REVIEW: AMERICAN PSYCHO 2

CAST

Mila Kunis (BLack Swan)
William Shatner (Free Enterprise)
Kim Schraner (Saw 7)
Geraint Wyn Davies (Forever Knight)
Robin Dunne (Sanctuary)
Kim Poirier (Dawn of The Dead)
Lindy Booth (Odyssey 5)

The film starts with a 12-year-old girl whose babysitter is on a date with serial killer Patrick Bateman. After Bateman kills and starts to dissect her babysitter, the girl stabs him with an ice pick. Fast forward to the present day and the girl, who is named Rachael Newman, is now a college student studying criminology under Professor Starkman, a former FBI agent. Rachael aspires to join the FBI and is determined to get the teaching assistant position under Starkman, which would make her a shoo-in for the FBI training program.Tough competition for the position stands in her way, and Rachael proceeds to kill off classmates one by one. During her killing spree, she decides to see the school psychiatrist, Dr. Eric Daniels. Realizing that Rachael is a textbook sociopath, Daniels tries to warn Starkman, who mistakenly thinks the psycho student is Cassandra Blaire, with whom he had an extramarital affair. When Cassandra reveals that her affair with Professor Starkman has guaranteed her the TA position, Rachael decides to murder her as well. After she does so, Professor Starkman discovers Cassandra’s body and calls Daniels to tell him that “she’s dead”. But he does not identify the victim, and Daniels assumes it must be Rachael. Distraught, Professor Starkman leaves his teaching position, which angers the obsessed Rachael. She reveals that she is not Rachael Newman; she killed the real Rachael at the beginning of the semester and assumed her identity.During spring break, Rachael stays on campus and confronts Starkman, who had taken Valium and alcohol, and tries to seduce him to get the job. However, Starkman sees she is wearing a dress and necklace he had given to Cassandra. She then confesses her crimes to him, her “crush” on him, and that she knew about his affairs with various women (which included her former babysitter, whom he indirectly killed, since he had told her about Bateman and she decided to track him down), as he backs up towards the window in a state of confusion and fear. Rachael blows him a kiss, and he falls out the window to his death. As she leaves, Rachael realizes a janitor has witnessed Starkman’s death, and she murders the janitor, too. Driving away from campus with Starkman in her car, Rachael is stopped by campus security, whom she stabs to death with an ice pick.As the film reaches its conclusion, Daniels and two cops pursue Rachael in a car chase, started when she sped by the cops who had Daniels in the car. It ends with Rachael driving off a cliff, resulting in the car exploding. At this point, she is presumed to be dead by the cops who witnessed the event and the media. Two years later, Dr. Daniels is giving a lecture on Rachael’s mind and how he wrote a book about her. When he looks up from speaking with a student, he sees Rachael, who has not died after all; she indirectly reveals that she killed Starkman’s last assistant, Elizabeth McGuire, and stole her identity to get into Quantico. She allows Dr. Daniels to know because she believes there is no point in committing the perfect crime if no one knows about it and that she is proud of his success. The body that was in the car was the real Rachael. As she walks out of his class, Dr. Daniels is obviously disturbed and rattled.A very poor sequel that didn’t do any justice to the original… more like a comedy, and even that did not work

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REVIEW: CRUEL INTENTIONS 2: MANCHESTER PREP

CAST

Amy Adams (Big Eyes)
Robin Dunne (Sanctuary)
Sarah Thompson (Angel)
Keri Lynn Pratt (The Smokers)
Barry Flatman (Earth: Final Conflict)
Mimi Rogers (Ginger Snaps)
Teresa Hill (Puppet Master 4 & 5)
Barclay Hope (Final Destination 5)
Tané McClure (Legally Blonde)
David McIlwraith (Hollow Man 2)

