SHOCKTOBER Week 3 returns to the good ol’ icky squirmy B-C-Movie days! There’s no real rhyme or reason for week 3’s lineup, aside from a desire to watch some fun-for-the-whole-family-gore and silly scares. We’re also trying to stay away from films that have premiered in years past, otherwise with this “icky” theme, we’d be rolling out another showing of John Carpenters – “The Thing”, just about anything with special effects by Tom Savini or maybe even the tried and true Peter Jackson’s Unrated Gore-Fest “Dead Alive”! But nope, this year, this week, we’re not even going for Grade B Horror! We’re not even shooting for horror film aficionado approved titles! We’re slummin’ it!
Starting with The Rock! No not the film starring his royal creepiness Nicolas Cage and the immortal Sean Connery, but Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson! We’re premiering - “TOOTH FAIRY”! – kidding… We’ll be showing “DOOM – UNRATED” Yep, “DOOM” I know, I know, “But Theater on the Cove! How could you? “DOOM”? Even the CGI Characters in that film didn’t like the movie!” you lament. Let us explain…
Theater on the Cove was never meant to show only cream of the crop titles. It was never meant to be theater of Scorsese, Spielberg, Coppola, Kubrick, Scott, and Hitchcock… It was never meant to be theater of cult-off-the-wall-obscurity either. It was meant to be everything, all the time, from The Godfather to Flash Gordon, from Casablanca to Night of the Creeps, so Shocktober Week 3 is mixing it up a little by throwing in some random schlock, schlock entitled “DOOM” Why? Because it’s ALWAYS fun to toss in some cinematic salad while tossing back a few beers and laughing at a film that tried so hard, yet failed so awesomely!
Some somewhat interesting trivia…
Some scenes were cut because of the intense and graphic violence. (We’ll be seeing those scenes!)
The first person shooter (FPS) sequence took about 14 days to shoot. (We’ll be seeing a longer cut of this sequence!)
The film's setting is an archaeological dig at "Olduvai" on Mars. Earth's Olduvai Gorge contains some of the earliest human and hominid (pre-human) remains and artifacts. This was the setting for the opening scenes of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The film was so poorly received that, while inducting his father and grandfather into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008, The Rock joked about having made it. (This does not bode well and is also why there will be FREE BEER to help ease the viewing pain!)
Doom is NOT Phantasm. (This will please some TotC members)
After the laughs and fun of flick #1, we’ll be sucking the happiness out of your soul with flick #2. TotC will be premiering the 2013 remake and homage “EVIL DEAD”.
Produced by his highness Sam Rami and his awesomeness Sir Chin-of-Manliness (Bruce Campbell). The two had planned a remake for many years, but in 2009, Campbell stated the proposed remake was "going nowhere" and had "fizzled" due to extremely negative fan reaction. However, in April 2011, Bruce Campbell stated in an interview on Reddit.com, "We are remaking Evil Dead. The script is awesome! The remake's gonna kick some ass — you have my word."
Reactions to the film have been mixed, some stating it lacks the humor of the original, while others praising its obvious lack of fear concerning the MPAA and gore. As a loyal fan of the original and its sequels, I have paid close attention to the remake since its announcement. I will be curious to see what all of the fuss is about and if it’s current rating of “Fresh” is warranted on Rotten Tomatoes.com.
Some interesting info…
Evan Dickson from Bloody Disgusting reviewed the film at SXSW, and went on to say that "Evil Dead is amazingly gory and fun" and gave the film 4/5 stars.
Chris Tilly of IGN gave Evil Dead 9/10, and called the movie a "terrifying, exhilarating and relentlessly entertaining new chapter in the Evil Dead story".
John DeFore of The Hollywood Reporter also gave the film a positive review, calling it a "remake that will win the hearts of many of the original's fans."
Emma Simmonds of The List commented, "Evil Dead has ample cheap shocks and few bloodcurdling frights but it builds to something gorily bravura and, if that's your bag, you'll come away satisfied. It's a while before anyone picks up a chainsaw, but boy is it worth it when they do.”
According to reports in the press, the film used 70,000 gallons of fake blood. In an interview, Fede Alvarez said they used 50,000 gallons for the final scene alone. This is compared to the 200-300 gallons used in the original.
So there we have it! SHOCKTOBER Week 3 is all about fun. We’ll see you there!