The Rufus Project Redeeming Features Cast: Dracula 3000 (2004)

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Kristian and Trevor take on the challenge of redeeming Dracula 3000 from 2004, with assistance from David, bad movie buff and audio engineer extraordinaire for The Priori Podcast! After finishing 2015 on an irredeemable note, can we start 2016 on a more positive note with Dracula 3000?

Can the lead actor from Starship Troopers live up to the name Van Helsing?  Is Coolio the actor with the most range in this movie?  Can one factory be made to look like a giant space ship?  Can this movie really be called Dracula 3000 if Dracula isn’t in it?  Is this movie redeemable?

Listen on and find out!

Did we miss any redeeming features?  Do you think we were too generous or unfair?  Do you have a suggestion, or a challenge, for us to take on in the future?  Then get in touch with us by either leaving a comment on our homepageFacebook or Twitter, or email us at therufusproject@gmail.com

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**Fine print**

Opening theme sampled from The Jumpin’ Jive – Van Alexander Orchestra (1939), available under public domain at The Internet Archive

Original lyrics and questionable singing by Trevor Holland

CARRIE – 40th anniversary

“If you have a taste for terror, you have a date with CARRIE”

It’s been forty years since we took Carrie to the prom… Kristian Fletcher looks back at the 1976 cult horror classic.

Carrie

CARRIE
was the film that successfully took the sacred American tradition – Senior Prom – and turned it into a murderous bloodbath.

CARRIE tells the sad tale of a bullied schoolgirl who discovers the gift for telekinesis and unleashes a wave of terror on her classmates at the prom. At home, Carrie White is tormented by her religiously-fanatic mother who believes she is a curse and will pay for her sins.

“If only they knew she had the power” screamed the posters for this new horror adaptation, released in 1976. The trailer mis-spelt the name of the original author – Stephen King – but it was to be the first time one of his books would be adapted into a movie. King was just 26 at the time and paid only $2500 for the film rights.

After a run of obscure cult movies in the early Seventies (such as SISTERS and PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE), the De Palma-directed CARRIE marked the start of mainstream success for the director.

The film helped boost the careers of a series of newcomers including Nancy Allen (who would later marry De Palma), William Katt (Greatest American Hero) and John Travolta (one year prior to hitting the big-time with Saturday Night Fever). There’s even a young Edie McClurg in her film debut (best remembered as the principal’s secretary in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off).

Actress of the 50s and 60s – Piper Laurie – exited retirement to relaunch her screen career as the mother Margaret White. Wondering why people giggle at Laurie’s interpretation of Carrie’s mother? Piper thought the character was so over-the-top, this had to be a black comedy. Her performance even scored her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Melanie Griffiths, Linda Blair and Farrah Fawcett were among the handful of actresses who auditioned for the role of Carrie. Sissy Spacek was the wife of Jack Fisk, De Palma’s art director, and blew them away at the audition and scored the role – one which gave her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

Shot over 50 days, the majority of CARRIE was filmed on location at Palisades Charter High School, California. The infamous prom scene is the centrepiece for the climax of the film and took over two weeks to shoot. The secret to the blood? Karo syrup and food colouring. For continuity purposes, Spacek even slept in her bloody clothes between takes!

If you’ve never seen CARRIE – I envy you. Nothing can beat that first viewing and the devastation caused by the prom massacre. De Palma makes you side with a collection of these characters so their ultimate demises are heartfelt. Time Out magazine’s review of ‘lyrical shocker’ seems to fit the film perfectly.

Not bad for a film which cost almost $2 million and grossed over $33 million!

Remade twice – and adapted into an Off-Broadway musical – CARRIE remains a popular cult horror flick, and the ultimate high school revenge movie.

CARRIE 40th Anniversary screening on Friday 5 February at New Farm Cinemas, Brisbane.
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The First Redeeming Features Cast for 2016 Is Quite The Challenge!

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The crew of the salvage ship The Mother III ready to kick vampire butt!

If you listened to last week’s podcast you’ll know that we are starting the new year of the Redeeming Features cast with a doozy!

So join Kristian, myself and our very special guest as we discuss Dracula 3000 to work out if it has any redeeming features and if it can be redeemed!

Keep an eye out this very page, or find The Rufus Project on your favourite podcast app to check it out.

Netflix Crackdown Is Underway

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Image: Netflix.com

The hope that Netflix was just making a token effort with restricting use of VPN and unblocking service to access other region content to appease licence holders has been, at least partially, dashed for users of the uFlix service in Australia.

Reports have also been received that some Getflix users are also having issues.

Being based in Australia, and as a user of an unblocking service, I am happy to say my access is still currently available.  However I am reluctant to specify the service I am using at this time as I am not too keen on bringing further attention to it given these recent events.

