Robocop (2014) revisits the territory blazed by Paul Verhoeven in the 1987 original film, except watered down for a PG-13 audience. To be fair, the remake is geared more as a straight-laced action flick with heavy sci-fi overtones and one singularly frightening scene of extraordinary body-horror. What will the grue-crew think?
Thomas continues the theme with the Top 5 of the Week bringing his Top 5 Under Appreciated Remakes featuring films like Little Shop of Horrors, Dawn of the Dead and 12 Monkeys. Wait. What? Yup, it’s a remake.
Co-hosts Doc Rotten, Santos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr., Dave Dreher and Thomas Mariani also tackle the “What You Have Been Watching” segment for this week discussing the hit HBO show, True Detective. Dave closes the show with the Horror News of the Week with updates on Penny Dreadful, The Purge: Anarchy and Beetlejuice 2.
00:02:22 – Robocop
Jose Padilha directs the modernization of the campy classic with his film, Robocop (2014). The film shifts its focus away from the camp and the satire to bring a drama heavy action flick with varying success. Vixen, sharing her passion for robot films, sings high praises for the film, opinions shared by Doc. However, Thomas is less than impressed while still finding many elements to enjoy. Dave rides in the middle for what Thomas proclaims to be a very middling film. Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton dominate most of the conversation while the comparisons to the original 1987 film are unavoidable.
00:41:25 – Top 5 Under Appreciated Remakes
Thomas takes a look a the history of remakes scouring for a collection of re-imagined films that succeeded but were never given enough respect with his Top 5 Under Appreciated Remakes.
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
- Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
- The Blob (1988)
- Twelve Monkeys (1995)
- Dawn of the Dead (2004)
01:00:05 – What Have You Been Watching – HBO’s True Detective
Thomas and Dave share how incredible HBO’s True Detective has become over the past five weeks. Much of the success of the show rides on the shoulders of its two stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, along with its ground breaking multiple time line structure. Highly recommended television.
01:11:05 – Horror News of the Week for 02/10/2014
Dave Dreher starts off the Horror News of the Week with rumors of renewed discussions between Michael Keaton and Tim Burton about returning to Beetlejuice 2. Horror on TV is huge this spring with Dave spotlighting the new Hannibal and Penny Dreadful trailers. Just for Santos, Dave shares news that Jessica Alba has signed to star in a found footage film called The Veil. Chiller TV is releasing a documentary from the team behind Cropsy called Killer Legends. And the trailer for The Purge: Anarchyhas the grue-crew curious about the upcoming sequel.
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