...at the late-night, Sci-Fi (Channel) picture show... (Sat. night "originals")
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I've been keeping track of the growing popularity of the "originals" that Sci-Fi has been airing on Saturday nights - basically B-movies, often with provocative titles like "Mansquito" and "Attack of the Sabretooth" - in a couple of threads relating to several of these that Bruce Campbell has done. Thought I'd start a thread here to track ratings, what does best, upcoming films, etc.

Most of these are shot in central Europe - Bulgaria and Romania for example. The budget is rarely more than $1.5-2 million. Sci-Fi puts up half the $$ in exchange for premiere rights for US cable, and the producers make the remainder via dvd sales. Occasionally a feature or direct-to-dvd film ends up getting sold to Sci-Fi instead - for example, the adaptation of Marvel's "Man-Thing" was feared to be box office poison, so after the fact it became a "made-for-Sci-Fi 'original.' " A European film version of "The Ring of the Nibelung" is being promoted as a mini-series and is now renamed "Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King." And so forth.

Anyway, here are some comparative ratings for recent Saturday night "creature feature" premieres on Sci-Fi - the list is very incomplete - just whenever I happen to notice the ratings, and remember to jot 'em down. If it's an old rerun, I have that noted - these are usually rerun at 1 AM after the 9 PM premiere...then again at 9 PM on Thursdays, so people who catch it then may not have seen it the first time around.

NOTE: in recent months, Sci-Fi has been airing "premieres" of direct-to-dvd releases - sometimes on Saturday nights in the primo "original" slot, and more often on Sunday and Tuesday nights.

The Biggies:

Pterodactyl (8/22/05 - 8/28/05) - 2.6
Alien Apocalypse (3/21/05 - 3/27/05) - 2.3
Riverworld (3/17/03 - 3/23/03) - 2.2
Lake Placid 2 (4/23/07 - 4/29/07) - 2.2
H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds (1/09/06 - 1/15/06 ) - 2.0
Path of Destruction (9/19/05 - 9/25/05 ) - 1.9
Dungeons & Dragons 2: Wrath of the Dragon God (10/3/05 - 10/9/05 ) - 1.9
Earthstorm (3/5/07 - 3/11/07) - 1.9

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NYC Tornado Terror (9/29/08 - 10/05/08) - 1.8
Black Hole (6/5/06 - 6/11/06 ) - 1.8
Disaster Zone: Volcano in New York (2/20/06 - 2/26/06) - 1.8
Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King, Pt. I (3/27/06 - 4/2/06) - 1.8



Lost City Raiders (11/17/08 - 11/23/08) - 1.7
Yeti (11/3/08 - 11/9/08) - 1.7
100 Million B.C. (6/16/08 - 6/22/08) - 1.7 (Sunday night premiere of a direct-to-dvd Asylum feature)
Beyond Loch Ness (12/31/07 - 1/6/08) - 1.7
Highlander: The Source (9/10/07 - 9/16/07) - 1.7
Supergator (7/9/07 - 7/15/07 ) - 1.7
Reign of the Gargoyles (3/19/07 - 3/25/07) - 1.7
Grendel (1/8/07 - 1/14/07) - 1.7
Magma: Volcanic Disaster (1/16/06 - 1/22/06 ) - 1.7
Dracula 3000 (9/12/05 - 9/18/05) - 1.7
Bloodsuckers (7/25/05 - 7/31/05) - 1.7
The Fallen Ones (5/9/05 - 5/15/05) - 1.7
Monster Park (8/4/08 - 8/10/08) - 1.7

1st quarter 2005 average for Sat. night "originals" - 1.7


Ogre (3/3/08 - 3/9/08) - 1.6
Showdown at Area 51 (12/10/07 - 12/16/07) - 1.6
Minotaur (3/6/06 - 3/12/06 ) - 1.6
Rottweiler (2/13/06 - 2/19/06 ) - 1.6
Swarmed (1/23/06 - 1/29/06) - 1.6
Manticore (11/21/05 - 11/27/05) - 1.6
Cerberus (10/24/05 - 10/30/05) - 1.6
Caved In: Prehistoric Terror (1/2/6 - 1/8/6) - 1.6
Maximum Velocity (9/27/04 - 10/3/04) - 1.6
Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King, Pt. II (3/27/06 - 4/2/06) - 1.6
Dragon Sword ( 8/21/06 - 8/27/06) - 1.6
Ice Spiders (6/4/07 - 6/10/07) - 1.6
Flu Bird Horror (8/18/08 - 8/24/08) - 1.6