Do you still have access to overseas Netflix content?  Comment below and don’t forget Choice Australia is trying to prevent Australians from being locked out of US content.

Netflix Is Already Blocking US Content Streamed Via VPN In Australia (source: Gizmodo Australia)

SHOWGIRLS – 21st Anniversary

“I don’t care whether you live or die. I want to see you dance!”

Kristian Fletcher looks back at 21 years of the cult trash movie SHOWGIRLS.

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Considered a loose (and I mean, very loose) adaptation of All About Eve, young drifter Nomi Malone arrives in Las Vegas and dances her way from stripper to showgirl in Stardust casino’s nude revue.

Based on personal accounts by over 200 Vegas strippers, Joe Eszterhas pieced together his screenplay, for which he was paid handsomely 3 million dollars. I bet in hindsight he regretted naming the lead character after his wife!

Director Paul Verhoeven was still riding the success of his previous erotic thrillers Basic Instinct (1992) and Sliver (1993), so Showgirls would have seemed an obvious next step. Even the trailers boasted ‘last time they took you to the edge, this time they’re taking you all the way’.

Drew Barrymore, Pamela Anderson and Anjelina Jolie were among the actresses considered for the role of Nomi. Charlize Theron was so close, but Elizabeth Berkley, fresh from the cancelled Saved by the Bell, was looking to overhaul her teen image and move on to more risque Hollywood fare. But it was to be the film which derailed her career.

The first teasers for Showgirls didn’t hold back. A ‘no holds barred’ advertisement for what would become one of the most controversial major motion pictures of all time – I say major, as it was a mainstream film to pretty much play for exploitation. To paraphrase Quentin Tarantino, Showgirls was the most expensive and heavily promoted ‘exploitation movie’ ever made. They slapped it with an NC17 rating (the equivelent of our R18+) and widely released it to mainstream cinemas. The glittery adult romp was playing suburban multiplexes and generating buzz many months prior to release.

The critics weren’t kind. In fact, they devoured the ‘vulgur sex pic’ and picked at the bones. With a budget of $45 million, and surrounded by much contrversy and hype, the film barely made $20 million back, and the cast and creative were left with egg on their face.

As the years passed, Showgirls was re-evaluated as a satire, and the same critics which called it a dud were now praising it as the ultimate ‘bad/fun’ movie. It was on video where the film finally took off and turn a profit, remaining one of MGM’s Top 20 best-sellers. Showgirls has become a guilty pleasure for many, rightfully acquiring the title ‘cult classic’.

I’m sure MGM saw the spike in sales as a result of ‘at-home’ Showgirls parties – watching the film with the group of friends and laughing their way through it seems to be a popular past-time among movie buffs (or ‘bad cinema’ lovers). MGM cashed in on this new-found success and re-released Showgirls as an audience participation film, likened to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with quote-alongs and interactive activities. An initial box office bomb was turned around and given a whole new life.

Today, Gina Gershon seems to tire of references to the cult epic. She was apparently ‘in on the joke’ whilst the celluloid newcomer Elizabeth Berkley was left, um, unemployed. It was only in 2014 that Berkley began embracing the film which essentially ‘killed her career’. Gershon and post-Twin Peaks co-star Kyle MacLachlan seem to be the only actors who went on to survive the film’s failure with successful careers. Rene Riffel (who plays Penny/Hope) even produced a sequel Showgirls 2: Penny’s From Heaven in 2011 and filled it with cameos by the original supporting cast. Fans continue to lap it up and there’s still life in this showgirl…

Iconic lines from the movie:
“There’s always someone younger and hungrier coming down the stairs after you”
“I’m doin’ some of the finest cocaine in the world, darlin”
“I used to love Doggy Chow”
“I want my nipples to press, but I don’t want them to look like they’re levitating”
“Honey, you could never handle me with all these wrinkles of fat”
“She’s no butterfly. Tony, she’s all pelvic thrust”
“I’m gettin’ a little too old for that whorey look”

Showgirls screens for its 21st anniversary on Friday 29 January at New Farm Cinemas, Brisbane. Ticket price includes goodies back to participate along with the movie.
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Netflix CEO Doesn’t Think VPNs Are A Big Problem

netflix-logoAfter all this talk of a crackdown on region jumping Netflix users the CEO of Netflix, Reed Hastings, has come out saying that he doesn’t think that there is much of an issue with people avoiding regional restrictions.

His focus is instead on pushing for global licensing of content to make geo-blocking of content a thing of the past.

It’s easy to guess which side of the fence I am on.  As a firm supporter of the idea that accessible and affordable content is the best way to combat piracy I am hoping the licence holders start listening to Mr Hastings!

