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Behind the Mask: The Batman Dead End Story (2015)

Unrated | | Documentary | 10 July 2015 (USA)
Director and Writer Eric Dow ("Honor in the Valley of Tears") brings us his second documentary as he goes behind the scenes of the fan fiction short film, "Batman: Dead End." In the winter ... See full summary »


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The cast and crew discuss their making of the fan film Batman: Dead End (2003) which has Batman fighting The Joker, Alien, and Predator.

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Credited cast:
Neal Adams Neal Adams ... Himself
Clark Bartram Clark Bartram ... Himself
Kurt Carley ... Himself
Sean Clark ... Himself
Joseph Collora Joseph Collora ... Himself
Salvatore Collora Salvatore Collora ... Himself
Sandy Collora ... Himself
Eric Dow Eric Dow ... Himself
Randy Falk Randy Falk ... Himself
Michael Koelsch Michael Koelsch
Scott Leva ... Himself
Michael MacFarlane Michael MacFarlane ... Himself
Michael O'Hearn ... Himself
Gregory Ramoundos Gregory Ramoundos ... Himself
Shawn Reeves Shawn Reeves ... Himself


Director and Writer Eric Dow ("Honor in the Valley of Tears") brings us his second documentary as he goes behind the scenes of the fan fiction short film, "Batman: Dead End." In the winter of 2003 commercial director Sandy Collora and some of his friends set out to make a low-budget short film for his demo reel. What they wound up actually doing was making one of the most elaborate, most watched, most talked about and most controversial short films ever made: Batman Dead End. Considering the amount of press and admiration Batman: Dead End garnered, everybody expected it to quickly propel director Sandy Collora into the Hollywood stratosphere, but instead his career failed to launch. Now, we get the inside look at the legend of the superhero and the people who help create it including Collora, comic book legend Neal Adams, and convention all stars Sean Clark, Shawn Reeves and Jordu Schell. Behind The Mask: The Batman Dead End Story is an incisive look at the making of the short film, ... Written by Candy Factory Films

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In 2003, Sandy Collora and his friends set out to make an ambitious short film. They wound up making history










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10 July 2015 (USA) See more »

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Batman Dead End: A Ten Year Retrospective See more »

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New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Montauk Films See more »
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Fanfilms were a joke til Batman: Dead End came around
11 July 2015 | by brianrosenthal82See all my reviews

Batman: Dead End is a uniquely amazing fanfilm. Gorgeous production design, solid direction, wonderful cinematography, fantastic practical FX, and so many geek-out moments it's hard to even keep track. If you haven't seen it, I urge you to check it out, its still all over YouTube to this day. Sandy Collora (the director), an industry vet and director's chair hopeful, put together a serious chunk of his own change back in the early 2000s, and assembled a team of highly talented folks within the industry to carry out his vision of an unapologetically comic-book inspired Batman pitted against some of geekdom's greatest icons. This documentary explores what drove him to do it, how it was done, the highs, the lows, and the fallout/aftermath of the whole thing. As a hopeful filmmaker myself, this became my "Star Wars"... a film that inspired me and opened my eyes to a world of possibilities. All I knew was "this was done independently, it's on the internet for everyone to see, and it's freakin amazing". My own fanfilm, "Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness", owes a great debt of gratitude to Sandy and Batman: Dead End. Without his film, mine wouldn't exist, and neither would thousands of others, I suspect. Credit where credit's due, Sandy Collora is the George Lucas of fanfilms, and I mean that with the utmost respect. As the documentary reveals, he might not have catapulted into Hollywood stardom as hoped, but he pioneered the trail and inspired a generation of us. Definitely worth a watch, especially for budding filmmakers.

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