30,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (2007) as it was the kind of film that makes one question all of one’s sad life choices. The Asylum will do that to you. Little did I know that the lackluster film would actually help me in a way as it made me appreciate DEEP SHOCK (2003) and its parent company Unified Film Organization (UFO) just a little bit more.
Founded in 1995, UFO followed in the prescient footsteps of Sir Charles Band (officially knighted by King Video Junkie) and set up shop in Eastern Europe to make a series of cheap direct-to-video action/sci-fi/horror flicks. Co-founders Phillip Roth and former actor Ken Olandt (the student stripper from SUMMER SCHOOL ) were sort of The Asylum before The Asylum, supplying the SyFy Channel (then the Sci-Fi Channel) with disposable dreck filled with big monsters and wonky CGI at the turn of the century to plug viewing hours. One day, however, the channel decided to cheat on them with the trashy Asylum and there was no turning back. “What’s that, baby? I’d love to see your SNAKES ON A TRAIN,” the station cooed. I’m sure Roth and Olandt still wake up from nightmares and are prone to drunk dialing the SyFy execs and mumbling, “Please take me back.” Truth is, UFO set the SyFy movie blueprint and soon found their kingdom usurped. A shame because, while not great by any measure, a film like DEEP SHOCK beats the hell out of an Asylum production every day of the week.
The true battle between Raines and Chomsky:
THE CURSE (1987) to his full head of hair. While I’m sure he probably isn’t thrilled on how things went with this career, you can’t accuse him of half-assing it. He is essentially playing the same role he plays in UFO’s two EPOCH films, but you never get the feeling he is bored. Well, except for that framegrab above. I guess it is that Southern accent.
DEEPSTAR SIX (1989) when it comes to showcasing onscreen computer graphics. I was going to do framegrabs, but then realized I’d end up with 500 of them and a severe case of framegrab carpal tunnel syndrome. So I’ll just offer up one of my favorites. Yes, the United Nations is all about computer voting when it comes to nuking the world.