REVIEW: SAW VI

CAST

Tobin Bell (Boogeyman 2)
Costas Mandylor (Bite)
Mark Rolston (The Departed)
Betsy Russell (Knock ‘Em Dead)
Shawnee Smith (Anger Management)
Peter Outerbridge (Lucky Number Slevin)
Athena Karkanis (The Lottery)
Samantha Lemole (Legally Blonde)
Tanedra Howard (Off The Track)
George Newbern (Scandal)
Darius McCrary (Transformers)
Karen Cliche (Mutant X)
Mpho Koaho (Falling Skies)
Bahar Soomekh (Crash)

Two predatory lenders awaken on either side of a room split by a caged-in scale, wearing head harnesses with screws poised to pierce their temples. The one who sets more flesh weight upon their tray will survive. Eddie cuts fat from his torso, but Simone chops off her arm, and Eddie is killed when the timer expires. As he reviews the game’s footage, Detective Lieutenant Mark Hoffman is called to the scene by FBI Agent Dan Erickson, who has found Peter Strahm’s fingerprints. Also present is Lindsey Perez, whose survival was covered up by Erickson for her protection. They learn from Dr. Adam Heffner, the coroner who performed all of the autopsies for the case thus far, that the knife used to cut the jigsaw piece from Eddie’s flesh was only used once before, on Seth Baxter. The agents intend to find the Baxter videotape to prove Strahm’s involvement.While at the hospital to meet with Simone, Hoffman is met by reporter Pamela Jenkins, who claims to have found something at the meatpacking plant. He later meets with Jill Tuck at her clinic and takes control of the games, and is given five envelopes from the box left to her in John Kramer’s will, each containing photos of people to be tested. After he leaves, a flashback reveals that Kramer brought Amanda Young to Jill, who had deemed her a lost cause, as proof of his methods. A later flashback, as Jill delivers a package from the box to the hospital, shows that Jill met with Kramer at the plant hours before his death, where he gave her the box’s key and his promise that she would be protected when the games ended.William Easton, an insurance executive for Umbrella Health, meets with Debbie, the company’s attorney, about Harold Abbott, who succumbed to heart disease after his coverage request was denied due to an application discrepancy. Hoffman abducts Easton from his office that night and brings him to an abandoned zoo, where he and his janitor, Hank, awaken in vises designed to tighten around their torsos each time they breathe into oxygen masks strapped to their faces. Kramer himself appears in a videotape and informs Easton that he has one hour to complete four tests and remove the bombs strapped to his limbs, or he will lose his family. Hank, a heavy smoker, is unable to hold his breath for long and is killed by the vise. Easton’s other tests force him to save his workers from traps, including a hanging room, a steam room, and a carousel. It is shown that Kramer met Easton at the opening of Jill’s clinic and took issue with his formula. After his cancer was diagnosed, Kramer’s coverage request for an experimental Norwegian treatment was rejected by Easton.The game is viewed by a woman named Tara and her son Brent from a cage below the observation room, which contains a tank of hydrofluoric acid and a switch marked “Live” and “Die”. Pamela awakens in another cage on the other side of the room. During the game, Hoffman is called away by Erickson and Perez, who found the Baxter videotape and are having it unscrambled by an offsite technician. They inform him that abnormalities were found in Strahm’s fingerprints, and Erickson eventually reveals their knowledge of Strahm’s death. The moment his voice is unscrambled, Hoffman attacks and kills everyone in the room, plants fingerprints using Strahm’s severed hand, and lights the room on fire to destroy the evidence.He returns to the observation room and finds the letter he’d written to Amanda, in which he’d used his knowledge of her role in Jill’s miscarriage to blackmail her into killing Lynn Denlon. The letter was found by Pamela and given to Jill, who uses it to ambush Hoffman as Easton reaches the end of his path with one second left, finding himself between the cages. It is revealed that Pamela is his sister, while Tara and Brent are Harold’s family. Tara is informed by a videotape of Kramer that she can either kill Easton or free him using the switch; when she is unable to make a decision, Brent angrily shifts the switch and a bed of needles swings down and injects Easton’s body with the acid, killing him. Jill restrains Hoffman and locks a new reverse bear trap to his head. She shows him the sixth envelope, which contains his photo, and leaves him with 45 seconds but no key. Hoffman escapes by breaking his hand and jamming the trap as it activates, and he pulls his head free, ripping open his cheek.Overall, Saw VI was incredibly well done. The story and pacing was perfect. The acting from the main cast (Tobin Bell, Betsy Russell, Costas Mandylor, Shawnee Smith, and Peter Outerbridge) was great. The traps were disturbing as hell.  Saw VI Director Kevin Greutert (editor of the first five installments) really did an astounding job.