SS Doomtrooper (3/27/06 - 4/2/06) - 1.5
Gryphon (1/22/07 - 1/28/07) - 1.5
Crimson Force (5/30/05 - 6/5/05) - 1.5
Tidal Wave (8/1/05 - 8/7/05) - 1.5
Mortuary ( 3/20/06 - 3/26/06) - 1.5
Attack of the Sabretooth (7/4/05 - 7/10/05) - 1.5
Abominable (5/15/06 - 5/21/06 ) - 1.5
Savage Planet (8/7/06 - 8/13/06) - 1.5
King of the Lost World (8/28/06 - 9/3/06) - 1.5 {loooow-budget rip-off of King Kong, Prof. Challenger, and Lost, released direct-to-dvd a year ago, and "premiering" on Sci-Fi over Labor Day weekend)
Meltdown (5/28/07 - 6/3/07) - 1.5 (year-old Casper van Dien direct-to-dvd opus that benefited from airing on a rainy Memorial Day Saturday at 9 PM! :laugh: )
Solar Attack (8/13/07 - 8/19/07) - 1.5 (premiere of a 2-yr. old direct-to-dvd, filmed in Ontario opus)
Blood Monkey (1/21/08 - 1/27/08) - 1.5 (9 PM Sunday premiere)
The Bone Eater (2/4/08 - 2/10/08) - 1.5
Warbirds (4/14/08 - 4/20/08) - 1.5
Heatstroke (5/26/08 - 6/01/08) - 1.5
Rise: Blood Hunter (6/2/08 - 6/8/08) - 1.5
Copperhead (6/23/08 - 6/29/08) - 1.5
Anaconda 3 (7/21/08 - 7/27/08) - 1.5
Dragon Wars (7/28/08 - 8/3/08) - 1.5 (not really an "original," but rather a Korean feature film from 2007)



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Continued from above - these all got a million and a half viewers or more.


Lake Placid 2 (11/24/08 - 11/30/08) - 1.4 (at least the 7th rerun, at 9 on Sun.!)
Fire and Ice (10/13/08 - 10/19/08) - 1.4
Riddles of the Sphinx (9/22/08 - 9/28/08) - 1.4
Baal: The Storm God (9/8/08 - 9/14/08) - 1.4
Maneater (9/3/07 - 9/9/07) - 1.4
Sands of Oblivion (7/23/07 - 7/29/07) - 1.4
Harpies (6/18/07 - 6/24/07) - 1.4
Fire Serpent (2/19/07 - 2/25/07) - 1.4
The Hollow (1/29/07 - 2/4/07) - 1.4 {premiere of direct-to-dvd rip-off of Sleepy Hollow made in 2004 for under a million $}
Basilisk: Serpent King (11/20/06 - 11/26/06) -1.4
A.I. Assault (5/1/06 - 5/7/06) - 1.4
Mammoth 1.4 (4/17/06 - 4/23/06 ) - 1.4
Sasquatch Mountain (9/4/06 - 9/10/06 ) - 1.4
House of the Dead 2: Dead Aim (2/6/06 - 2/12/06) - 1.4
Locusts: 8th Plague (11/7/05 - 11/13/05 ) - 1.4
Earthquake: Nature Unleashed (5/2/05 - 5/8/05) - 1.4
Anonymous Rex (11/29/04 - 12/5/04) - 1.4
Shark Attack 3: Megalodon (10/13/03 - 10/19/03) - 1.4


2003 average for Sat. night "originals" - 1.4


Supergator (11/24/08 - 11/30/08) - 1.3 (7 PM Sun. rerun, remarkably good for that timeslot)
100 Million B.C. (11/17/08 - 11/23/08) - 1.3 (7 PM Sat. rerun, ditto)
Beowulf (10/27/08 - 11/2/08) - 1.3 (actually an old late '90's dvd release)
Heatstroke (7/28/08 - 8/3/08) - 1.3 (rerun, but in the 9 PM Sunday timeslot)
Savage Planet (6/16/08 - 6/22/08) - 1.3 (5 PM Sunday rerun)
Eye of the Beast (12/3/07 - 12/9/07) - 1.3
Grizzly Rage (9/10/07 - 9/16/07) - 1.3 (9 PM Sunday premiere)
Android Apocalypse (6/19/06 - 6/25/06) - 1.3
Kaw (4/2/07 - 4/8/07) - 1.3
Post Impact (rerun - 6/20/05 - 6/26/05) - 1.3
Sabretooth (rerun - 7/4/05 - 7/10/05) - 1.3
All Souls Day (6/6/05 - 6/12/05) - 1.3
Alien Express (8/8/05 - 8/14/05) - 1.3
Return of the Living Dead, Pt. 5: Rave 2 Grave (10/10/05 - 10/16/05 ) - 1.3
Pterodactyl (11/20/06 - 11/26/06) - 1.3 (7 PM rerun on a Saturday)
Magma: Volcanic Disaster (12/18/06 - 12/24/06) - 1.3 (a 9 PM rerun on Saturday a year after its debut - very good!)
Hollow Man 2 (2/12/07 - 2/18/07) -1.3 (direct-to-dvd opus premiere)
Clive Barker's Plague (4/9/07 - 4/15/07) - 1.3 (ditto)
Ghost Voyage (1/21/08 - 1/27/08) - 1.3
Hybrid (3/10/08 - 3/16/08) - 1.3 (a Sunday night premiere of the 9th RHI pic to date)
Rock Monster (3/17/08 - 3/23/08) - 1.3
Maneater (3/24/08 - 3/30/08) - 1.3 (remarkably good for a 3 PM Sunday rerun!)
Never Cry Werewolf (5/5/08 - 5/11/08) - 1.3 (Sunday 9 PM premiere)
Termination Point (7/14/08 - 7/20/08) - 1.3 (Sunday 9 PM premiere)
Timber Falls (12/8/08 - 12/14/08) - 1.3




