Upcoming Syfy Channel Original Saturnday Night Movies for the 2010 / 2011 Season

by on April 24, 2010

in Entertainment

During this 2010-11 season, the Syfy Channel, which as you know is one of television’s most prolific producers of “original” films, is in the middle of delivering what they refer to as as “talent-rich Original Movies lineup.”   They do seem to be pulling in bigger, or more popular names from the industry for their Saturday Original Movies.  In fact every time I see someone I know, I sometimes find myself wondering how they (Syfy) managed to pull them into the movie.

On such film that Syfy Channel aired was the 2007 movie, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale, had a cast the made my jaw drop, for a Syfy movie that is.  It starred Jason Statham, Leelee Sobieski, John Rhys-Davies, Ron Perlman, Claire Forlani, Kristanna Loken, Matthew Lillard, Brian White, Tania Saulnier, Ray Liotta, & Burt Reynolds amongst others.  And though the story (premise) itself had hope, the filming and editing left an end result that scarred me for life and I sat there wondering how this could have been with some of these cast members?

Because it’s all in good fun?

Since then, Syfy has drummed up a few winners that have surprised me.  No, I don’t mean Python #20, or giant pirhana that jump out of the river to chomp helicopters or huge sharks that jump out of the ocean to bite airliners in half.  (Though these TV movies can make for some entertaining Twitter chatter at times.)

But there are movies that are slated for the Syfy Channel, where they’ve lined up popular acting names.  If I dare combine the fact that the network is starting to have more decent films in their stash of TV Movies, I have hope.  Check it out:

  • Alan Cumming (Tin Man),
  • Colin Ferguson (Eureka),
  • David Hewlett (Stargate Atlantis),
  • Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight),
  • Felicia Day (Buffy the Vampire Slayer),
  • Hill Harper (CSI NY),
  • Isabella Rossellini (Blue Velvet),
  • Jewel Staite (Stargate Atlantis),
  • Lance Henriksen (Aliens),
  • Lauren Holly (NCIS),
  • Misha Collins (Supernatural),
  • Ryan Carnes (Desperate Housewives),
  • Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings).

Upcoming or movies that are premiering on Syfy (Which doesn’t necessarily mean new) include The Phantom, (see my earlier piece on The Phantom airing on Syfy) and 24 of the popular Syfy Saturday Original Movies.  Some of those original movies include Red (With Felecia Day), a re-imagining of the Little Red Riding Hood story, Roger Corman’s Sharktopus and Lake Placid 3 – the sequel to the most watched Saturday Original Movie ever (Lake Placid 2)

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Below are the TV movie descriptions for some a Syfy Press Release:

Roger Cormans SHARKTOPUS for Syfy

SHARKTOPUS – Genetically engineered as a stealth weapon, a shark/ocotopus hybrid escapes captivity and goes on a killing rampage on the beaches of Mexico. Stars Eric Roberts and Hector Jimenez.

Felicia Day in Syfy TV Movie RED

RED – A descendant of Little Red Riding Hood brings her fiance home to meet her family and tell him about the family business – they are werewolf hunters. When the fiance is bitten by a werewolf, he finds himself the hunted. Stars Felicia Day, Kavan Smith and Stephen McHattie.

LAKE PLACID 3 – In this sequel, a game warden, his wife and their young son move into their aunt’s cabin on Lake Placid, where the lonely boy starts feeding baby crocodiles he views as pets. Three years later, the crocs start looking at him and his family as their food. Stars Colin Ferguson.

Misha Collins on the set of STONEHENGE APOCALYSPE for Syfy

STONEHENGE APOCALYPSE – When the giant stones of Stonehenge begin to move and cataclysms occur all over the earth, only a fringe radio talk show host who’s an expert in UFOlogy figures out that the ancient monument is really alien technology. Stars Hill Harper, Misha Collins, Torri Higginson (Stargate Atlantis) and Peter Wingfield. (What is it with Misha Collins and the Apocalypse?)

THE LOST FUTURE – In a post-apocalyptic world, both humans and animals have devolved back to the Stone Age. But a small group of wise men knows there is knowledge in the mysterious artifacts called books. Now they have found a young man who knows how to read. If they can defeat the warlord who rules the city where the books are kept, the young man can help them defeat the disease that decimated the world and restart civilization. Stars Sean Bean.

SCREAM OF THE BANSHEE – An archeology professor unearths a dangerous relic, releasing a creature that can kill with her bone-splitting scream. Stars Lauren Holly and Lance Henriksen.

MORLOCKS – An experimental time machine opens a window into the future and mutated monsters (the Morlocks) use it to come back to the present and go on a murderous rampage. Stars David Hewlett (Stargate Atlantis).

8TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD – Sinbad searches for the golden head of the long lost Colossus of Rhodes and instead finds an island where the mythical Minotaur still rules, protecting a vast treasure. Sinbad and his crew have to battle the creature and its minions to get the treasure and save their own lives. Stars Manu Bennett.

Cinema Static on Brusimm (TV and Movie opinion, calling it as we see it!)

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