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Ron doesn't see why Syfy's fun, good-looking sci-fi pilot, High Moon, didn't make it to series. There's plenty here to enjoy...
Once upon a time, you couldn't sneeze in the summer without hitting some sort of made-for-tv movie. Sometimes, they'd be specially made for the purpose of airing. Sometimes, they'd just be unused pilots that happened to be edited into a two-hour block to fill a little airtime. For every The Night Stalker, there was a Steel Magnolias, K-9 And Company, or a Riding With Death (which went on to fame via Mystery Science Theater 3000). In other words, the TV movie pilot doesn't always work out all that well. However, you have to give SyFy credit for trying to make something out of nothing with High Moon, the television pilot version of John Christopher's novel The Lotus Caves.
In the not-too-distant future, the moon has become the new »
Richard Kiel, whose towering height and distinctive baritone voice defined his nearly 50-year career in television and films, most notably as the steely toothed James Bond villain Jaws, died Wednesday afternoon in Fresno, Calif. at the age of 74, TMZ reports. The actor had been hospitalized after breaking his leg earlier in the week, but it is still unclear if that was related to his death.
Kiel’s rep did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.
The Detroit-born Kiel, who grew to be 7 feet 1.5 inches, worked various odd jobs, including cemetery plot salesman and nightclub bouncer, before making »
- Lindsey Bahr
Starting Monday, August 4, digital television provider Retro TV will be presenting the surviving “classic” episodes of Doctor Who weekdays at 8Pm. the series will start as it should with William Hartnell as The Doctor in An Unearthly Child, and will continue in order, right through to the Sylvester McCoy series.
When broadcast television switched over to digital, stations received a bonus two digital sub-channels thanks to the extra ability to compress data. Most stations had no plan of their own to utilize these stations, which allowed for the rise of third party programming providers like Retro, Me-tv and many more. Offering mostly reruns of classic television, these channels have greatly expanded the number of classic shows available. While most classic TV station were only available through cable subscriptions, these new channels are available over the air, allowing everyone to enjoy them.
Retro TV scored a double-hit this summer for science-fiction fans. »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
For the last week of July, there may not be a lot of titles being released onto DVD and Blu-ray, but the ones that are making their debut are absolutely an impressive bunch.
On Tuesday, Synapse Films is bringing the 1983 cult classic Curtains to Blu-ray for the very first time ever and Paramount is making every Twin Peaks fan’s dreams come true this week with their Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery box set, which includes all the missing footage that we’ve all been waiting to be released for decades. Other titles coming out include the indie thriller The Den as well as a new Mystery Science Theater 3000 collection from Shout Factory.
- Heather Wixson
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Hercules hits theaters this weekend, but it's far from the first time the hero has appeared on the big screen. Hell, it's not even the first time this year. In January, The Legend of Hercules opened to scathing reviews and a minuscule box office. This new one is directed by Brett Ratner and actually has a 71 percent "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so it'll probably fare slightly better.
'MST3K' Creator Hints at Online Reboot
In the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s, the Italian film »
The night Sharknado 2: The Second One airs, what do you think will generate the most social media traffic? Those watching and snarking, those not watching but still snarking, or those bitching about all the Sharknado snarking as if this movie’s existence is their new 9/11?
Love it or hate it, The Asylum’s Sharknado is a bona fide pop culture phenomenon, one bolstered almost entirely by social media. But can lightning strike twice, or has Sharknado already jumped the proverbial shark?
Syfy has finally put up the full trailer for this summer’s biggest schlockbuster (though you did give it a run for its money, Amazing Spider-Man 2), and it looks like the same movie as before only now in New York City with more sharks, more Ian Ziering trying to become the most iconic chainsaw-wielding b-movie hero since Ash, more celebrity cameos (Perez Hilton, Kelly Osbourne, Andy Dick, »
“Into the weenie mobile, weenie man away!”
Okay, you have a big decision to make this weekend: do you seen Return Of The Living Dead at midnight at The Hi-Pointe Friday and Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie at The Tivoli midnight on Saturday, or do you see Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie at The Tivoli midnight Friday and Return Of The Living Dead at midnight at The Hi-Pointe on Saturday? Either way, there’s a couple of fun midnight shows in St. Louis this weekend (read my take on the Return Of The Living Dead screening Here)
If you’re unacquainted with the origin of Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie, a cult cable series on the Sci-Fi Channel, fret not. Think of Mad Magazine meets a live-action version of Beavis & Butthead, and you’re on your way to the moon. Instead of having Burger »
- Tom Stockman
On April 30th 1954, a Finnish-American actress, showgirl and pin-up named Maila Nurmi sashayed down a dark corridor fogged with dry ice, stopped on cue and unleashed a bloodcurdling scream. She was sporting her best faux-Morticia Addams dress, vampy fingernails, long black hair and an imperious expression. After the introductory trance and shriek that began every episode of Kabc TV’s The Vampira Show, the host would recline on a skull-decorated Victorian couch and mockingly introduce one of any number of low-budget and no-budget horror films for her late-night television audience. Vampira was the first horror host in American television, appearing on the air only five short years after the station first signed on in Los Angeles.