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Hey, they've got some stars I like watching in some of those! Good move on their part, I think. I'm more likely to check out a B-Movie if Robert Beltran is in it, than, say B-Bomb regular Casper VanDien (which I see they've tapped for one of their productions). :laugh:
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[COLOR="navy"]Ol' Casper has been in a bunch of them! :laugh:

Dracula 3000 , Python, Shark Attack, The Fallen Ones (his comment, and I quote: "I thought it was intelligently written, for a 42-foot-tall mummy movie.") :bounce:

Coming up next: the aforementioned Meltdown, as well as "The Curse of King Tut's Tomb" which would appear to be for Hallmark. In fact... our boy was mentioned by Kathy Griffin in USA Today a few weeks, back, in an article on how the lesser known movies with the C-list and D-list stars get released in February:

Quote:Call them offseason actors, who rarely show up at the multiplex in the competitive heat of summer or the Oscar-contender crunch of late fall. The budgets of their films would barely cover the tab for Angelina and Brad's baby formula. They are the ones at celebrity events being elbowed aside for the "real" stars.

"This is when Casper Van Dien gets to have his moment in the sun," says comic Kathy Griffin about the actor who zapped giant bugs in Starship Troopers.

Beltran was also in "Manticore," back last fall, along with Chase Masterson (aka that Dabo girl from DS9) and Heather Donahue (aka the "I'm soooo scared" girl from "Blair Witch.") As well as Jonas Talkington and Michael Cory Davis, the guys I interviewed - links in that thread about the Bruce interview!)

Here's the most recent set of ratings, with Vicky's movie making the top ten:

Battlestar Galactica 1.8
Stargate Atlantis 1.8
Stargate SG-1 1.6
House of the Dead 2 1.4
Jaws II 1.3
Resident Evil 1.2
Jaws III 1.2
John Doe 1.1
Route 666 1.1
Shark Attack 3 1.1

Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 2/6/06 - 2/12/06

I find it hilarious that Vicky's zombie movie beat "Resident Evil," but of course that was the umpteenth rerun for the latter.

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Here are the ratings (of films that made the top 10 in their respective weeks) continued from above:

