What if Gorgo the giant lizard came back for a rampage and the only people who could stop him were two aged bureaucrats in the basement of Britain's Ministry of Defence? You'd get the satirical short film Waiting for Gorgo, currently in post-production, which is about what happens when a young defense analyst discovers the forgotten giant monster research group DMOA. They've been prepping for an attack from the cheesiest giant monster of the 1960s, the UK Godzilla ripoff Gorgo (left). We've got pictures of some incredibly funny props from the set, plus more details below. According to a synopsis of the movie:
Deep in the bowels of the Ministry of Defence lies a secretive government department identified only as the "DMOA". Just what the DMOA does has been lost in the annals of time –- all that is known is that it's the last line of defence protecting London from total destruction. Determined to find out more about this strange department, Alexandra, a young ambitious defence analyst, sets off into the rabbit warrens of Whitehall to see the DMOA for herself. Finding two aged public servants in varying stages of senility, Alexandra is convinced that the DMOA is the result of an unfortunate mistake. However, as the conversation progresses it becomes apparent that the old guys may not be as senile as they seem, and more worryingly, they may indeed be London's last line of defence.
Written by respected sci-fi journalist MJ Simpson, "Waiting for Gorgo" is a short comedy with a fantastical twist. Set in present day London, the story pokes fun at the dusty image of Britain's public service and pays homage to the classic monster movies of the 1950s and 1960s.
What sounds intriguing about this flick is that it's giving us a witty, smart version of Cloverfield. While Cloverfield tweaked the classic nutty giant monster plot by giving the film a hyper-realistic style, Waiting for Gordo uses the threat of a giant monster top make massive bureaucracy seem funny.
Both films try to reinvent the giant monster movie for the 2000s, but only Waiting for Gorgo captures those old movies' essential silliness. No doubt this is partly because writer MJ Simpson has spent most of his career writing books about Douglas Adams.