Sam Eidson and Joshua Jones in ID4. Photo by Nathan Jones (

Is Roland Emmerich's Independence Day all about special effects spectacle or does the drama work on its own, stripped of big name stars and an exploding White House? A group of friends decided to find out by staging a hilariously minimalist stage version of the 1996 box office smash.

The stage production is the product of the Old Murder House Theatre, an off-shoot of the War Room Collective, a group of filmmakers from the Savannah College of Art and Design (whose members are also responsible for the country music comedy nightmare The Hard Gravel). Independence Day marked the fourth live theatre production for the crew after Jurassic Park and a chaotic The Lion King/Predator double-bill, and they say they're just getting started.

(You can read more and watch Old Murder House Theatre's version of Independence Day, as well as behind-the-scenes looks at Jurassic Park, and The Lion King/Predator, after the jump.)
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