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February 7, 2014 6:42 AM   Subscribe

"Our RoboCop Remake is a crowd-sourced film project based on the 1987 Paul Verhoeven classic. Connected through various filmmaking channels ... we're 50 filmmakers (amateur and professional) from Los Angeles and New York who have split the original RoboCop into individual pieces and have remade the movie ourselves. Not necessarily a shot-for-shot remake, but a scene-for-scene retelling. As big fans of the original RoboCop, and as filmmakers and film fans admittedly rolling our eyes at the Hollywood remake machine, we've elected to do this remake thing our own way ... Because if anyone is going to ruin RoboCop, it's us. Extremely not safe for work. posted by codacorolla (42 comments total) 45 users marked this as a favorite

 
The Mummenschanz ED-209 is amazing.
posted by djb at 7:03 AM on February 7


jesus christ
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 7:19 AM on February 7 [1 favorite]


Would buy for a dollar.
posted by MoonOrb at 7:24 AM on February 7 [10 favorites]


wow. such peen. much sack. very blood.
posted by FreezBoy at 7:27 AM on February 7 [1 favorite]


the baby scene

oh god

and the dancing scene

oh god oh man oh god
posted by Sticherbeast at 7:27 AM on February 7 [3 favorites]


Not a candidate for our new civilization.

But then, neither was the original Robocop.
posted by IndigoJones at 7:30 AM on February 7


But then, neither was the original Robocop.

Robocop was the first Verhoeven movie I saw -- not a lot of Dutch cinema to be seen in a small city in Canada in the eighties -- and I thought it was an amazing satire: here was a guy mocking the fantastic excesses of Hollywood action movies. He has made five Hollywood films since then, and now I believe it is more like he was embracing fantastic excess. It is Poe's Law in action.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 7:42 AM on February 7


Not a candidate for our new civilization.

But then, neither was the original Robocop.


Criterion disagrees.
posted by COBRA! at 7:47 AM on February 7 [1 favorite]


This is wonderful. I really love Robocop, and I was super-bummed when I heard about the new Hollywood remake, which, if the trailer is to be believed, lacks the charm and misses the point of the original entirely.

This, on the other hand ... glorious.
posted by uncleozzy at 7:51 AM on February 7


Wow those fake dicks are really well made. For a moment I totally thought they were the real Scott Adams.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 7:51 AM on February 7 [8 favorites]


On the other hand, Verhoeven seems so eerily well-suited to Hollywood that he may hold an unmatched record: of his six American films, five have generated sequels and/or remakes. And Showgirls holds its own trashy distinctions.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 7:51 AM on February 7 [1 favorite]


Oh, that was good. For some reason the seatbelt chimes at the end cracked me up.
posted by BoscosMom at 8:24 AM on February 7


You know that scene in Oldboy where Dae-su is just out of his cell and stumbles onto a bunch of neighborhood toughs, wonders if 15 years of shadowboxing has prepared him for a real fight? And then promptly and deftly beats the shit out of all of them?

That's Paul Verhoeven's career in a nutshell.
posted by griphus at 8:27 AM on February 7 [19 favorites]


here was a guy mocking the fantastic excesses of Hollywood action movies. He has made five Hollywood films since then, and now I believe it is more like he was embracing fantastic excess

I was a bit young to pick up on any trace of satire in it at the time, but I would point you to pretty much every other 80s action movie for an indication that either this was the most satire-filled decade of all time, or that these were all kind of fun escapist films made earnestly.
posted by Hoopo at 9:21 AM on February 7


On another note, was any of the new Robocop filmed in Vancouver? I was walking over the Cambie bridge and some time in the last year I saw some futuristic police/military vehicles parked near Olympic Village station that immediately brought Robocop to mind.
posted by Hoopo at 9:24 AM on February 7


Much of it was shot in Toronto, I know that much.
posted by Sticherbeast at 9:31 AM on February 7


You're stranded on an island, and you can only take Verhoeven or Cameron with you.
posted by phaedon at 9:32 AM on February 7 [1 favorite]


The increasingly ridiculous Robocop costumes / walks / accents are my favorite part of this.
posted by codacorolla at 9:33 AM on February 7


Wonderful! I will be passing this around.
Thanks, cordacorolla.
posted by Gadgetenvy at 9:34 AM on February 7


(Well I suppose this answers my question)
posted by Hoopo at 9:34 AM on February 7


You're stranded on an island, and you can only take Verhoeven or Cameron with you.

