“I locked myself in my rooftop writing garret for three weeks with a box of cigars and a case of scotch.”
The above is what filmmaker Richard Elfman told me when I asked how exactly his latest bizarre creation — Hipsters, Gangsters, Aliens and Geeks — became a reality. And I’ll be honest, that makes a lot of sense.
Elfman’s newest wackadoo journey revolves around a struggling actor (Bodhi Elfman) that finds himself with the key to the universe and is therefore drawn into the middle of an intergalactic battle between clowns and aliens. For the uniformed, that’s just business as usual in the world of Elfman.
As the teaser suggests, Hipsters, Gangsters, Aliens and Geeks is an irreverent, off-beat sci-fi comedy that will likely be the only movie you see all year to feature both a butt-ray and Norm Peterson.
Elfman tells me the film would ideally be seen in a “theater packed with guffawing fans,” and recommends having “3 (to 6) drinks beforehand.” Oh, and the volume should be turned way up. As you may expect from someone named Elfman, this is a film that relies heavily on its soundtrack — one that includes Elfman’s quirky Latin band Mambo Demonico and his little brother, Danny Elfman.
Past work from Elfman includes the zany musical Forbidden Zone, the Charles Band-produced Shrunken Heads, and the most interesting take on Dracula, Modern Vampires. Elfman was also a founding member of the Mystic Knights of Oingo Boingo, which eventually became ’80s icons, Oingo Boingo.
Alongside Bodhi Elfman, the film stars Rebecca Forsythe, Steve Agee, French Stewart, George Wendt, and marks the last on screen performance of the late Verne Troyer. The film will be premiering at Morbido Film Fest with a release expected later this year. For more details and info visit HipsterFilm.com.