Grizzly Rage (6/16/08 - 6/22/08) - 1.2 (3 PM Sunday rerun)
Maneater (6/16/08 - 6/22/08) - 1.2 (1 PM Sunday rerun)
Tale of the Mummy (5/19/08 - 5/25/08) - 1.2 (premiere of a direct-to-dvd opus from 1998, in the Sat. slot)
Aztec Rex (5/5/08 - 5/11/08) - 1.2
Beneath Loch Ness (4/28/08 - 5/4/08) - 1.2
BloodRayne Deliverance (4/21/08 - 4/27/08) - 1.2
Odysseus - Voyage to the Underworld (4/7/08 - 4/13/08) - 1.2
King of the Lost World (3/10/08 - 3/16/08) - 1.2 (gotta be at least the 10th rerun of a direct-to-dvd film, at 7 PM on Sunday)
Living Hell (2/18/08 - 2/24/08) - 1.2
The Hive (2/11/08 - 2/17/08) - 1.2 (a Sunday night 9 PM premiere)
Scorcher (1/28/08 - 2/3/08) - 1.2
Eye of the Beast (12/31/07 - 1/6/08) - 1.2 (very strong performance for a 4th airing at 11 PM on Saturday! :clap: )
Sasquatch Mountain (12/31/07 - 1/6/08) - 1.2 (umpteenth rerun at 7 PM saturday)
Beneath (12/31/07 - 1/6/08) - 1.2 (5 PM rerun on Sunday)
Wicked Little Things (10/15/07 - 10/21/07) - 1.2 (7 PM Sunday premiere of a direct-to-dvd feature)
Wraiths of Roanoke (10/8/07 - 10/14/07) - 1.2
Dark Storm (5/21/07 - 5/27/07) - 1.2 (direct-to-dvd premiere starring a Baldwin brother)
Lake Placid 2 (4/30/07 - 5/6/07) - 1.2 (Thursday night rerun)
Lake Placid 2 (6/4/07 - 6/10/07) - 1.2 (5th rerun at 7 PM on a Saturday)
Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep (9/18/06 - 9/24/06) - 1.2
Pumpkinhead: Blood Feud (2/5/07 - 2/11/07) - 1.2
Rest Stop (10/2/06 - 10/8/06) - 1.2
Intermedio (10/16/06 - 10/22/06) - 1.2 (direct-to-dvd premiere on Saturday night)
Stan Lee's Lightspeed (7/24/06 - 7/30/06) - 1.2 (a rare Wednesday night premiere, beating out the premiere on Saturday of the direct-to-dvd Alien Abduction)
House of the Dead (5/8/06 - 5/14/06) - 1.2
Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes (10/23/06 - 10/29/06) -1.2
Manticore (11/28/05 - 12/4/05) - 1.2 (Thurs. rerun)
War of the Worlds (4/17/06 - 4/23/06 ) - 1.2 (4th rerun)
H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds (6/19/06 - 6/25/06) - 1.2 (5th rerun at 4 PM on a Saturday)
Locusts: The 8th Plague (3rd rerun - 1/23/06 - 1/29/06) - 1.2
Ice (5/22/06 - 5/28/06) - 1.2 (jillionth rerun, at 1 PM on the Sat. of Mem. Day Weekend)
Falcon Down (5/22/06 - 5/28/06) - 1.2 (not an "original," nor really "sci-fi;" this was a military/tech thriller w/ William Shatner, released to dvd in 2002)
The Beast of Bray Road (7/10/06 - 7/16/06 ) - 1.2 (originally a direct-to-dvd opus)
It Waits (7/10/06 - 7/16/06) - 1.2 (a 7 PM Sunday direct-to-dvd premiere)
Dragon Dynasty (7/17/06 - 7/23/06) - 1.2
Boo ( 8/21/06 - 8/27/06) - 1.2 (2nd or 3rd rerun, at 7 PM on a Sunday)
Dragon Fighter (10/3/05 - 10/9/05 ) - 1.2 (umpteenth rerun at 5 PM on a Saturday)
Dragon Storm (10/3/05 - 10/9/05 ) - 1.2 (7 PM rerun the same day as the above)
Alien Hunter (10/3/05 - 10/9/05) - 1.2 (umpteenth rerun at 9 PM on the Sunday after the above)
Shallow Ground (10/16/06 - 10/22/06) - 1.2 (5th or 6th rerun at 3 PM on a Saturday)
Pterodactyl (1/22/07 - 1/28/07) - 1.2 (jillionth rerun at 7 PM on a Saturday)
Disaster Zone: Volcano in New York (1/22/07 - 1/28/07) - 1.2 (rerun a year later at 6 PM on Sunday)
Fire Serpent (5/28/07 - 6/3/07) - 1.2 (5th airing, at 7 PM on Saturday)
Blood Monkey (3/24/08 - 3/30/08) - 1.2 (very good for a 5 PM Sunday rerun)
Earthstorm (6/23/08 - 6/29/08) - 1.2 (9 PM Sunday rerun)
Death Tunnel (9/1/08 - 9/7/08) - 1.2 (premiere of a direct-to-dvd feature from 2006)
Crazy Eights (10/6/08 - 10/12/08) - 1.2 (technically an obscure indie feature from 2006)
Lake Dead (10/6/08 - 10/12/08) - 1.2 (7 PM Sat. direct-to-dvd feature from 2007 - unsure if this was a premiere or not)
Dragon Wars (10/13/08 - 10/19/08) - 1.2 (rerun at 7 on Sat.)
Monster Ark (10/13/08 - 10/19/08) - 1.2 (4th airing at 7 PM Sun.)
Pumpkin Karver (10/20/08 - 10/26/08) - 1.2 (9 PM Sunday premiere)
Ice Spiders (11/3/08 - 11/9/08) - 1.2 (7 PM Sat. rerun)
Cyclops (12/1/08 - 12/7/08) - 1.2
Lake Dead (12/8/08 - 12/14/08) - 1.2 (3 PM Sat. rerun)[/COLOR]
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OK, this is about the funniest thing I've ever seen! :laugh:

Battlestar Galactica 1.7
Rottweiler 1.6
Stargate SG-1 1.6
Watchers 3 1.5
Watchers Reborn 1.5
Stargate Atlantis 1.5
John Doe 1.1
Watchers 2 1.1
The Beast, part two 1.0
The Abyss 1.0

Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 2/13/06 - 2/19/06


Rottweiler - which was made in Spain of all places ostensibly for a big screen release overseas, had no "name" actors, and may have been the worst film Sci-Fi has ever aired.....beat out both Stargates in the ratings! And edges in on BSG by only a tenth of a rating point!

