Predator Lamp Table holding a Laser Gun

Predator Lamp Table holding Nunchucks

Predator Lamp Table holding Nunchucks

Predator Lamp Table holding Nunchucks

Saw these at The Gadget Show Live and thought they where rather cool. Each lamp table stands 75cm and is welded to a chequer-plate base for added stability. The detailing incorporates bearings, nuts, springs, cogs, bolts, chains and steel fabrication.

With a new Predator movie on the way, it's the perfect time to get on for the sci-fi fan who thought they had it all.

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Nimród Antal (Vacancy, Armoured) directs this return to the Predator franchise, in which Laurence Fishburne, Topher Grace, Adrien Brody, Alice Braga and Danny Trejo take on the titular murderous space dreads.

www.predators-movie.com


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Trailer (Trailer for books are becoming increasingly popular) for Scott Westerfeld's novel Leviathan.

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Trailer for Universal Soldier: Regeneration which is directed by John Hyams and stars Dolph lundgren, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Andrei Arlovski

"The militant Islamist Chechen Basayev abducts the children of the President and takes control of Chernobyl, threatening to unleash a radioactive cloud unless his demands are met. Luc Deveraux (Van Damme), now a Universal Soldier again, joins a new team of UniSols secretly held in deep storage. Their mission is to retake Chernobyl and disable explosives that will unleash radioactive clouds. Luc discovers that one of the reactivated Universal Soldiers is a clone of his old, homicidal Sergeant, Andrew Scott (Lundgren). He also must face the NGU, the next generation in the UniSol biotechnology."

Via: www.jcvd.freeforums.org


Wrong Side Of The Art!

How could something so wrong be so right? Featuring a wealth of Horror, Sci-Fi and B-Movie trash images sourced for your eyeballing guilty pleasure is how! Covering such deliciously moreish genres as Carsploitation, Bruceploitation, Prehistoric and Burlesque, Wrong Side Of The Art is a dedicated picto-gallery of high-res images featuring such delights as aliens and monsters from retro imaginings, boobs, violence and maybe even violent boobs. After all, any site that's got the good taste to feature the 'ode to the violence in women' poster for Russ Meyer's Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! that adorns my own wall can't be wrong, right?

Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

www.wrongsideoftheart.com


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Director Richard Kelly, The Box stars Cameron Diaz as Norma Lewis and James Marsden as Arthur Lewis, a suburban couple with a young child who receive a simple wooden box as a gift. However, this simple gift bears fatal and irrevocable consequences. A mysterious stranger (Frank Langella), delivers the message that the box promises to bestow upon its owner $1 million with the press of a button. But, pressing this button will simultaneously cause the death of another human being somewhere in the world.....someone they don't know. With just 24 hours to have the box in their possession, Norma and Arthur find themselves in the crosshairs of a startling moral dilemma and must face the true nature of their humanity.

The Box is out now in the US and is released in the UK cinema's on the 4th of December

US website | UK website


A man, known as "Six," finds himself inexplicably trapped in "The Village" with no memory of how he arrived. As he explores his environment, he discovers that his fellow inhabitants are identified by number instead of name, have no memory of any prior existence, and are under constant surveillance. Not knowing whom to trust, Six is driven by the need to discover the truth behind The Village, the reason for his being there, and most importantly -- how he can escape.

Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ, The Thin Red Line) will play the role of Six; and two-time Oscar nominee Ian McKellen (Lord of the Rings, The Da Vinci Code) will co-star as Two.

Prisoner Portal: www.amctv.com/originals/the-prisoner/premiere/

Also check out The Village Wiki, The Village Map and test your spying aptitude with SWAT.

The Prisoner premieres on Sun., Nov. 15 from 8PM to 10PM ET | PT.  The Prisoner will air over three consecutive nights, with two episodes each evening, from 8PM to 10PM ET | PT on AMC.

Via: www.amctv.com


UK trailer for James Cameron's Digital 3D "magnum opus" Avatar which is released to cinema's this December. The cast includes Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Sam Worthington, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, CCH Pounder and Stephen Lang.

"We enter the alien world through the eyes of Jake Sully, a former Marine confined to a wheelchair. Despite his broken body, Jake is still a warrior at heart. He is recruited to travel light years to the human outpost on Pandora, where corporations are mining a rare mineral that is the key to solving  Earth’s energy crisis.  Because the atmosphere of Pandora is toxic, they have created the Avatar Program, in which human “drivers” have their consciousness linked to an avatar, a remotely-controlled biological body that can survive in the lethal air.   These avatars are genetically engineered hybrids of human DNA mixed with DNA from the natives of Pandora… the Na’vi.

