After seeing Raiders of the Lost Ark, 12 year-old Eric Zala got the idea to remake the movie, shot for shot, as an experiment with his buddies. Over the course of the next six years, they did just that, doing a remarkable job of recreating the legendary Spielberg film note for note.
This film captures the creative team as they set out to film the one shot they never got: the massive airplane explosion after the fight with the big bald Nazi. There’s a lot of fun stuff about the making of the movie, including the time the boys almost burned a house down. They also almost burned one of the actors, suffocated another with a plaster mold on his face, and used a little puppy instead of a monkey for the infamous Nazi salute monkey scene.
The film includes interviews with director Eli Roth and Aint it Cool News founder Harry Knowles, major champions of the project. At the documentary’s center are the boys getting back together 25 years later to film that final airplane explosion, with actual big budget props. It’s a fun movie about being a fanatical fan boy, and how being a geek can sometimes pay off. Sometimes.
(Available for rent on iTunes during a limited theatrical run).