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Action Hero of the Week: Harley Stone

Name: Harley Stone

Occupation: London homicide detective

Family: N/A

Allies: Dick Durkin, Michelle McLaine, Foster McLaine, The Ratcatcher, Thrasher

Enemies: unnamed mutant/alien/demonic serial killer

Weapon(s) of Choice: future revolver, future automatic shotgun, Megatron grenades

Body Count: 1

Memorable Quote: “The only thing we know for sure is that he’s *not* a vegetarian”

See Harley in Action:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWgxufrSwHo

 

EA Commentary: Split Second

In honor of the late Rutger Hauer, Zach and Chris went back to 1992 for the latest Everything Action Commentary, Split Second.

Rutger plays Harley Stone, a detective in London in the far off future of 2008.  The water levels are rising due to global warming and a vicious serial killer is killing his victims and ripping their hearts from their chests.  Harley’s faced the killer before when his partner was murdered and he shares a psychic connection, sensing the killer’s heartbeat when it’s nearby, although this has made him extremely paranoid and trigger happy.  Harley is teamed with serial killer expert Dick Durkin (Alastair Duncan) and Kim Cattrall, Pete Postlethwaite, Alun Armstrong, and Michael J. Pollard co-star.  The movie is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video and you can sync it up and watch along as the guys try to figure out what the title has to do with anything going on, how Harley is still alive from eating nothing but chocolate and coffee, why they paid for “Nights in White Satin”, how much of London is actually flooded and much more.

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Henry Cavill Hunts a Serial Killer in Night Hunter (Trailer)

Before he’ll be traveling around Rivia as The Witcher later this year, Henry Cavill is hunting down a serial killer in Night Hunter.  The directorial debut of David Raymond, who directs and wrote the movie, Night Hunter follows Cavill as Lt. Marshall, a detective who along with his partner Rachel (Alexandra Daddario) managed to catch a notorious serial killer (Brendan Fletcher).  While in custody, the police realize that the killer, Simon, has plans in motion that will lead to more deaths and they have to race to figure out his game and stop it.  Ben Kingsley co-star as a former judge who is now a vigilante who teams with Marshall and Nathan Fillion, Minka Kelly, and Stanley Tucci co-star as well.  It seems like a solid thriller although we’ve been tricked before by serial killer thrillers with amazing casts *cough* The Snowman *cough* that turned out to be terrible.  The movie will be available for DirecTV subscribers on August 8th and it will be On Demand and in select theaters on September 6th.  Check out the trailer below.

Netflix Tackles Ted Bundy with Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (Trailer)

True Crime has never been hotter and Netflix has been at the forefront with a number of dramatic and documentary series and they’ll tackle one of the most infamous serial killers of all time with the Ted Bundy movie, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.  Starring Zac Efron as Ted Bundy, the story of his crimes and trial unfolds from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer (Lily Collins), who refused to believe what was occurring for years.  John Malkovich, Kaya Scodelario, Haley Joel Osment, Jim Parsons, Jeffrey Donovan, Angela Sarafyan, Dylan Baker, Brian Geraghty, Terry Kinney, James Hetfield (yes, Metallica’s James Hetfield), and Grace Victoria Cox co-star and it’s directed by Joe Berlinger, who has directed a ton of documentary True Crime series recently, including this movie’s predecessor, Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes.  The movie hits Netflix on May 3rd and you can check out the trailer below.

The Time Loop Returns in Happy Death Day 2U (Trailer)

Even though it seems like she broke the mysterious time loop she was stuck in when she figured out and took down her killer adversary, Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) is caught again and this time her friends are trapped with her.  A new killer in a baby mask is stalking Tree’s college and her boyfriend Carter (Israel Broussard) and friend Ryan (Phi Vu) are targets as well and, if one of them dies, Tree will have to force a loopback by killing herself or else they will stay dead permanately.  The first Happy Death Day was a surprisingly fun horror romp thanks to the Groundhog Day gimmick and Happy Death Day 2U looks like it’s going to go even further with the time loop and 0 consequences nature of it.  The movie hits on February 14th next year and you can check out the trailer below.

Horror Villain of the Week: Norman Bates

Name: Norman Bates

Portrayed by: Anthony Perkins

Origins: Born to Norma Spool and John Bates, Norman was psychosexually abused by Norma resulting in various mental issues and stunted social growth.  When Norma remarried after John died, her new husband was a violent oaf whom Norman became jealous of do to his twisted relationship to his mother and he poisoned them both, taking control of the family’s motel, the Bates Motel.  Norman embalmed Norma’s corpse and kept it in the house near the motel but he developed a split personality, where half of his personality was “Mother”, which resulted in Norman wearing woman’s clothing and a wig and talking in her voice.

Powers: Normal human but the “Mother” personality is almost uncontrollable when in control and especially when enraged and trying to kill someone.  He’s also extremely stealthy and able to sneak up on victims without them not noticing.

Weapon(s) of Choice: Knives, poison

Main Adversaries: Marion Crane, Lila Crane, Sam Loomis, Duane Duke, Emma Spool

See Norman in Action:

 

 

Horror Villain of the Week: Jacob Goodnight

Name: Jacob Goodnight aka God’s Right Hand

Portrayed by: Glenn “Kane” Jacobs

Origins: Jacob was tortured by his mother, a religous zealot, and corrupted into becoming her weapon to kill anyone she believes is a sinner.  After police are drawn to their rundown home, Jacob is shoot in the head but survives and he and his mother take up residence in the rundown Blackwell Hotel.

Powers: Jacob has no supernatural abilities but he has incredible strength and absurd pain tolerance and durability, recovering from being impaled by a pole and falling several stories through glass windows and ceilings.

Weapon(s) of Choice: Hooked chains, surgical tools, bare hands

Main Adversaries: Detective Frank Williams, Michael Montross, Christine Zarate, Kira Vanning, Amy, Seth

See Jacob in Action:

Margot Robbie is Up to No Good in Terminal (Trailer)

Fresh off her Oscar nomination, Margot Robbie is back in May for the stylishly bizarre looking Terminal.  Directed and written by Vaughn Stein, who’s done second unit directing work on movies like World War Z and the live action Beauty and the Beast, Terminal is a neo-noir that follows a number of different characters like Margot Robbie’s Annie, who is seemingly a waitress who moonlights as a stripper but also might be a criminal mastermind and serial killer.  There’s also a pair of hitmen played by Max Irons and Dexter Fletcher, a teacher with a terminal illness played by Simon Pegg and a subway porter played by Mike Myers.  It’s not 100% clear what is exactly going on or what is even real in this trailer but it has an awesome look that seems influenced by Nicholas Winding Refn and other stylish, violent crime movies and a great cast.  It’s out on May 11th and you can check out the trailer below.