Reborn in his avatar form, Jake can walk again.  He is given a mission to infiltrate the Na’vi who have become a major obstacle to mining the precious ore.  But a beautiful Na’vi female, Neytiri, saves Jake’s life, and this changes everything.  Jake is taken in by her clan and learns to become one of them, which involves many tests and adventures.  As Jake’s relationship with his reluctant teacher Neytiri deepens, he learns to respect the Na’vi way and finally takes his place among them.  Soon he will face the ultimate test as he leads them in an epic battle that will decide nothing less than the fate of an entire world."

www.avatar-movie.co.uk | www.avatarmovie.com


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"Set in a world of iron dirigibles and steam powered computers, this gothic horror mystery tells the story of Jasper Morello, a disgraced aerial navigator who flees his Plague-ridden home on a desperate voyage to redeem himself."

It was a pleasant surprise to see Anthony Lucas' BAFTA and Oscar nominated short film "The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello" appear online over at Quiet Earth. This was a favorite of Fiona's when we attended the KinoFilm festival a couple of years ago and it really is a superb film.

www.jaspermorello.com | monsterdistributes.com | Monster Distributes YouTube

Via: Nemobay


Order Ink on DVD or Blu-ray

Director Jamin Winans' hit Independant fantasy Ink is available to pre-order now from amazon. If you'd like a signed DVD or Blu-ray you can also pre-order from Double Edge Films website.

Chris Kelly, Jessica Duffy, Quinn Hunchar,Jeremy Make, Jennifer Batter, Eme Ikwuakor and Shelby Malone star.

Ink - trailer

Ink - trailer 2 on our Virb page.

www.doubleedgefilms.com


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Girls, guns and monsters!; Mamoru Oshii taps into a winning formula for his upcoming film, Assault Girls. Looking to be a pretty promising piece of kick-ass sci-fi/action nonsense, Assault Girls sees three beautiful hunters take on evil sand-dwelling monsters in a post-apocalyptic world, only to have to battle super-mutation Madara Sunakujira. Super-mutation Madara Sunkujira!; I thank you, Mamoru Oshii.

Via: Monster Island News


In the spirit of Tron Legacy and Gamer comes Jarrett Lee Conaway's Turbo. A short film that combines the the feel good charm of the classic The Karate Kid with near future science fiction. It tells the story of Hugo Park (Justin Chon, Twilight) a misspent youth whose only outlet for angst is a 4D fighting videogame called “Super Turbo Arena”. When Pharaoh King (Jocko Sims, Crash the Series), the Michael Jordan of cyber-sports, announces a tournament to determine who will join his pro-team, Hugo sets his eyes on the prize. But, Hugo isn't the only gamer who wants fame and glory. If Hugo wants to win he's going to have to beat Shamus (David Lehre, Epic Movie), the all time Turbo champ at the local Pandemonium arcade, and Ruse Kapri, a feisty prep girl that knows how to win. Realizing he can't win on his skill alone, Hugo turns to his brother Tobias a former kick-boxer whose last match left him wheel-chair ridden. Together the two will mend old wounds and see if a washed up street fighter can teach a troubled teen how to become a virtual gladiator!

OK it's a little cheesy and I kept expecting Mortal Kombat's Robin Shou to pop up somewhere, but it's feel good fun and very impressive for a student film. It's certainly not a bad calling card for Jarrett as he chases the Hollywood dream.

www.bfamstudios.com | BFAM Studios Blog

www.turbothemovie.com


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Trailer for SyFy's upcoming (2010) adaptation of Philip José Farmer's sci-fi / fantasy classic Riverworld. Robert Hewitt Wolfe has penned the screenplay and Battlestar Galactica's "Helo" (Tahmoh Penikett) who is currently strring in Joss Whedon's series Dollhouse takes the lead role. Peter Wingfield, Laura Vandervoort, and Alessandro Juliani are also in the cast.

www.rhitv.com

Via: www.quietearth.us


Angry Robot Books

Angry Robot ™ is a new global Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror imprint from HarperCollins. Traditional SF and fantasy has been ploughing an entertaining furrow for many decades, but to our way of thinking much of it is missing a trick. "Crossover" is increasingly the way forward and you'll find plenty of it here, without batting an eyelid. New heroes and new settings - if there's an energy in a book that gets us jumping up and down, we're all over it.

Angry Robot launched in the UK in July 2009, and in the US and the rest of the world from September. Ebook editions will be available worldwide from July. Its first titles are a mix of genres, from a street smart neat-future thriller to ultra-dark horror to wild modern fantasy. Its authors, too, fulfil its mission: two men and two women, .....


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Trailer for director Roland Emmerich's latest disaster movie 2012. The film has a massive cast which includes John Cusack, Thandie Newton, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Woody Harrelson, Danny Glover, Morgan Lily, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Patrick Bauchau, George Segal, John Billingsley, Jimi Mistry and Beatrice Rosen.

www.whowillsurvive2012.com


Hardware: Special Edition On DVD And Blu-Ray

Richard Stanley's cult classic Hardware finally makes it's way to UK DVD on the 22 Jun 2009. It's long over due this one and with sub par euro editions and obscenely expensive OOP region 1 versions being the only option film collectors across the pond will want to pick this up as well (assuming you have region free equipment).

Dylan McDermott, Stacey Travis, Carl McCoy, Lemmy, William Hootkins & Iggy Pop star.

