Brian Saur makes his triumphant return to the podcast as we explore two characters who will do pretty much anything to get what they want. First, Robert Englund attempts to depart from the Freddy Krueger persona in 1989’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Then, Jake Gyllenhaal turns in the performance of his career with 2014’s NIGHTCRAWLER. Also, we introduce a new regular segment with our “Picks of the Week.”
Joseph Khan (the director best known for his batshit motorcycle-fu flick TORQUE and strange high-school horror flick DETENTION) has wowed with an unofficial Power Rangers short film that whets the appetite for a dark, gritty take on this normally violent-yet-kid-friendly property. It was directed by Joseph Kahn (Torque, Detention), co-written by Dutch Southern (Bad Turn Worse) and starring James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek) and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica).
Until now the 1983 Sci-fi romp Spacehunter: Adventures In The Forbidden Zone has been highly sought out by a select few of us since it’s 2001 DVD went out of print. Thankfully, Mill Creek decided to make it available on DVD, but probably unsure of it’s stand-alone potential they slapped it onto a double feature DVD with Krull (also available on blu-ray). While many of us would prefer a stand-alone blu-ray release of some sort we can’t necessarily complain too much. Spacehunter is available once again in all it’s cheesefest glory!
Starry Eyes is about a struggling actress trying to make it in Hollywood. Audition after audition, she can’t get the part she wants until she comes across a role meant for her. She has the opportunity to work with a well-known production company trying to get back into the scene, and their debut film is called the Silver Scream. Sarah needs this role, and she will do anything to get it. Anything.
I was made aware of The Vicious Brothers’ alien flick Extraterrestrial during Episode 43 of our podcast since we were covering flicks involving aliens and alien abduction. Brad Henderson and our guest John Portanova had some great things to say about it. So, one evening I gave it a chance on VOD and immediately wanted to add this fun flick to my every growing blu-ray collection. At the time The Vicious Brothers were mum on the work regarding a blu-ray release, but now it looks like Scream Factory will be heading up the blu-ray release on the heels of their new partnership with IFC Films.
Nacho Vigalondo is carving out a little niche for himself in the “kinda sci-fi, but not quite sci-fi” side of the movie spectrum. Timecrimes remains a favorite of mine but I’ve yet to see Extraterrestrial (I need to remedy that soon), and Open Windows continues with that idea. For all intensive purposes, Open Windows IS a science fiction film. If you come into the film expecting a realistic take on surveillance, technology and even UI, then you’re going to be let down immediately. However, if you can suspend disbelief from frame one there is some fun to be had here.