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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Random Ramblings from the Vault...

  • So Cary Elwes finally realized it might be a good idea for his career to make another appearance in the Saw series? I bet he never expected it would become such a big deal after he went slummin' in that first one. I'm assuming they're going to be ignoring the fact that his character's dessicated corpse was already seen in Saw II...
  • Five days until the Nightmare on Elm Street remake is finally upon us, just in time for the momentous 26th anniversary of the original... Hmmm, you'd think Platinum Dunes could've planned that out just a little bit better.
  • Anyone who loves Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein would also do well to check out Abbott & Costello Meet the Mummy. Made seven years after that first horror comedy, it's also Bud & Lou's last movie together, and seeing the boys mix it up with Kharis (or technically, Klaris), is nearly as hysterical as their antics with Lugosi, Glenn Strange and Lon Chaney Jr.
  • I'd like to coax my colleague Brad Miska of Bloody-Disgusting to institute a book section of the web's premiere horror news website. Come on, Brad my man, make it happen--if B-D can boast a music department, surely a literary section ain't out of the question, right? Pretty please?
  • So what's the deal with this movie Ninety that Darren Bousman is now signed to direct? Supposedly it will contain 90 kills within 90 minutes. I don't know about you, but I'm thinking that's going to become awfully tedious by about 12 minutes in.
  • Folks, this blogger is dying to set his eyeballs on The Human Centipede. I've been forced to miss not one, but two sneak preview screenings in NYC in recent weeks. If there are any Vault dwellers out there who have seen thing and feel up to penning a review, give me a holler...
  • How refreshing was it to see Chiller TV actually living up to its potential on Earth Day, playing a zombie movie marathon that included the original Dawn of the Dead and The Evil Dead? Just goes to show that that channel doesn't have to perpetually suck if it only tries.
  • After hearing the rave reviews on the performance of Chloe Moretz as Hit Girl in Kick-Ass From trusted sources like BJ-C of Day of the Woman, Britt Hayes of Brutal as Hell and others, I'm just a little less worried about Let Me In, the upcoming American remake of Let the Right One In...
  • I was recently asked on my Formspring page what I felt was the "next step" for the zombie subgenre, and I had to confess it might be time to simply put it in mothballs for a few years. The only two exceptions I'm making is for AMC's Walking Dead TV series and the planned World War Z movie...
  • My recent edition of Conversations in the Dark with Classic-Horror.com's Nate Yapp raised the eternal issue of "Karloff vs. Lugosi"... I maintain that Karloff was the superior actor, who could've still had a great career even without horror (although he was admittedly made by Frankenstein.) Lugosi needed the Dracula role to make him an icon, and without it, I think he would've remained an obscure Eastern European actor with a very thick accent. What say you?

11 comments:

The Mike said...

Great call on Abbott & Costello Meet The Mummy. I've got fond memories of watching that one with my dad, always makes me smile.

Pax Romano said...

As for Cary Elwes making an appearance in the next Saw film; hmmm...let's see, a flashback, maybe? I'll bet he was in cahoots with Jigsaw all along! Oh wait, that sound like the plot for the last one (which I had the misfortune of watching last night - what a load of crap).

And yes, time to put the zombie's back in their crypt - what was once my personal most terrifying movie monster, has become a big pop culture joke.

Dolewhite said...

I just think it's funny that, outside of the obnoxious editing and camera work, the worst thing about the first Saw film was Cary Elwes.

Also, I wish with all my heart, that I had Chiller TV. Even if it sucked.

C.L. Hadden said...

I don't get Chiller either, which irritates the hell out of me.

And I hadn't even heard about "Ninety" - I mean, whaaaaat? I'm thinking you're right about that one. Obviously they are foregoing a plot- ?

Tower Farm said...

Wow. I am glad I am not the only one completely disappointed by CHILLER. I was also pleasantly surprised to see EVIL DEAD on it this past week. Usually that channel is worthless.

JM

the jaded viewer said...

NOES remake or Human Centipede? Is there any question what I'm going to see? Human Centipede is MUST SEE.

Emily said...

Wow. I didn't hear the Elwes news but that's exciting both for narrative and pure trash reasons. I love me some Saw, particularly with how ridiculous it progressively gets (and also, the fact that it's the first franchise to actively tell a consistent story) so I can imagine lots of fantastic shouting in a poorly acted American accent coming our way. Score!

B-Sol said...

Mike: Just watched it again last night with the kiddies :-)

Pax: I think you're onto something with the flashback gimmick. Also, I too never thought I'd get sick of zombies, but I am.

Matt: I think after about ten straight episodes of Poltergeist: The Legacy, you might reconsider that stance. Also, do I call you Dolewhite now?

Christine: I have no idea how that's even going to work, but if that's really the concept, I can't see how it would be anything but a comedy...

Tower: Hopefully Chiller can learn something from this and improve their programming a bit. They're obviously capable of better. I really miss the old MonstersHD!!

Jaded: I'm just hoping Human Centipede is playing here--something tells me a trip to Manhattan is going to be in order.

Emily: That's a good point about the Saw series actually following one long plotline, it is pretty unique. Nevertheless, that plotline has by this point become nearly incomprehensible!

Dolewhite said...

Oh, Poltergeist The Legacy? I think I take it back! And you can call me whatever you like! Well, maybe not whatever, but you get my drift!

Emily said...

Yeah, Saw is a mess now but that's part of its charm. You go in wondering how they're possibly going to incorporate a character murdered three films ago, and how much longer a dirty cop can get away with the most obvious serial killing in cinema history. I defend it as being better than the F13 series, but I also love the ridiculousness of it all.

B-Sol said...

Flawed as it may be, it is FAR better than the Friday the 13th level, on almost every level.

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