"In the post-apocalyptic, post-nuclear world of Hardware, our worst environmental fears have come true. Temperatures hover at a balmy 110 degrees in the shade and the omnipresent radiation has wreaked havoc with the societal gene pool. For your entertainment there is a 24-hour television broadcasting porno films and heavy-metal music videos. Radio offers the rantings and ravings of Angry Bob (Iggy Pop), a lunatic disc jockey who broadcasts bad news all day. Good news has become a thing of the past. If you are looking to escape reality, try smoking the mind-altering “Major Good Vibes” – the painkiller of choice. But, if you’re looking for comfort or safety, forget it: just lock your doors, turn on your super-sophisticated security system and pray that nobody knocks. For in this world, everything can harm you – whether it is the air you breathe, the food you eat, or a seemingly harmless bit of hardware… Upon its release in the US, Hardware became the most successful British independent movie ever released over there."

Extras: Audio commentary with Richard Stanley & Paul Trijbits / Deleted, Extended & Behind the Scenes / Sea of Perdition / The Early Days Richard Stanley Super 8 Movies / The Voice of The Moon / Original Hardware Promo

Also contains: Set of original concept art cards, Booklet containing liner notes written by Kim Newman and Shok! Reprinted with permission of 2000AD

Pick Richard Stanley's Hardware on Blu-ray and DVD now.


Trailer for Pandorum, a terrifying thriller in which two crew members wake up on an abandoned spacecraft with no idea who they are, how long they've been asleep, or what their mission is. The two soon discover they're actually not alone -- and the reality of their situation is more horrifying than they could have imagined.

Christian Alvart who directed Antibodies takes the directors chair. Ben Foster, Dennis Quaid, Cam Gigandet, Antje Traue and martial artist Cung Le star

Pandorum - Poster

www.pandorummovie.com


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Gamer is a high-concept action thriller set in a near future when gaming and entertainment have evolved into a terrifying new hybrid. Humans control other humans in mass-scale, multi-player online games: people play people...for keeps. Mind-control technology is widespread, and at the heart of the controversial games is its creator, reclusive billionaire Ken Castle (Michael C. Hall). His latest brainchild, the first-person shooter game "Slayers," allows millions to act out their most savage fantasies online in front of a global audience, using real prisoners as avatars with whom they fight to the death.

Kable (300's Gerard Butler) is the superstar and cult hero of the ultraviolent "Slayers." Kable is controlled by Simon, a young gamer with rock star status who continues to defy all odds by guiding Kable to victory each week. Taken from his family, imprisoned and forced to fight against his will, the modern day gladiator must survive long enough to escape the game to free his family, regain his identity and to save mankind from Castle's ruthless technology.

Gamer stars Gerard Butler (300, RocknRolla), Michael C. Hall ("Dexter"), Amber Valletta (Transporter 2), John Leguizamo (Righteous Kill, Carlito's Way ) and Kyra Sedgwick (“The Closer”).

www.gamerthemovie.com


The road is adapted from Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize winning novel of teh same name. The film is directed by John Hillcoat, best known for directing Nick Caves Screenplay for the Australian western The Proposition. Ethan and Joel Coen won an Oscar with their adaption of  McCarthy's dark crime thriller No Country for Old Men in 2007.

"A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and, when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing: just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food--and each other."

Charlize Theron, Viggo Mortensen, Guy Pearce, Robert Duvall and Garret Dillahunt star.

Download the HD version at Yahoo! Movies

Via: Yahoo! Movies


Pandorum - Poster

Pandorum - Poster

Poster for Horror / Sci-fi movie Pandorum in which a pair of crew members aboard a spaceship wake up with no knowledge of their mission or their identities

Directed by Christian Alvart and starring Dennis Quaid, Ben Foster, Wotan Wilke Möhring, André M. Hennicke, Cung Le, Antje Traue, Cam Gigandet, Norman Reedus, Asia Luna Mohmand

Pandorum - Trailer

www.pandorummovie.com

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First trailer for Neill Blomkamp's District 9 which is inspired by his short film Alive In Joburg.

The films marketing includes several website: www.d-9.com which I assume is the films official site, www.multinationalunited.com who put space age technology into the hands of men and women worldwide and even provide services for children www.mathsfromouterspace.com. However some would say that MNU spread lies, as blogged about at www.mnuspreadslies.com.

District 9 - Poster


Claire Merry

Claire Merry who modeled under the name Nicole Merry arrives at the UK Premiere of Star Trek.

Claire is Ex wife of French football player Thierry "Va-va-voom" Henry whom she took to the cleaners for a sum reputed to be just south of £10 million pounds in a divorce settlement. (I admit I looked that up, my knowledge of minor UK "celebrities" and wags is minimal to say the least. I do remember thinking the girl in the Renault Clio advertisements was rather attractive and Claire was that girl.