OK, now let's take a look at other shows "Rottweiler" - and three old direct-to-video "Watchers" movies (at least one was before the invention of dvd :tongue: ) beat out that week:

dozens of eps of the Twilight Zone
Passions
an Amazing Stories marathon
all Ripley's Believe It Or Not reruns
all Stargate reruns
all X-Files reruns
all Surface reruns (and that's a new, big-budget network show)
a Roswell marathon (another recent network big-$$ show)
all Ghost Hunters reruns
an In Search of marathon
a First Wave marathon
the BSG rerun

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Here are ones that still got more than a million and a quarter viewers, continued from above:

Alien Agent (12/8/08 - 12/14/08) - 1.1 (7 PM Sat. - unsure if this was a premiere of this direct-to-dvd feature or not)
Croc (11/24/08 - 11/30/08) - 1.1 (5 PM Sun. rerun)
Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep (11/24/08 - 11/30/08) - 1.1 (the [SIZE="3"]11th[/SIZE] rerun, at 3 PM on Sunday, only a tenth of a ratings point behind its premiere 2 yrs. ago!)
Swamp Devil (10/6/08 - 10/12/08) - 1.1 (9 PM Sunday premiere)
Disaster Zone: Volcano NYC (9/29/08 - 10/05/08) - 1.1 (11 PM Sat. rerun)
Monster Ark (9/22/08 - 9/28/08) - 1.1 (7 PM Sat. rerun)
Earthstorm (9/8/08 - 9/14/08) - 1.1 (7 PM Sat. rerun)
Black Swarm (8/11/08 - 8/17/08) - 1.1 (Sunday night premiere, although this may have aired on Hallmark before)
The Shaft - 1.1 (2 PM Sunday rerun, ironically 10% higher than the premiere)
Dragon Sword (7/7/08 - 7/13/08) - 1.1 (7 PM sunday rerun)
Dragon Sword (7/28/08 - 8/3/08) - 1.1 (11 PM Saturday rerun!)
Supergator (6/23/08 - 6/29/08) - 1.1 (7 PM Saturday rerun)
Scorcher (6/23/08 - 6/29/08) - 1.1 (7 PM Sunday rerun)
Earthstorm (3/17/08 - 3/23/08) - 1.1 (rerun at 9 PM on Sunday)
Gryphon (3/3/08 - 3/9/08) - 1.1 (7 PM rerun Saturday)
Grendel (3/3/08 - 3/9/08) - 1.1 (7th rerun at 5 PM Saturday)
Snake King (2/11/08 - 2/17/08) - 1.1 (7 PM Sunday rerun)
King Cobra (2/11/08 - 2/17/08) - 1.1 (11 AM Sunday rerun)
Bats: Human Harvest (11/5/07 - 11/11/07) - 1.1
Headless Horseman (10/22/07 - 10/28/07) - 1.1
Something Beneath (10/15/07 - 10/21/07) - 1.1 (9 PM Sunday premiere)
The Gravedancers (10/15/07 - 10/21/07) - 1.1 (9 PM Saturday premeire of a direct-to-dvd film)
Species: The Awakening (9/24/07 - 9/30/07) - 1.1
Crocodile 2: Death Roll (4/23/07 - 4/29/07) - 1.1 (umpteenth rerun at 3 PM on a Saturday)
Snakehead Terror (4/23/07 - 4/29/07) - 1.1 (umpteenth rerun at 5 PM on Saturday, immediately after the above)
Frankenfish (4/23/07 - 4/29/07) - 1.1 (umpteenth rerun, getting close to a million and a half viewers at 11 PM on a Saturday! :clap: )