The film opens with Sebastian Valmont (Robin Dunne) conversing with his soon-to-be ex-principal, the principal’s insistence on having Sebastian’s permanent record relayed to his new school and thereby hampering his chance for a new start at Manchester Prep. Sebastian was a bad boy and a troublemaker in this school. Mostly he usually got in trouble with his teachers and principal. Initially, his principal was considering not to send his permanent record to his new school, but then Sebastian pulled a cruel stunt on his wife and made him and his wife a laughing stock in the community, he decided to send Sebastian’s permanent record to his new school. Following his arrival in New York, Sebastian discovers the wealth of his new family; meeting Kathryn Merteuil (Amy Adams) for the first time and bettering her with piano and vocabulary. This leads to a confrontation between Kathryn and Sebastian whereby she states that she has a comfortable lifestyle and that he “better not interfere”.Sebastian later begins school. While waiting to see his new headmaster, he encounters Danielle Sherman (Sarah Thompson), who is, unknown to him, Headmaster Sherman’s daughter. Luckily Sebastian switched permanent records before it was sent to the headmaster’s office and he can now start over with a clean slate. A school assembly follows, showing Kathryn delivering a speech to her classmates, but being persistently interrupted by uncontrollable hiccups coming from a student, who then begins to choke on the gum that she was chewing in a bid to stop her hiccups. She is saved by the quick action of Danielle who performs the Heimlich maneuver, allowing the student to expel the gum, which ends up flying into Kathryn’s hair. A meeting of a secret society of student elites presided by Kathryn takes place, deciding upon the fate of the new students. This leads them to Cherie, the student with the hiccups, as well as the discovery that Cherie’s family is wealthier than that of Kathryn; this, and the events of the assembly, cause Kathryn to seek a vendetta against Cherie.maxresdefaultSebastian, coming from a more humble upbringing, wishes to befriend his house staff. Doing so angers Kathryn, whose day is interrupted by not being able to contact her driver. This (along with Kathryn’s jealousy of Sebastian) causes her to admit that she is unhappy with her life. Sebastian attempts to woo Danielle: first, by asking her for coffee at her work; then, later, conversing with her over the telephone. Eventually, this evolves into a relationship, but Kathryn, seeing this, uses it as a way to get back at Sebastian. She first tries to tempt him away from Danielle by luring him with identical twins, who confide to Sebastian that Danielle is the only virgin at Manchester.Resident-Evil-The-Final-Chapter-Final-Poster-FeaturedKathryn’s attempt to sabotage Cherie backfires, as Kathryn’s mother tells her to become best friends with Cherie, in an attempt to encourage Cherie’s mother to donate a large amount of money to the school. In the end, Sebastian stays with Danielle; he professes his love for her, only to find that she does not reciprocate. It turns that Danielle is actually working alongside Kathryn in a secret plan to dupe Sebastian. Defeated by Kathryn’s manipulation, Sebastian states “if you can’t beat them, join them”, thus leading to a threesome with Danielle and Kathryn, followed by an alliance of the three to dominate and manipulate others. In the last scene, Cherie is seen riding her bike, which is run over by Sebastian’s car. Sebastian offers to give her a ride, and has sex with her. Kathryn and Danielle are seen, in the front of the car, pleased with the results.720full-cruel-intentions-2-screenshotAmy Adams is easily a match for Sarah Michelle Gellar (Kathryn in Cruel Intentions), being both convincingly cruel and very sexy; Thompson is great as the pretty poor girl of the school who captures Sebastian’s heart; and Keri Lynn Pratt is charming as the Manchester Prep virgin who learns why riding horses is so popular with young women. Manchester Prep might not be innovative groundbreaking cinema, but it sure is fun.

 

REVIEW: THE SKULLS II

CAST

Robin Dunne (Sanctuary)
Nathan West (Bring It On)
Ashley Tesoro (The Wereolf Reborn)
Lindy Booth (Cry Wolf)
James Gallanders (Bride of Chucky)
Christopher Ralph (Animorphs)
Aaron Ashmore (Smallville)
Andrew Gillies (Mutant X)
Simon Reynolds (Saw IV)

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Picking up several years after the first film, Ryan Sommers (Robin Dunne) is a student at an unnamed university, believed to be Yale University by the sports teams logo and various New Haven, Connecticut, imagery seen throughout the film. He and lacrosse teammate, Jeff, are tapped for the elite “Skulls” society. Despite his friend Jeff’s zeal for being tapped, Ryan is ambivalent toward admission into the Skulls seeing it as a form of control from his older brother, Greg (who is a member), and its distraction from his beautiful, socialite girlfriend, Ali (Ashley Tesoro).

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Soon after being tapped, Ryan (having received inside information from his older brother Greg) stages an accident during one of the Skulls’ secret initiation rituals by faking that he has been accidentally stabbed, only to reveal that it was a sophomoric joke. Not amused, the senior leadership led by Parker Neal (Nathan West) decide to punish Ryan and Jeff by making them clean the attic of the Skulls tomb. While cleaning the attic that night, both Ryan and Jeff hear someone on the roof, only to discover it is fellow Skulls member, Matt “Hutch” Hutchison and field hockey team captain, Diana Rollins. While peeping on Hutchison and Rollins as she begins to disrobe, Ryan notices her drinking from a flask that Hutchison gave her. Soon thereafter, she starts to become dizzy and then falls off the roof of the Skulls tomb. Trying to alert the other members in the tomb, Ryan is told that nothing is wrong and he must have been seeing things.the-skulls-ii

