The term “sweded” comes from the 2008 Michael Gondry film Be Kind Rewind, in which the cast remake a string of successful films using low budget props after accidentally destroying the originals. As you can imagine, the Internet is the perfect platform for such a concept to truly flourish: people have been making their own sweded versions of movies ever since.
The resulting films are odes to childhood favourites, both mocking and celebrating the cast, directors and tropes that make some of Hollywood’s most recognisable moments so iconic. Most of them are also pretty funny.
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
“It is a gift. We shall use it against He Who Must Not Be Named!”
It’s not the first Lord of the Rings parody you’ve seen, nor will it surely be the last, but it’s probably one of the best in a grass-roots indie film sort of way. Highlights include a suitably high pitched Frodo, a cheeky reference-laden sense of humour and a couple of surprisingly well choreographed sword fights for good measure.
“We should be okay. Unless they know how to open… doors.”
With an all-vocal soundtrack that puts John Williams Score Generator ’93 to shame, this sweded version of Jurassic Park manages to shoehorn the entire plot into a mere two minutes. The lines are wry, the cardboard cutouts hilarious and the velociraptors are made from parcel tape.
Back to the Future
“I gotta hundred jigga-pimpa-watts!”
From the hilariously cast Doc Brown to that scene where the tyre marks catch on fire (which looks like it was done with toy cars, some felt pens and a can of petrol) there’s some serious charm to this rendition of one of Hollywood’s finest 80s moments.
Star Wars: A New Hope
“That’s not that hard, I used to bullseye womp rats in my T-16 back home. They’re not much bigger than a straw.”
No Darth Vader mask for your fan-made Star Wars remake? Just use a welding mask instead. Quality is a bit of a mixed bag here, but certain scenes are probably worthy of the feature-length fan-made Star Wars Uncut. Two things are sure: the flaming cardboard spaceships are hilarious and R2D2 was perfectly cast as someone holding a bin.
“Your mom goes to college.”
From the perfectly executed title sequence to Napoleon’s vacant stare, this parody hits the mark on so many levels. Kip’s accent is so good it virtually makes every scene he’s in, and even Deb’s slightly shy demeanor is thoughtfully poked at by the film crew.
“We create the world of the dream, we bring the subject into the dream, then they fill it with their secrets. It’s called inception.”
Personally I found Inception to be no different to the usual convoluted tripe that relies on too many special effects, but I’ll reserve a special place in my heart for this sweded version. The “raise your arms to simulate a falling car” scene is excellent, as are the scale models used to depict some of the action sequences.
The Hunger Games
“It’s your first year Prim, your name’s only been in there once – they’re not going to pick you.”
While most sweded films use comedy to make light of the subject at hand, this sweded version of The Hunger Games (aptly titled The Hunger Swede) jumps off the deep end and simply attempts to recreate much of The Hunger Games in four minutes. The editing is tight, atmosphere generated startlingly similar to the original and despite top-notch casting it’s still loveably low budget.
The Breakfast Club
“Chicks cannot hold their smoke. That’s what it is.”
From the same team who brought you The Hunger Swede comes their earlier shot-for-shot remake of the original 1985 trailer for The Breakfast Club. Allison and Brian are probably the highlights here, looking and sounding almost perfectly in-line with the 1985 feature film.
“Revenge is a swede best served cold.”
Complete with blood-splattered Barbie dolls, collapsing Jenga towers and that iconic Tomoyasu Hotei soundtrack, Swede Bill is another trailer remake that does the original film proud.
“I’m taking him into the maze!”
This sweded version of Disney’s 80s classic uses coloured card, food wrap and proper stop-motion animation to create one of the most technically impressive remakes on YouTube. Whether you’re a fan of the original or not, this is two minutes of pure effort you should just watch.
There are a few films worthy of special mention, like Our Robocop Remake and Star Wars: Uncut – two feature-length “sweded” films that use crowdsourcing to excellent effect. We’ve also featured a few other mostly video game-themed fan creations that have shockingly high productions values. And if you’ve not heard of brickfilm, check out these painstaking LEGO remakes too.
One of the earliest fan-made remakes is Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation, a shot-by-shot remake made between 1982 and 1989 and currently crippled by some killjoy in a suit making YouTube copyright complaints. Lastly, if you’re a fan of Footloose (and probably even if you aren’t) there’s Our Footloose Remake on Vimeo in all its 1 hour 37 minute glory.
Were these remakes awesome or what? Add your critique and any favourites I missed in the comments.