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REVIEW: THE PROPHECY OF THE TIGER

 

CAST
Adam Baldwin (Chuck)
Steve Bastoni (Man-Thing)
Anthony Wong (the Matrix 2 & 3)
Jason Chong (Little Fish)
Karen Cliche (Mutant X)
Kira Clavell (Ninja Turtles: Next Mutation)
Helene Joy (Andromeda)

USA TITLE: DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE

 

When it comes to interpreting classic horror novels to the silver screen, Francis Ford Coppola is a funny one. Having already directed “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”  and co-produced “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein”  it seems only natural that he would try his luck with a version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” Unfortunately, the only thing you’ll find in common with Stevenson’s mini-novel and this film is the American film title.

One can only imagine how this little film got into production. Coppola must have never even read the script. I imagine his agent gave him a call and said, “Hey, they need an executive producer for another Jekyll and Hyde picture. You’ve already done Dracula and Frankenstein. Another wouldn’t hurt…we could sell them in a three-in-one DVD pack, because we’re clever Hollywood marketers. What do you say?” Well, someone got fired over this deal, and I have a feeling that it was Coppola’s agent (and quite possibly Adam Baldwin’s as well). Adam Baldwin, judging from his previous work was an ideal choice to play a young, charismatic Dr. Jekyll in Victorian London. Instead, this treatment gives us a Henry Jekyll who adopts a martial-artist crime fighter secret identity as Mr. Hyde, a being he mutates into (think the Incredible Hulk) after being revived from the dead by a mysterious herb while vacationing with his wife in Hong Kong. He then seeks out to avenge the death of his wife by transforming into Mr. Hyde, kind of like a really ugly caped crusader. Oh yeah, and I forgot to mention that he is the prophesized “White Dragon” or something to that effect, destined to save the world, yadda yadda yadda.

The makers have taken what would have been a mediocre martial artist movie and made it worse by adding the Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde theme, and loosly at that. My question is, who put this thing together? Judging from its low production values, I can only assume that it was originally a made-for-tv, would-be television pilot in the tradition of “Invisible Man,” and, when it didn’t find a distributor, was dumped on video as a feature film for the sake of Coppola’s name. While some of the martial-arist fighting is indeed quite nice, for a cheap production like this, and Adam Baldwin shows potential as a would-be Jekyll and Hyde, I cannot recommend this film on any level. Gothic horror fans will find no Gothic horror, and martial artist fans won’t find anything that hasn’t already been done better.

 

To be fair, however, Coppola’s previous efforts at Gothic horror have featured deceiving titles: “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” had little to do with the Bram Stoker’s novel, and “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein” was more an effective homage to it than a literal interpretation. At least he successfully leaves the “Robert Louis Stevenson” out of the title.