“Screaming relaxes me so”
Though Vampira’s reign as »
“You yell shark, we’ve got a panic on our hands on the Fourth of July!”
Jaws screens this Friday and Saturday nights (July 4th and 5th) at midnight at the Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at the Tivoli’ Midnight series.
Jaws is the original “summer movie”. It was the first to raise the roof with screams and then subsequently bring it down with applause. But he legacy of Jaws isn’t just that of a great summer movie, but of a great movie period. The popcorn flick formula, one that has been imitated for decades, was begun with this malfunctioning mechanical shark. However, unlike most of its successors, Jaws filled the pit of your stomach with more than just popcorn; you got a nice helping of fear as well. For many, even after almost 40 years, it’s still the ultimate event movie. Now you can spend »
- Tom Stockman
When Ian Ziering’s character Fin raised his chainsaw and leaped at the jaws of a flying shark in Syfy’s Sharknado, it no doubt caused all kinds of comments in both viewers’ homes and on their Twitter accounts. But perhaps a few people watching the intentional B-movie wondered what side-splitting remarks the guys from Mystery Science Theater 3000 would have made during that scene and throughout the entire film. Well, wonder no more: a live recording of Sharknado commentary from three former members of MST3K will take place in just two weeks, and further commemorating the shark-filled cyclone flick is a Sharknado Pop! vinyl figure from Funko.
The 4-inch vinyl figure features a shark inside a freak saltwater tornado with its mouth wide open and sharp teeth on full display. Coming soon to online retailers like Amazon (in stock on July 3rd, 2014), this vinyl figure will help usher in »
- Derek Anderson
“Gimme some sugar, baby!”
Get get some sugar midnights at the Tivoli! Another awesome line-up of midnight movies including a couple of anime standards and some ‘80s cult nuggets make up the next wave of films at the Tivloi for their “Reel Late at the Tivoli” midnight program! It’s a great selection with the usual variety of standards and classics that draw the late night movie buff crowd.
Blazing Saddles from 1974 is the oldest of the bunch and should be great to see on the big screen again. Clue, Spinal Tap, and Army Of Darkness have drawn big crowds in the past. I was unaware that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from 1990 had a cult following, but I was surprised last year when Spice World packed ‘em in, so what do I know?!
Reel Late at the Tivoli takes place every Friday and Saturday night and We Are Movie Geeks »
- Tom Stockman
Denny McNamara hasn’t been having the best of luck lately. His girlfriend Renee dumped him, his brother is threatening to to sell Denny’s house if he can’t come up with next month’s rent, and he’s become so unsure of himself, he’s beginning to question his real purpose in life. Like many horror fans, Denny has a soft spot for horror hosts of the 1980s, like Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark, or Mystery Science Theater 3000. Denny’s personal favorite has always been Ghostman, a jolly, sarcastic host of the underworld with a painted face and a single mission: to share his love of the genre with all who care to watch. Sadly, Ghostman has recently been replaced with a younger, more attractive frontman named Rick, who prefers to be called by his stage name, “Count Dracool”.
After drinking his sorrows away one night with his best friend Carlo, »
- Kalyn Corrigan
Depending on whom you ask, either the 1976 man-eating worms flick Squirm is an underrated horror gem or a great example of a “so bad it’s good” flick. Scream Factory will give you a chance to decide for yourself on Blu-ray this October.
Today was another one of those days that Scream Factory decided to throw out a surprise announcement on their Facebook page. This time it was the unexpected news a Polyester era nature gone amok camp classic that even “Mystery Science Theater 3000” has dug their hooks into is getting some hi-def Blu-ray love.
Here’s the Scream Factory announcement:
The worms crawl in and out this October when we release the 1976 nature-gone-berserk classic Squirm to Blu-ray for the first time in U.S. and Canada!