NO

NO THAT IS NOT HOW YOU HIT THE COCONUT WITH A ROCK

DO I HAVE TO DO EVERYTHING HERE MYSELF

GODDAMMIT ARE YOU HERE TO SURVIVE OR ARE YOU HERE TO FUCK AROUND

GIVE ME THAT

FOR FUCK'S SAKE WE'VE GOT TEN MINUTES UNTIL HIGH TIDE
posted by griphus at 9:39 AM on February 7 [12 favorites]


Ok seriously the better question is, you had to delete Verhoeven or Cameron from American cinema. Who would it be?
posted by phaedon at 9:45 AM on February 7


Michael Bay?
posted by Strange Interlude at 9:56 AM on February 7 [1 favorite]


Maybe we can engineer some sort of transporter accident that fulfills the stipulations of the sacrifice and creates Verhoeveron, Demigod of Action Cinema.
posted by griphus at 10:13 AM on February 7 [1 favorite]


This is fantastic, thanks for sharing!
posted by drklahn at 10:17 AM on February 7


oh good thanks, I was just wondering how I might fulfill my daily quota of exploding dicks!
posted by mannequito at 12:18 PM on February 7


Well how do you usually fulfill it?
posted by MoonOrb at 12:24 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


I have this theory that the 80's were the greatest decade for sci fi and horror, and that this is mostly because it was the last decade that practical effects were still mandatory.

Also Robocop: Top Ten Cyberpunk Films, or Number One Cyberpunk Film?
posted by Pope Guilty at 1:36 PM on February 7


> That's Paul Verhoeven's career in a nutshell.

I like this analogy, but Hollow Man must be the scene where Dae-Su...suffers a self-inflicted wound.
posted by The Card Cheat at 1:45 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


Michael Bay?

No Bad Boys 2, no Hot Fuzz. It's a catch 22
posted by Hoopo at 2:10 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


Love the ultraviolent opening credits. Every in Robocop dies very violently by multiple gunshots.
posted by zardoz at 3:58 PM on February 7


That is, everyone.
posted by zardoz at 4:11 PM on February 7


Watching this ASAP.
posted by gucci mane at 10:57 PM on February 7


I've watched it up to the dick shooting scene so far and I am just totally blown away by how incredibly hilarious this is.
posted by gucci mane at 1:08 AM on February 8


With the Cameron Verhoeven question, well, let's say Cameron gets points for Aliens (possibly the best scifi/war/suspense/horror mashup ever), Terminator 1&2, and Abyss. Verhoeven, though, gives us Starship Troopers, Total Recall, and Robocop. I can, and have, watched all of these movies multiple times. The thing is, they're all excellent sci if movies, but Verhoeven's movies are just more fun.

Verhoeven in a second.
posted by Ghidorah at 2:19 AM on February 8 [1 favorite]


I heard all sorts of scuttlebutt about how satirical RoboCop was before I finally watched it, scratching my head throughout, but if the satire is virtually indistinguishable from the subject of its satire, is it actually satire?

Honestly, if RoboCop is great satire, Hands of Steel must be a damn Kubrick film.
posted by sonascope at 6:06 AM on February 8


The peen-shooting scene is what makes it Art.
posted by um at 7:01 AM on February 8


What a hoot! I enjoyed that thoroughly.
posted by cleroy at 5:54 PM on February 8


I heard all sorts of scuttlebutt about how satirical RoboCop was before I finally watched it, scratching my head throughout, but if the satire is virtually indistinguishable from the subject of its satire, is it actually satire?

I don't think it's a satire of action movies, per se, as so many people insist, but rather Verhoeven's invective against the United States in the form of an extremely entertaining action movie. Verhoeven has the action movie form down, and he uses it to skewer the U.S.. If you look at Starship Troopers, for example, from the standpoint of a straight-forward movie then it's well plotted, has good practical effects, has decent character arcs, and delivers stupid goofy fun like an action movie should. The satire isn't action movies, it's American society.
posted by codacorolla at 7:26 PM on February 8 [1 favorite]




Just got around to watching the whole thing tonight. Loved it so much I immediately watched it again. So many potential favorite scenes ... the babies + interpretive dance death scene ..... the Pink Floyd psychedelic freakout ("Emil - Emil - it's me! The I'd buy that for a dollar guy!") .... Bobby flying .... whatever the hell was going on in the Robocop v. Ed-209 fight sequence.

I loved the original Robocop growing up but it wasn't until years later that I realized how violent it was. I had a vhs taped off tv version, I think it was one of those Canadian City-TV things where halfway through they crossed the hour (10pm?) when it was suddenly acceptable to show violence and nudity and swearing. So I saw Emil's melty death scene, but the stuff early in the movie was a revelation when I finally saw the Criterion edition.
posted by mannequito at 12:29 AM on February 13


wow. such peen. much sack. very blood.

Having seen that scene (and missing this post somehow):
This.
That scene convinced me this is something I must watch.
Disturbing, and yet hilarious.
Suck it, Lars von Trier.
posted by Mezentian at 1:39 AM on February 15


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