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See The Stunning Robot Army Trailer That's Got Hollywood's Attention

Proof-of-concept trailers are an awesome way to showcase a director's vision, but a sad way to remind us that the movie doesn't actually exist.

It's not rare these days for a director who wants funding to make a movie to start by crafting a killer trailer to a film that doesn't exist, but it is rare that the trailer makes us want to watch that as-yet-nonexistent movie immediately. That's the trick that Spanish director J.J. Palomo pulls off with his three-minute short/trailer, Keloid.

The trailer sets up Keloid as the latest singularity-based, man-vs-machine disaster movie—think Terminator, maybe—with some extremely creepy imagery. (Mannequins, in this world, may well be as dangerous as robots—and nothing's worse than a villain whose mouth doesn't move when it talks.) It's a slick combination of some lo-fi practical effects, like shooting a room full of creepy-looking mannequins while a child-like voice speaks, with slick effects and CGI that lends the appearance of a Hollywood blockbuster. Massive armies of robot machine gunners take to the streets against amassed armies of armor-clad humans, and the whole thing sets up a conflict that it would be a lot of fun to watch play out over the course of two hours.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that might be a possibility at some point, too: According to its post on the short, Palomo is working with a pair of producers including Roy Lee, who produced Spike Lee's forthcoming Oldboy remake. Hollywood being Hollywood, there's no way to know if that'll ever actually happen—but the trailer, at least, gives us a reason to hope.

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  • Imran

    Hollywood being Hollywood, there's no way to know if that'll ever actually happen--but the trailer, at least

  • Riter

    one question i have is why do robots need to aim with line-of-sight? small detail critique on an otherwise amazing freaking teaser!!!

  • Vicky

    That answers the question of "What if Ghost in the Shell, Appleseed, and Terminator had a baby?"

  • The Five Star General *****

    pfft! like anything Hollywood produces nowadayz has any real concept! shit I rather see this movie than another super Hero recycled garbage!

  • Christian Valenzuela

    lol. Because Hollywood puts out nothing original it makes this get away with it?

  • l33t_l4rg0

    Please add the original video that the studio made when they developed the concept for Keloid years ago. This was the only version I can find, as it seems that BLR took down their first version for the second:

  • BloodtheObliterator

    The effects are mind blowing, but I can't help but feel like the robot designs are a little too heavily inspired by the exosuit from District 9. Now, before people attack me, I don't mean ALL the robots depicted; but certainly a few. Not to mention very Elysium/D9 inspired art direction is prevalent. Bevelled edges, bold areas of color or non-color, the wear and tear, color palette, it's very reminiscent of those two flicks.

  • BloodtheObliterator

    I know this, I hoped to make it clear that I didn't think this. But given that those movies are recent and also widely accepted by the sci-fi community, I couldn't help but notice the parallels. There's only one robot in this trailer that resembles the exosuit, but it's uncanny.