Avalanche (3/5/07 - 3/11/07) 1.1 (direct-to-dvd disaster film at 11 PM on Saturday)
They Are Among Us (6/11/07 - 6/17/07) - 1.1 (umpteenth rerun at 11 PM on a Saturday)
Lost in the Bermuda Triangle (9/10/07 - 9/16/07) - 1.1 (11 PM Saturday -several hundred thousand more viewers than the last time it was on!)
Cerberus (3/19/07 - 3/25/07) - 1.1 (rerun # 1 million, at 11 PM on a Saturday)
Path of Destruction (5/22/06 - 5/28/06)- 1.1 {4th or 5th rerun, airing at 3 PM on a Mem. Day weekend Saturday}
Post Impact (5/22/06 - 5/28/06) - 1.1 {jillionth rerun, airing at 11 PM that same Saturday}
Legion of the Dead (10/30/06 - 11/5/06) - 1.1 (premiere of a $500,000 direct-to-dvd film! :laugh: )
King of the Lost World (2/19/07 - 2/25/07) - 1.1 (7 PM rerun - at least the 5th - on a Sunday)
King of the Lost World (7/9/07 - 7/15/07 ) - 1.1 (at least the 6th rerun at 7 PM on Saturday)
King of the Lost World (10/30/06 - 11/5/06) -1.1 (9 PM rerun on a Sunday)
Room 6 (7/10/06 - 7/16/06) -1.1 (a 9 PM Sunday direct-to-dvd premiere, the same night!)
Earthstorm (4/2/07 - 4/8/07) - 1.1 (the Thursday night rerun)
Tornado! (8/1/05 - 8/7/05) - 1.1 {technically only a premiere on Sci-Fi, but marketed w/ Bruce Campbell's name as if it were new!}
Return of the Living Dead, Pt. 4: Necropolis (10/10/05 - 10/16/05 ) - 1.1
Haunted Prison (10/9/06 - 10/15/06) - 1.1
Shark Attack 3 (7/3/06 - 7/9/06) - 1.1 (umpteenth rerun at 7 PM on a Sunday evening)
Snake King (8/14/06 - 8/20/06) - 1.1 (umpteenth rerun at 9 PM on a Sunday evening)
Shapeshifter (9/11/06 - 9/17/06) - 1.1 (another direct-to-dvd premiere in the primo Sat. 9 PM timeslot)
Route 666 (10/16/06 - 10/22/06) - 1.1 (umpteenth rerun on a Sunday afternoon)
Monster Man (11/27/06 - 12/3/06) - 1.1 (direct-to-dvd premiere)
Caved In: Prehistoric Terror (12/18/06 - 12/24/06) - 1.1 (7 PM Saturday rerun)
Atomic Twister (7/16/07 - 7/22/07) - 1.1 (5-yr.-old made-for-TBS movie "premiering" on Sci-Fi)
The Last Sentinel (5/7/07 - 5/13/07) - 1.1 (cheapie indie bought by Sci-Fi because Katee Sackhoff was in it)
Black Hole (8/27/07 - 9/2/07) - 1.1 (rerun on Saturday night at 9)
A.I. Assault (8/27/07 - 9/2/07) - 1.1 (rerun on Sunday night at 9)
Painkiller Jane (1/14/08 - 1/20/08) - 1.1 (very good for a 3 PM Saturday afternoon rerun!)
Grizzly Rage (3/24/08 - 3/30/08) -1.1 (even better for a 1 PM Sunday rerun!)
Infected (4/21/08 - 4/27/08) - 1.1 (a Sunday 9 PM premiere of the Halmi film previously known as "The Hatching")
Infected (5/26/08 - 6/01/08) - 1.1 (5 PM Saturday rerun of above)
Ritual (5/19/08 - 5/25/08) - 1.1 (direct-to-dvd film from 2001, at 9 PM on Sunday)


