15 Best Fan Films That Are Actually Worth Watching


15 Best Fan Films That Are Actually Worth Watching

Many fans watch their favorite movies and call it a day but some of them use their creativity and make a film of their own. That is what separates ordinary fans from super fans. While fan films may not be different from home videos, it is surprising to see how the rise of fan made movies have emerged as magnificent work of art to the point of teaching even Hollywood movies a thing or two. Take a look at the 15 best fan films that are actually worth watching:


15. Casey Jones: The Movie (2011)

Casey Jones The Movie 2011

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As one of the supporting character of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Casey Jones is an average Joe who tries to aid the heroes in a half shell in any way possible. Relying on a hockey mask to protect his identity and a hockey stick as a weapon, Jones is an unforgettable yet resourceful character.

Some fans took out some time to make a 35-minute movie about the unsung hero’s origin story and his confrontations with April O’Neal and the Turtles. Costing $20,000 to make, MTV Geek praised it and compared it Martin Scorsese’s movies.


14. Nightwing: The Series (2014)

Nightwing The Series 2014

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Dick Grayson has not only proved that he can be a great sidekick as Robin but also as a solo crime-fighter when he took on the mantle of Nightwing. Perhaps the best superhero who deserves a movie of his own, some fans did not bother to make a short movie upon the character but an entire series of five episodes. It’s definitely one of the best superhero fan films that you will ever come across.

Interestingly enough, the series does not have Batman to overshadow Grayson and still manages to earn praise. With the help of Barbara Gordon aka Oracle, Nightwing faces his toughest threat yet: Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke. Things take a different turn when the reincarnated Jason Todd emerges in Gotham City as the Red Hood.


13. Severus Snape and the Marauders (2016)

Severus Snape and the Marauders fan film

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The magic of Harry Potter ended but that did not stop loyal fans making a movie about the untold chapter of Professor Snape facing his rivals James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Peter Pettigrew while seeking forgiveness from Lily Evans.

Keeping in mind the dark future they shared and how Snape might play a role in the First Wizarding War, James finally decides to deal with his long-time rival once and for all. Hats off to the film makers as the settings are brilliantly shown no different than those shown in actual Harry Potter movies.


12. One on One

One on One Superman Fan Film

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Super-Man is the world’s greatest superhero of all time and quite easily the most iconic and recognizable character ever but the same cannot be said about his alter-ego Clark Kent. Imagine a Super-Man movie without the hero but with the man behind the mask.

The fan-film One on One gives a glimpse upon that thought and features Clark Kent indulging in conversations with troubled youth. With a heartwarming presentation, the fan film explores Kent’s humanity and his ability to save people without the use of his superpowers.


11. Pokémon Apokélypse (2010)

Pokémon Apokélypse Live Action Movie

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Based upon the popular anime series, Pokémon Apokéypse was made as a response to “the common trend of ‘dark and gritty’ reboots of popular franchises”. With a mature and realistic spin, the fan film featured several familiar characters such as Ash, Brock, Misty etc.

Though it received a mixed reception, it was praised for its effects, music and undertone. Game Informer commended the movie and described it as:

“What the franchise could look like if Peter Jackson, Martin Scorsese, and Jerry Bruckheimer all teamed up”.


10. Jurassic Park Lego

Jurassic Park Lego Fan Movie

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Paul Hollingsworth, a visual effects specialist, spent $100,000 on Lego and made a short-film on Jurassic Park with his eight-year-old daughter. Recreating several scenes from the original movie, the fan film is arguably one of the best Lego tributes ever.

Unlike the rest of the fan films, this 3-minute and 40-second movie deserves a praise because of the effort put in the construction of the sets by Lego.


9. Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope

Dragon Ball Z Light of Hope

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With all honesty, the live-action movie Dragonball Evolution was an insult to the lore of Japanese manga Dragon Ball Z. Amazingly enough, a group of fans attempted to recreate the iconic cartoons in a real movie only to achieve much better results.

With actions speaking louder than words, Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope is a miniseries created by fans who did not slack while making it. With amazing graphics and characters actually looking like their animated counterparts, it is truly amazing how it mirrors the animated series with great accuracy.


8. The Hunt for Gollum (2009)

The Hunt for Gollum 2009

Undoubtedly the greatest piece of fantasy literature, The Lord of the Rings is certainly one for the ages and the same can be said about its film adaptions. Set in Middle-Earth, The Hobbit trilogy served as its prequel but believe me when I tell you: they were not the only one.

Costing £3000, The Hunt for Gollum is a prequel to The Lord of the Rings Trilogy made by volunteer film makers from the United Kingdom. Involving familiar characters such as Gandalf the Grey, Sauron, Aragorn and of course Gollum, the fan film certainly would have made author J. R. R. Tolkien proud.