Anyway while it was most probably a profile raising stunt (instead of actually doing anything that requires talent, as is the way these days), I'd like to think she was wearing it as a tongue in cheek homage to the the show / genre. Anyway it's nice to see someone embracing the women-in-silver-cat-suits future, sci-fi shows promised me as a kid.

www.startrekmovie.com


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It is the near future. Astronaut Sam Bell is living on the far side of the moon, completing a three-year contract with Lunar Industries to mine Earth’s primary source of energy, Helium-3.  It is a lonely job, made harder by a broken satellite that allows no live communications home. Taped messages are all Sam can send and receive.

Moon is directed by Duncan Jones and stars Sam Rockwell, Matt Berry, Kaya Scodelario and the voice talents of Kevin Spacey for the robot

Moon - Poster

www.moon-movie.com

 


Moon Movie

It is the near future. Astronaut Sam Bell is living on the far side of the moon, completing a three-year contract with Lunar Industries to mine Earth’s primary source of energy, Helium-3.  It is a lonely job, made harder by a broken satellite that allows no live communications home. Taped messages are all Sam can send and receive.
 
Thankfully, his time on the moon is nearly over, and Sam will be reunited with his wife, Tess, and  their three-year-old daughter, Eve, in only a few short weeks. Finally, he will leave the isolation of “Sarang,” the moon base that has been his home for so long, and he will finally have someone to talk to beyond “Gerty,” the base’s well-intentioned, but rather uncomplicated computer.
 
Suddenly, Sam’s health starts to deteriorate. Painful headaches, hallucinations and a lack of focus lead to an almost fatal accident on a routine drive on the moon in a lunar rover. While recuperating back at the base (with no memory of how he got there), Sam meets a younger, angrier version of himself, who claims to be there to fulfill the same three year contract Sam started all those years ago. 
 
Confined with what appears to be a clone of his earlier self, and with a “support crew” on its way to help put the base back into productive order, Sam is fighting the clock to discover what’s going on and where he fits into company plans.

Moon is directed by Duncan Jones and stars Sam Rockwell, Matt Berry, Kaya Scodelario and the voice talents of Kevin Spacey for the robot

www.moon-movie.com

 


Outlander - Poster

UK Quad poster for Outlander which is directed by Howard McCainand stars James Caviezel, Ron Perlman, John Hurt and Sophia Myles

During the reign of the Vikings, Kainan (Caviezel), a man from a far-off world, crash lands on Earth, bringing with him an alien predator known as the Moorwen. Though both man and monster are seeking revenge for violence committed against them, Kainan leads the alliance to kill the Moorwen by fusing his advanced technology with the Viking's Iron Age weaponry.

Outlander - Trailer

www.outlandermovie.co.uk


Five: Rutger Hauer Films Where He Is Not An Android

Sin City and Batman Begins in 2005 saw the mighty Rutger Hauer return to roles in high profile genre films. He has been working solidly of course, but these day's one might forget just what a genre film powerhouse the Dutchman was, during a period spanning about 15 years, from the early 80's to the mid nineties. Of course Hauer’s quintessential role is that of Roy Batty, the replicant on the run who races against time to find his creator. While avoiding the Blade Runner Rick Deckard played by Harrison Ford. Probably his second most recognizable role is the powerhouse performance as the uber menacing Hitch Hiker John Ryder in the 1986 movie The Hitcher. "John Ryder" as played by Hauer is probably my favorite on screen psycho, as Hauer relies almost entirely on performance to menace both the viewer and his onscreen victim Jim Halsey (C. Thomas Howell) in a movie where you really don't see much in the way of blood and gore at all. For this five though I am going to leave these two off the list and look at some of the other great fun films Rutger Hauer did in his genre heyday.

Salute Of The Jugger (The Blood of Heroes) 1. Salute of the Jugger AKA The Blood of Heroes

First thing first the UK title Salute of the Jugger is a way better title, The Blood of Heroes makes it sound like one of those ensemble mercenaries / desperate men on a mission movies. Nothing wrong with desperate men on a mission movies, but Salute of the Jugger is a post apocalyptic future sports film. The sport in question is "Jugging" and in the baron landscape of this future it's the only game in town. A brutal hybrid of gladiatorial games from ancient Rome and Rugby/US football. The objective is to get past the opposing team and ram a dog’s skull on a wooden stake. While the aim is not necessarily to kill your opponents it's certainly not that much of a problem if you do. Players do their best to take opponents out of play anyway they can, and that tends to mean painfully. Rutger Hauer plays "Sallow" a man who makes a meager living with a band of Juggers who travel between the "dog towns", challenging the resident players to a game in return for hospitality and food. How ever he did not always live this way traveling the baron landscape and playing second rate teams for subsistence. Once "Sallow" played the game in The Nine Cities as the premiere star of "Red City". This was before he transgressed with the woman of the cities overlord and was cast from the underground city out into the wasteland never again to sleep on silk sheets with women whose skin was just as soft. When Salow's team mate "Dogboy" is injured too badly to continue the team are joined by a young girl named "Kidda" played by Joan Chen. Her ambition to play in the league drives the band of aging Juggers to try a challenge in the nine cities. This is where a team from the out-land's takes on players from "The League". Now "One eye from Blind" the aging "Sallow" will have to prove one last time that he was the greatest jugger that ever lived. I expect I am in a minority when it comes to people that would put this on a list of Rutger Hauer's greatest films or in fact any list of films of any kind, but the fact is I love this movie it's the greatest "future sport" movie ever made (Not a huge sub-genre I know) and I love post apocalyptic films. Quality brutal sci-fi with a great cast which includes alongside Hauer and Chen, Delroy Lindo, Vincent D'Onofrio (Pvt. Pyle in Full Metal Jacket) and Richard Norton.

