10 items from 2009
Some sad news today folks, particularly if you're a fan of the Alien franchise or just horror and sci-fi in general. Dan O'Bannon, the original screenwriter of Alien, has passed away after spending the last week or so in a Los Angeles hospital. He was 63 years old. O'Bannon started his career with John Carpenter's Dark Star, for which he co-wrote the screenplay, did the special effects, and also starred. He also wrote and directed The Return of the Living Dead, a cult classic if ever there was one, and he wrote Total Recall, Lifeforce, and Screamers, among others. He created one of the biggest genre franchises in history with Alien, and it's somehow even more sad to see him go on the weekend that James Cameron's Avatar is released. We salute you, sir. What will you most remember Dan O'Bannon for?
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O'Bannon passed away at the age of 63 in Los Angeles following a short illness.
He got his big break in the movie business with 1974's Dark Star, which he edited, starred in and co-wrote with director John Carpenter, who he met as a student at the University of Southern California's film school.
O'Bannon is survived by his wife Diane Louise Lindley and their son Adam. »
Dan O’Bannon, science fiction screenwriter and director, passed away on December 17, 2009 in Los Angeles. He was best known for his work in the science-fiction and horror genres, with hits that included Alien, Total Recall, and The Return of the Living Dead.
O’Bannon made his first splash in 1974 with Dark Star, which expanded a low-budget, 45-minute short co-written with fellow USC student John Carpenter. Although the film had sci-fi trappings, such as a space ship and cryogenic freezing technology, Dark Star was essentially a quirky, black-hearted comedy about the ship’s misfit crew members. The movie became a cult hit; and not only did O’Bannon work on the screenplay, but he had an acting role as a character named Sgt. Pinback.
Fango’s Australian correspondent Michael Helms sent along casting and other details on two new projects getting ready to roll there, both of which showcase nature gone amok. The more horrific of the two is The Reef, the latest from Andrew Traucki, who co-wrote and co-directed (with David Nerlich) the killer-crocodile flick Black Water.
Reteaming Traucki with Black Water producer Michael Robertson, The Reef stars Aussie actors Damian Walshe-Howling, Zoe Naylor, Gyton Grantley, Adrienne Pickering and Kieran Darcy-Smith in the story of a group of friends whose boat capsizes on a jaunt to the Great Barrier Reef. Deciding to attempt a swim to the distant shore, they find themselves being stalked by a great white shark intent on making meals out of them. The $3.5 million (Australian) film is set to begin a five-week shoot October 12 in Queensland’s Hervey Bay; additional live shark footage will be captured in South Australia. »
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1995’s “Screamers” is one of those very cool sci-fi movies that didn’t get a whole lot of respect when it bowed 14 years ago, but thanks to the miracle of DVD, cable, and The Sci Fi Channel, it’s developed something of a cult following. That existing fanbase was enough to get a sequel greenlit and put out straight to DVD. The original was really a mish-mash of genres (definitely sci-fi, but it also had a lot of slasher movie conventions), and offered up a strong performance by Peter Weller and more than capable special effects. Aside from those things, it was also incredibly creepy, especially the screamer toddlers. Those things still give me nightmares. As the sequel opens, we are told that 13 years have passed since Hendricksson (Peter Weller’s character from the first movie) escaped the planet Sirius 6B in his ship, only to commit suicide upon entry into Earth’s orbit. »
June is going to be a busy month for DVD releases. We're going to get supernatural horrors, Italian shockers, and Sci-Fi Channel schlockers; not to mention one hell of an Asylum mocker. Here's a taste of things to come.
What better place to begin than with Lionsgate's June 16th release of Richard Friedman's Born. Starring Joan Severence, Denise Crosby, and Kane Hodder, it's another one of those demon baby in the womb horror flicks. This time out a virginal 21-year old (Alison Brie) wakes up impregnated by a demon (Hodder, of course); the demonic baby eventually overtakes her mind and sends her on a killing spree. I've come across some reviews of Born online, and let's just say most would have preferred this film to be retitled Abort. Only the best from Lionsgate.
On DVD this Tuesday is Screamers: The Hunting, the sequel to the legendary sci-fi thriller. Fangoria's got 8 clips from the film, (including DVD bonus features) along with the latest trailer. See them all below the cut.
Inspired by a short story by visionary author Philip K. Dick, Screamers: The Hunting is a mind-shattering sequel to the legendary sci-fi cult thriller! It's been thirteen years since the robotic killing machines known as Screamers destroyed the human population of Sirius 6B. But now a distress signal brings a team of rescuers to the supposedly abandoned planet. Can it be a long-lost colony of human survivors? Or have the Screamers evolved into something even more sinister...half-man/half-machine hybrids that need to escape Sirius 6B to finish their mission: the complete annihilation of the human race?
"Screamers: The Hunting" is set to appear in stores on February 17th and to promote the straight-to-dvd sequel, a nine-minute clip has appeared online. The clip is restricted and features a few bloody scenes. Plot: Inspired by Philip K. Dick's short story "Second Variety", the new movie revolves around a group of humans arriving on Sirius 6-b to investigate an Sos signal sent out from the planet, which has been supposedly deserted since the destruction of the man-made weapons known as "screamers." Once the squad arrives, they find a group of human survivors eking out an existence in an old military outpost, but more important, they discover that the threat of the screamers has become even more insidious, now that they're able to morph into human form. 9 Minute Clip: »
Those pesky, deadly lil' robots of Sirius 6B are back in Screamers: The Hunting , a sequel to 1995's bloody 1995 sci-fi horror film starring Peter Weller. In this entry, directed by Sheldon Wilson, an all-new team of rescuers - Gina Holden, Tim Rozon, Greg Bryk and Lance Henriksen - touch down on the Screamers-populated planet to find survivors before its destroyed. Naturally, things don't go so smooth. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has provided us with an exclusive clip from the sequel which hits DVD on February 17th. Enjoy! »
More Screamers is comin' at you on DVD February 17th in Screamers: The Hunting , a sequel to the 1995 sci-fi/horror flick starring Peter Weller. Courtesy of Sony, we've updated our gallery for this title with a handful of hi-res stills which you can peruse via the picture link below. Synopsis: It's been thirteen years since the robotic killing machines known as Screamers destroyed the human population of Sirius 6B. But now a distress signal brings a team of rescuers to the supposedly abandoned planet. Can it be a long-lost colony of human survivors? Or have the Screamers evolved into something even more sinister...a half-man/half-machine hybrid that needs to escape Sirius 6B to finish its mission: the complete annihilation of the human race? Sheldon Wilson directed from a »
10 items from 2009
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