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Trailer for SyFy’s “Swamp Shark”

SyFy presents – “Swamp Shark“! This looks to be a another b-movie remake of JAWS, set in a swamp! It stars the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Kristy Swanson, D.B. Sweeney and Robert Davi. I swear I saw Malachi from Children of the Corn in there as well. We all love JAWS, and cheesy ripoff flicks like this must be seen for their comedic value. Looking forward to the inevitable sequel “Swamp Shark vs. Sharktopus“. Check out the trailer below the poster:

Shark in Venice Trailer – Airs 12/14 on Sci-Fi Channel

The fine folks who gave us Shark Attack, Shark Attack 2, Shark Attack 3: Megalodon, Shark Zone, and Raging Sharks are now giving us Shark in Venice, a motion picture that combines the absurd notion of a huge man-eating shark prowling the polluted waters of the Venice canals with the even more absurd notion that people want to watch movies starring Stephen Baldwin. The “film” also features Vanessa Johansson, older sister of Scarlet Johansson. Check it out for a laugh or two … Thanks to Sharknut for the heads up!

Shark in Venice airs on Sunday, December 14 on the Sci-Fi Channel at 9 pm CST

Jaws 2: Revolutionary for Sequels

Variation has always been the source of much debate during this much scrutinized era of sequels. Before Jaws 2, sequels were primarily made for two reasons: to continue the storyline that was not initially concluded in the first film (Planet Of The Apes, The Godfather), or in the design of the episodic serial (Frankenstein, Dirty Harry, James Bond). Universal decided to do something that seemed improbable– make a sequel where most have failed (French Connection II & Exorcist II). This leaves a crew’s work cut out for them.

Chief Brody is now a disillusioned, paranoid man

Chief Brody is now a disillusioned, paranoid man

Chasing demons from the past in a darkroom

Chasing demons from the past in a darkroom

In 1975, director Steven Spielberg’s Jaws became the most successful picture of all time. The success of the film created a phenomenon that Universal felt somehow had to be continued. Enter Jaws 2, a film that proved more things than the general public knows today or when it was released in 1978. Only this time, no Spielberg and no Dreyfuss, for both were working on Close Encounters Of The Third Kind. So who was going to take over? What was going to make this film special in its own way? French director Jeannot Szwarc was brought on board by production designer Joe Alves who worked with him and Spielberg on Rod Serling’s TV horror show, Night Gallery. Upon winning the director’s chair, Szwarc decided upon a very meticulous and crucial design on how to make this film and what it exactly needed to be.

1. The main character must be emotionally enhanced, more matured, learning from previous film’s events; continuing arc. (you’ll see this later in Aliens, T2, etc)

2. Introduce new conflicts for the characters to face (nobody believes Roy Scheider’s character’s suspicions of a shark).

3. Nostalgia for the previous film must be established giving the character’s history.

4. The story structure and certain elements of the first film must remain in order to keep the audience’s familiarity of why they loved the first film (shark POVS, action elements)

5. Different cinematography or visual look (shooting behind the shark fin, different lighting).

6. Different editing style gives the film a different pace and/or energy.

7. Introduce elements that were not included in the first film or create different situations for the characters (shark is shown a lot to prevent duplicating the first film).

8. Bring back the characters that the audience fell in love with in the first film as long as it respects continuity.

9. Bring back the same musical themes from the original film (John Williams returns to enhance his Academy-award winning themes with new compositions.)

10. Enhance and extend the themes from the original film to bring new life and feelings for the film (Szwarc introduced sophisticated visuals giving an art history appreciation).

A glaring paradox can be noticed. For it all to work, such a film requires to be somewhat similar to its original source of inspiration and yet be different enough to reveal new storytelling possibilities and interpretations. Not easy…

Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it

"Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it"

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Top 10 Horror Themes

Check out and listen to this top ten of the best horror themes:

Halloween Night Horror TV Listings

Here’s a list of Halloween related movie marathons and TV show marathons airing on U.S cable stations on Halloween, Friday October 31st, 2008 (check your local listings for times)

Creepy-ass clown from Poltergeist

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ABC Family: Horror movie: Poltergeist

AMC: Horror movies: Halloween, Halloween 4, Halloween 5, Jeepers Creepers, Constantine, Resident Evil, House on Haunted Hill

Biography: Biography (featuring horror movie stars), The Unexplained, More Haunted Houses, Ghosts: Caught on Tape, Ghostly Encounters

Bravo: Horror movies: The Omen, The Exorcist. Show: Scary Movie Moments

Cartoon Network: Goosebumps

Cinemax: Horror movies: Darkman, Dead Silence, Event Horizon, The Return, Rosemary’s Baby, The Hills Have Eyes II, Fear, I Am Legend, Jaws

Fox Reality: UFOs, Ghosts: Caught on Tape, The Search For The Next Elvira

Fuse: Horror movies: Feardotcom, Hellraiser, Body Snatchers

FX: Horror movies: Dracula 3: Legacy, Bats, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, Cold Creek Manor, House of Wax, Halloween: H20, Ghost Ship

History: MonsterQuest, Exorcism, Haunted History of Halloween

TCM: Horror movies: Cat People, Freaks, The Devil Doll, Mark of the Vampire, The Devil Bat, White Zombie, The Body Snatcher, Bedlam, The Ghoul, The Haunted Palace, Die Monster Die!, The Shuttered Room

Travel: Most Terrifying Places in America, Halloween’s Most Extreme, Haunted Town, World’s Creepiest Destinations, America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions, Most Terrifying Places in America, Ghost Adventures, Most Haunted

Spike: Horror movies: The Omen, Damien: Omen II and The Final Conflict: Omen III

Sci-Fi: Ghost Hunters

WE: Haunted, Extreme Ghost Stories, 666: Searching for Satan, Ghost Moms

WGN: Munsters

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