I just got this email talkin’ about Tetra Vaal, and how Neill Blomkamp is expanding upon his short film for the upcoming sci-fi comedy, Chappie. If I’m gonna be real with you on this, I’ve got some seriously mixed emotions. Tetra Vaal was honestly one of my first great experiences on the Web, because fuck, man, do you have any idea how real that looked back in 2003? My friend and I would watch that thing on repeat day after day; desperately wishing it would become such an underground net-phenomenon that a full-length action flick would come out of it. It definitely didn’t help that we were obsessed with Robocop, as well.
So I gotta say that the above video churned up some hardcore nostalgia vibes for me. I was once a Yung High School Sophomore like many of you reading the Bloglin at this very moment, and it was back in the days before Youtube. An era when finding strange, underground videos littered across the net was kind of difficult because there wasn’t a single, easily indexed aggregator of all things motion video. It was a time of downloading huge Quicktime files directly to your HDD so you could watch them later with friends. After the 90s, we were newly thrust into the post-Dark-Ages heaven of the high-speed Internet, but a Youtube sesh up on your 60″??? Fuck outta here, mane.
I can’t complain too much, though, because Blomkamp’s District 9 was incredible. Chappie is sure to be on the same level of cool, and hopefully my favorite lagomorphic robocop will make an appearance or two.- CrimeZone20xx