Ryan later goes to his brother Greg about the incident, believing that the Skulls have covered up Diana Rollins’ death. Greg agrees to give Ryan a key to the tomb, so that he can investigate further, but this later turns out to be a ploy in order to lure Ryan there. Ryan is told the supposed truth about what was really taking place. He is fed a story by Parker Neal that, due to Ryan’s sophomoric joke during the initiation ritual, the Skulls staged Diana Rollins falling off the roof as they had staged (years earlier) the death of a former member’s roommate when he too was not taking membership seriously. This was all a test to see if Ryan would remain loyal to the Order by not going to the authorities. The former member’s roommate story is a direct reference to the first film and the death of Will Beckford, Lucas McNamara’s roommate. Not convinced by this ruse, Ryan begins to do research, and later discovers from Beckford’s parents that their son was killed by the Skulls for doing an expose on the secret society and breaking into the tomb; this was the storyline from the first film.

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That evening, Ryan receives a phone call from his brother Greg that Diana Rollins was killed in a car accident while returning from a supposed ski trip in New Hampshire. At this point, Ryan knows the entire scandal has been a cover-up to protect Matt Hutchison and the Skulls from public humiliation. Due to his digging around, the Skulls turn Ryan’s life into chaos. His brother Greg is fired from his high-level position as an attorney at Skull member Winston Taft’s firm, Ryan’s girlfriend Ali accuses him of assaulting her, and he is pursued by the Skulls at every avenue. Through his friendship with Ali’s roommate, Kelly (Lindy Booth), he later discovers that his apartment is bugged, and the Skulls will stop at nothing to cover up Diana Rollins’ accidental death, even attempting to run him and Kelly down in the streets of New Haven.the_skulls_II_big4Ryan and Kelly believe that the only true way to expose the Skulls is by getting their hands on the coroner’s report, showing that Diana Rollins did indeed have drugs and alcohol in her system, and that she had been dead for days, not hours. Ryan’s brother, Greg, uses his acquaintance, county coroner Dr. Phillip Sprague, to gain inside information — Sprague was offered a prostitute by the Skulls to switch the coroner’s reports. Later, breaking into Sprague’s office, Ryan steals the real report and goes to the police. In the meantime, Jeff has already come forward stating the Skulls covered up Diana Rollins’ death and that Matt Hutchison was responsible. Hutchison is taken into custody; Parker Neal narrowly escaping arrest himself. Back at the Skulls tomb, Skulls chairman senator George Milford states that shame and disgrace has been brought to the Order by this scandal. Believing that Ryan will be expelled from the Order, Parker egotistically states that he believes casting out Ryan is a smart move, only to discover that he is the one being expelled. Parker is seized by members of the Order and his brand of membership is removed from his wrist as he screams out in pain. Ryan casts himself out of the Order. The final scene show he and Kelly kissing in her car as they begin a new life together.the-skulls-ii

This film is just as good as the original. The actors are certainly no less charismatic. The plot is a great sequel to a good film.

31 DAYS OF HORROR REVIEW: SPECIES III

CAST

Robin Dunne (Sanctuary)
Sunny Mabrey (Snakes on A Plane)
Robert Knepper (Izombie)
Amelia Cooke (Alien Agent)
John Paul Pitoc (Tick)
Christopher Neame (Ghostbuers II)
Natasha Henstridge (The Secret Circle)

The film begins immediately where Species II left off. Hours after the events of the previous film, the medical van transporting the lifeless Eve has lost its way, but when the co-driver tries to radio their superiors, the driver stops and holds him at gun-point. Both are surprised by the alien child (now called “half-breed”) appearing in the back window and killing the co-driver with his tongue. In the back the driver finds the half-breed and a reviving Eve, who goes into labor and gives birth to a new-born alien. While the half-breed strangles Eve with his tongue, the driver wraps the new-born in his jacket and runs off through the forest as a military helicopter finds the deserted van. Government agent Wasach orders an autopsy and afterwards the burning of Eve’s body.

The driver is revealed as Dr. Abbot, teaching biochemistry at a university, who believes it is wrong to decide whether a species should live or die. In his home, he keeps Eve’s offspring, who within a few months has grown into a young girl named Sara. The half-breed that killed Eve, also aged, visits Dr. Abbot in his office, asking to see “it” (Eve’s offspring), but then partly decays and dies in his chair. The shocked Doctor asks Dean, a student whose funding is in jeopardy, to assist him in his research to create a perfect alien DNA, promising him funding and future awards.

