Tomb Raiders: Lara Croft Fan Films

Lara Croft is a fictional British archaeologist/adventurer who is the protagonist of a popular series of video games developed, originally, by Core Design [Tomb Raider (1996), Tomb Raider II (1997), Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft (1998), Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation (1999), Tomb Raider: Chronicles (2000), Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness (2003)] and, currently, by Crystal Dynamics [Tomb Raider: Legend (2006), Tomb Raider: Anniversary (2007), Tomb Raider: Underworld (2008), Tomb Raider (2013), Rise of the Tomb Raider (2015)]. The Tomb Raider franchise has since been expanded to include two spin-off games [Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (2010), Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris (2014)], two films starring Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft [Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)], action figures, comic books, novels, theme park rides, and more. But, you know all of this. I don’t even play video games and I know all of this because Lara Croft is the most popular female character in video game history! But, is she a role model for feminist girls or just a sex symbol for horny boys? Well, I think she’s a little of both.

Last October, I posted a very cool fan film called Tomb Raider: No Angel starring U.K.-based cosplayer Tabitha Lyons as Lara Croft. Last week, I stumbled upon another cool Tomb Raider fan film in which I had become smitten with the actress playing Lara Croft! So, I decided to have a Tomb Raider fan film fest!

First, here’s the best (of the best) …

CROFT (2013)

Croft (2013) is a non-profit short fan film directed by Trevor Addie [Facebook/Youtube], written by Trevor Addie and Irma Leong, and starring Cassandra Ebner (Hero), Liam Carter (Villain) and Devyn Dalton (Girl). In Croft, a woman single-handedly takes on a seemingly endless number of mercenaries to rescue a young girl held hostage in the mountains by the villain. Watch this amazing film here …

Croft was nominated for “Best Action Short” at the 2013 Action on Film International Film Festival, while Cassandra Ebner [Facebook/Youtube] won for “Female Action Performer” and Trevor Addie won for “Best Director-Short”. Check out all of the nominations (here). Croft, obviously, is more than just a Lara Croft fan film. It was, in fact, “inspired by the Tomb Raider video games among others along with some of the great action movies from the ’80s.” I was reminded of Renny Harlin‘s Cliffhanger (1993) starring Sylvester Stallone. I tried, in vain, to keep track of the number of men the woman kills but I lost count. 22 actors are credited as mercenaries and she kills them all! In addition, she kills the villain (Liam Carter) and his henchman (Nickolas Baric)! That’s, like, one man every 50 seconds! The brutal fight choreography, by the way, is courtesy of Andrew Chin, Brian Ho and Trevor Addie.

In the comments on Youtube, much ado is made about the name the young girl gives to the helicopter pilot when he rescues her. The girl’s name, when revealed, gives this film its twist. Did you notice the color of her jacket? She is, of course, young Lara Croft! The woman was not Lara Croft! Or was she? If she was, then the girl, with her father and the “old” Lara Croft dead, is embracing her destiny as the “new” Lara Croft. Either way, the fuss is over the fact that the girl tells the pilot that her name is “Laura” not “Lara”. Big deal. And, despite some other comments to the contrary, I think Devyn Dalton [Twitter] is very good as the girl. She is an actress, a dancer… and a stunt girl! She is very cute and, one day, she will be a badass beauty, but, until then …

Cassandra Ebner is, in fact, a bona fide badass beauty! In Croft, Ebner climbs, drops, tumbles, kicks, punches, and shoots, relentlessly, like a Terminator [that isn’t a cyborg from the future]! She also takes a brutal beating herself from the villain’s main hentchman! Cassandra Ebner is an “actress, stunt performer, Youtuber, cosplayer.” She was featured in an episode of The CW‘s Arrow [“Unfinished Business” (S1:E19)]. She died in the first few minutes! She also stunt-doubled for Bex Taylor-Klaus on a few episodes of that show, as well as for Alexa Vega on The CW‘s The Tomorrow People, Jenna Dewan Tatum on Lifetime‘s Witches of East End, and more. Cassandra Ebner and Devyn Dalton also performed stunts in the zombie action-fest Dead Rising: Watchtower (2015) in which Trevor Addie was the film’s Stunt Coordinator. I haven’t yet watched that film, but I will soon!

