Every so often, a true hero comes along. Superman. Jesus. The guy who invented caller ID. Add to that list, perhaps, Bendan Steere.
Steere is the writer and director of the wildest-titled film to come across the internet in 2019, ‘The VelociPastor.’ Yes, you’ve read that correctly; seemingly half dinosaur, half man of the cloth, and totally ridiculous, this is a real thing that will be coming your way via movie screens and home video release later this year.
That’s all well and good, you say, but what’s it all about? So glad you asked – the official synopsis, directly from distributor Wild Eye Releasing, is as follows:
After a devastating family tragedy, a priest travels to China to find deeper spirituality but instead is endowed with an ancient ability that allows him to turn into a dinosaur. At first, he is horrified by his newfound superpower, but a local prostitute convinces him to use his newfound gift to fight evil – and ninjas. Gregory James Cohan, Alyssa Kempinski, Daniel Steere, Yang Jiechang, Jesse Turits, Fernando Pacheco de Castro star with Aurelio Voltaire in the Wild Eye Releasing title.
So there you have it. Sounds simple enough, right? Thank goodness prostitutes got thrown into the mix as well, otherwise simply no one could have taken this movie seriously.
In all seriousness, however, we’ve seen these tongue-in-cheek type of sub-genre films work extremely well – if they are done correctly. Think zom-rom-com (that’s zombie romantic comedy, for those of you unfamiliar) ‘Shaun of the Dead’ back in 2004 as a prime example. On the flip side, though, the road to Hollywood is littered with unique and/or kitschy ideas that were nothing more than that – a good idea, that was poorly executed and poorly received.
It sounds like we won’t have long to wait to find out which camp ‘The VelociPastor’ falls into. The film is tentatively scheduled to get a wide release in August, but ahead of this, there will be a special Midnight screening with a Q&A panel at the Texas Frightmare Weekend convention on May 3rd.
We here at ScienceFiction.com will keep you updated with more news as it becomes available, and a review of the film as well!