In Abbot’s absence, Sara undergoes a metamorphosis similar to Sil’s that envelopes her into a cocoon, destroying her clothes, but transforming her into a beautiful blonde young woman. When Dr. Turner, a fellow professor, arrives at Abbot’s house, he comes across Sara, who is naked, tries to seduce him, and when he comes near her she rejects him when she detects that his genes are imperfect. Dr. Turner, annoyed at his lost opportunity, implies Sara his raping intentions and tries it but is killed by Sara. Looking for prospective breeding partners, Sara strolls onto campus (clothed), and finally makes contact with another half-breed. The two begin to mate but Sara rejects him when she discovers that he suffers from diseases. Later on, at Abbot’s house, the angry half-breed attacks Sara and tries to impregnate her. Abbot sprays hydrochloric gas over the lab, killing the half-breed, but not before it fatally wounds him. Before dying, Abbot begs Dean to continue his work. Left in charge, Dean ponders whether he should continue alone. Sara urges him to save her species. Later, Dean follows Sara to his campus, where he encounters her in a classroom. She tries to have sex with him, but he sees her in her alien form and resists.

Meanwhile, Dean’s campus roommate, Hastings, contacted a website, on which a woman called Amelia wants to date biochemists, feeding her data from Dean’s notes. Amelia, the leader of the half-breeds, responds to it and begins to arrive at his campus. On her way she stops at a gas station, where a gas attendant seeing her body naked, decides to rape her. She allows him to rape her before killing him. She then arrives at the campus and is looking for Eve’s offspring. She senses Sara’s presence and kidnaps Hastings. At Abbot’s house, Amelia and Sara pressure Hastings into creating the perfect species so that both can have mates. Dean is picked up by agent Wasach, who also monitored the Amelia website and observed some connection to the disbanded project Athena. The two interrupt the proceedings at Abbot’s house and take Sara’s harvested eggs. The three humans flee to a nearby experimental power plant, followed by Amelia and Sara. Dean attempts to trap Sara and Amelia in the plant’s core. When Sara’s eggs fall into the core, Amelia attempts to kill Dean, and kisses him but is stopped by Sara, who throws Amelia into the core. Dean manages to close the shaft to the core just in time to prevent a nuclear disaster, but not before Sara also falls down the shaft.

Later, when Hastings drops by Abbot’s house, he finds Sara alive, along with a new alien boy. Dean explains that he pulled Sara to safety and created the perfect mate for her, using the salvageable parts of the half-breed DNA so that Sara wouldn’t be alone. Dean asks Sara why she saved him, since with her eggs gone there was no reason to. Sara doesn’t answer, but it’s indicated that she’s grown to care for Dean. After Sara and her mate have departed, Dean reveals to Hastings that he ensured the mate would be sterile, thereby preventing any offspring.

Its 6 years later and they made another one! This is the first direct to video species sequel, slightly lower budget this time and a change of cast, not as good as the original 2 but still great fun, we get a good open sequence that continues not long after the second movie, We get a cameo from Natasha Henstridge playing her Eve character giving birth to a new strain of alien before leaving the franchise, we then get introduced to the younger replacement Sunny Mabrey (XXX-2, Snakes on a plane) a hot blonde with a killer body, and plentiful nudity there is too! once she turns adult the alien urges come out, can she be controlled or will she want to destroy humanity like her mother, for a lower budget sequel it still really is rather enjoyable and well paced with some new ideas, the effects are not too bad, some cool gore in places, if your a hard-core fan of the series you will probably enjoy it, not as much as the originals but worth a watch.

REVIEW: SANCTUARY – SEASON 1-4

MAIN CAST

Amanda Tapping (Stargate SG.1)
Robin Dunne(Dead Like Me)
Emilie Ullerup (Leprechaun: Origins)
Christopher Heyerdahl (Twilight: Breaking Dawn)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Ryan Robbins (Arrow)
Kavan Smith (Stargate: Atlantis)
Kandyse McClure (Battlestar Galactica)
Peter Shinkoda (Masked Rider)
Chuck Campbell (Jason X)
Michael Adathwaite (Tru Calling)
Ellie Harvie (The New Addams Family)
Panou (Flash Gordon 2007)
Leah Cairns (Interstellar)
Laura Mennell (Thirteen Ghosts)
Peter Bryant (Dark Angel)
Peter Outerbridge (Earth: Final Conflict)
Alex Zahara (The Stickup)
Mackenzie Gray (The Net: The Series)
Matthew Walker (Highlander: The Series)
Sarah Strange (White Noise)
David Nykl (Arrow)
Kirsten Robek (Cats & Dogs)
Katharine Isabelle (Hannibal)
Jonathon Young (Antitrust)
Gabrielle Rose (Jennifer’s Body)
Jim Byrnes (Highlander: The Series)
Lynda Boyd (Power Rangers In Space)
Rekha Sharma (The Core)
Peter Wingfield (Caprica)
Christine Chatelain (40 Days and 40 Nights)
Alex Diakun (Androemda)

Being a big fan of Stargate SG-1 in general and Amanda Tapping in particular, I was quite excited to hear that the actress had signed up to play the lead in (and was executive producer of) a web-based series entitled Sanctuary.  I had meant to download the 8 15-minute webisodes but with one thing and another, never got around to it.  Based on the strength of those shorts, the series was picked up by the horribly named cable network Syfy, had a successful first season, and was renewed for a second (that is scheduled to begin in October.)  E1 Entertainment has now released Sanctuary Season One on DVD in a nice four disc set that fans of SF should consider picking up, especially if you gave up on the series while it was airing after a few episodes.