Split_Second_US_DVD2. Split Second

Set in London in 2008 (LOL) the tagline was "2008. The future has never looked more dangerous.". Its funny that we are now living in "The future" and there are still no hover cars and women refuse to be clothed in silver bathing suits 24/7 ... oh well we do have "communicators" i.e. mobile phones I guess. Anyway back to Split Second which is set in London of the "future", a London where global warming has caused the ice caps to melt and London is now permanently semi flooded. After a spate of horrific murders around the city, tough American cop Harley Stone, played by Rutger Hauer is called in. Stone is partnered with mild mannered UK detective Dick Durkin and the "chalk and cheese" pair set about investigating the killings. UK born Sex in the City star Kim Cattrall plays the love interest. UK acting heavyweight Pete Postlethwaite and singer Ian Dury also star. As Stone and Durkin get closer to the mystery killer they soon realise something is not right. It seems the killer is not just inhuman in its behavior; it's not human at all. This prompts the mild mannered Durkin to undergo a change and deliver the line "We need to get bigger guns. BIG FUCKING GUNS! ". Enjoyable UK set action sci-fi / creature features where not exactly thick on the ground in the early 90's and personally I found this movie great fun. Some people hated it and said this film indicated that that golden age of genre films with Hauer was coming to an end, but he still had a couple of fun features to come in the mid nineties including modern B movie ensemble classic "Surviving the Game".

Flesh + Blood3. Flesh+Blood

For this violent "medieval romp" star Rutger Hauer joins fellow Dutchman Paul Verhoeven who directs this lost genre classic. Verhoeven's English language career hit a huge "bump in the road" with 1995's Showgirls. Gina Gershon was sex on a stick, but that was not going to save the movie from being a huge disaster. How ever before that he brought genre fans three true genre classics Basic Instinct, Total Recall and RoboCop and redeemed himself with the very fun Sci-fi novel adaptation Starship Troopers two years after Showgirls. How ever there is one film that get's left off the list, 2 years before Robocop became one of the greatest Sci-fi films of the 80's Verhoeven made Flesh+Blood. Rutger Hauer plays Martin the leader of a band of medieval mercenaries. After the lord who they are currently in service to reneges on their payment Martin decides its time to teach him a lesson. To this end he kidnaps the daughter in law to be of the lord played by Jennifer Jason Leigh. However thoughts of revenge soon turn to thoughts of lust as the beautiful Agnes (Jennifer Jason Leigh) becomes a fixation for Martin. My old "Big Box" VHS video carried the tagline "Their thirst for her body spilt the blood of many men", though it's not listed amongst those used on the IMDB. Flesh+Blood is a very brutal, dirty, violent movie with feels intentionally filthy. Set In a time when the Plague was sweeping through Europe and the lords in their castles ran amok with very little intervention from kings many miles away and life. To this end the whole thing is mud and blood soaked, women are raped, people dismembered and the sword settles any disagreements. Blood and filth rain supreme in this lost 80's swordplay classic. Flesh+Blood represents a filmic vision of a time when "men where men" and women where in a shit load of trouble if they where attractive.

Surviving the Game4. Surviving the Game

Surviving the Game is Ernest R. Dickerson director of stand out violent Urban movie Juice second feature. The film is one of those classic "modern B movie" ensemble pieces with a cast that includes John C. McGinley, Ice-T, Charles S. Dutton, Gary Busey,F. Murray Abraham and of course the man himself Rutger Hauer. Surviving the Game is a pretty simple concept which see's Rutger Hauer as Thomas Burns a man who hunts the most dangerous game in the world. Lions and tigers are dangerous sure, but they act on instinct alone, only one prey is able to think like a man ... another man. Ice-T play's homeless man Jack Mason who has to survive the game as the title implies. While in no shape or form a match for Juice, Surviving the Game makes for one of those really fun switch your brain off "rental" movies that they don't seem to make any more. If you enjoy films like Gun Men, Fortress, No Escape your more than likely going to get a kick out of it, if you just can't tolerate B grade stuff intended purely as genre entertainment maybe you should avoid it.

