Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this terrific Thursday? You can check out an inventive Alien: Isolation fan film, get a sneak peek at USA's Megabot Mark II before their robot duel with Japan and one creative couple takes the best Back to The Future engagement photo ever. We also take a look at some bizarre international movie titles, and Pac-Man gets a truly horrific origin story. But first, the upcoming Suicide Squad gets mashed up with The Usual Suspects! Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Youtuber Demon Ape has put together a wonderful mashup of two movies that center on villains: next year's Suicide Squad, and the classic 1995 crime thriller The Usual Suspects. The latter film celebrated its 20th Anniversary this week, so this tribute is fitting, integrating footage from The Usual Suspects into the Suicide Squad trailer that dropped at Comic-Con. If you haven't seen The Usual Suspects, and don't know anything about the ingenious twist ending, don't worry, this video doesn't spoil it for you, but hopefully it will make you want to watch this beloved classic.
Pac-Man's Horrifying Origin Story Explored In a New Comic
The twisted folks at SMBC-Comics have put together a wonderful little comic strip where a young son tells his father that he doesn't understand why "old people" played video games, since they were boring and had no story. The father retorts by laying out a gruesome "origin story" for Pac-Man, which is quite hilarious.
Alien: Isolation Live-Action Fan Film
Inspired by the Alien: Isolation video game, Benjamin Combes has put together a thrilling three-minute short film. The story is set on Commercial Outpost "Sevastopol" in the KG348 ORBIT, centering on one lone survivor trying to get off this space station alive. For a brief fan film, there is quite a lot of production value here with some impressive props and practical effects that any fan of the franchise should enjoy.
Sneak Peek at USA's MegaBot Mark II Fighting Robot
Last month, you may recall one of our Nerd Alert columns that showcased U.S. robotics company Megabots, challenging Japan's Suidobashi Heavy Industries to a fighting robot duel. Suidobashi accepted the challenge, but we still don't know exactly when this real-life version of Real Steel will take place. Quartz caught up with the U.S. team, giving fans a sneak peek at their "two-story high, 12,000-pound" fighting robot. The video reveals that this bot battle will happen sometime next year, although sadly we don't get to see any of its weaponry in action. Still, it's a tantalizing sneak peek at what's to come.
The Best Back to The Future Engagement Photo Ever
Sure, I might be going out on a limb by calling Imgur user yourinnermoppet's Back to The Future engagement photo the best ever, but I've never seen one before, so it has to be, right? The Imgur user in question, Katherine Canipe, portrays Doc Brown in this amazing photo, taken by Ricky Middlesworth, with her fiancee Alec Wells depicting Marty McFly in an amazing rendition of the iconic Back to the Future Part II poster. Katherine's fiancee even proposed to her in a movie-related way, dressing up as Michael Myers from Halloween and jumping out at her with a ring. Now one can only wonder what plans they have for the wedding, but if it's as epic as this photo, I hope I get an invitation...
Conan Explores Strange International Titles For U.S. Movies
You may or may not be aware that countries around the world often change the titles of U.S. movies, to cater to said country's movie-going tastes. During a recent episode of Conan, Conan O'Brien debuted a segment that starts off with a real example of this phenomena, showing how Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was changed to It's Raining Falafel, which is actually true. Then, of course, he launches into numerous parody titles that are quite hilarious, including Thelma & Louise, Whiplash and Mad Max: Fury Road.
Disney Characters Get Mashed Up With Star Wars
Zimbio has showcased some wonderful artwork by Isaiah Stephens, which takes several Disney characters and puts a Star Wars spin on them. Maleficent becomes Darth Vader, Belle and Beast become Chewbacca and Han Solo and Leia and the Ewoks become Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
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