Coming Attractions – CineTel Special Edition
Just a quick post to tell you about three upcoming made-for-tv movies, promising to bring global destruction to your home screen in the not too distant future.
From Paul Ziller, director of genre fare such as Avalanche Alley, Solar Attack and, most recently, Stonehenge Apocalypse, comes a tale of climate change and geologic upheaval. To quote the synopsis:
Beneath the Alaskan landscape, the melting permafrost is about to drastically alter the tranquil scenery. As the permafrost thaws, underground rivers of volatile liquid Methane are created, causing a succession of violent and destructive earthquakes. It’s a race against time to stop the deadly rivers before they lead to a catastrophic explosion that threatens the planet.
The film is in post-production and slated for release in december 2010. Starring Brendan Fehr and Jodelle Ferland.
Earth’s Final Hours
Cameron Bright, Julia Benson and good ol’ Bruce Davison all have leading roles in Earth’s Final Hours, directed by one David Hogan.
When a super-dense fragment of an interstellar mass punches through the Earth’s core, the impact slows down the globe’s rotation threatening the world with total destruction. Tech wiz, Jenna Simms, sees an unmistakable pattern correlating to fluctuations in the Earth’s magnetic field that will inevitably culminate in the Earth suddenly standing still. The effects of which will not only divide the planet into searing heat and extreme cold but will also wipe out the land masses as the still moving atmosphere will sweep away anything not anchored to bedrock. Will this be Earth’s final hours?
I kind of doubt it, but it will probably be darn close. To be released in June 2011.
Jason Bourque helms Doomsday Prophecy, starring A.J. Buckley, and Jewel Staite:
When a sudden rash of worldwide geological disturbances threatens the planet, a desperate search begins for a vanished author who is believed to hold the key in predicting future disasters. But the author is soon discovered dead and in his possession is an ancient Divining Rod – a device that bestows visions of the future upon those who hold it. As the Divining Rod paints a bleak vision for Earth’s future, it’s a race against time to find thewhereabouts of ancient devices that can counteract the devastating geological disturbances that are literally splitting the planet apart…
Sounds like it has a slightly supernatural slant, though I guess we’ll have to wait and see. No release date given.
What all three productions have in common is that they’re being co-produced by CineTel Films, the company behind such disastrous entertainments as Ice Twisters, Devil Winds and Scorcher, to mention a few. A look at their resumé reveals that they started out doing mostly horror, but now seem to focus mainly on creature features and disaster flicks, to the benefit of SyFy-viewers everywhere. Which is fine by me.
Geez, whatever happened to burning buildings or airplanes in trouble? Why does it have to be all-or-nothing apocalypses now?
Doomsday Prophecy is on the SY FY Schedule for August 13