Saturday, December 29, 2007

1-18-08



Is it a lion!? Cthulhu? Mutated squid? An alien? And what does Slusho have to do with all of this? The Cloverfield hype machine has really been working overtime on the internets. In the past, net hype hasn’t translated into big box office. Maybe J.J. Abrams has found the winning formula, cause there hasn’t been a good monster-destroys-a-city flick in ages. Those "Godzilla" and "King Kong" remakes didn’t do squat for me. I came across an insightful article on the viral marketing campaign here.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Gone



Television just became a little less interesting... “The 4400” (and “The Dead Zone”) got axed this week and the series finale of “Journeyman” aired on Wednesday. Both shows (never got into “Dead Zone”) were fun rides with obvious appeals -- note to Moon Bloodgood: no more time travel shows! -- and are probably headed for the Sci-Fi Channel’s weekday marathons. “Heroes” sophmore slump and the plummeting ratings of the once skyhigh “Bionic Woman” didn’t exactly inspire confidence in genre tv. In other news today, still fleshing out my outline for that “Supernatural” spec.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

One Missed Call



That freaky poster certainly gets your attention... I still say the J-Horror craze is over but Hollywood loves to remake a dead horse. Basically, “One Missed Call” is kind of like “The Ring” but instead of a cursed videotape, you get cursed cell phone calls from your future dead self. Looks like it should catch on with the teens and the creepy ring tone will be popular. As far as the original goes, I got bored halfway through... which happens a lot...

Monday, December 17, 2007

Turistas Go Home!

turistas

I had very little interest in seeing “Turistas”, much less writing a post about it, but I happened to catch it on cable the other night and just had to share. This “organ harvester” flick was an incredibly lame attempt by Fox Atomic to jump on the “Hostel” and “Saw” torture pornfest bandwagon, even though the stars of the film (Melissa George is gonna have a hard time suckering me into watching another one of her films) insisted otherwise, claiming that it’s more of a thriller. Well, it didn’t deliver in that department either! I didn’t care who lived or died. And I’m sure gorehounds were disappointed. Yeah, there’s the big “operation” scene but it’s mostly beautiful people making incredibly stupid decisions and then dying as a result. All the big, bad Brazilian villain lacked was a long mustache to twirl as he delivered his evil lines. Good concept but poorly executed. Gives me a couple of ideas though...




Saturday, December 15, 2007

Scary...



“I Am Legend” pulled in 28 million on Friday and could hit 75-80 million for the weekend. Guess that’ll teach me to underestimate the power of Will Smith.

In other, not-so-earth-shattering news, my Creature Feature's progress bar has creeped up a few ticks...

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Bad Girls

Last week’s “Tin Min” mini-series got me thinking about memorable female sci-fi/horror antagonists in movies. Here’s a quick and dirty list (in no particular order):

1. Alien Queen
2. Sil (Species)
3. Pamela Voorhies
4. Catwoman (Batman Returns)
5. Annie Wilkes (Misery)
6. Mystique
7. The Borg Queen
8. Wicked Witch of the West
9. Samara (The Ring)

There are so many wicked step-mothers, witches and vengeful spirits in folklore, fairy tales and various mythologies that it’s surprising we don’t see more of them in feature films. Genre television on the other hand, is full of great female villains -- Diana from the “V” mini-series in the 80s, Six (Battlestar Galactica), Irina Derevko (Alias), Druscilla/Darla/Dark Willow from the Buffyverse, Mama Patrelli (Heroes), etc. Not sure why that is... less about star power and more about the concept?

Saturday, December 08, 2007

The Happening

The Happening

The one sheet for M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Happening” is finally out. Meh. Can’t say I’m especially excited about seeing this if it’s anything like the early draft that was floating around the net a while back. Still a fan though...

Monday, December 03, 2007

Life Support



Nice to see NBC showing some love to “Life” this week. A brand new episode comes on after tonight’s “Heroes” finale *yawn* and another in its usual time slot, Wednesdays @ 10pm. The quirky drama about a wrongfully convicted cop, now back on the job and trying to figure out who framed him; is probably one of the few silver linings when it comes to the writer’s strike. The network was forced to stick with it and the so-so ratings have picked up a bit. Each week, “Life” offers an intriguing piece of the conspiracy puzzle and a solid whodunit. Last week’s episode involving the abducted teen featured some stellar writing, especially that last scene, the exchange in the helicopter between Crews and the kid. If you haven’t already, check it out.

Tin Man pt. 1



Welcome to the O-Z, bitch! It’s never a good sign when I doze off in the middle of a movie... I’ll catch up on D.G. and her crew tonight. From what my fuzzy memory can recall, “Tin Man” was okay. Probably a little too ambitious for its own good, especially with a 19 million dollar budget. There was a lot of hit and miss with the special effects. The cyclone was pretty cool, the spidery monsters in the forest were lame, but the flying monkey was well done.
I was surprised by the number of sci-fi elements in a traditional fantasy story: androids (why isn’t the Tin-man an android?), holograms, stasis chambers, etc. I guess to make the story more “adult”. Hard to say if it helped, they almost crossed over into campy “Flash Gordon” territory (the movie *and* the show). Maybe’s there’s a fairy tale or two in the public domain that I could re-imagine. By the way, the wicked witch aka Azkadellia is too hot. Seriously. More hot than evil. And what was up with her metallic bustier and tats? She looked more like an extra from the “Underworld” movies than an evil sorceress.

Some other stuff, started an outline for a “Supernatural” spec. Hopefully, I’ll get around to writing it while the idea is still fresh in my head.

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