REVIEW: MUTANT X – SEASON 1-3

MAIN CAST
Forbes March (As The World Turns)
Victoria Pratt (Cleopatea 2525)
Lauren Lee Smith (Lie With Me)
Victor Webster (Wishmaster 4)
John Shea (Lois & Clark)
Karen Cliche (Flash Gordon 2007)
RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST
Tom McCamus (Ginger Snaps Back)
Douglas o’ Keeffe (Dark Angel)
Cedric Smith (X-men: The Animated Series)
Andrew Gillies (Odyssey 5)
Michael Easton (Coldfire)
George Buza (X-men: The Animated Series)
Dylan Bierk (Andromeda)
Laura Vandervoort (Bitten)
Yannick Bisson (Beauty and the Beast 2012)
Monique Ganderton (Smallville)
Anthony Lemke (Robocop: Prime Directives)
Mark Lutz (Angel)
Greg Bryk (Reign)
Anne Openshaw (Izombie)
Guylaine St-Onge (Highwayman)
Sarah Gadon (Dracula untold)
Larissa Laskin (John Q)
Callum Keith Rennie (Memento)
Louis Ferreira (Stargate Universe)
Krista Allen (The Final Destination)
Lindy Booth (Cry Booth)
Noah Danby (Painkiller Jane)
Sandrine Holt (Underworld Awakening)
Philip Akin (Highlander: The Series)
Melinda Deines (Earth: Final Conflict)
Frank Moore (Rabid)
David Sutcliffe (Lie To Me)
Jenya Lano (Xena)
Alan C. Petersen (Stargate SG.1)
Rachel Hayward (Jingle All The Way 2)
Steve Bacic (Blade: The Series)
Gary Hudson (Cold Case)
Sebastian Spence (First Wave)
Alan Van Sprang (Reign)
Lauren Collins (Degrassi: The Next Generation)
Euegne Robert Glazer (La Femme Nikita)
Peter Stebbings (Bates Motel)
John Ralston (The Lizzie Borden Chronicles)
Sasha Roiz (Caprica)
 Mutant X was a brilliant, and totally original, syndicated series that had have genre fans tuning in faithfully week after week. Drawing from the timely topic of genetic research and engineering and experimentation on human DNA, Mutant X tells the completely original story of a group of outcasts with genetically engineered super-human powers and abilities and their attempts to evade capture or destruction by the ultra-secret, evil government agency which created them.
Mutant X  created by comics veteran Howard Chaykin (writer for Earth: Final Conflict and Viper) and Avi Arad (executive producer of X-Men, X-Men 2, and every other Marvel comic to movie adaptation in the pipeline from Daredevil  to The Fantastic Four). With a totally straight face, they insist that this new show has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the X-Men. Both of these guys know the comic industry and Arad obviously is familiar with  X-Men, and yet they expect us to believe that cashing in on the popularity of the X-Men wasn’t in their minds at all while developing this series. They can’t even seem to recognize the similarity.

The main difference in plot line deals with the fact that the powers that the Mutant X mutants possess were a result of human intervention through science rather than a naturally-occurring genetic mutation, as in the X-Men. Apart from this very minor difference, the sky is the limit when it comes to Mutant X – X-Men similarities.
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The leader of the Mutants is Adam, a wealthy scientist who headed up the government project that created the Children of Genomex (a.k.a. the Mutants). He has seen the error of his ways and now is engaged in a crusade to locate, protect, and train the Mutants. He doesn’t actually own a school or have mutant powers himself, but this is the Professor X of the group.371266752_640The leader of the evil, covert government agency is Mason Eckhart, played by Andy Warhol as himself. This guy, complete with white hair and chunky glasses, wants to either use the Mutants for evil purposes or see them all destroyed. He’s sort of the Magneto of Mutant X without the overwhelming desire to see the Mutants rule the earth. Eckhart doesn’t have any super powers, unless you count just plain being evil, but his right hand man has telekinetic abilities.
a great series that lasted 3 seasons and only ended because the tribune company came to and end

