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Old July 13 2013, 09:55 AM   #16
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Re: "Sharknado" from Syfy

I never even heard of this till last night. Why did Sciffy move their B-Movies from Saturday night? That sucks for me.

The best of these movies were Sharktopus and Megashark Versus Giant Octopus. I'd really like to see Sharktopus return in some sequels.
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Old July 13 2013, 04:05 PM   #17
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It's sad that "Mystery Science Theater 3000" is no more. (Yeah, I know there's RiffTrax and Cinematic Titanic, but I particularly miss the 'Bots and the Satellite host segments which MST3K's successors lack.) Because this is the very stuff that was pure gold for the Best Brains crew!

Think about it, this could have been the perfect arrangement. One branch of SyFy finances these schlockfests,, but don't air them "as is". instead, have Best Brains "prepare" them first, riffing them to bits and broadcast THAT version. Being totally "in house", they wouldn't have the "rights" issues that forced them to stop showing certain episodes.

I'm sure someone will point out these movies are nort really "produced" by SyFy, not in full, anyway. They probably just negotiate a deal to air them rather than go "straight to DVD", so there could be "rights" issues down the road..

But "pre-riffed" would be about the only thing to make these flicks watchable.

I miss Tom Servo and Crow.

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Old July 13 2013, 05:30 PM   #18
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Re: "Sharknado" from Syfy

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I never even heard of this till last night. Why did Sciffy move their B-Movies from Saturday night? That sucks for me.

The best of these movies were Sharktopus and Megashark Versus Giant Octopus. I'd really like to see Sharktopus return in some sequels.
My favorite is possibly WAR BIRDS. World War II fighter pilots vs. pterodactyls. Or maybe dragons. It wasn't quite clear.

WYVERN is fun, too. And, of course, FLU BIRD HORROR, written by TrekLit's own Tony Daniel.
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Old July 13 2013, 05:46 PM   #19
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Re: "Sharknado" from Syfy

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It's sad that "Mystery Science Theater 3000" is no more. (Yeah, I know there's RiffTrax and Cinematic Titanic, but I particularly miss the 'Bots and the Satellite host segments which MST3K's successors lack.) Because this is the very stuff that was pure gold for the Best Brains crew!

Think about it, this could have been the perfect arrangement. One branch of SyFy finances these schlockfests,, but don't air them "as is". instead, have Best Brains "prepare" them first, riffing them to bits and broadcast THAT version. Being totally "in house", they wouldn't have the "rights" issues that forced them to stop showing certain episodes.

I'm sure someone will point out these movies are nort really "produced" by SyFy, not in full, anyway. They probably just negotiate a deal to air them rather than go "straight to DVD", so there could be "rights" issues down the road..

But "pre-riffed" would be about the only thing to make these flicks watchable.

I miss Tom Servo and Crow.

Sincerely,

Bill

Most of the movies MST3K riffed on were at least trying to be good in their own failed ways due to lack of money or talent or both. The Syfy/Asylum films are intentionally low-effort which isn't so fun IMO. Obviously, people do seem to enjoy these things but I feel like the butt of the joke watching most of them.
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Old July 13 2013, 05:50 PM   #20
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Yeah, riffing on films that are intentionally uber-cheesy isn't as funny as riffing on films that were made in earnest and that turned out cheesy.
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Old July 13 2013, 06:11 PM   #21
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Most of the movies MST3K riffed on were at least trying to be good in their own failed ways due to lack of money or talent or both. The Syfy/Asylum films are intentionally low-effort which isn't so fun IMO. Obviously, people do seem to enjoy these things but I feel like the butt of the joke watching most of them.
Drive-In monster movies are my comfort food. I find them very relaxing after a long day.

(FYI: Sharknado is on the front page of the NY POST today. Take that, Mansquito!)
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Old July 13 2013, 06:42 PM   #22
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I'll admit I want to see Atlantic Rim when it's available. Syfy's should've snagged that for this weekend.
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Old July 14 2013, 08:41 AM   #23
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This was even discussed on one of the Saturday B'fast shows here, with a long interview with the writer. Bizarre.
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Old July 14 2013, 10:16 AM   #24
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Re: "Sharknado" from Syfy

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I never even heard of this till last night. Why did Sciffy move their B-Movies from Saturday night? That sucks for me.

The best of these movies were Sharktopus and Megashark Versus Giant Octopus. I'd really like to see Sharktopus return in some sequels.
My favorite is possibly WAR BIRDS. World War II fighter pilots vs. pterodactyls. Or maybe dragons. It wasn't quite clear.

WYVERN is fun, too. And, of course, FLU BIRD HORROR, written by TrekLit's own Tony Daniel.
I don't remember War Birds. I'll have to check my thread at ReNext-- I do a little review of these films almost every week. I do remember Flu Bird Horror, though. I didn't know one of our people wrote it. Writing one of these things would be a blast (although watching how the final product turns out may not be ).
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Old July 14 2013, 03:52 PM   #25
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I think WARBIRDS is coming up again in the next week or so.

Another noted sf writer, the late Jim Young, played Adolf Hitler's head in NAZIS AT THE CENTER OF THE EARTH . . . .
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Old July 14 2013, 04:53 PM   #26
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Warbirds wasn't bad by Syfy standards (damning with faint praise?), some effort seemed to be put into it.

That one with Tiffany and Debbie Gibson (mega something vs something) while maybe not good was entertaining at least (or maybe I'm just a fan of Tiffany's full figure....).
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Old July 14 2013, 09:38 PM   #27
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^^ That was Megapython Vs. Gatoroid and it was one of the better ones.

I looked up Warbirds and I don't think I've seen it.

Sharknado has its own section on On Demand now. Still haven't had a chance to watch it, though.
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Old July 15 2013, 03:57 AM   #28
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That movie idea kills brain cells just by reading it.
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Old July 15 2013, 09:06 AM   #29
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The MST3K guys were the only people on my twitter feed not watching this. These intentionally bad movies aren't worth riffing. They're soulless money grabs made very poorly. I'm merely speaking of the Asylum level junk. Sharknado was also just really dull.
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Old July 17 2013, 04:32 PM   #30
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Heh, the ratings must've done really well. I'm seeing this movie mentioned everywhere, typically SyFy/Asylum movies just fade out after airing, but, this one seems to be gaining momentum. Also, SyFy Channel BBS has a big red banner saying Sharknado2 is coming, and there's apparently a contest to name it.
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