Random musings on all things cinematical, and otherwise, by Joe Leydon.
And the beauty part it... SyFy is premiering this on my freakin' birthday!!!!
Surely there must be something else more worthy of your anticipation. I hate to sound like a curmudgeon but I just can't support self-consciously "bad" movies. It's like a saying I just heard: you can't fall out of bed if you're sleeping on the floor.
But what I find most interesting about campy movies: Sometimes, there are actors in them who play it perfectly straight, and are all the funnier for doing so. Even in Sharkando: John Heard looked very sincere, even when he was cold-cocking a shark with a barstool.
That's an odd bit of integrity and professionalism that I can respect. I shouldn't make assumptions about the producers' motives but almost everything else I've seen from The Asylum reeks of cynical pandering. The SHARKNADO phenomenon made me spin one of my favorite "nature run amok" movies this past weekend: ALLIGATOR(1980). It's no lost classic but John Sayles clearly has affection for genre films and he doesn't insult the audience's intelligence with a nice balance of horror and intentional humor.
I must admit: There are times when the Asylum-produced "mockbusters" are better than the movies they knock off. For example: I found American Warships to be a lot more entertaining than Battleship.
You do have a point there. Then again, Carl Weathers makes everything better. That reminds me: he was in DEATH HUNT with Charles Bronson and Lee Marvin. Again, no classic but an enjoyable outdoor action-adventure. The Blu-ray streets two days before your birthday and Shout Factory lined up two commentaries: one with Andrew Stevens, William Sanderson, and Len Lesser and the other with the screenwriters. Well, I'm excited about it.
You might find this interesting. The 1981 interview I reference actually was for Death Hunt.http://www.movingpictureblog.com/2006/08/lee-marvin-still-man.html
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