Glenn risks his sanity again, trekking into the wasteland, so you don’t have to. In each episode he offers his frank review. Find out if these movies are worth a watch or or if they should just be added to the pile of ash.
Cryostasis on a space prison, political scheming, kidnapping the President’s daughter and Joseph Gilgun. Could this make a good action movie?
Gina Carano portrays a black ops soldier betrayed and out for revenge. Will Haywire leave you beaten?
In a post-apocalyptic landscape, vampires everywhere and Canada is a safe zone. Can you survive the vampire epidemic?
If you enjoy a good (let’s be honest here, sometimes awful) B movie, you should be listening to the Saturday B Movie Reel Podcast. Produced by the folks at Tuning Into SciFi TV and hosted by their own Kevin Bachelder, the podcast takes on B movies new and old, with a healthy dose of Syfy Original Movies among the database.
In every episode of the Saturday B Movie Reel Podcast, Kevin reviews a movie and provides a well-rounded set of ratings covering categories such as plot, acting, cheese level and rewatchability, among others. The podcast offers no holds barred, honest reviews. Often, Kevin invites guests to join him in reviewing these movies. I have had the pleasure of making guest appearances on many of the Saturday B Movie Reel podcasts. Most recently, Kevin, Christine from Michigan and myself got together to review Super Cyclone from The Asylum. Click the link below to listen to the podcast on the Saturday B Movie Reel website.
Glenn Buettner has ventured out into the wasteland again seeking out entertainment. In this episode, he reports on John Dies at the End. Does the film live up to the novel by David Wong? Is this psychedelic trip worth the watch?
Every Labor Day weekend I migrate south, to the city of Atlanta, GA. It is my annual pilgrimage home. Once there, I congregate with thousands of other geeks from all walks of life, hobnob with celebrities and hang out with friends, old and new. This year is a bit of a working vacation, since I will be speaking on a slew of panels.
If you find yourself in the geek mecca of the south, feel free to find me at Dragon*Con. Below, is a list of the panels I will be on, with times and descriptions. The better to stalk find me. Don’t be afraid to come up and say “hello.” I am friendly, I promise.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 31st
1:00 PM – Confessions of B-Movie Fanatics [American Sci-Fi Classics] Marriott Atrium: Room A703
B-movies are not a guilty pleasure. They’re just a pleasure. Revel in 1950′s atomic horror, Corman classics and more!
5:30 PM – 8-Bits of Awesome: Classic 80′s Video Games [American Sci-Fi Classics] Marriott Atrium: Room A703
A loving look back at arcades, the home system wars and how Pac-Man Fever drove us out of our minds.
10:00 PM – Farscape Fan Forum [American Sci-Fi Classics] Marriott Atrium: Room A703
Scapers gather to gush and/or discuss the show from humans to Hynerian donkeys.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1st
10:00 AM – Saturday Morning Sci-Fi TV: From D&D to Demon Dogs [American Sci-Fi Classics] Marriott Atrium: Room A703
Discuss — and watch! — some of the most excellent action and superhero cartoons.
5:30 PM – Truly Outrageous: Girl Heroes of the 1970′s & 1980′s [American Sci-Fi Classics] Marriott Atrium: Room A703
Geeky ladies take a look at the girl-centric TV shows of the 70′s & 80′s, with Erin Gray (Buck Rogers in the 25th Century) & Jenna Busch, Geek Writer & Host Extraordinaire.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2nd
10:00 AM – Seeing Red: 1980′s Soviet Movie & TV Villains [American Sci-Fi Classics] Marriott Atrium: Room A703
In Mother Russia, classic 1980′s villains from Red Dawn and Hunt for Red October discuss YOU.
11:30 AM – Syfy Movies: The Good, the Bad & 5 Things You Never Knew [American Sci-Fi & Fantasy Media] Marriott Atrium: Room A704
Learn about the infamous Syfy Movies. Some folks love these cheesy movies and some…not. Some of them are actually worth watching, believe it or not!
8:30 PM – Game Show of Thrones [American Sci-Fi & Fantasy Media] Marriott Atrium: Room A704
Bring your teams of 4 and be ready for trivia and silliness! This is only for the show, so don’t worry if you haven’t read the books.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3rd
11:30 AM – Web Series You Should Be Watching [American Sci-Fi & Fantasy Media] Marriott Atrium: Room A704
This year’s update on what’s good to watch on the web! It’s a new world out there with big companies developing their own content.
2:30 PM – Game of Thrones: The Gray Scale [American Sci-Fi & Fantasy Media] Marriott Atrium: Room A704
With no hero and no villain, some folks don’t like this story. There are costs and benefits for the characters and the story for going the middle road.
One of the programming staples that solidify Syfy as a favorite network among the geek set is their Syfy Original Movies. Every week we tune in to see what wierd hybrid is let loose on the unsuspecting public, or what alien assassin is on the run in these B-movie tributes. The best part is they often star actors we know and love.
