Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

We fully realize that the American Thanksgiving holiday bears a dark cloud historically but, for us here at The Weirding, it's less about history, nationalism, or football, and more about the food, the people, the food the people bring, the food over which we get into fistfights with the people... the important things.

This post was written well in advance because we have no idea what Thanksgiving will bring, so we may or may not even be around but, if everything went as planned, you should be able to find at least one or two Thanksgiving-themed B-Raters episodes on The Weirding YouTube Channel - including the Troma classic, Poultrygeist.

Speaking of traditions, Mystery Science Theater 3000 Turkey-Day Marathons have been a part of my Thanksgiving ritual for over 20 years now. Last year, Shout! Factory revived the tradition online and once again this year, Joel Hodgson hosts the MST3K Turkey Day Marathon featuring episodes chosen by the viewers. I watched the whole thing last year but I had to turn off the YouTube chatroom because the scroll was so fast that it was interrupting the video playback. The comments were great, though!

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Thursday, November 20, 2014


Hi, nerds! Sorry it's been slow lately but we're about to have Turkey Day here at my house and I am back in physical therapy (for my neck), so I haven't had as much time as I have the past few months. It may be a minute but we'll get back up to speed shortly. The holiday season affects us all (down there).

This weekend, we're B-Rating the Troma turkey classic, Poultrygeist! So we hope you'll join us. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Monday, November 17, 2014

The Evil Dead Series

Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams from Evil Dead
This is my boomstick
Evil Dead has been one of my favorite movies for over 20 years now. Yes, my taste has changed and it now has a slew of contenders for top-billing, many of which are also considered "B-raters" by consensus. However, I was not a big fan of the sequels.

Evil Dead 2 was what it was when it came out; in that time, it was definitely unique in its field. However, the third sequel dismissed the Horror elements entirely in favor of downright goofiness - as opposed to comedy - Ash has catchphrases he chews thoroughly upon delivery, for example, and the wackyzanyslapstick pratfalls number in the thousands. Despite my personal feelings, the trilogy has become a cult classic that launched both Bruce Campbell's and Sam Raimi's careers and spawned several comic book series, an unofficial musical - even the recent reboot/remake was generally well-received!

Now, Raimi and Campbell return in their respective roles (writer/director and lead, respectively) for a Starz TV series based on the Evil Dead franchise, entitled Ash vs. Evil Dead. Yes, Bruce Campbell is reprising his role as S-Mart stockboy, Ash Williams - the unlikeliest of heroes, elevated by fate to the level of a demigod despite himself. Raimi himself described Ash's character arc as a "lame but heroic saga."

MTV has also picked-up a TV series based on another classic Horror movie; Scream debuts next October (2015). The director of the film series, Wes Craven, is reported to be involved. Ash vs. Evil Dead also debuts in 2015 on the Starz network.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Marky Mark to Play Six Billion Dollar Man

The Six Million Dollar Man
Mark Wahlberg is set to star in The Six Billion Dollar Man, a movie based on the TV series The Six Million Dollar Man which starred Lee Majors. Peter Berg (Wes Craven's Shocker) is set to direct the film for Dimension Films. Both projects are based on the 1972 bestseller, Cyborg by Martin Caidin.

The basic plot concerns former astronaut, Steve Austin, who is given bionic arms and legs following the crash of an experimental airplane. This makes him the perfect candidate for a position in the Office of Scientific Intelligence. The best known episode from the TV series featured a fight between Austin and Bigfoot, which was mocked by [Adult Swim]'s The Venture Brothers.

The Six Billion Dollar Man is set for wide-release in 2016.

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