Dr. Will Zimmerman (Robin Dunne) is a profiler for a local police force in an unnamed metropolitan city.  Being very observant in a Monk-like way, he puts together clues that others often miss and follows them to their logical conclusions, even if those conclusions sound crazy.  He was kicked out of the FBI for his hair-brained hypotheses, and is pretty much shunned by the policemen he works with for the same reason.

While investigating the dead of a civilian and two police officers Zimmerman crosses paths with Dr. Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping).  She runs the Sanctuary, a privately funded large gothic building in the middle of town that is host to, Will eventually discovers, a wide assortment of bizarre creatures called ‘abnormals’.  Basically all of Zimmerman’s theories have been correct, there are odd being roaming the world in secret and Magnus’ group helps those that they can and hunts down the ones that are dangerous to humanity.Will signs up and joins the Sanctuary team that includes Magnus, who turns out to be much, much older than she looks, Helen’s kick-ass daughter Ashley (Emilie Ullerup), tech geek Henry Foss (Ryan Robbins) and butler and extra muscle when needed Bigfoot (Christopher Heyerdahl).  Searching the globe for abnormals the group discovers mermaids, ancient witches, a human-like race that can compact their bodies to squeeze through the smallest spaces, a vampire, people who can shoot heat rays from their eyes, and even the basis for Sherlock Holmes and the real Jack the Ripper (who just happens to be Magnus’ ex-lover.) Every great team needs a suitable enemy too, and Sanctuary has one in the form of the Cabal, a super-secret, well funded, organization that also investigates abnormal sightings, but they have sinister motive behind what they’re doing and consider the Sanctuary their sworn enemies.
In the second half we’re introduced to Nikola Tesla  who used to be a friend of Magnus’ way back when and who is a vampire.  An intriguing character and easily my favorite in the show, viewers are never sure if he’s lying or telling the truth and whose side he’s really on.  The show picks up for there, no longer being a ‘monster of the week’ program; it starts telling a larger story and is more careful how the plots unravel.  The faux witty banter is toned down considerably and small incidental details actually make sense at this point.  They also go back and correct some of their earlier mistakes such as Magnus’ education.  In the first episode they stated that she attended Oxford in the mid 1800’s, a time when women weren’t allowed to enroll, but in episode 12 a character reveals that she only audited classes at that time, something that makes much more sense. The acting in the program is generally good with Amanda Tapping stealing the show.  She’s playing a character similar to Dr. Samantha Carter, the person she portrayed on Stargate SG-1, but Tapping went out of her way to create a totally different personality for this new character.  Physically she dyed her hair and she also sports a British accent (that sounds pretty good actually.  She was born in England, I guess that helps more than a bit.)  Magnus is also more careful than Dr. Carter and has a totally different demeanor.  I was always enamored of Tapping’s role in SG-1 (she reminded a lot of my wife,) but while watching her here I never thought of her as “that gal from SG-1,” a testament to how well she did in crafting a new individual.

MAIN CAST

Amanda Tapping (Stargate SG.1)
Robin Dunne(Dead Like Me)
Emilie Ullerup (Leprechaun: Origins)
Christopher Heyerdahl (Twilight: Breaking Dawn)
Ryan Robbins (Arrow)
Agam Darshi (Bates Motel)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Jonathon Young (Antitrust)
Christine Chatelain (Riese)
Lynda Boyd (Final Destination 2)
Hiro Kanagawa (Heroes Reborn)
Jason Schombing (Mutant X)
Chuck Campbell (Jason X)
Chris Gauthier (Watchmen)
Robert Lawrenson (Underworld: Awakening)
Nicole Munoz (Pathfinder)
Anne Marie Deluise (Highlander: The Raven)
Colin Cunningham (Elektra)
Erica Cerra (Blade: Trinity)
Colin Lawrence (X-Men 2)
Michael Shanks (Stargate SG.1)
Aleks Paunovic (I Spy)
Jason Bryden (Marmaduke)
Ryan Kennedy (Poison Ivy 4)
Chad Rock (The Flash)
Meghan Ory (Once Upon A Time)
Callum Blue (Smallville)
Shaker Paleja (The Day The Earth Stood Still)
Paul McGillion (Stargate: Atlantis)
Sahar Biniaz (Smallville)
Terry Chen (The Chronicles of Riddick)
Balinder Johal (Killer Punjabi)