Blind Fury5. Blind Fury

Hmm tough choice for the last one, you have, Blind Fury, Nostradamus, Wedlock, Ladyhawke, Crossworld, Wanted: Dead or Alive and The Osterman Weekend falling roughly in Rutger Hauer's "Golden" period. I figured though it might be best to end the list with a serious dose of cheese. Rutger Hauer plays Nick Parker a blind Vietnam vet (oh for the times when action hero's where all Vietnam vet's) who is a master swordsman. Blind Fury is essentially an American take on the Zatoichi character played by Shintarô Katsu for a couple of decades (mainly in the 60's and seventies) a character which was later revived for Takeshi Kitano's excellent 2003 movie Zatoichi. Terry O'Quinn (Pin, The Stepfather) joins Hauer in the cast as the father of a boy Billy (Brandon Call) and a man who is in serious trouble with some criminals. When those criminals come calling Nick uses the skills he picked up in Asia to easily defeat his opponents. Blind he may be, but just like Zatoichi he has honed his other senses to super hero like levels. Using his senses and mastery with a sword he is able to overcome the bumbling bad guys and save the day, leaving little Billy in tears as he moves on to new adventures. Hmm maybe I should have chosen Wedlock or Ladyhawke to go here, oh well too late now. Blind Fury is Classic late 80's cheese, not a highlight in Rutger Hauer's career, but a film many people will have fond memories of watching back in the day.

Buy them at amazon.com: The Blood of Heroes | Split Second | Flesh + Blood | Surviving the Game | Blind Fury

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Aerosol

"When an ant appears on the factory belt, a worker's life changes forever."

A Worker is making aerosol cans on a Tayloresque factory floor.

The routine of his job is wrecked when an ant crawls into his machine. The game of cat and mouse, fueled by paranoia and hatred, begins and ultimately ends with the destruction of the machine that provides the Worker's livelihood.

The ant, feeling guilty, tries to help reconstruct the machine. From this moment, the Worker begins to realise that there is more to being human than his life to that point has lead him to believe.

Set in what appears to be a totalitarian, socialist, industrial retro-future; Aerosol is a very visually appealing short film. The set design is very reminiscent of Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet's The City of Lost Children as well as later features such as Ernie Barbarash's horror sequel Cube Zero. Fusing with this increasingly popular but still very appealing future-retro styling is a very fitting sonic backdrop with the machine and worker creating / contributing to the music, think similar to the scene Takeshi Kitano's Zatoichi with the workers in the field.

Although the film feels a little like a high quality television advert or music video at times, I guess as a result of the limited screen time, it does manage to be fun and thought provoking. Although maybe not as deep as it thinks it is; a worker in a repetitive job feels animosity towards an ant and then finds an understanding and a common ground. You would have to be pretty unintelligent not to see the allegory, still its delightful in its simplicity, sometimes we miss the obvious because it's all around us and things like this can be a wake up call and a reminder.

The CGI ant while strikingly cute against the films Industrial background is a very effective and emotive character, who will bring out a warm fuzzy feeling in all but the most hardened viewer.

Wojciech Wawrzyniak and his team have created a great short, if you get the chance to catch it, make sure you do it’s a delightful little film.

To find out more visit Ozzywood Films Website.

Running time 10 mins (Short / Fantasy)

You can watch Wojciech Wawrzyniak's short film Aerosol at switch.tv (though the quality is not great, hopefully it will appear on Vimeo)


Clockwork Couture

For a bit of Steampunk style that wouldn't make you look like you'd joined the Cosplay clique, check out Clockwork Couture 

Clockwork Couture

 


Trailer for animated movie "9" which is directed by Shane Acker.

9 takes place in a world parallel to our own, in which the very legacy of humanity is threatened. A group of sapient rag dolls, living a post-apocalyptic existence find one of their own, 9 (Elijah Wood), who displays leadership qualities that may help them to survive.

9 also stars the vocal talents of John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelly, Crispin Glover, Martin Landau and Christopher Plummer

9themovie.com

 


Terminator Salvation stars Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin, Moon Bloodgood and Common

Via: Yahoo Movies


Greetings From Venus

"In a pulpy alternate universe, a great inventor named Doctor Grordbort is selling ray guns and rockets to colonize the solar system."

io9.com speaks to Greg Broadmore at Peter Jackson's Weta Workshop about his Grordbort Comic, the character Cockswain and a few other things.

While Greg Broadmore considers himself to be working simply with retro sci-fi and not "Steam Punk" its certainly in a similar vien all be it without the steam power. Certainly it feels like a take on the worlds created by Edgar Rice Burroughs an author whom like Wells, Doyle, Verne, Haggard, Rohmer etc. finds himself at the heart of the love affair with the action, adventure and sci-fi of the late 1800's and early 1900's

Read about  The Savage World of Doctor Grordbort At io9 and then check out Dr. Grordborts Infallible Aether Oscillators.


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Image slideshow for Franklyn, which is directed by Gerald McMorrow and stars Eva Green, Ryan Phillippe, Sam Riley and Bernard Hill

The film is a split narrative set simultaneously in contemporary London and in a future metropolis ruled by religious fervor. It's the story of four lost souls, divided by two parallel worlds, on course for an explosive collision when a single bullet will decide all their fates.

www.franklynthemovie.co.uk


Project Aftermath

If there's one kind of game I like, its those that allow me to be a desktop despot. Oh the hours, hell truth be told days, weeks probably when you add up all the time I have played the Age Of Empires games. I just have a thing for having tiny pixelated minions do my bidding. So when Games Faction's Project Aftermath popped up in my steam news I figured it was probably going to be my type of game.