And can we please stop referring to region hopping as “VPN piracy” guys.  The content is still being paid for, and it proves the customers are willing to pay more for a better selection.

ENTERTAINMENT Netflix Doesn’t Think VPN Piracy Is A Big Problem (source Gizmodo Australia)

Author:

Trevor Holland

The Homepage Episode

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Join your guides of geek as we launch into Season 3 of The Rufus Project! Kristian and Trevor get very excited about our new homepage, we check out some of the news from the break and then have to get a little bit sad about some of it.  We also let you know about our the movie featured in our first Redeeming Features Cast for 2016.

Don’t forget to visit our YouTube channel for special features and gameplay videos and don’t forget our uStream channel for live events!  Make sure you follow us on Facebook or Twitter to get regular news, podcast updates and to give us your feedback and suggestions.

Want more? Check out our home page at rufusproject.com, then subscribe to The Rufus Project via your favourite Podcast app or over at Podomatic, and while there feel free to throw a few dollars our way via the donate button to help us cover hosting costs!  You can also wear our exclusive designs by heading to our shirt store store, or check out stuff we like over at Bandcamp.

Enjoy!

News Stories

Game Of Thrones Return Date Announced, Piracy Stories To Occur Just After

Despite Rampant Piracy The Movie Industry Records Record Profits

Vin Diesels’s Socks (YouTube)

Netflix Intends To Crackdown On Those Bypassing Regional Restrictions

Choice Australia Fighting The Netflix Blockade

DAVID BOWIE: STARMAN

David Bowie YouTube Mix

Important places to visit

The Rufus Project Homepage

The Rufus Project Shirt Store

kristianfletcher.com

Do you have a product or service you think may be of interest to The Rufus Project listeners?  Please contact us at therufusproject@gmail.com


*** The fine print ***

Theme song:

Ain’t We Got Fun by Benson Orchestra of Chicago (1921) available under public domain at The Internet Archive

Stoned Moneys by Malter available under Creative Commons at Flashkit.com

News Theme:

Opening Theme Song by Fletcher Henderson (1945) available under public domain at The Internet Archive

Geek Feature Theme:

Press Start by Tuberz McGee from Temporal Duality: A Sonic CD Remix Album available under Creative Commons

Pop Culture Theme:

Red Hot Henry Brown by Georgia Melodians (1925) available under public domain at The Internet Archive

Local Wildlife Theme:

Dino Stomp by Richard E Moore available under creative commons at freesound.org

Small Dog Bark sampled from the cute and fluffy Lucy by Trevor Holland (also available under creative commons for general use… please attribute me if you use it!)

Wrap Up Theme:

Forbes Farewell by US Marine Fife and Drum Corps (1902) available under public domain at The Internet Archive

Closing theme:

Ain’t We Got Fun by Benson Orchestra of Chicago (1921) available under public domain at The Internet Archive

The Return Of The Rufus Project Podcast Is Imminent!

Wow, that’s come around fast!

The new season of  the Rufus Project podcast will be launching this Friday the 22nd of January.

Join Kristian Fletcher and myself as we welcome in the new year (a bit late) and begin what we hope will be a huge year for the podcast, and ourselves.

If you haven’t subscribed yet then find The Rufus Project in your favourite podcast app or head over to our Podomatic page.  Of course new episodes will be available right here on The Rufus Project homepage for streaming or download as soon as they are ready to go.

Kristian and I are very excited with the plans for 2016, so please come and join us on our journey.

Hope you can join us on Friday!

Author:

Trevor Holland

Omikron The Nomad Soul Available For Free For Fans Of Digitised David Bowie

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Did you know David Bowie once featured prominently in a video game, where he also provided music and creative input?

The game is Omikron, and the publisher Square Enix is currently offering a free Steam copy in memory of David Bowie.

Apparently there is a limit to the number of copies available, so head over to the Square Enix store as soon as possible so you don’t miss out.

Source: Kotaku Australia

Square Enix Is Giving Away Free Copies Of Omikron: The Nomad Soul In Honour Of David Bowie

Author
Trevor Holland

Choice Australia Fighting The Netflix Blockade

netflix-logoFurther to the news that Netflix intends to take action over region hopping, Choice Australia have launched their own campaign to ensure Australians can keep access to the wider US library.

They are seeking submissions from Australians who are still able to access overseas Netflix content to collate and publish methods that don’t get blocked.

While I fully support the intent of this action, there is concern it will create an centralised list for those doing the blocking to act off.

Meanwhile there is still hope that Netflix is merely making a token effort to appease some of the rights holders out there.

If you want to join Choice Australia’s campaign, follow the link below:

Help us tear down the geoblocking wall! – Choice Australia

Author

Trevor Holland