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And continuing in the same vein as above, Eddie (of Cruisers fame) and a former Baywatch-babe tied BSG, and beat out both Stargates!!! Not only that, but rerun # 4 of "Magma" (est. budget $1.5 million, starring a former Power Ranger) tied with the rerun of the $104 million blockbuster "Dante's Peak!"

Disaster Zone: Volcano NY 1.8
Battlestar Galactica 1.8
Stargate SG-1 1.7
Stargate Atlantis 1.5
Fire: Nature Unleashed 1.2
John Doe 1.0
Dantes Peak 1.0
Magma 1.0
War of the Worlds 0.9
Maximum Velocity 0.9

Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 2/20/06 - 2/26/06
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Here are the lower ratings, continued from above:

Sharks in Venice (12/8/08 - 12/14/08) - 1.0 (9 PM Sun. premiere)
Supergator (12/8/08 - 12/14/08) - 1.0 (5 PM Sun. rerun)
NYC: Tornado Terror (11/17/08 - 11/23/08) - 1.0 (9 PM Sunday rerun)
Dog Soldiers (11/3/08 - 11/9/08) - 1.0 (11 PM Sat. rerun)
The Ferryman (10/20/08 - 10/26/08) - 1.0 (low for a 9 PM Sat. debut)
Pumpkinhead: Blood Feud (10/20/08 - 10/26/08) - 1.0 (1 PM rerun that same Sat.)
Unearthed (10/13/08 - 10/19/08) - 1.0 (premiere of a direct-to-dvd film at 9 on Sunday)
Vipers (9/15/08 - 9/21/08) - 1.0 (Sun. 9 PM premiere)
Dark Storm (9/8/08 - 9/14/08) - 1.0 (3 PM Sat. rerun)
Ghouls (9/1/08 - 9/7/08) - 1.0 (rerun at 7 PM Sat.)
Black Swarm (8/25/08 - 8/31/08) - 1.0 (7 PM Sat. rerun)
Snakehead Terror (8/18/08 - 8/24/08) - 1.0 (11 PM Sat. rerun)
Kaw (8/18/08 - 8/24/08) - 1.0 (7 PM Sat. rerun)
Boogeyman 2 (8/11/08 - 8/17/08) - 1.0 (surprisingly low for a 9 PM premiere of a direct-to-dvd project)
Ritual - 1.0 (4 PM Sunday rerun)
Manticore - 1.0 (11 PM Saturday rerun)
Komodo vs. Cobra (7/21/08 - 7/27/08) - 1.0 (umpteenth rerun at 1 PM Sat.)
Basilisk: Serpent King (7/21/08 - 7/27/08) - 1.0 (umpteenth rerun at 11 PM Saturday)
King Cobra (7/21/08 - 7/27/08) - 1.0 (umpteenth rerun at 3 PM Saturday)
Ghouls (7/7/08 - 7/13/08) - 1.0
Ginger Snaps Back (6/30/08 - 7/6/08) - 1.0 (direct-to-dvd Canadian film in the Saturday slot)
The Shaft (6/30/08 - 7/6/08) - 1.0 (Sunday night 9 PM premiere)
Beneath Loch Ness (6/30/08 - 7/6/08) - 1.0 (1 PM Sunday rerun)
Alone in the Dark (5/26/08 - 6/01/08) - 1.0 (12:30 PM Sunday rerun - one of the earliest timeslots to place in the top 10!)
Atomic Twister (3/17/08 - 3/23/08) - 1.0 (rerun at 5 PM on Sunday)
Beyond Loch Ness (3/17/08 - 3/23/08) - 1.0 (4th rerun at 7 PM on Saturday)
Beast of Bray Road (3/10/08 - 3/16/08) - 1.0 (at least the 10th rerun, at 3 PM on Sunday - although a Spring Break weekend for many)
Watchers 3 (3/10/08 - 3/16/08) - 1.0 (ditto, at 1 PM)
Snake King (3/3/08 - 3/9/08) - 1.0 (3 PM rerun Saturday)
Alone in the Dark ((2/18/08 - 2/24/08) - 1.0 (11 PM Saturday rerun)
Boa vs. Python (2/11/08 - 2/17/08) - 1.0 (1 PM Sunday rerun )
Silent Predators (2/11/08 - 2/17/08) - 1.0 (5 PM Sunday rerun)
Skeleton Man (2/4/08 - 2/10/08) - 1.0 (11 PM on Saturday!)
Abominable (12/31/07 - 1/6/08) - 1.0 (umpteenth rerun at 5 PM on Saturday)
Mega Snake (11/5/07 - 11/11/07) - 1.0 (4th rerun at 7 PM on Saturday)
King of the Lost World (9/10/07 - 9/16/07) - 1.0 (7 PM Sunday - at leat the 7th prime-time rerun)
Atomic Twister (8/27/07 - 9/2/07) - 1.0 (rerun at 7 PM on Saturday)
In the Spider's Web (8/20/07 - 8/26/07) - 1.0 (premiere at 9 PM Sunday)
Mega Snake (8/20/07 - 8/26/07) - 1.0 (premiere at 9 PM Saturday)
Earthstorm (5/21/07 - 5/27/07) - 1.0 - (rerun at 7 PM on Sat.)
Legion of the Dead (1/29/07 - 2/4/07) - 1.0 (rerun at 11 PM on Saturday of an ultra-low-budget direct-to-dvd opus)
Crocodile (4/23/07 - 4/29/07) - 1.0 (umpteenth rerun at 1 PM on a Saturday)
Manticore (1/2/6 - 1/8/6) - 1.0 (4th rerun)
Grendel (1/15/07 - 1/21/07) - 1.0 (3rd rerun on Thursday)
Basilisk: Serpent King (1/8/07 - 1/14/07) - 1.0 (4th rerun at 7 PM on Sat.)
Shark Attack 2 (7/3/06 - 7/9/06) - 1.0 {umpteenth rerun at 5 PM on a Sunday afternoon}
Slayer 1.0 (7/3/06 - 7/9/06) - 1.0
Jolly Roger: Massacre at Cutters Cove (6/26/06 - 7/2/06) - 1.0 (Sat. 9 PM premiere of a direct-to-dvd $500-k slasher film, rated "Arrrr!" :laugh: )