The premise is simple, "In the aftermath of a great war, when your enemy has wiped out everything you hold dear, the time has come to regroup and strike back. Enlist in the Morphid army and use all the weapons and genetic powers at your disposal to eradicate the New Order menace!"

Project Aftermath

Billing itself as an arcade RTS Project Aftermath lets you take command of up to four heroes and their squads of troopers. There are ten missions to play with the initial phase forming a tutorial. After each mission you can research new weapons and equip you teams with more. With a 3 man core team Games Factions have produced a pretty polished and very playable little game. Sure some of the sound effects are simplistic and there's no sweeping full motion cut scenes. How ever the comic style inserts are more than adequate and tell the story nicely. Impressive as some games cut scenes are I only end up hitting escape to skip them most of the time anyway. At the end of the day its the game itself that counts and that's where they have put their energy. The graphics are pretty good and the game ran bug free on my vista machine (Microsoft's studio's Gears of war still crashes every-time for me and my PC is more than powerful enough to run it fine.)

Project Aftermath

To add a degree of replayability (I'm sure that's not a real word), Your ability to score points is affected by how much you spend on weapons and armour. If you spend a lot you start the game in dept, if you play frugally the game will be harder, but you have more chance of climbing higher on the leader-board. Games Faction are already promising new features, including challenge mode with 10 new levels, a new tactical deployment system and new leader-board and steam achievement's features.

Project Aftermath

The price point is more than reasonable in my opinion $19.99 and the UK price is fixed to the US one so what ever the exchange rate is at the time will be the price you pay in pounds. Which with the pound currently falling against the dollar means its not going to be quite as cheap today as when I bought it, but still not much more than a tenner. UK based Games Faction has proved itself the little games studio that could, essentailly running with "one programmer, one artist, one designer" you have to be impressed with what they have done.  You can download the full game or a demo from either Games factions website or via your Steam account.

Project Aftermath Leaderboard

Oh and remember to take your leader-board account online and see how you rank, maybe, you can take the number one spot away from ... me (that's right bitches I am the greatest!)

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www.gamesfaction.com | Project Aftermath - Trailer


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Legendary UK TV film critic Barry Norman looks at the making of two early 90's Low budget UK horror movies. Jim Grooms 1992 cult horror-comedy Revenge of Billy the Kid and Cult director Richard Stanley's horror / sci-fi Hardware.

This segment is taken from the BBC's long running film show Film '90 (now obviously Film 2008). Barry Norman presented the show for 25 years starting in 1972 up until he left and in 1999 and was replaced by current host Jonathan Ross.

Though Hardware was slated as a Terminator rip off by some at the time it made a profit and Richard Stanley went on to make another film with a cult following the Namibian serial killer movie Dust Devil in 1993. DVD label put out a remasterd directors cut of Dust Devil in 2006 which you can still pick up from Amazon. However his career stalled when he was thrown off the set of the 1996 production of The Island of Dr. Moreau and replaced in the director’s chair by John Frankenheimer. 2006 saw him contribute to the screenplay for Nacho Cerdà's hit indie horror The Abandoned and next year should see the release of his return as a genre director, the post apocalyptic movie Vacation.

The team behind Revenge of Billy the Kid fared worse if anything, which personally I think is a shame as it was not a bad little flick if you like low budget horror comedy. Jim Groom was to direct only one other movie Room 36 which was beset with so many problems it took over a decade to reach its first Screen release and as far as I know has never had any distribution outside festivals and screeners. Tim Dennison one of the films writers has gone on to be a producer involved in various films including Simon Hunters The Mutant Chronicles.

Hardware - UK Theatrical Trailer

Hardware - US Trailer

Revenge Of Billy The Kid - trailer

Revenge Of Billy The Kid - Review

Room 39 - Review

Room 36 - Website

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It is 1879. Coffey (Karl Geary), a young Irishman settled on the plains of Dakota, is about to ask his sweetheart to marry him. His dream of wedded bliss is shattered, however, when something or someone attacks the young lady's family farm, kidnapping the women and children and slaughtering the men. Coffey joins a group of local ranchers and cavalrymen in search of the victims, who are assumed to be prisoners of a fierce band of natives.

Put off by the sadistic and single-minded tactics of self-appointed group leader Henry Victor (Doug Hutchison), Coffey sets out with a couple of ranchers (William Mapother and Highlander's Clancy Brown), as well as a teenaged boy and a freed slave (Sean Patrick Thomas). They soon discover mysterious holes in the ground and a catatonic girl buried in the dirt, suggesting that they may not be hunting an ordinary tribe. A sinister enemy seems to be stalking them from below the serene grassy plains of the vast new frontier. 

Via: www.bloody-disgusting.com/


District 9 Poster

So the marketing has began for Neill Blomkamps District 9 and Internet Movie Poster Awards (Do they award anything?) put the teaser poster (above) online.

