'Dr. Horrible' prequel is fan-made -- and fantastic

If you thought you were a big Dr. Horrible fan, well, you’re in for a treat — and a dressing down. A treat because this full-length prequel, “Horrible Turn,” is stellar; and a dressing down because it’s fan-made. Yes, it’s true: This epic backstory isn’t technically part of the Official Whedon Oeuvre — in fact, no one involved had ever worked on a movie at all. Director Chance McClain tells us in an e-mail that he loved the original Dr. Horrible both for its music and “the renegade way Joss Whedon and company went about putting it out,” so he decided to take a stab at it himself. “I, and later [the whole crew], wanted to hone our movie-making skills and thought this would be a fun way to do it,” he explains.

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And renegade it was: McClain says the entire film was self-funded. “We probably should have put ‘tax refunds’ in the credits.”


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The Houston-based crew had no film experience — “there was not a person that worked on the movie that had ever been in or worked on a movie before,” McClain, a program director at a sports radio station, says — but a lot of them are musicians or had musical theater backgrounds.

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“I started writing at the beginning of March and the bulk of the music was recorded by the end of May. The movie was cast in June and filmed over 24 days in July and August. Editing was completed on October 9, just hours before we had a premiere at the historic River Oaks Theater in Houston,” McClain says.

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“This was a maiden voyage for every person involved,” the director says. “We wanted to make something that honored Dr. Horrible and its fans.”

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I say mission accomplished. PopWatchers, do you agree?


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  • Remy

    I’m in the middle of watching it, and it’s pretty great. The actors are really good representations of the original. They did did an awesome job of keeping the spirit of the original.

    Now that Joss is done with Dollhouse, hopefully we’ll see a sequel soon! Until then…this works.

  • jim

    I absolutely love this. The music is amazing and the story fits perfectly into the Dr. Horrible lore. Way to go!

  • Erin

    It is great! I found out about this film on Tuesday, by reading an interview with Joss on another site. I immediately googled Horrible Turn, and found out it was premiering that day. There were technical difficulties, so I didn’t watch it until Wednesday, and I loved it. An instant classic. Almost as good as the original. Something to tide me over until the Dr Horrible sequel. Hammer steals the show again.

  • Sarah El

    That was really clever! Major thumbs up to the group of fans that made this; what a treat! :D

  • danredman

    Fabulous! Love the music, the clever script and solid acting performances. This does Dr. Horrible incredibly proud! Can’t wait to see the next effort from this group!

  • Heather

    They did such a great job and they really picked up on the quirks of the original actors. I’m really impressed! Can’t wait for a Dr. horrible sequel now that joss has some more free time

  • Danny Zeff

    I enjoyed it. In fact I even wrote a full review for it. Please check it out:

    http://dannyzeff.com/yamblings/?p=73

  • The Hankifier

    Man that’s sad. I love both the original series and this, but the endings are just so sad.

  • Abby

    must say that i am very impressed, but one thing bothers me, it seems like the outline of this, is exactly the same as Dr. Horrible was. it’s fantastic none the less but its missign the certin jossynessthat we’re used to

  • Timothy Rinehart

    It’s ok, but it doesn’t explain Captain Hammer’s superpowers, and the pacing was screwed up. Scenes were fast when they should be slower, and endless when they should be quick. The Mathtapalon is the prime example. There’s supposed to be suspense, but then it’s over in a milisecond.

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