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Archive for March, 2012

MST3K: Code Name: Diamond Head

Posted by Josh Samford On March - 29 - 2012

MST3K: Code Name Diamond Head (1994)
Director: Kevin Murphy
Starring: Mike Nelson, Trace Beaulieu, Kevin Murphy and Jim Mallon



The Plot: In the not-too-distant future, Mike Nelson (Michael J. Nelson) is abducted by his boss at Gizmonic institute and shot into outer space. His boss, Dr. Forrester, then sends Mike the very worst movies that he can find in order to document his reactions. Mike, who has built two robot friends named Crow and Tom Servo, does his best to improve this bad situation by having a good time and riffing on the movies with his robot pals. In this episode, we watch Code Name: Diamond Head, which was a TV pilot that has been converted into a feature film. In our story, we follow secret agent Johnny Paul (Roy Thinnes), aka: Diamond Head, as he arrives in Oahu taking on the role of a playboy gambler. His actual mission, however, is to help stop the theft of a frightening new chemical agent which is far deadlier than anything the world has seen before it. A military made chemical agent, this toxin was stolen by the elusive double agent “Tree” (Ian McShane). Now, Johnny Paul must track down this rogue agent and put a stop to his nefarious plans before this deadly chemical falls into the wrong hands.


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MST3K Volume XXIII Coverage

Posted by Josh Samford On March - 28 - 2012

Hey all! Hopefully you are enjoying the coverage of the Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXIII boxset! Currently we have reviews up for The Last Dinosaur as well as The Castle of Fu Manchu. Coming up we will have reviews for Code Name Diamond Head as well as The Last of the Wild Horses. Those two reviews should be posted during this week. If you want to follow along with the reviews, you can always go snag the boxset for yourself as it was released just yesterday! For now, however, here are a couple of clips provided via Shout! Factory. Click on the link in order to watch the embedded YouTube clips!




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MST3K: Castle of Fu Manchu, The

Posted by Josh Samford On March - 28 - 2012

MST3K: The Castle of Fu Manchu (1992)
Director: Jim Mallon
Starring: Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu and Kevin Murphy



The Plot: In the not-too-distant future, Joel Robinson (Joel Hodgeson) is abducted by his boss at Gizmonic institute and shot into outer space. His boss, Dr. Forrester, then sends Joel the very worst movies that he can find in order to document his reactions. Joel, who has built two robot friends named Crow and Tom Servo, does his best to improve this bad situation by having a good time and riffing on the movies with his robot pals. In this episode, Dr. Forrester forces Joel to watch the fifth entry into the Fu Manchu series starring Christopher Lee, which is known as The Castle of Fu Manchu. A nearly incoherent film, the plot is made up of multiple strands that will confound any potential viewer. However, the basic story revolves around the evil Dr. Fu Manchu (Chrisopher Lee) who runs a massive opium operation and is consistently pursued by his righteous nemesis Nayland Smith, Britain’s top Interpol agent. This sequel follows Fu Manchu and his army as they take over a castle in Istanbul, where they look to enact a plan to freeze the world’s oceans. To do this, he has to kidnap an ailing scientist who has a bad heart. Fu Manchu promises to cure the scientist, but he must first construct his freezing device. Will Nayland Smith stop the evil Dr. Fu Manchu before all hope is lost? Will Joel and the bots find a way to survive this monstrous movie?

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Sector 7: own it on DVD/Bluray 3D on June 26th!

Posted by Josh Samford On March - 26 - 2012
For those of you who follow the Varied Celluloid facebook, this is a bit of a followup! Recently, it was announced that Shout! Factory had come to an agreement with the South Korean production company CJ Entertainment. A big name within the South Korean market, this means that we will see more quality South Korean releases hitting the North American marketplace. This is always a good thing, as far as I am concerned! First up on the list for Shout! Factory is Sector 7, a science fiction film from 2011. The release will be on both standard DVD as well as Bluray 3D, which will feature the film in both high definition 3D as well as 2D. Directed by Kim Ji-Hoon and starring Ha Ji-Won (Sex is Zero, Phone), this certainly looks like it will be a promising title. To be honest, I would probably watch anything that starred Ha Ji-Won. More on that in a second, but first, here is the ploy synopsis as provided by Shout! Factory.

Starring popular international female action star Ha Ji-Won and directed by Kim Ji-Hoon, SECTOR 7 delivers blockbuster home entertainment, boasting fierce action, daring stunts and spectacular CG and 3D technology. Hae-jun (Ha Ji-Won) is working as a marine equipment manager on an old oil prospecting platform stationed at Sector 7, the mining area in the vast open sea located off the southern tip of Korea’s Jeju Island. One day, a new recruit sinks to the bottom of the sea. Evidence suggests that it was not an accident, and other crew members begin to turn up dead. The few survivors soon discover an underwater creature roaming the rig. The viral monster infiltrated the ship through the drilling pipe and has been feeding on crew members to survive. As Hae-jun and her remaining crew lose all communications to the outside world, a frantic fight for their lives begins.

Did I mention that Ha Ji-Won is insanely hot? Oh, I didn’t? Well, she is.



Bloody Brotherhood

Posted by Josh Samford On March - 24 - 2012

Bloody Brotherhood (1989)
Director: Wang Lung Wei
Writers: Charles Tang
Starring: Andy Lau, Michael Chan, Ku Feng, Dick Wei and Philip Ko



The Plot: Wah (Andy Lau) and his brother are Chinese citizens trying to escape the mainland and become successful in Hong Kong. Just as their dreams seem to be coming true, their mother dies during the boat trip and then the two brothers are split apart by the Chinese coastguards who toss Wah into the water and arrest his brother. Wah soon awakens on the Hong Kong shore, being taken care of by a woman named Kui and her very respectable father. Kui and Wah are soon caught up in a romance that seems to be heading somewhere big. Unfortunately, after three months of working in Hong Kong, Wah is a bit disillusioned with the system and gambles on opening a small vendor-stall on the docks. When he is pressured by a group of triads who demand protection money, Wah beats them up single handedly. Fed up with this oppressive system, Wah decides to go after their boss in order to be compensated for his broken stall. Inevitably, this leads to another fight where Wah actually manages to impress the boss of this Triad organization. Soon enough, Wah has a job with this crime family, but this also throws him into the middle of a bloody war as the local crime families are beefing over how to approach the drug trade. Eventually, Wah’s boss is set up by a rival faction within the crime family, and Wah will soon be on his on and very much a target himself.


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