15 items from 2010
*Full disclosure: The Asylum provided a DVD copy of the film for review.
Director: Trey Stokes.
Moby Dick gets a remake in The Asylum's November 23rd release entitled 2010: Moby Dick. The picture dumbs down Herman Melville's original 19th Century written work and themes of good vs. evil, or social class are long forgotten. Instead, the predominant theme of revenge is one which only mildly satisfies. Even Barry Bostwick's melodramatic acting as Captain Ahab cannot save this sinking sub, which is cheaply made and dramatically written.
In case you have not read the original, Captain Ahab is wounded by a large mythical white whale, who now has an appetite for skimpily bikini clad women and stationary oil rigs (modern version). Ahab makes it his life's mission to save the Us Navy from the rampagings of this 500 foot beast, to no avail. »
- 28DaysLaterAnalysis@gmail.com (Michael Allen)
The shopping season starts early if you have a gamer who is also a horror fan on your chopping list. On Tuesday, Namco will release the much anticipated Splatterhouse on both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles. If you have been following Uncle Creepy on Twitter, you've heard him gush about this game. According to him ... there are lots of things gushing in this title.
If you're not much of a gamer, there aren't many horror goodies to get excited about this week. Unless you're down for an Asylum created CGI whale competing with your turkey (pun intended), along with a couple of other creatures. Rounding up the list is a British import and a cool looking indie offering that looks to make you shed some plasma.
Splatterhouse (Video Game) on Xbox 360 & Playstation 3
Follow Rick and his mystical Terror Mask as he unmercifully tears, cuts and beats his way »
The motto at The Asylum seems to be: go big or go home. This movie production company specializes in enlarging benign ocean creatures and turning the sea into a battlefield. The latest animal to get super-sized is the whale in The Asylum's 2010: Moby Dick. This is a "modern adaptation of the classic novel" (Asylum) and this literature buff wonders what author Herman Melville would think of this update.
Happy or not, 2010: Moby Dick will go straight-to-dvd and Captain Ahab will be played by Barry Bostwick ("Ghost Whisperer"). Also starring is Renee O'Connor (Bitchslap) and this film releases November 23rd. Have a look at the trailer, as giant mammals go tow to tow with smaller, but smarter animals (humans).
This short overview is courtesy of The Asylum:
"A modern adaptation of the classic novel of the captain of a high tech submarine and his obsessive quest to destroy the »
- 28DaysLaterAnalysis@gmail.com (Michael Allen)
The Asylum, the studio behind "Transmorphers" and "Snakes on a Train," has now released the trailer for "2010: Moby Dick," their version of Herman Melville's tale. Check it out below. The movie pins "the world's biggest creature and the man who hunts them down." The man is Captain Ahab, who is played by Barry Bostwick ("Spin City"). And he's joined by Dr. Michelle Herman, played by Renee O'Connor (Bitch Slap). "2010: Moby Dick" is scheduled to hit stores on DVD on November 23rd. No word on why the studio put "2010" in the title when the release date is a month from 2011. Trailer: If you cannot see the player, click here. »
I'm not sure what Herman Melville would think if he were alive today and saw the trailer for The Asylum's 2010: Moby Dick. He'd probably be more upset to know that whaling is predominantly outlawed and frowned upon by modern society. He'd probably also be tickled to see the guy from MegaForce hamming it up as Captain Ahab.
The studio that has already given us mega sharks and mega piranhas is now giving us a mega whale, but don't call this Mega Dick. 2010: Moby Dick transports Herman Melville's timeless tale of revenge and man vs. nature to modern times by transforming the Great White Whale into a pissed-off prehistoric mega beast, Captain Ahab into a high tech submarine commander, and introduces a scientist named Dr. Michelle Herman played by Xena's former sidekick Renee O'Connor to no doubt provide copious amounts of explanatory exposition in between whale attacks and Ahab outbursts. »
I hadn't intended to write another article about The Asylum's forthcoming take on Moby Dick so soon after an article mentioning it along with several other upcoming Asylum genre offerings, but since they've now put out artwork and some production stills and other sites have picked up on it, might as well...
