Afternoon Watch: This Cool, Artsy Short Film Gives Us Real-Life 'Space Invaders'

Afternoon Watch: This Cool, Artsy Short Film Gives Us Real-Life 'Space Invaders'

Dec 11, 2013

Space InvaderWhen you think of alien invaders, you probably think of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, or the extraterrestrials from Independence Day, or even the shape-shifting monster from John Carpenter's The Thing. What you probably don't think of are the little pixelized creatures from Space Invaders. And yet here are the classic gaming icons starring in a new short film from French filmmaker Thomas Lesourd.
 
The short, entitled Invaders from Space, merges the game characters with real-world actors and recycled footage to create what Lesourd calls "a photo-real experience of a war movie with real people fighting Invaders." I probably wouldn't call it that, personally -- I'd just call it strange and kinda cool, and reminiscent of an '80s music video. Same difference, right?
 
The clip takes the old game sprites and infuses them with menace, making the invaders not some abstract concept from a video game, but actually allowing them to live up to their names. These guys really do invade. The whole thing has a sort of campy-artsy vibe that makes it worth three minutes of your time. Watch the invasion get under way in earnest below.
 
[via io9]

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