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 trying to tackle big 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, like Tremors, 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 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 awesome Wasp-Men.