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Croft (2013) promotional artwork

Oh, and check out some awesome pics of Cassandra Ebner cosplaying as Tank Girl (here) and, my favorite, Harley Quinn (here)! Expect another Ebner-related post very soon!


LARA CROFT – AFTER ISLAND (2014)

Lara Croft – After Island (2014) is a Polish fan film written and directed by Randall Martin [Facebook], and starring Marta Marzęcka as Lara Croft and stunt actor Miroslaw Pisarek as BadGuy. This 5-minute short takes place just after the events on the island of Yamatai in the 2013 Tomb Raider video game, and even incorporates brief gameplay walkthroughs as flashback sequences. Young Lara Croft is relaxing in a hot bath in her hotel room when someone comes looking for an artifact she has in her possession. Watch this awesome film here …

Lara Croft – After Island is as good as Croft, only not as epic (by short film standards). Both films are well-made and action-packed, and both films beg to be expanded. We know how Croft ends, but we don’t know how it began; and, conversely, we know how After Island begins, but we don’t know how it ends. Croft would make a great feature film, while After Island would be better suited to a web series. Anyway …

The fantastic stunt choreography, in After Island, comes courtesy of BadGuy himself Miroslaw Pisarek. The scene where Lara kicks the knife from BadGuy’s hand into the air, kicks him in the chest sending him flying, then catches the blade as it falls back down is stylishly cool; but, I really love the tension that builds when Lara pulls her bow back and holds the arrow, waiting for the right moment to release as BadGuy runs away from her! Lara Croft, naked in her bath, hears BadGuy at 1:22; then, when she confronts him at 1:52, she is fully dressed in boots and all. She even put her amulet necklace and a wrist band on in those 30 seconds!

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Lara Croft – After Island (2014) promotional artwork

I also like this film because it’s a Polish film, and I’m Polish. Well, I’m Polish-American. Well, my great grandparents were from Poland and I’m, actually, as American as apple pie – but, I am of Polish descent. So, there.

Check out Marta Marzęcka‘s acting demo reel (here).


RAIDER ORIGINS (2013)

Raider Origins (2013) is “an epic action-adventure fan-made film” directed by Jerome Kruin and written by Andrew M. Henderson for Uncharted Pictures, and starring the lovely Irina Andreea (Lara Croft), James Jenkinson (Conrad Roth), Jessica Hooper (Sam), Simu Liu (Head Mercenary), and the lovely Malak Attack (Mercenary #6). Raider Origins is, again, based on the 2013 Tomb Raider video game and “explores the intense and gritty origin story of Lara Croft and her ascent from a frightened young woman to a hardened survivor. Young Lara Croft‘s plane is shot down over an island by a group of mercenaries who want a jewel in her possession, and she is forced to survive on her instincts. Watch the film on Vimeo (here), or on Youtube here …

I love the way this film looks with its dull colors as opposed to the vibrant, sun-soaked visuals of the next film. Croft, After Island and Raider Origins, in fact, all share the same darker tone which, of course, is influenced by the look of the 2013 video game. Watch the game trailer (here). After Island is ranked above Raider Origins only because I saw it first – and, the whole Polish thing! However, the two films are interchangeable at the 2nd and 3rd places.

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Raider Origins (2013) promotional artwork

I also love Irina Andreea [Facebook/Twitter] as Lara Croft in Raider Origins. The lovely actress skillfully conveys Croft‘s fear as she transitions from victim to survivor in all of nine minutes! She kicks ass, too! Andreea is fitness fanatic as you can tell from her social media sites. This is how she rides the subway in Hong Kong! Sadly, however, Raider Origins is Andreea‘s only acting credit. Too bad – she was fantastic! Malak Attack is great, too! Is that her real name? I don’t know much about her, but I want to see more of her!