Season 2 carried on from where season 1 left off. Dr Helen Magnus and team Sanctuary are trying to discover what happened to Ashley Magnus (Emilie Ullerup) and why she would betray her family and friends and join the Cabal, all while trying to save and protect “abnormals” from those who would do them harm. The main cast of Amanda Tapping (Dr Helen Magnus), Dr Will Zimmerman (Robin Dunne), John Druitt (Christopher Heyerdahl), Henry Foss (Ryan Robbins) and Bigfoot (Christopher Heyerdahl, again) all return for the second season.

There is also new girl Kate Freelander (Agam Darshi).  Who was created to replace Ashley (who is killed in the opening two epiosdes), Although Ashley was a popular characterKate does grow on you more and more with each episode, by seasons end shes is more rounded out character.


I Enjoyed this season even more than season 1 . In this case the stories seem much stronger and have more depth to them than those in the first season. Instead of a season long battle with the Cabal, that story line gets wrapped up in two episodes. Which lets season two create new stories that enrich the characters more.

MAIN CAST

Amanda Tapping (Stargate SG.1)
Robin Dunne(Dead Like Me)
Christopher Heyerdahl (Twilight: Breaking Dawn)
Ryan Robbins (Arrow)
Agam Darshi (Bates Motel)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Callum Blue (Smallville)
Shaker Paleja (The Day The Earth Stood Still)
Paul McGillion (Stargate: Atlantis)
Sahar Biniaz (Smallville)
Terry Chen (The Chronicles of Riddick)
Balinder Johal (Killer Punjabi)
Robert Lawrenson (Underworld: Awakening)
Jim Byrnes (Highlander: The Seroes)
Chasty Ballesteros (Final Destination 5)
Raquel Riskin (Killer Bash)
Gary Jones (Stargate SG.1)
Peter Flemming (Replicant)
Jonathon Young (Antitrust)
Michael Rogers (Duets)
Jorge Vargas (Power Rangers Ninja Storm)
Martin Christopher (Stargate: Atlantis)
Chris Gauthier (Watchmen)
Pauline Egan (Elysium)
Allison Hossack (Kingdom Hospital)
Adrian Hough (Underworld: Evolution)
Ian Tracey (Bates Motel)
Peter Wingfield (Highlander: The Series)
Vincet Gale (Big Eyes)
Pascale Hutton (Ginger Snaps 2)
Polly Walker (Caprica)
Jody Thompson (Flash Gordon 2007)
Francoise Yip (Andromeda)
Tinsel Korey (The Lookout)
Peter Deluise (21 Jump Street)
Aliyah O’Brien (Smallville)
Sean Rogerson (Bitten)
Douglas O’Keeffe (Dark Angel)
Richard De Klerk (Reign)
Jordana Largy (Flashpoint)
Barclay Hope (Final Destination 5)
Adam Copeland (Highlander: Endgame)
Tom McBeath (Stargate SG.1)
Greyston Holt (Bitten)
David Milchard (The Eye)

Season three sees Sanctuary taking a big step forward,and for the most part being very successful. instead of the previous two seasons 13 episode runs,this has 20 episodes,something which allows the writers to expand storylines and explore things further,bringing more depth to this seasons story arc. As always the acting from the entire cast is first rate .There is also plenty of Jonathan Young as Nikola Tesla,whos presence always lifts any episode he appears in,and guarantees some sharp dialogue.This series looks better as well,and steps out of,whenever possible,the confines of a cgi generated world,something which I always believed limited it far too much.Season three sees Sanctuary setting itself up as a major league player,and staking a claim as a show to be taken seriously,and it does it very well.Giving you more than it has before,while leaving you with the impression that there is much more to come,and the desire to find out what.The Sanctuary team deal with the aftermath of the gigantic tidal wave released by Big Bertha while Will’s life remains in balance but soon the errand comes to an end once Will leads one final plea to “Kali” A.K.A. Big Bertha in his near death experience to stop the destruction. Following Will’s return to life two abnormals appear to him to rekindle his memory and in doing so Will remembers an important message that Gregory sent for Helen to find an underground city with great technology and secrets.Later Nikola sends an SOS call and after his rescue continues to help Helen in discovering the secrets of the city which eventually leads them to a Hollow Earth atlas. Soon Adam Worth, a former acquaintance, tricks Helen and causes radiation poisoning (that should kill both Helen and Adam in a few weeks) so that she may show Adam the Hollow Earth. Upon Adam’s interference Helen, Will, Henry and Kate enter the city to save Gregory and find a cure for the poisoning but only to be executed immediately when caught while Adam imprisons John, leaving Tesla and Big-Guy alone in the mysteries. Magnus is then revived by Ranna for answering and Magnus finds out that she needs her to help an abnormal from the events of ‘KALI’, thereby Magnus and the gang is revived and she given the cure and is reunited with her father, together Gregory and Helen save the abnormal and reach the surface back again while John kills Adam. The show returned to its original format, featuring a new short story for every episode until Tesla and Magnus discover a Praxian Stronghold. This is revealed to have been taken by Vampires and as such was a Vampire Stronghold where a whole army of Vampires and their queen were buried to be awakened someday. Magnus views this as a threat and destroys the stronghold, but not before restoring Tesla to a Vampire again.

