Morbius (Adam Michaels) fighting his way through a building to rescue a girl he hardly knows. That girl then turns out to be Shriek (Carley Coakley). Minimalistic but it does open up the possibilities for the character nicely and has plenty of geek references. Marvel could do much with this character, creating a truly dark film and – so long as they don’t make him too maudlin – have the possibility of creating a truly conflicted anti-hero for the big screen. Perhaps they could ask Dray and Michaels for their thoughts?

The IMDb page is here, there is a facebook page here and I have embedded the short below:

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