predator

Movie marathons are tricky business. Equal parts foresight, improvisation, impulse decision-making, and nostalgia that you really don’t have all that much control over in the long run. You can plan ahead all you want but the energy of a room can turn a slow-burn pee-pants fest into annoying background noise in no time. Add a holiday on top of things, say for example Halloween, and you got more problems than that Jay-Z character.

Let's face it, Predator 2 sucks. For every bit as awesome and timeless as the original "Predator" is, "Predator 2" is a shitty, lame, dated sequel steeped in '80's corn and cheese. Yet, it still manages to be awesome. How is that? Well, let me count the reasons:

1) Arnold has been replaced by Danny Glover. Yes, the "I'm too old for this shit" guy from the "Lethal Weapon" series takes over for Arnold. Awesomely bad.

Hurtling toward a dense, jungle planet Royce (Adrien Brody) awakens in time to deploy his shoot and crash land into the canopy. Upon reaching the ground his disorientation turns to horror as he meets eight other humans -- well trained killers all -- who have also awakened to find themselves on this distant world. These unlikely teammates come to realize that they are part of an intergalactic hunting expedition put on by a group of highly evolved Predators. The group must stick together and distinguish friend from foe if they are to survive.

Sometimes dreams do come true! Phantasm II is finally being released on DVD! September 15th is the date of history when we all finally get to hold the second coming of Reggie Bannister in our hands.

Word is out that Spitfire Pictures is going to remake the 1974 Hammer flick Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires. No news on who will star in this kung-fu vampire camp fest, but Peter Cushing is dead, so what's the point?

As if you hadn't had enough "Trick 'r Treat" news this week, this ill-fated movie is also getting the graphic novel treatment and you can see the first five pages here.

If you were for some reason excited about the news yesterday that Robert Rodriguez is hoping for an extended 'Ahnold' cameo in his upcoming "Predator" flick, Rodriguez himself has come out to quash those rumors.

Rumor has it that Richard Dreyfuss will make a cameo in "Piranha 3D", and will be "paying homage to jaws, even drinking Amity brand beer". Very subtle, guys.

Debbie Rochon stars in "Stopped Dead", about a group of friends vacationing in an RV who end up in a "race with death" against a homicidal biker gang. Good times.

Robert Rodriguez was announcing future projects yesterday, and mixed in with the voluminous list was a reboot of the "Predator" franchise. Granted, FOX is still involved because they're the rights holders, but I personally would love to see what Rodriguez can do with that story.

"The Crazies gets pushed back to a February, 2010 release. The Romero remake was previously scheduled to be released September 25th of this year.

Steve Niles has his script ready for a "30 Days of Night" sequel. Since the first one wasn't a smash success, Sam Raimi (in his role as head of Ghosthouse pictures, the label that released the film) has convinced Niles that direct to DVD is the way to go, so that's how the film will be released.