The Asylum's updated take on Herman Melville's classic tale of obsession, revenge, and whaling sees the captain of a high-tech submarine on an obsessive quest to destroy the enormous prehistoric whale that maimed him. Barry Bostwick (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, MegaForce) and Renee O'Connor (aka Xena's sidekick Gabrielle) star.
It cannot be coincidence that The Asylum chose to get into the giant prehistoric killer whale business so soon after archaeologists discovered fossils of a species of prehistoric whale so ginormous they gave it the scientific name "Leviathan melvillei" after both the biblical monster Leviathan and »
Once notorious for making mockbusters of major motion pictures, now it appears The Asylum has found a new niche making ridiculous b-movies. You have to be embracing absurdity if you're releasing a movie called Titanic II and following it up with a modern updating of Moby Dick that involves a high-tech sub and a prehistoric monster whale. Not to mention a Paranormal Activity-ish horror set inside of John Wayne Gacy's house.
Barry Bostwick (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, "Spin City") and Renee O'Connor (Xena's sidekick "Gabrielle") have just begun filming The Asylum's take of Moby Dick, set to be released to DVD on November 23rd.
A modern adaptation of the classic novel of the captain of a high tech submarine and his obsessive quest to destroy the enormous prehistoric whale that maimed him.
Whether this Moby Dick will attempt to follow in the campy footsteps (Should that be finsteps? »
Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters), seen left, has announced his participation in the Collective Development feature A State of Hate. From the press release the film is "inspired by true events" (Collective) and this reviewer hopes that writer Anthony Hornus can back up this claim. Based on true events is a title that gets slapped on a lot of horror films. Meanwhile, the film has also cast DJ Perry (An Ordinary Killer), Renee O'Connor (Xena: The Warrior Princess), Terence Knox (Tour of Duty), Tony Becker (Dean Teaster's Ghost Town), Renee Geerlings (Halloween II), and actor-comedian Johnny Dark. Shooting takes place within the state of Michigan and the film is a period piece that takes place in 1976. A "racial divide" and "simmering racial" tensions are sparked with the death of a "young black woman," (Collective) while white detective Lynn Kendall investigates. This action thriller will move into production once casting is complete, with more details inside. »
- Michael Ross Allen
Ernie Hudson, best known of course to horror fans for his recurring role as Winston Zeddemore in the Ghostbuster films, is attached to star in Anthony Hornus' upcoming A State of Hate, which is a sequel to Hornus' 2003 film An Ordinary Killer. Hudson will play Nate Wallace, the father of a young murder victim in a small Michigan town.
The screenplay for A State of Hate was penned by Hornus and New York Times bestselling authors Diane Carey and Greg Brodeur (Star Trek series). The production company is Lansing, Michigan-based Collective Development Inc. Both An Ordinary Killer and A State of Hate are "based on/inspired by true events".
The movie will be filmed on location entirely in Michigan, and Hudson's co-stars include DJ Perry (pictured below with Hudson), who reprises his role as Detective Lynn Kendall from the recently released Special Edition of An Ordinary Killer, as well as Renée O'Connor, »
- Uncle Creepy
In our first annual Top 50 Lesbian and Bi Characters poll, we asked you to vote for your favorite characters from film, television, and internet shows.
You cast your votes, and now we have the results. Before we reveal the winners, let's take a look at some of the trends that emerged.
Almost all of the characters were from films and television shows that made their debut after the year 2000. A few of the exceptions include Kerry Weaver from ER, and the ass-kicking ladies from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
While most of the characters were from Us productions, a fair amount came from international shows, including our top two characters (from the UK show Skins).
