Steampunk Nazi Killing Short: 'Project Arbiter' Short Film
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Steampunk Nazi Killing Short: 'Project Arbiter' Short Film

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Videos | February 11, 2014 | Comments ()


If it wasn’t for the Nazis, we’d probably have to think of new bad guys all the time, but the slim silver lining to all their atrocities is that we have the default evil doer for everything. Who needs blackhats? Just slap a swastika on somebody and you’re good. I envision a time when history has faded a little bit further, when the genres really start to collapse, when a cowboy movie ostensibly set in the 1800s has a bad guy with a swastika. And on that day, historians everywhere will weep, but they should have seen it coming. After all, history repeats itself.

Here is the complete short film of a proto-Ironman power armor steam punk dude going to town against the Nazi hordes of World War II.

Power armor and Nazis? You’re some gratuitous toplessness away from fifteen-year old me’s ideal movie.

Here it is:

And if you don’t have the time to watch it now, here’s the obligatory plot summary, which is exactly the same length as the ones for full length movies:

1943. Thousands of feet above Northern Europe a small plane carries a skeleton crew of the Allies best, including special operative captain Joseph Colburn. His handler, major Thomas Hardy does a final review of the mission’s grim intel: infiltrate a mysterious villa on the Polish border and uncover its secrets. Colburn emerges donning a prototype suit, which can temporarily render its user invisible. As the plane’s bay doors howl open Colburn begins to put on the skull-faced helmet when the plane is rocked by an anti-aircraft shell. Rapidly losing air pressure and altitude, now there’s no question… This is a one-way mission.

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  • Cheetahdriver

    <sigh> I know I am that guy. It is my cross to bear in life.</sigh>

    The aircraft is a Northrop P-61 "Black Widow" night fighter. It doesn't have a cargo bay, or anywhere for people to move around in, the crew basically got into it in the order they were going to sit, and that's where you stayed until you got out of it. They aren't loosing air pressure because a)they are wearing heated oxygen masks (at least some of the time) for high altitude even though they look to be under 10,000 ft and b) because they opened a bloody big hatch in the belly. If they were pressurized, that would have had unforeseen consequences.

    Once you suspend that disbelief, I really enjoyed this.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Maybe it's supposed to be a modified P-61.

  • Cheetahdriver

    I might agree with that, except there is a limited amount of room between the back of the fuselage and the tail. With the shots of the guy suiting up, and the briefing, it would imply their P-61 has TARDUS-like qualities, which begs the question of why you need a super suit if you have a TARDUS to fight the Nazi's with...

    It's ok, in Air Force One they expended about 10,000 rounds of ammunition, in an aircraft that a 9mm will go through the long way, without breaching the hull. Most movies violate the laws of physics at least once (or once a minute), it's just aircraft scenes seem to be kryptonite to reality.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    TARDIS. ;)

    I see what you mean. Blowing up a Tiger with 20 mm shells is also a bit of a stretch.

  • Cheetahdriver

    I swear I started to spell it right and then I made the mistake of looking it up on Google. Who woulda thunk someone was wrong on the Internet. I need to call my congressman...

  • lowercase_ryan

    Holy crap that was fantastic.

  • The Kilted Yaksman

    I really like this, and hope they get to continue the adventure.

  • dorquemada

    This would make an awesome Fallout 3 mod.

  • mairimba

    It's easy to choose the Nazis as the bad guys cause no one gets mad or offended if you do. And if they do then they're assholes.

  • lowercase_ryan

    That almost sounds like a complaint...

  • mairimba

    Busted! I'm totally a skin head.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I knew it!

  • BlackRabbit

    He has a point, I think. Picking Nazis is kinda lazy as far as bad guys, if not done properly. I wanna see a Buddhist guy
    show up wearing a swastika in a movie, just for a wacky misunderstanding.

  • lowercase_ryan

    He does have a point. But He needs to know that we need villains and some deserve to be universal.

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