November 12th, 2009 15:31 EST
Cell Phone Technology and High School Chicks Will Doom Humanity
With liberal zombies and a conservative point of view, Hive Mind is slated for DVD and limited theatrical release November 21st. Created by independent filmmaker Ladd Ehlinger Jr., this quirky scifi horror film explores mankind`s latest threat: techno-collectivism.
Doug Trench is the last man on earth. Before humanity was assimilated by Hive Mind, he`d been heir to the kingdoms of Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin, Boortz and Beck. Now, running out of supplies in his undisclosed broadcast bunker, driven half-mad from isolation after twenty years, Trench fires up his radio show one last time to fight the Hive Mind with half his brain tied behind his back.
The final battle between individuality and collectivism begins...
"When our own President said we`re too individualistic and need to think collectively, well, that`s horrifying," said Ladd. "So naturally as a filmmaker I thought: scifi- horror film! Eco-friendly collectivist techno-zombies!"
Zombies created by a nanotech cell phone that merges with your brain. Dubbed the "I-Mind," the phone lets you Twitter telepathically, download movies straight to your brain, and keep your contacts forever. Britney, J-Lo, Pamela and Paris all love their I-Minds. But there`s a sinister side-effect: loss of free will to the collective Hive consciousness. Everyone is either assimilated or killed in Hive`s eco-efforts to reduce the population.
"I`m a one-man-band filmmaker," explains Ladd. "Which means lots of solitary hours at the computer. Talk radio helped me endure those hours and this is my thanks." He cautioned that "while I don`t glorify my main character - he`s human after all, with flaws and foibles - I certainly believe his soul, and the souls of those he was modeled after, are in the right place."
Like Ladd`s previous effort Flatland, Hive Mind will be sold directly to the public. "Given my views and past work as a military multimedia artist," said Ladd, "I`m happy being an indie rabble-rouser versus Hollywood drone. I`ll never join the Hive."
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