MAIN CAST

Amanda Tapping (Stargate SG.1)
Robin Dunne(Dead Like Me)
Emilie Ullerup (Leprechaun: Origins)
Christopher Heyerdahl (Twilight: Breaking Dawn)
Ryan Robbins (Arrow)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Agam Darshi (Bates Motel)
Peter Wingfield (Highlander: The Series)
Ian Tracey (Man of Steel)
Pascale Hutton (Flash Gordon 2007)
Francoise Yip (Robocop: Prime Directives)
Tom McBeath (Stargate SG.1)
Robert Lawrenson (Human Target)
David Milchard (The Eye)
Greyston Holt (Bitten)
Adam Copeland (Highlander: Endgame)
Pauline Egan (Ambrosia)
Brian Markinson (Izombie)
Lara Gilchrist (Battlestar Galactica)
Mig Macario (Once Upon A Time)
Sandrine Holt (Terminator Genisys)
Carlo Rota (Stargate Universe)
John Novak (Wishmaster 3 & 4)
Martin Cummins (Dark Angel)
Tora Hylands (Primeval: New World)
Charlie Carrrick (Reign)
Jonathon Young (Antitrust)
Zak Santiago (Caprica)
Adam Greydon Reid (Cult)
Caroline Cave (Saw VI)
Al Sapienza (Margin Call)
Brent Stait (Blade: The Series)
Jodi Balfour (Final Destination 5)
Jim Byrnes (Highlander: The Series)
Kurt Evans (Watchnmen)
Brenda Campbell (Orphan)
Gil Bellows (Flashforward)
Gerard Plunkett (Andromeda)

At the end of the last season things were getting pretty hairy on a couple of different fronts. The subterranean abnormals who live inside the Earth have decided that they want their chance in the sun and three armies march out of caves in different parts of the planet. If that wasn’t bad enough, Magnus is battling an old companion, Adam Worth, who manages to open up a hole in time and slip back to the 1800’s with the aim of curing his terminally ill daughter. This will change the time stream irrevocably, so Magnus follows him on his one-way journey into the past in order to stop him.

This season opens with Magnus in 19th Century London, following Worth. He manages to wound her and escape, so she turns to one person she knows she can trust, he husband at the time, James Watson  Together they have to stop Worth, but even if they do, how will Magnus manage to return to the 21stCentury? She does manage it, but it takes a very long time. Meanwhile Will has been put in charge of the New York Sanctuary by the Sanctuary Network, that mysterious body that runs the various abnormal shelters around the world. He’s having a rough time, as the US military wants to actually  attack the invading army, especially after there’s a revolt in the refugee compound that’s housing several Hollow Earth abnormals in which the subterranean creatures take hostages and threaten to kill them. No one in authority will take Will’s calls, and with Magnus MIA he’s clearly out of his depth.

After that crisis, and Magnus’ return, things are different. The government is very leery of abnormals and they create a department, SCUI, to hunt down the Hollow Earth creatures that are still on the surface. Either imprisoning the abnormals that they capture or using them for experiments it’s a race between the bad military and the saintly Sanctuary to see who can locate and capture the renegade abnormals first.There are some very good episodes in this season. Monsoon, where Magnus is held hostage by some abnormal crooks while in an airport in Africa was a high point. Seeing the unarmed Magnus take out a group of ex-military super-humans was delightful.

The series does wrap up (though there is room for more adventures)  It was nice that the show did get a coda. All in al lSanctuary was an excellent show that lasted four seasons and left room for more stories to be told shold Syfy every decide to bring it back.

