In Search Of The Last Action Heroes
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In the 1980s there was a glut of high-octane action films coming out of Hollywood. The likes of Rambo, Aliens, Commando, Lethal Weapon and Predator captured imaginations and box office gold. The likes of Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Van Damme and Mel Gibson became household names.
But after over a decade of success, the action genre started to fade away. Today, superhero and fantasy films have captured mainstream audience’s attention – replacing headbands, sunglasses and muscle shirts with colourful costumes and origin stories.
A generation of 80s kids has grown up and are nostalgic for the films of their youth. The entertainment industry has taken note; producing new Aliens and Predator films, a TV series sequel to The Karate Kid, Ready Player One’s homages to the 80s and the likes of Stranger Things, which while not an action series, still leverage nostalgia to incredible success.
Oliver Harper has spent seven years creating content around action films. His YouTube videos have struck a chord amongst his fellow 80s fans, as well as a new generation of kids curious about the heyday of action cinema.
With over 900,000 visits a month, Oliver has a committed fanbase who encourage him to keep digging deeper into their favourite topic. Oliver has mobilized his fans to partake in his biggest video project to date – a feature-length documentary titled, “In Search of the Last Action Heroes.” To secure the necessary funding, Oliver has created a crowdfunding campaign via Kickstarter. Launched on June 14, the Kickstarter campaign blasted its way to 50% of the funding goal (£15,000) in just three days.
Oliver enthused, “There are many reasons why I’m so excited about this project. On a personal level, it’s an opportunity to see if I can make the transition from YouTuber to filmmaker. I’ve produced hundreds of hours of content about the action genre, but ‘In Search Of The Last Action Heroes’ is not only going to dig deeper than I’ve ever gone before, we’re also going to speak to the people who were a part of the boom.”
In Search Of The Last Action Heroes will take a wide lens to the action landscape, detailing how the genre rose to prominence and why it couldn’t sustain that success. Oliver will explore the locations and give voice to the artists and stars of the time.
Oliver adds, “I see the film as being more than just a love-letter to fans of the genre. I am expecting to uncover story threads and details that will resonate with any viewer, whether you grew up with the films or are learning about them for the first time.”
Check out the Kickstarter trailer below.
If you would like to back In Search Of The Last Action Heroes, the Kickstarter campaign is here – https://www.kickstarter.com
You can follow and subscribe to Oliver on YouTube here – Oliver Harper YouTube Channel
Oliver is on Twitter here – https://twitter.com/ollieh82
We also have an interview planned with Oliver in the next few days, which I am VERY much looking forward to!