Movie magic is mostly made here in Hollywood, but cinema lovers across the globe are keeping their favorite films alive with DIY YouTube tributes. These zero-budget, or “sweded” movies are usually 2-5 minutes in length and boast the use of household items to create sets, props and costumes. Tribute movies are nothing new, but the term “sweded” is a call back to the 2008 film Be Kind, Rewind. In the film, two video store owners (played by Jack Black and Mos Def) remake iconic films in single-shot takes and zero editing after their entire VHS stock is erased. The term first comes up as a response to costumers complaining about steep rental fees and long wait times—Jack Black’s character explains the movies are special Swedish imports, and thus sweded films are born. We’ve put together our favorite tributes to iconic films and trailers, all of which were made with a lot of love and a lot of duct tape.
1. Jurassic Park
2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer
3. Taxi Driver
4. The Dark Knight