District 9 - Poster

Above: The official poster for the movie courtesy of Yahoo Movies!

The marketing has also spawned a number of sites: www.d-9.com which I assume is the films official site, www.multinationalunited.com who put space age technology into the hands of men and women worldwide and even provide services for children www.mathsfromouterspace.com. How ever some would say that MNU spread lies, as blogged about at www.mnuspreadslies.com.

District 9 - Trailer

Via: Internet Movie Poster Awards


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Alive In Joburg is a short documentary style Sci-Fi film by Neill Blomkam, the South African aspiring director and FX guy behind the dancing robot Citroen commercial. Neil was rumoured to be penciled in to direct the Halo movie, but with that ground to a halt his first full length movie it set to be District 9 (Which appears to be based on Alive In Joburg).

 


During the reign of the Vikings, Kainan (Caviezel), a man from a far-off world, crash lands on Earth, bringing with him an alien predator known as the Moorwen. Though both man and monster are seeking revenge for violence committed against them, Kainan leads the alliance to kill the Moorwen by fusing his advanced technology with the Viking's Iron Age weaponry. (IMDB

Via: www.quietearth.us


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Trailer for 1977 Toho sci-fi classic The War in Space, Which Discotek Media will be releasing on region 1 DVD April 25, 2006

Earth is attacked by alien spacecraft from Venus. But a Japanese scientist has constructed a space craft, the Gothen, with which he may save humanity.

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Above: Trailer for A Message from Outer Space

Frits, a lonesome, unworldly astronomer, is in pursuit of extraterrestrial life in order to find the true friendship, he cannot not find on earth.

When one day an egg falls on his head, his lonely existence fills up with hope. Convinced of the fact that there is an extraterrestrial creature inside the egg, he decides to incubate it.

Roel Mondelaers and Raf Reyntjens A Message from Outer Space was my other favourite from the kinofilm festivals Kino Fantasy selection of short films. With a running time of just 10 minutes A Message from Outer Space is a beautiful looking well shot and well scored piece set to a very fitting down tempo electronic score. The set design and the look match those of many full length high quality productions. Frits played by Matthias Schoenaerts gives a cool performance relying heavily on facial expressions as this is a one man piece (Well there is the egg and a robot).

The robot is very well made and Fiona who I watched the film with felt very sorry for the little fellow when he fell off the table.

While incubating the egg, Frits is visited by a large flock of geese that smash through the windows of his laboratory and the shot / effects is quite simply amazing.

I don't want to give away much as it's only a short, but the hatching of the eggs inhabitant leads to a genuinely laugh out loud funny moment which had the festival audience all chuckling.

I don’t know how or where you would get to see this other than a festival screening somewhere (Maybe iTunes), but if you get a chance make sure you do its 10 minutes well spent. 

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Running time 10 mins (Short / Fantasy/ Sci-Fi)


Cypher

Whats it about? Who knows? It seems to be about a man recruited as a corporate spy who becomes embroiled in a confusing double-agent life.

Is this a joke? This film ought to be called When Good Sci-fi's Go Bad. It's an absolute wreck, a piss-poor excuse for a film. It's like a really disappointing episode of The Outer Limits with the added annoyance of the fact that you paid good money to see this filth. The plot is so convoluted and hackneyed it beggars belief, the dialogue is abysmal, the casting wrong, effects unconvincing, and, probably worst of all, it has one of the most ridiculous and obvious surprise twist endings I've seen.

I was so looking forwards to Cypher as I loved Vincenzo Natali's sleeper hit Cube, and so was expecting a taut and understated thriller. So certain was I that I had made the right choice for my evenings viewing that on spotting it in my local Blockbusters I didn't do the usual dithering over what to watch, I simply grabbed it and cheerfully presented it at the desk with that confidence of knowing it was going to be a good 'un.. So you can just imagine my horror when I found the idescribable nonsense that I had allowed into my own home under the pretence of being a good film.
 
Cypher begins promisingly enough with a disillusioned but average man (Jeremy Northam) who has no qualms about swapping his dull life with what he expects to be the more glamorous world of espionage. However, the film soon becomes too clever for its own good and is swamped by its overly complex plot. A multitude of cliches ensues as the initially encouraging premise unravels into confusing drivel. There was a glimmer of hope with what could have been an interesting comment on mindless consumerism in a not too distant future society but this is abandoned completely. This element, like so much of the rest of the film, has been done before and been done better (John Carpenter's gem They Live made much better use of the consumerist idea.)

Cypher just turns out to be a mish-mash of shamelessly pilfered ideas from far superior original sources which are too many to name. Jeremy Northam seems to me to be miscast in the lead role and Lucy Liu began as an interesting femme fatale and became a walking talking cliche complete with irritating mono-tone drone. As for the ending , it's so dire I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. The only aspect of this film to show any vague semblance to something at least passable was a reasonably intriguing beginning and a decent score.

Don't rent this film, it's a silly mess. Enough said.


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