Also notable was the fact that some of your favorite characters, the leads from Xena: Warrior Princess (which ran from 1995-2001) and Idgie Threadgood from the film Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), were never officially presented as lesbian or bisexual. »
From the 1950s through the 1970s many a producer could make a nice career out of producing low budget exploitation films. Roger Corman turned his studio into a training ground and provided us with a generation of terrific filmmakers. Many who make films today were heavily influenced by these films and Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez paid homage with their Grindhouse extravaganza.
Exploitation movies are critic-proof. They will find their audiences thanks to the copious amounts of blood, senseless violence, and frequent displays of cleavage. But, for the most part, their time has come and gone as roadhouse promotions and drive-in theatres have gone the way of the nickelodeon. As a result, you have to admire anyone who sets out to make one these days.
- Robert Greenberger
The DVD artwork has just arrived for Bitch Slap, which released today. The film is part rockabilly, part action film, and part sex-ploitation. A little something for everyone appears in Bitch Slap and while the film has not been reviewed here there are over a dozen movie clips on the project below, that will give viewers a feeling for the film. Bitch Slap stars Kevin Sorbo, Lucy Lawless, and Renee O'Connor and one of the extra features from the DVD is below (behind the scenes featurette).
The synopsis for Bitch Slap here:
"When three curvaceous babes arrive at a desert hideaway to steal from an underworld kingpin, things quickly spiral out of control. Allegiances are switched, truths are revealed, criminals are unmasked and nothing is quite what it seems as the fate of the world is precariously balanced among this trio of sexy femmes fatales" (IMDb).
Release Date: March 2nd (DVD).
Director/writer: Rick Jacobson. »
- Michael Ross Allen
"Desperate Housewives" gave viewers a girl-on-girl kissing scene last season, and it appears once was not enough for the ABC soap.
Reports online say that Teri Hatcher's character, Susan, will be kissing another woman in the near future. There's no word on who the kissee will be, but our money's on Julie Benz's stripper character, Robin, who begins a guest arc on Sunday's (Jan. 31) episode.
As you may recall, Susan also shared a smooch with Gaby (Eva Longoria Parker) last season -- after sending a message she didn't intend to send to her lesbian boss (played by Swoosie Kurtz). Or perhaps you didn't. Both kisses were played as comedy, and neither was especially memorable.
Will the show do it better this time around? Time will tell. In the meantime, we offer up a few other iconic woman-to-woman kisses in TV history.
In an episode aptly titled "Don't Ask, »
You can bring home a B-movie throwback on DVD this March. Bitch Slap will be released on DVD on March 2. This DVD will be priced at $22.98 Srp and you can take a look at the cover art below. The film stars Julia Voth, Erin Cummings, America Olivo, Kevin Sorbo, Michael Hurst, Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor. Trixie, Hel and Camero may look good on the outside, but they're nothing but badass on the inside.When the tempting trio arrives in the desert to retrieve stolen jewels at a ruthless gangster's hideout, they find themselves competing against an assortment of bizarre criminals - and each other. But what else can one expect from a down-on-her luck stripper, a drug-running killer and a ball-busting businesswoman? Bounding with violence and excess galore, Bitch Slap is a wildly explosive tribute to the sensationalistic style of the cult exploitation genre and a modern throwback to the "B" movie film genre. »
Described as a post-modern throwback to Russ Meyer, Roger Corman 'el cheapo' exploitation films of the 1950's-1970's, music for "Bitch Slap" was composed by John R. Graham with cinematography by Stuart Asbjornsen.
The film begins when three 'bad girls', including a stripper, drug-running killer and corporate powerbroker, arrive at a remote desert hideaway to extort a ruthless underworld boss.
"...Soon things quickly spin out of control as allegiances change, truths are revealed, other criminals arrive and the fate of the world hangs in the balance as the trio are forced to confront a villain much worse than they ever expected...themselves..."
- Michael Stevens
15 items from 2010
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