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After seeing Cassie Scerbo’s fantastic performance in Sharknado I made it a point to track down and watch anything new movie she was in, which coupled with the ridiculous new re-titling (this film originally aired on Us television as Beasts of the Bering Sea), made Damn Sea Vampires! a must-watch. It doesn’t hurt that the film is also helmed by cinematographer Don E. FauntLeRoy – who cut his directorial teeth on two Anaconda sequels and a handful of Steven Seagal movies, including one of the star best post-2005 flicks, Renegade Justice (a personal fave).
Damn Sea Vampires! follows a family of treasure hunters: siblings Donna (Scerbo) and Joe and their father (Dobson), who spend their days dredging for gold beneath the Bering Sea. Having already lost a crew member, »
- Phil Wheat
Translating movies and television for international markets can be a tricky business, as we discovered last year when we assembled this collection of 20 titles that got lost in translation.
But if you want to descend to a whole new level of weirdness, you need to look beyond the official channels. Whether it's a pirated disc being hawked in the street or a bona fide copy resold in unofficial packaging, these are products where the normal quality standards simply do not apply.
Below we've rounded up 11 of the world's most bizarre bootleg DVD covers, featuring dodgy Photoshopping, garbled Babelfish-style synopses, and entire actors being accidentally dropped in from other movies or TV shows.
God, True Detective was a great show. Remember that episode where Rust and Marty go to Vegas and live it up in faux-Paris before narrowly escaping an exploding building on the back of a phoenix?
Both science-fiction and horror are full of apocalypse stories. Most of them could fit into either category. One of the most popular mechanisms for wiping out the human population is via some kind of quick-spreading, devastating illness.
One of the most popular apocalypse stories is Stephen King’s “The Stand”. The novel was brought to television as a miniseries in 1994 and is currently readily available on DVD at a reasonable price and on netflix. A friend of mine recently bought the DVDs and, upon discovering that it wasn’t a DVD set I already had in my collection asked me if I wanted to watch it with her.
“The Stand” is essentially a story about the ultimate showdown between good and evil. A contagious super flu gets accidentally relased into the population. From a single infected family, the disease spreads, wiping out more than 99% of the population. There are a »
Josh Boone is set to direct Warner Bros. Pictures' upcoming "The Stand" based on Stephen King's book of the same title. As some can remember, this was a TV series back in 1994 which was really quite entertaining, featuring a host of different, intriguing characters powered by Gary Sinise, Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald, Jamey Sheridan, Laura San Giacomo, Miguel Ferrer, Ruby Dee, Corin Nemec and Matt Frewer, among others. The story follows the battle between good and evil on Earth, where the survivors are split between the spiritual Mother Abigail Freemantle (Dee) and Randall Flagg (Sheridan). Boone directed "The Fault In Our Stars" which stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort and Natt Wolff, based on Josh Greens novel which "(500) Days of Summer" scribes Scott Neustadter Michael H. Weber adapted for the screen. That film hits theaters via 20th Century Fox on June 6th, 2014. »
I must confess. My guilty television viewing habits of the past have frequently included The Mentalist, a formulaic yet witty dramatic detective series with a subtle but prevalent comedic underbelly. The series features a rebellious but brilliant mind gone rogue to fulfill his own mission — rules be damned — like House M.D., but with murder investigations instead of medical mysteries. But, let me get back on track…
A while back, I had a chance to see a Fantastic Fest screening. Ultimately, my schedule demanded I sacrifice seeing this film in favor of another. For some time, I kicked myself. Besties is written by Rebecca Perry Cutter, who also happens to be a writer on The Mentalist. This also marks the feature film debut for Cutter as a director. This intrigued me, however I managed to learn a valuable lesson as well. It’s a lesson I’ve learned, and likewise forgotten »
- Travis Keune
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