LARA CROFT vs NATHAN DRAKE (2012)

Bat in the Sun‘s Super Power Beat Down web series, hosted by Marisha Ray, “takes two super-powered legends and makes them battle!” In Episode 4 (2012), adventurer Lara Croft (Tess Kielhamer) was pitted against treasure hunter Nathan Drake (Chandler Maness), the main protagonist of the Uncharted video game series. Croft was originally modeled after Swedish-born singer Neneh Cherry [“Buffalo Stance” (1988)] and comic book character Tank Girl, while  Drake was originally modeled after actor Johnny Knoxville (Jackass) and action stars like Harrison Ford and Bruce Willis. However, Nathan Drake is really just the male version of Lara Croft who, in turn, is really just a female version of Indiana Jones! Watch the Croft and Drake battle via Machinima here …

Watch the full episode via Bat in the Sun (here). Lara Croft‘s well-honed skills and calculated actions are no match for Nathan Drake‘s wise-cracks and fumbled maneuvers. Obviously, super powers are not a factor in this beat down since neither has any; but, when Croft does that cartwheel flip to avoid Drake‘s shots then fires two right back at him without skipping a beat, well, that’s pretty super! And, when Drake tosses that C-4 block up then detonates it by firing a bullet into it, well, that’s super stylish – as is Croft‘s climactic leap to the river below! This episode of Super Power Beat Down is unashamed action-packed fun! I love the final surprise twist, too!

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Tess Kielhamer as Lara Croft

Oh, and “actress, martial artist and vlogger” Tess Kielhamer is, quite possibly, the best Lara Croft ever! She gets my vote to play the character in the upcoming Tomb Raider movie reboot which will be distributed by Warner Bros. and written by Evan Daugherty [Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), Divergent (2014), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)]! Kielhamer, by the way, will be featured in Leo Kei Angelos‘ upcoming action comedy Knockouts (2015) from TOKYOPOP. Read more about that film (here).


TOMB RAIDER: NO ANGEL (2013)

Tomb Raider: No Angel (2013) is a fan film written, shot and directed by UK-based photographer and digital artist Andrew Dobell for Infinities Edge Studios and Artyfakes Action Props [Facebook]. The short film stars UK-based cosplayer [and Artyfakes co-founder] Tabitha Lyons [Facebook] as Lara Croft, Annabel Bates as Anasatisia, and Robert Holden as Anasatisia’s Head of Security. Lara Croft‘s search for an artifact leads her to a tomb where she encounters a ruthless treasure hunter whom she met once before, years earlier. Watch the film here …

I previously shared Tomb Raider: No Angel back in October 2014 when I posted about Andrew Dobell‘s short films (here) and Tabitha LyonsLollipop Chainsaw cosplay (here). I mentioned that, although Lyons is very good as Lara Croft, I was taken more by Annabel Bates as Anasatisia. “Shoot her!” Anasatisia demands of her Head of Security as Lara Croft stands behind one of his mercenaries holding a gun to his head. “But Stevens is in the way,” he tells her. Then, she shoots Stevens. “He’s not anymore,” she quips, as Lara runs off. Anasatisia is so cold-hearted, but Annabel is so adorable! My only quip with this film is that I don’t like Lara‘s latex body suit. It looks like she’s wearing a one-piece bathing suit under her Khaki shorts.

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Tomb Raider: No Angel (2013) promotional artwork

You’ll note that this film, like Lara Croft – After Island, is set after the events “on the island in the Dragon’s Triangle” (aka Yamatai); and that this film, like Lara Croft vs Nathan Drake, mentions those other adventurers. “Lara! But of course. I thought it might be Dr. Jones or Mr. Drake but, alas, not,” Anasatisia says, upon finding that Lara Croft is the one who has taken the artifact.

Oh, and check out Andrew Dobell‘s digital art and creative photography at Creative Edge Studios [Facebook].


Those were the Top 5 best Lara Croft fan films. Next, here’s 3 more favorites …

TOMB RAIDER: BOOK OF THE DEAD (2012)

Tomb Raider: Book of the Dead (2012) is the fan film that I stumbled upon last week that became the catalyst for this post. The short was written and directed by Eric Vence Green for his Throwback Studioz [Youtube], and stars the very lovely Tory Steele (Lara Croft), Keith Brooks (Robert Pierce) and Trevor Garner (Charlie). In Book of the Dead, the intrepid British archaeologist acquires the Book of the Dead. However, Croft’s old nemesis Pierce steals the relic from her. He plans to use the book to resurrect an army of zombies to take over the world. She simply wants to resurrect her dead boyfriend. Watch the film here …

