ByTrent Tofte, writer at
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I'm sure that in this age of fan films, you've seen many. Some are incredible, while others are... let's just say... not. However, I recently happened across a fan film that completely blew out of the water literally every other fan film I had ever seen! If you want to get to know the creator of this stupendous work of art, give him a follow below!

Trevor has spent many long hours trying to ensure that we as the audience were treated to a film that rivaled The Avengers in quality, and boy, did he ever deliver! Don't believe me? See for yourself!

Let's just do a quick review of what makes this fan film so compelling!

There is a strong female protagonist (something conspicuously lacking in Hollywood!)

Mara is a strong female protagonist, which already makes her better than most Hollywood heroes! Sure, Black Widow can take out 23 guys in two minutes and looks good in a catsuit, but this is a 5 year old with a stinkin' MAGIC HAMMER! Take THAT, Captain Marvel!

When a 5 year old is better at your job than you...
When a 5 year old is better at your job than you...

The story never stops building tension

From the moment Mara and Trevor first find Mjolnir all the way to the end of the film, the drama plays out so well that you literally have no idea what is going to happen next. Mara brings a strong personality to the screen, and it is her character that really drives the film forward. She might seem pushy, but she knows what she wants and she's not afraid to chase it, which, at least in the my humble opinion, means she's pretty cool.

The villain's lack of screen time is a good thing

While the majority of fan films rely on revealing the villain(s) early on in order to grab and hold the audience, this film takes a different approach. By keeping the villain's identity very sketchy, there is a heightened sense of impending terror. You can't fear what you don't know, right? Wrong. What you don't know is often a bigger cause for fear than what you do. As Tolkien said, "The wolf that one hears is worse than the Orc that one fears."

This film reminds us all that "low budget" doesn't necessarily mean "low quality"

I know Trevor personally, and I'm well aware that he didn't have a huge budget on hand when he was making this. In fact, I've been told the budget was a grand total of $30! That being said, this film is incredible on multiple levels. As I've previously mentioned, there's a strong female protagonist, but the dialog, the humor, and even the effects are what really make this film worth the watch. Trevor has proven to us all that you don't need a $30,000 camera to make great movies. And, if you're excited for even more Hammer of Mara goodness, you'll be interested to know that a sequel is in the works, which, from what Trevor has told me, will be even more incredible than the original! Here's the trailer to whet your appetite!

The saga of The Hammer of Mara continues Dec. 4th! Will you be watching?


What do you think of The Hammer of Mara?


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