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Billed as a complete reimagining, SyFy's serial take on Terry Gilliam's post-apocalyptic "12 Monkeys" retains it's dark imagery, but will Gilliam's frenetic underlying messages ultimately be lost in the mix?
The fictional worlds of director Terry Gilliam (The Fisher King, Brazil, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) are beautifuilly profound and gorgeously bizarre to say the least, always combining the harsh grit of reality with the sublime wonders of the imagination. The famed director's 1995-outing 12 Monkeys was no exception.
Set in a distant future, 12 Monkeys saw Bruce Willis in the role of convict protagonist Cole, who is (messily) sent into the past by a shady government group with the task of seeking out and stopping the cause of mankind's current dilemna: a life underground in the dark to escape a worldwide pandemic that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction.
With his unique directorial style, Gilliam brought forth a haunting »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jarod Warren)
In 2012, I visited with director Mike Mendez and actor Greg Grunberg on the set of what was then called Mega Spider. Two years later, Mega Spider is now Big Ass Spider, and the flick has run the festival circuit before landing on blu-ray and VOD on January 7th. I spoke with Mike again, and we discussed title changes, audience response, and that big ass spider.
I visited you on set, on one of your last days of shooting. Back then, the title was Mega Spider. How did you get away with changing the title? Frankly, I think Big Ass Spider is much better.
Good! A lot of begging and pleading is the short answer to that. From the first time I met with Epic Pictures, that was something I told them: I really wanted to differentiate from your average Mega Snake or Mega Piranha or Mega-whatever. There are literally like »
- Alyse Wax
One of the key components to a successful horror film is a memorable adversary for the protagonists. Often, the villain is human, or once was. Sometimes the foe is a possessed home, or a revenant that just won’t die. In rare cases, the monster is something a little more… unusual. As evidenced in the list below, we sometimes discover the enemy is more bizarre than we could ever dream: evil objects, demonic playthings, even malevolent pastries... monsters come in many forms. With that said, it’s time to take a walk down memory lane and look at ten more of the most unconventional monsters in horror cinema history. [Check out our first ten here.] Note: To avoid a list that features nothing but SyFy Channel originals, we are only considering films that premiered in a medium other than cable television. Dolly Dearest The Child’s Play franchise is hands-down better than Dolly Dearest, and we »
- Tyler Doupe
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