OK, so Tomb Raider: Book of the Dead is very ameteurish, but it was made with obvious passion. Needless to say, I liked this film [especially the poolside gunfight], but I loved its lead actress [especially in the black bikini she wears at the poolside gunfight]! Tory Steele‘s name is as cool as she is beautiful! It sounds like a super sexy secret agent’s name! Tory Steele [Facebook/Twitter] is an aspiring Atlanta-based “actress/model/dancer/singer.” She isn’t a secret agent. Or an archaeologist. However, she could be a super sexy gamer girl …

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Tory Steele

Tory Steele is one of Eric Vence Green‘s featured Throwback Studioz players, and has appeared in The Uncanny X-Men fan series (2012- ) as Rogue [watch Rouge’s origin episode (here)], Blade: Apocalypse fan film (2013) as Mercury [watch the short (here)], Superhero Central office comedy (2015) as Tiffany [watch Episode 1 (here)], and more. Check out these extras, too: Getting to know Rogue played by Tory Steele and Tomb Raider Outtakes.

Speaking of fan films with lovely Lara‘s …


TOMB RAIDER: REBOOT (2013)

Tomb Raider: Reboot (2013) is a fan film by David ‘dwyz’ Wayman and Dan Brand. This two-part short film stars Teya Simone as Lara Croft (2006), Alexandra Lyon as Lara Croft (2013), Richard Lee O’Donnell as the Minister, and Dan Brand as the Swordmaster. I’m not really sure what’s going on here either because I haven’t played any of the video games or simply because the narrative structure is weak. Lara, in 2006, fights the Swordmaster for a jewel that unlocks a box holding her amulet. She places the artifact around her neck and finds herself as Lara, in 2013, on the island in the Dragon’s Triangle. Watch the film(s) here …

OK, so the plot is thin and Part 1 is kind of slow but, despite those and other misgivings, I still like Tomb Raider: Reboot. Why? Well, for one, the sword fight in Part 2 is really good. However, I like this film mostly because of the two very lovely Lara‘s!

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Teya Simone (Lara 2006) and Alexandra Lyon (Lara 2013)

Alexandra Lyon (Lara 2013) also starred in the UK horror film Zombie Hood (2013) with her Reboot co-star Richard Lee O’Donnell. I just watched this film for this post. Zombie Hood, directed by Steve Best, offers nothing new to the zombie genre, but it’s well-made and entertaining nonetheless – until it loses focus near the end. During a zombie apocalypse, a small band of survivors take refuge in the forest to avoid the zombie-infested cities. Lyon plays Kelly. She’s mad at her best friend Candi (Jade Blocksidge), another survivor. Kelly thinks that Candi left her for dead in a club when the apocalypse began. Watch the teaser trailer (here), or watch the film at IndieReign (here). Lyon is very good in Zombie Hood and I hope to see her in many more films.

Teya Simone [Facebook] (Lara 2006) also starred in David ‘dwyz’ Wayman‘s short horror film 6 Shooter (2013) with Tom Murton and Ed Nudd [who are both featured in Zombie Hood]. The film was a finalist in the 2013 Shortcuts to Hell competition sponsored by FrightFest and Movie Mogul in association with The Horror Channel. “Young fun turns sour when a tequila worm goes on the rampage.” Check out this awesome still (here), then watch 6 Shooter on Youtube (here) or Vimeo (here). I hope to see Teya Simone, too, in many more (feature) films.

Oh, and check out this video extra: The Making of Tomb Raider: Reboot.


TOMB RAIDER: REBORN (?)

Tomb Raider: Reborn (?) is an unfinished French fan film that was crowd-funded via Kiss Kiss bank Bank (here). The film is being produced by Oniryk Productions [Facebook/Youtube], and stars Tiphaine Vaudable as Lara Croft, Nicolas Van Beveren as Le Visiteur and Christophe Hourquet as Vladimir. I don’t know the status of the finished film or what it will be like if it gets made; but, if the 2013 teaser is any indication, the finished film will be awesome. Watch the teaser here …

Check out this update video (here). I don’t speak French. Tiphaine Vaudable [Twitter] (aka illyne) is “a well-known cosplayer, recognized for her many Lara Croft costumes.” I included one of Tiphaine‘s Lara Croft cosplay pics at the top of this post. However, I chose that pic before I realized that she was starring in Tomb Raider: Reborn!

