Can you make a science fiction film for $250? Yes. How do we know? Because that was the budget of Niagara, Ontario, filmmaker Erica Benedikty’s 1994 movie, Phobe: The Xenophobic Experiments. (Okay, the dollars in question were likely Canadian — but, assuming our math is correct, that means it cost even less.)
After Phobe, about a deadly military experiment that escapes, received extensive play on the community channel in Niagara — which leant Benedikty the equipment to make her movie — it began to accrue a cult following. Thursday, it was announced that the movie will finally be released on DVD by Intervision Picture Corp on Sept. 27. The disc’s bonus features will include a commentary from Benedikty, the director’s first film Back in Black, a making-of featurette, a Q&A with cast and crew, and outtakes.
See a trailer for Phobe: The Xenophobic Experiments below.