REVIEW: FLASH GORDON (2007): THE COMPLETE SERIES

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CAST

Eric Johnson (Smallville)
Gina Holden (Final Destination 3)
Karen Cliche (Mutant X)
Jody Racicot (Earth: Final COnflict)
John Ralston (The LIzzie Borden Chronicles)
Jonathan Walker (V 2009)
Anna Van Hooft (Arrow)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Giles Panton (Human Target)
Panou (Horns)
Carmen Moore (Andromeda)
Jill Teed (X-men 2)
Bruce Dawson (Izombie)
Carrie Genzel (Stargate SG.1)
Andee Frizzell (Stargate: Atlantis)
Christine Willes (Dead Like Me)
Steve Bacic (Blade: The Series)
Sam J. Jones (Flash Gordon (1980)
Ona Grauer (Stargate Universe)
Don S. Davis (Stargate SG.1)
John Novak (Wishmaster 3 & 4)
Meghan Ory (Dark Angel)
Craig Stanghetta (Smallville)
Jody Thompson (Kindergarten Cop 2)

The series was loosely based on the comic strip of the same name and incorporated elements from several previous adaptations, following the adventures of Steven “Flash” Gordon (Eric Johnson), a twenty-five-year-old who lives with his mother and whose scientist father was lost in a mysterious accident when Flash was 13 years old. Flash’s ex-girlfriend, Dale Arden (Gina Holden), is a television news reporter and is engaged to police detective Joe Wylee. They introduce Gordons’ eccentric former assistant, Hans Zarkov (Jody Racicot), when rifts in space appear, allowing travel between Earth and the planet Mongo.
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Mongo is ruled by the ruthless dictator Ming (John Ralston), who controls “Source Water”, the only source of safe drinking water on Mongo. Unlike the previous adaptations, he is not normally called “the Merciless” and is instead called “Benevolent Father”, though he is still called “the Merciless” in closed circles. He also exhibits the traits of modern, media-savvy dictators, rather than the more simplistic, stereotypically evil characterization of earlier incarnations.[1] Also, unlike previous depictions, Ming resembles a blond Caucasian human, rather than a bald East Asian man. Ming has a daughter, Princess Aura (Anna van Hooft), who is disturbed by her father’s brutality. The series adds a new non-Terran character, Baylin (Karen Cliche), a bounty hunter from Mongo. She finds herself trapped on Earth and becomes a comrade of Flash, Dale and Zarkov and their guide to Mongo and its inhabitants.
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The peoples of Mongo live in “cantons”, tribal groups that echo the animal-human hybrids of the original comic strip. The cantons include the Verdan (based on Prince Barin’s forest-dwelling people from the strip), the Turin (based on the strip’s Lion Men), the Dactyls (the series’ version of the strip’s Hawkmen), the Omadrians (women who create powerful medicines), the Frigians (who live in the frozen wastelands), the Tritons (who live beneath the ocean), and the Zurn (painted blue led by Queen Azura). There is also another group known as the Deviates, mutants whose ancestors drank “Grey Water” (toxic water) to survive. The Deviates are led by Terek, their unofficial king (and Aura’s brother) and are distrusted by almost everyone.
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On April 3, 2008, it was announced that Flash Gordon was canceled

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So this wasn’t the best sci-fi series ever to come on television but for some reason I began to like it more and more as the series progressed. And yes it is cheesy, but so what, just don’t take it too seriously and I’m sure you’ll like it. It was never intended to be up there with the likes of Battlestar or Farscape but it’s still a good series with some fun characters.

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When it first started off I wasn’t to keen on the concept of a wormhole from Earth to Mongo but it worked out quite well in the end, even if it was kind of a rip off of the Sliders idea. Also, some people complained that the stories were always on Earth instead of Mongo, but as it went along, the storyline shifted more to Mongo and the story revolving around Ming and his daughter Aura. There was also a lot of great action too and gunfights. One of the best performing character’s would probably have to be the Ming, the benevolent father (played by John Ralston). He made his character seperate to the other Ming I remembered and I appreciated that.

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Anyway I overall recommend this series but don’t put it down until you’ve stayed until midway because it does improve.

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