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SciFi cuts a deal for ten movies

by Brett Love, posted Oct 27th 2006 8:01AM
Bruce Campbell, Renee O'Connor - Alien ApocalypseIf you are a fan of the SciFi channel, the phrase, "SciFi Original Movie" probably gives you a bit of a cringe. Premiering a new movie on Saturday night has become a fairly regular thing for the network, but the quality of those movies is all over the map. More often than not they are cheesy, campy if you prefer, B-Movie horror pictures. But the one saving grace they have is great casting. Case in point: Alien Apocalypse. How can you pass up anything starring Bruce Campbell and Renee O'Connor? It's enough to get me to watch. The same reasoning led me to watch Mansquito (Corin Nemec), Out For Blood (Vanessa Angel, Jody Lyn O'Keefe, and Lance Henriksen), and the recent Kraken:Tentacles of the Deep (Victoria Pratt), among many others.

The good news, if you like these kind of movies, is that SciFi has just signed a deal with RHI Entertainment for ten more movies. If you are wondering how they are going to compare to past SciFi originals, take a look at these titles. Grizzly Rage, Maneater, Eye Of The Beast, Blood Monkey, and In The Spider's Web. Blood Monkey! Awesome! The tradition continues. And, yes, this Saturday I'll be watching Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes. It stars Lance Henriksen and Doug Bradley. Ya gotta like that.

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David

You need to be killed for the good of the human race.

And for more fun...

People like caused Stargate Sg-1 to get canceled!!!

October 27 2006 at 11:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DiRT

You seem to be forgetting the best Sci-FI flick ever - SASQUATCH MOUNTAIN WITH LANCE F'ING HENRIKSEN!!!

October 27 2006 at 10:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dan

How about putting aside a time slot for the airing of some classic science fiction films along the lines of:

The Day the Earth Stood Still
Forbidden Planet
Metropolis
Bride of Frakenstein
Frakenstein
King Kong (1933)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
The Invisible Man (1933)

I'm probably mistaken, but I don't recall seeing them air any of these classics.

Later stuff to consider:
Silent Running
A Boy and his Dog
Logan's Run
The Omega Man
Journey to the Far Side of the Sun
Colossus: The Forbin Project
GATTACA
Soylent Green
Night of the Comet
Donnie Darko
Planet of the Apes
Alien
Aliens
The Last Starfighter
THX 1138
Blade Runner
The Thing (1982)
The Man Who Fell to Earth
Brazil
Time Bandits

I'm specifically trying not to go with any of the A-list stuff (exceptions are Alien/Aliens and Blade Runner) as I would like to see stuff that I don't always see everywhere else.

But, of course, it's easier (cheaper) to create your own schlock, keep the rights to it (as if who'd want to buy it), and broadcast it ad infinitum. Oh well, there's always enough money to buy yet another DVD (and another, and another, and another...).

October 27 2006 at 10:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ian

Rather than this B------ stuff they would be better off showing older stuff like Space 1999 etc.. and a new series of Firefly and Space Above and Beyond.

October 27 2006 at 8:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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