In an age of endless remakes and reboots, all the oldies but goodies are being revived. Either on the big screen, or on the small screen, we are now once again seeing classics being repackaged and submitted for consumption by the masses. One classic sci-fi/horror film that has been long rumored to go down this route is Tremors. In the original, killer sandworms stalked the residents of Perfection, Nevada. The films had the right blend of comedy and horror and as a result, we got four direct-to-video sequels.
We’ve been aware for some time that Terry Gilliam‘s bleak, yet brilliant time travel/apocalypse flick 12 Monkeys would be adapted into a TV series by the good people (?) at SyFy.
A few days ago, the new show’s co-executive producer Terry Matalas spoke at the SyFy TCA panel–he assured all present that his network’s iteration of 12 Monkeys will bear little resemblance to Gilliam’s 1995 film, it will be a “complete re-imagining” using the film as a framework, but not based on it.
If this is so, someone needs to tell the series’ new trailer. (more…)
More new SyFy series news: The leads for the announced television re-imagining of Terry Gilliam‘s classic film have been cast.
The show will star Aaron Stanford –“Pyro” of X-Men 2 and X-Men: The Last Stand, and Amanda Schull, a prolific TV actress best known as Meredith Sorensen on Pretty Little Liars, and Katrina Bennett on Suits. (more…)
Ronald D. Moore, creator of one of my favorite science-fiction programs of all time, the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, is back on SyFy with what seems like a similarly dark and claustrophobic series: Helix. (more…)
The last few weeks have taken SyFy Original movies, a class of film normally discussed only in “so bad it’s good” terms, and launched them into Internet stardom. Sharknado was such a media blitz (despite its poor ratings) that I guess SyFy decided they need even more shark films. This one, however, does not involve a natural disaster, but is instead designed to appeal to lovers of both sharks and the supernatural. That’s right, it’s a shark AND it’s a freakin’ ghost – it is Ghost Shark.
Since the people will be going to the sharks this time, we can expect the latest SyFy Original to feature one of our favorite B-movie elements – plenty of women in bikinis – along with the prerequisite amount of screaming teenagers, incompetent law enforcement and bloody limbs a-flyin’.
Check out the trailer for the flick below:
Ah yes, the big rubber shark puppet at the end says it all. Prepare yourself for more wacky SyFy Original goodness come next month, on August 22nd.
I don’t hate myself enough to actually watch SyFy‘s made-for-cable films. However, there’s a part of me that just loves the fact that we live in a world where a project like “Ultraslug vs. Pirahnasaurus” starring the finest actors the late 1980s Hollywood B-List can offer can actually get made.
I mean, just look at this thing…Mother lovin’ SHARKNADO! If a 5 year old came up with this concept, you’d send him to the “special” class, and make sure he’s no longer given access to pointy objects.
Dig the synopsis:
When a freak hurricane swamps Los Angeles, thousands of sharks terrorize the waterlogged populace. And when the high-speed winds form tornadoes in the desert, nature’s deadliest killer rules water, land, and air.
Someone made a movie about tornadoes made of sharks…on PURPOSE!
I don’t know if this is the most awesome idea in the history of civilization–or a harbinger of the apocalypse. Maybe that’s why the world didn’t end in 2012 like the Mayans told us: Because Sharknado hadn’t been made yet.
Below is the new trailer, which SyFy and The Asylum seem to be implying is so violent it shouldn’t even be shown on TV. That’s a bit of an exaggeration, but it does give a pretty good impression of what to expect from a–let’s call it a “movie”–like this:
(UPDATE: NerdBastards did indeed cover this film last week, but that was only a teaser trailer from the SyFy website…THIS is the full Sharknado experience right here…)
If you’re one of those folks who can’t live without the cheesy crap that SyFy passes off as their “original” movies, then I’ve got one here that’s tailored just for you. It’s got sharks! It’s got tornadoes! And it’s got both of these in the streets of Los Angeles. Yes, it is the aptly and ridiculously titled Sharknado and now you can check out the trailer for it below.
For some reason, the SyFy embed is a bit sketchy, so if it doesn’t work for you, head over to SyFy’s official page and watch it there.
You can check out the almighty Sharknado assault when it hits the airwaves next week, on July 11th at 9/8pm.