In a press release from March 29, 2011, Syfy announced April Original Movies will be no exception. John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings, Star Trek: Voyager) and Joe Flanigan (Stargate: Atlantis, Warehouse 13) will star in the Syfy Original Movie, Ferocious Planet. Ferocious Planet airs April 9th, 2011 at 9pm ET/PT.
“an experimental device designed to view alternate universes malfunctions on its first demonstration, transporting a group of observers into a nightmarish new dimension. The team must use ingenuity and courage to outwit the bloodthirsty creatures of this bizarre world, while trying to repair the damaged machine and return home.”
Also among the heavy hitters gracing Syfy Original Movies are Stephen Rea (V for Vendetta, The Crying Game) and Roisin Murphy (Grey’s Anatomy) who will star in Road Kill. Road Kill airs April 23rd, 2011 at 9PM ET/PT.
“a group of friends on a scenic RV road trip through Ireland, whose cross-country adventure takes an unexpected turn when they accidentally run down an old gypsy woman. Before she dies, the woman curses them, summoning a giant bird of prey called a Simuroc to exterminate the young people, one by one.”
With such wonderful casting news, you can bet I will be tuning in to see the latest additions to Syfy’s catalog of Original Movies. Why not set your DVR and watch with me?
SyFy has taken heat since their re-branding and left some geeks feeling the sting of betrayal, believing the network turned their backs on a loyal audience. We are not here to judge SyFy and the merits of their marketing campaign, we are here to talk about what has remained the same. The network’s biggest constant – the SyFy Original Movie.
SyFy produces television movies reminiscent of the creature features we all remember from our childhood. Featuring aliens, natural disasters, ghosts and a bevy of animals not typically seen in nature, SyFy continues this tradition with Sharktopus, which aired Saturday, September 25th.
Sharktopus tells the story of a genetic hybrid . . . you guessed it – half shark, half octopus. Add a little bio-mechanical manipulation and you have the navy’s next secret weapon . . . S-11. What happens when the remote control collar comes off? A killing spree. And there is no better killing ground for a genetically altered sea creature bent on revenge, than the bikini-clad resort landscapes of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. With a description like that, how could you miss this movie?
If the plot is not enough to draw you in, let us talk casting. For the most part, the cast is made up of relatively unknown actors, with Sara Malakul Lane (Belly of the Beast, Tied In Knots) & Kerem Bursin (Killian, Razor Man) taking the lead. Sara Malakul Lane is the leading lady as Nicole Sands , the bio-mechanical engineer on the S-11 project. Kerem Bursin is cast as the carefree and charming shark wrangler, Andy Flynn, brought in to save the day. Another actor adding their talents to Sharktopus, is Ralph Garman (NYPD Blue, 10 Items or Less,Family Guy), portraying Captain Jack. Captain Jack is a Pirate Radio Operator and our cynic, refusing to believe an outlandish creature such as the S-11 could exist. As far as his performance in the movie, I will say it is obvious someone has taken a movement class. To round out the casting, there is no small supply of women on set to look pretty in bathing suits, scream and be eaten by our sea-faring freak of genetics.
Truth be told, the acting is atrocious. If you have ever seen a SyFy Original Movie, you already know this. As for Sharktopus, he is, of course, CGI rendered. The artists had problems maintaining consistency with the size of Sharktopus, but it is to be expected with this caliber of movie. Also CGI-rendered is a large amount of the blood and gore. While the CGI does remove you somewhat from the experience, it does allow for more gruesome kills.
The surprise in Sharktopus is Eric Roberts (The Expendables, Heroes, Crash). Yes, that Eric Roberts. He appears as Mr. Sands, President of the Blue Water Corporation and head of the S-11 project. We get to see him play Mr. Sands as the proud, doting father of Nicole Sands, as well as a shrewd businessman who will do whatever it takes to save the government contract. I do not know who SyFy executives had to bow before to in order to get Eric Roberts to appear in a SyFy Original Movie, but I appreciate their sacrifice. Even if the movie is awesomely bad, Eric Roberts brings the Awesome.
Contributing to the sheer awesome of Sharktopus, is the theme song by the same name. The fun surf punk rock song is performed by The Cheetah Whores, an all-female band from Rochester, NY. The beat is addictive and the lyrics are hilariously tongue-in-cheek. Head over to The Cheetah Whores’ website to hear the theme. Sharktopus is also available on their album Bang Bang Baby, available for purchase on iTunes.
As for the verdict on this SyFy Original Movie, I have to say it is a great way to spend a couple of hours when you have nothing else going on. If you enjoy B-movies and Creature Features, Sharktopus is our modern day film of the genre and you will enjoy it. If, however, you are looking for quality in filmmaking, stay far away from this one. Sharktopus is Awesomely Bad . . . in the very best way possible.
Still cannot make up your mind? Watch the trailer again and decide.