No details or extras yet but this will be in our “Collector’s Edition” series and new artwork will be revealed soon. »
Ah, what would we have to give to bring back “Mystery Science Theater 3000”? They would have a field day with the completely embarrassing “The Human Race,” an inept sci-fi film that seems like a throwback to incompetent straight-to-video cheapies of the 80's, the kind of time-wasters that would employ Robert Z'Dar and maybe an Estevez. The intro to this slab of tacky genre garbage is foggy, muddy, nearly monochrome, as the victims of the title event are forced to follow a single path to victory. Without warning, we see these strangers look to the sky, as an unseen voice transmits the rules of this “game” straight into their heads – you must get to the end of the path, or you will die. And if you're lapped twice, you are dead. Also, try not to walk onto the grass that surrounds this complex of an arbitrarily-chosen jail, school and home, »
- Gabe Toro
As if the new Godzilla didn’t already dance on the grave of the disastrous 1998 American reboot, the Rifftrax crew is coming to a theater near you to kick the corpse. The ’98 Godzilla will be getting the Rifftrax Live treatment this August all because you made it possible.
Last year the former “Mystery Science Theater 3000” turned Rifftrax guys (Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, Bill Corbett) riffed on Starship Troopers at movie theaters all across the country thanks to your Kickstarter donations. At the time I complained that surely there were more egregiously bad films deserving of such a lambasting (Yes, I know the Kickstarter was originally intended for Twilight). Oh, have they ever found a deserving piece of crap this go-round.
It's a shock to go back and watch "Midnight Cowboy" 45 years after its debut (on May 25, 1969) and see how raw and otherworldly it looks. After all, the X-rated Best Picture Oscar-winner has been so thoroughly assimilated into American pop culture that even kiddie entertainments like the Muppets have copied from it.
The tale of the unlikely friendship between naïve Texas gigolo Joe Buck (Jon Voight) and frail Bronx con man Enrico "Ratso" Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman), "Midnight Cowboy" was initially considered so risqué that it's the only X-rated movie ever to win the Academy's top prize (though after it won, the ratings board reconsidered and gave the film an R). Still, the film featured two lead performances and a few individual scenes that were so iconic that homages (and parodies) have popped up virtually everywhere. (Most often imitated is the scene where Ratso, limping across a busy Manhattan street, is nearly »
- Gary Susman
The Dissolve Alfonso Cuarón might direct the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. The internet seems largely happy about this which puzzles me. I understand everyone likes money but isn't this a huge step backwards after Children of Men/Gravity gave us his full auteurist muscle unbeholden to someone else's franchise? I most definitely think so
Pajiba wonders what was up with that airplane curtain closing wordless scene on Mad Men this weekend?
The Film Doctor asks 9 questions about Godzilla before realizing he's too old for that shit. (I loved Godzilla so much myself that I've been surprised at the level of thumbs down in comments and online)
Towleroad one of the Vikings in How To Train Your Dragon 2 comes out as gay kinda. »
- NATHANIEL R
Weird Love #1
Written by: Joe Gill and Various Writers
Inked by: Dick Beck, Bernard Sachs and Various Inkers
Published by: Idw Publishing andYoe Books
Weird Love #1 certainly lives up to its title. It’s not that the stories themselves are frightening, although some of them were clearly intended to be morality tales to scare young people straight and start washing behind their ears before Bolshevism took root in their impressionable young minds. No, the stories simply reflect a very different time and place, or at least how the Comics Code Authority wanted the world to appear. There isn’t a common thread that unites these stories, beyond the fact that they’re all sort of…out there. One story is about communism and the perils of falling in »
- Zeb Larson
Reactions from the talent behind films eviscerated on MST3k have varied (it could be a joke, but the crew claims Joe Don Baker of Mitchell fame wants to take a swing at them), though not as much as fans of the films proper. A famous, though unverified, story has Dennis Miller flying the cast to a filming of his HBO show only to scream at them for having their way with Marooned! In light of the recent announcement that creator Joel Hodgson wants to reboot the cult favourite, here’s a look at a few episodes that may not have been playing fair.
5. Revenge of The Creature (Season 8, Episode 1)
There is a delicate chemistry to enjoying trash on its own merit. Too bad or too good, it can easily throw things off-balance into the oblivion of the unwatchable. Creature upped the stakes of the classic original by bringing it to local beaches and, »
- Kenny Hedges
Ever since seeing Rammbock: Berlin Undead – a romantic zombie flick with ten times more heart than Warm Bodies – I’ve been excitedly awaiting Marvin Kren’s creature feature follow-up Blood Glacier. Promoting itself as Austria’s answer to The Thing, Kren’s ability to scare and entertain seemed perfectly suited for silly practical effects and grotesque monster work, but before I could even enjoy an onslaught of vicious, hybrid animals, one simple decision turned what could have been a fun B-Movie into a schlocky, dismissible dud. What decision might that be? English. Language. Dubbing. Some people may complain about “multitasking,” reading subtitles and watching cinema at the time, but I must beg international markets to stop taking the “easy” way out for viewers. Would you rather have to read something, or suffer through flat, monotone voices that don’t even match moving lips? When a dog has the most genuine dialogue through a film, »
- Matt Donato
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