The Strain Producers Carlton Cruse & Chuck Hogan Talk about Watching the Apocalypse Happen!

The Strain is one of my favorite shows producing new episodes.  Based on the trilogy of books by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, The Strain tells the story of a vampire apocalypse… but these ain’t your pop’s or your little sister’s vampires!  They’re not romantic and they don’t sparkle.

One of the things that I love about apocalyptic stories takes place at their start when no one is sure what is going on or what is the best course of action to take.  You know, when Brad Pitt watches in amazement as normal citizens begin attacking each other, or when Barbara is attacked in the graveyard by the creepy guy in the business suit or when Rick wakes from his coma to discover… well you get what I mean.

That’s one of the reasons I’m such a fan of The Strain.  We’re two seasons in and just 23 days have passed.  The audience knows what’s coming but the characters on the show have only slowly come to realize what’s happening.  The producers were brave (smart) enough to not just jump in to the frenzy.  A slow build-up has been such fun.  I can’t wait for season three to start Sunday night.

/Film has an interview with The Strain Producers Carlton Cruse & Chuck Hogan Talk about Watching the Apocalypse Happen!

Star Trek Beyond (2016) / Z-View

Star Trek Beyond (2016)

Director: Justin Lin

Screenplay: Simon Pegg & Doug Jung based on the Star Trek television series created by Gene Roddenberry 

Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Idris Elba and Sofia Boutella.

The Pitch: “It’s time for a new Star Trek movie!”

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The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

The Enterprise crew is ready for a little well-earned R& R when they are chosen to respond to an SOS.  The SOS turns out to be a terrible trap.  The Enterprise is destroyed.  Kirk and crew (those that are left alive) find themselves separated and stranded the planet of those that attacked them.

Their mission now becomes a way to get back to Federation territory to warn of the coming invasion, to stop the coming invasion or both… but first they will have to survive.

Of the new Star Trek films I rate this the second best.  I loved the new Jaylah character, was extremely happen with the expansion of McCoy’s [Urban’s] role and was impressed with the new and unique way the attacking aliens boarded the Enterprise.


New Posters for AMC’s “Preacher”

Preacher on AMC is one of the strangest shows I’ve ever watched and I am totally diggin’ it.

Having never read the comic series (created by writer, Garth Ennis and artist, Steve Dillon) on which the show is based I didn’t know what to expect.

It sure wasn’t a small town preacher (who used to be a criminal) accidentally infused with a supernatural power.  And who would have guessed that the Preacher’s girlfriend (who was also his crime partner) would show up or that he would become best friends with a vampire (unlike any ever seen)?  Then of course, there’s the Saint of Killers, a gunfighter from the old west, recently returned to Earth from hell…

I’m going to keep my eye out for the comic series.

In the mean time, you might want to check out these Preacher promotional posters created by Steve Dillon & Matt Hollingsworth, Glenn Farbry, Mike & Laura Allred, Dustin Nguyen, David Mack, Erica Henderson, Steve Ellis (shown above) Neal Adams & Tim Shinn and Mike Del Mundo.

Source: XombieDirge.

The Lineup (1958) / Z-View

The Lineup (1958)

Director: Don Siegal

Screenplay: Stirling Silliphant

Stars: Eli Wallach, Robert Keith and Richard Jaeckel.

The Pitch: “Hey, if it works on tv…?”

Tagline: “The Manhunt They Had To Put on the Giant-Sized Movie Theatre Screen!”

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

A criminal organization gets heroin into the US by hiding it in tourists’ luggage (without the tourists’ knowlege).  A psycho hitman and his partner then retrieve the heroin (by whatever force needed).

Two police detectives investigating a murder discover what is going on.  As the bodies pile up they learn that a woman and her little daughter are next on the psycho’s list!

I was expecting a lot more than a by-the-numbers police procedural from director, Don [Dirty Harry] Siegal, writer and Sterling [Route 66Silliphant.  There’s a lot of potential here but only Eli Wallach rises above the material given. 

Perhaps my rating is a bit tough because I was expecting so much more.



A First Look at the Training Day TV Series!

I’m a huge fan of the original Training Day movie and I think the Training Day series has a lot of potential.

Based on the hit feature film, this crime thriller begins 15 years later when an idealistic young police officer is appointed to an elite squad of the LAPD and he is partnered with a seasoned yet morally ambiguous detective. Starring Bill Paxton and Justin Cornwell, Training Day. Coming soon to CBS.

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) / Z-View

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

Director: J.J. Abrams

Screenplay: Roberto OrciAlex KurtzmanDamon Lindelof based on characters created by Gene Roddenberry 

Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Peg, John Cho, Benedict Cumberpatch, Bruce Greenwood and Peter Weller.

The Pitch: “Isn’t about time for a new Star Trek movie?”

Tagline: “Beyond the darkness, lies greatness.”

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

After a super-powered genius leaves Star Fleet in shambles and Earth in crisis, Kirk and crew track him to Klingon territory.  Before it’s over Kirk and his Enterprise team will face off against the terrorist, Klingons and Star Fleet.



O.J.: Made in America (2016) / Z-View

O.J.: Made in America (2016)

Director: Ezra Edelman

The Pitch: “The make a documentary like ‘Making a Murderer’ but with the most famous murder trial in American history!”

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The Overview: Beware of Spoilers…

An amazing documentary that explores in detail the trial of OJ Simpson for the murders of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman as well as the history of the years leading up to the murders. And not just the history of OJ and Nicole, but also the United States – the evolution of civil liberties, the reputation of the LA police, the rise of O.J. Simpson’s celebrity as a sports and movie star and how these different factors came together to create a climate that gave us the OJ Simpson murder trial.

The documentary takes us past the criminal trial to the civil trial, OJ’s life following it and the subsequent activities and trial that cost OJ Simpson his freedom.


George Perez on Svengoolie!

Most every week at 10pm on Saturday my wife and I check out whatever monster movie that horror host Svengoolie is serving up on ME-TV.  Last week we were pleasantly surprised to see George Perez and his lovely bride featured.

Seems George and his better half also regularly tune in to Svengoolie.  They were shown wearing their Sven t-shirts along with the very cool art that George created for Svengoolie.  You can see a larger version here.

I wonder what surprises Svengoolie will offer up tomorrow night with Captive Wild Woman.

Source: Greg Litchfield.

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