REVIEW: ROBIN HOOD: BEYOND SHERWOOD FOREST

 

 

CAST

Robin Dunne (Sanctuary)
Erica Durance (Smallville)
Julian Sands (Gotham)
Katharine Isabelle (Hannibal)
Mark Gibbon (Roadkill 2)
Cainan Wiebe (Sucker Punch)
Richard de Klerk (Andromeda)
Bill Dow (Stargate SG.1)
Brent Stait (Blade: The Series)
Paul Lazenby (Arrow)
David Palffy (House of The Dead)
John Novak (Wishmaster 3 & 4)
Robert Lawrenson (Human Target)
David Richmond-Peck (V)

There are four reasons to watching this film– the CGI were-dragon, Katherine Isabelle as Alina the were-dragon, the CGI wolf-lions, and Erica Durance as Marian. The were-dragon sequences are incredibly well done and very realistic. The creature’s design is distinctive, with a body like a winged puma. The transformations are very well done.  Katherine Isabelle, who played the title character from the GINGER SNAPS series, is great at playing troubled, distressed, terminally sad characters. She’s  She really does steal the film with her portrayal of the tragic Alina.The lion-like wolves in the Beyond section of Sherwood Forest are quite believable as well. They are a nicely executed hybrid of natural wolf and magical hell-beast. Their interaction with their would-be human victims is spot-on. Erica Durance….. anything from her post-Smallville debut is worth watching just for a chance to watch her. She gets a few action scenes in, either practicing on a helpless dummy or fighting the were-dragon Alina. And she looks great in a medieval pantsuit.

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All in all, a good tv movie highlighted by Erica Durance and Katherine Isabelle, it’s probably the strangest telling of the Robin Hood story but it is a fun one.

REVIEW: SPACE MILKSHAKE

CAST
Amanda Tapping (Stargate SG.1)
Kristin Kreuk (Beauty and The Beast)
George Takei (Heroes)
Robin Dunne (Sanctuary)
Billy Boyd (Lord of The Rings)
Amy Matysio (Just Friends)
Space Milkshake is a comedic adventure that’s got its feet firmly planted in the science fiction of yesteryear while still delivering a modern take on the genre. The film stars Robin Dunne, Billy Boyd, Amanda Tapping and Kristen Kreuk in what can only be described as the love child of Alien and Red Dwarf.
In the future, one of the biggest problems the Earth must deal with is space waste, debris floating around in space. To deal with this, there are sanitation stations set up around the Earth to take care of the excess garbage and to guide various vessels from bumping into any of it. Odd things begin to happen after a rubber duck hits the outer haul of one of these stations and the four person crew brings the item aboard shortly after all life on Earth dissapears. Turns out, in ain’t just a rubber duck but instead a creature named Gary (voiced by sci-fi icon George Takei) whose travelled through time and space to open a portal to his evil dimension to take over the universe. Needless to say that somebody’s got to stop him and since there’s noboby else around, it has to be these four sanitation workers. But do they have the cajones to do it?
One of the coolest things about Space Milkshake is that while funny, it does a very good job of keeping itself looking and feeling like science fiction. Director Armen Evrensel and crew stick to the elements we know so well with a haunting and suspenseful score, smart looking camera angles that evoke the first Alien film and old school techniques to make this movie feel authentic. When the station gets hit with something, the camera shakes to one side and the actors react. When Gary makes his full appearance as a large alien creature, there’s no CGI. Instead we get a practical effect. It’s a big giant puppet and it’s awesome! What’s great about this film is that the comedy is played straight by its surroundings and the job of coveying the humour is left solely on the actors. And thankfully, the cast delivers.
What’s interesting when you look at this small cast of four (five if you count Takei’s voice) is that with the exception of Boyd, none of them are really known for their comedy chops. Tapping, Dunne and Kreuk are all regulars from the t.v. sci-fi/drama world but they each show some great comedic timing. Dunne is Jimmy, a believable everyman as he tries to guess his way from one problem to the next. He gets some of the best lines, hands down. Tapping is more than convincing as Valentina, a woman who is fed up with her surroundings and yearns for more out of life. Her act outs in frustration are grounded in reality, making them hilarious. Suprisingly, Kristen Kreuk has some of the best comic moments in the film as the android Tilda who gets to play with her character a great deal, at times appearing very mechanical and at others, like a child discovering her surroundings. George Takei also gets some hilarious scenes as the creature/rubber duck. His delivery on some lines is worth watching the film alone. Billy Boyd rounds out the cast as Captain Anton who is your typical pompous commanding officer who’s all bravado and not much brains.
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The ensemble play off each other very well and commit to the absurdity of the story. This is given an even more interesting layer as each of the characters on their own might be seen as jerks for the most part. But throughout the film, we can’t help but fall for this rag tag group of interglactic garbarge workers. The only real question with the film is “Why is it called Space Milkshake?” Thankfully, the film’s story, acting and humour rightly distracted me from this query.