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Tomb Raider: Reborn (?) promotional artwork

Finally, here’s more fan films [some good, some not so much – you decide] …

Tomb Raider Tribute (2014) [Facebook]. Written and directed by Christina Pykles, and also starring Christina Pykles as Lara Croft.

Lara Croft TOMB RAIDER: The Endless Path (2012). Italian (w/English subs). Written and directed by Daniele Misischia for Noose Industry [Facebook], and starring Marta Pecchia as Lara Croft. Check out this awesome photo set of Pecchia as Croft (here).

Lara Croft and The Orb of Truth (2013). Directed by Keegan Larwin [Youtube] and starring Keegan‘s friend Vatsala as Lara Croft. India was once owned by the British, right?

Tomb Raider: Jewels of Yamatai (2013). 3-episode mini-series. Written and directed by Sean Clarkson for The Shuriken Entertainment [Facebook/Youtube], and starring Corrie Curtis as Lara Croft. The videos are unlisted, but here are the links: Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3.

Tomb Raider Reborn (A Survivor is Born) (2013). Spanish. Directed by David Alcaide for ƎAE Embranchment [Facebook/Youtube], and starring Mar Godoy as Lara Croft. Watch both parts: Part 1, Part 2.

Tomb Raider: Ascension (2007). Written, produced and directed by Stephen Reynolds, and starring Anna Tyrie [Facebook/Youtube] as Lara Croft.

Tomb Raider: The Lost Valley (2013). Created by Graham Jones [Origin Studio Films], and starring Anna Tyrie, again, as Lara Croft. This time, she fights dinosaurs! Check out Tyrie‘s All things Tomb Raider! playlist, too, for Lara Croft-related video extras.

Tomb Raider Reborn – Survival of the Fittest (2013). Photographed by Sébastien Lengelé [Facebook] and starring cosplayer Aurélie Charissiadis [Facebook/devianART] as Lara Croft.

TOMB RAIDER – The Wrath of Anubis (2014). French. Directed by Kara and starring Chloé Keith [Facebook] as Lara Croft.

Lara Croft TOMB RAIDER: The Orb of the Unknown (2011). A CUSACK Studios [Youtube] fan film. Produced and directed by Paul Cusack and starring Sharon Cusack as Lara Croft.

Tomb Raider (2014). French. Produced by OLaF Studio [Facebook] and starring Sabine Balland [Facebook] as Lara Croft. Tiré de la web série [trans. “drawn from the web series”] Cosplay War [Facebook].

Tomb Raider “A survivor is born” (2015). Spanish. Featuring Bea Muñoz [Twitter] as Lara Croft.

Lara Croft is Tomb Raider – Survivor Reborn (2013). Filmed and produced by cosplay photographer Angelo Beltran for I Got Superpowers [Facebook], and featuring cosplayer Tiffany Dean [Facebook] as Lara Croft. I Got Superpowersmain focus is “to create beautiful and engaging cosplay images.” And, in that, they have succeeded. Go check out their many fantastic photo sets like Steampunk Zatanna, Baby Doll and Sweet Pea [from Zack Snyder‘s Sucker Punch (2011)], and more!

Underworld Exploration (2009)/Legend Action (2009). French. Cosplay showcases featuring Luce [Facebook] as Lara Croft. Directed and edited by Aoshi.

Lara’s Shadow (2010)/Unknown Entity (2011). French. Cosplay showcases featuring Lili as Lara Croft and Luce as the Doppelgänger. Directed and edited by Aoshi.

OK, I think I found most of ’em!

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  9. Yeah, no. These scrawny ass women with half assed training and skillsets doing stunts is major BS and that the editing work is their only saving grace. Women can get away with being BSers in the stunt business but the men can’t as they have to meet a much higher standard.

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  12. I find, the News Fan film of Lara no angel is very good…… I love it !!!! Thank you to the great actors.
    I’m a great Fan of Lara Croft Since Legend.
    …My Favorit is Rise of the tomb raider. …. My englisch is Not very good , But I hope, you undersTand me.
    Please give me an angwer, for Instanzen some pictures of the actors from no angel . I love Tomb Raider.

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