Beast of Bray Road (9/4/06 - 9/10/06 ) - 1.0 (5 PM Saturday rerun of a direct-to-dvd feature)
SS Doomtrooper (4/3/06 - 4/9/06) - 1.0 (Thursday night rerun)
Manticore (3/27/06 - 4/2/06) - 1.0 - (rerun # 5 or 6)
Cerberus (10/9/06 - 10/15/06) - 1.0 (rerun at 9 PM on Sunday)
Locusts: 8th Plague (11/14/05 - 11/20/05) - 1.0 (Thurs. rerun)
Post Impact (1/16/06 - 1/22/06 ) - 1.0 (jillionth rerun)
Code Red: The Rubicon Conspiracy (5/15/06 - 5/21/06 ) - 1.0 (umpteenth rerun)
Sasquatch Hunters (7/10/06 - 7/16/06) - 1.0 (Tues. 8 PM premiere of a direct to dvd film)
Sasquatch Hunters (9/4/06 - 9/10/06 ) - 1.0 (11 PM Saturday rerun of the above)
Painkiller Jane (8/28/06 - 9/3/06) - 1.0 (Wed. 9 PM rerun)
Curse of the Komodo (10/3/05 - 10/9/05 ) - 1.0 (3 PM rerun on a Saturday)
Room 6 (10/9/06 - 10/15/06) - 1.0 (rerun at 1 PM on Saturday)
Dinocroc (1/2/6 - 1/8/6) -1.0 (countless rerun)
Mortuary (10/23/06 - 10/29/06) - 1.0 (rerun at 3 PM on a Saturday)
Path of Destruction (11/20/06 - 11/26/06) - 1.0 (7 PM rerun on a Friday)
Dead and Deader (12/11/06 - 12/17/06) - 1.0 (oddly, a Sat. night 9 PM original premiere :confused: )
Hallowed Ground (12/17/07 - 12/23/07) - 1.0 (ditto)
Beneath Still Waters (9/17/07 - 9/23/07) - 1.0 (ditto)
Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King, Pt. 2 (1/15/07 - 1/21/07) - 1.0 (umpteenth rerun at 5 PM on a Saturday)
King Cobra (2/19/07 - 2/25/07) - 1.0 (umpteenth rerun at 1 PM on a Saturday)
Snake King (2/19/07 - 2/25/07) - 1.0 (ditto, at 3 PM the same day)
It Waits (5/14/07 - 5/20/07) - 1.0 (rerun at 5 PM on a Sunday)
Mortuary (5/14/07 - 5/20/07) - 1.0 (rerun at 7 PM the same say as above)
The Bone Snatcher (5/14/07 - 5/20/07) - 1.0 (rerun at 3 PM the same day as above)
Snakehead Terror (11/29/04 - 12/5/04) - 1.0 (umpteenth rerun)
Clive Barker's Plague (6/11/07 - 6/17/07) - 1.0 (rerun of a direct-to-dvd opus at 5 PM on Sunday)
Chupacabra: Dark Seas (7/9/07 - 7/15/07 ) - 1.0 (umpteenth rerun at 11 PM on Saturday! ) :clap:
Inferno (8/13/07 - 8/19/07) - 1.0 (3 PM rerun on a Saturday)
Meltdown (8/13/07 - 8/19/07) - 1.0 (7 PM rerun on a Saturday)
The Hollow (8/13/07 - 8/19/07) - 1.0 (rerun at 5 PM on a Sunday)
Disaster Zone: Volcano in NYC (8/13/07 - 8/19/07) - 1.0 (5 PM Saturday rerun)
Cliver Barker's Plague (9/17/07 - 9/23/07) - 1.0 (rerun at 3 PM on Saturday)
Grizzly Rage (10/1/07 - 10/07/07) - 1.0 - (rerun at 7 PM on a Sunday)
H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds (12/10/07 - 12/16/07) -1.0 (umpteenth rerun on Sat. at 7 PM)
Solar Attack (1/7/08 - 1/13/08) - 1.0 (5 PM Sunday rerun)
Haunted Prison (1/21/08 - 1/27/08) - 1.0 (3 PM rerun on Saturday)
Marabunta (1/21/08 - 1/27/08) - 1.0 (a rerun of a 10-year old tv movie about fire ants, at 7 PM on Sunday)
Disaster Zone: Volcano NY (1/28/08 - 2/3/08) - 1.0 (7 PM Saturday rerun)
The Hive (3/24/08 - 3/30/08) - 1.0 (7 PM Sunday rerun)
The Insatiable (3/24/08 - 3/30/08) - 1.0 (9 PM Saturday premiere of a direct-to-video opus)
Lost in the Bermuda Triangle (4/28/08 - 5/4/08) - 1.0 (11 PM Saturday rerun, beating the earlier movies in the afternoon!)
Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep (4/28/08 - 5/4/08) - 1.0 (5 PM Saturday rerun)
Eye of the Beast (4/28/08 - 5/4/08) - 1.0 (3 PM Saturday rerun)
Fire Serpent (5/19/08 - 5/25/08) - 1.0 (11 PM rerun on a Friday!)
Hybrid (6/2/08 - 6/8/08) - 1.0 (5 PM Saturday rerun of the premiere from a few months ago)
Sasquatch Mountain (6/23/08 - 6/29/08) - 1.0 (11 PM Saturday rerun)
Falcon Down (7/14/08 - 7/20/08) - 1.0 (3 PM Sunday rerun)
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:laugh: I'm serious, man, Sci-Fi needs to recognize that there's a definite nitch for this kind of viewing. It's easy, kick-your-feet-up-and-relax kind of stuff! They should dig into their vault and throw some reruns in there from time to time. Say some Invisible Man, for example! :bg:
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Quote:I'm serious, man, Sci-Fi needs to recognize that there's a definite nitch for this kind of viewing. It's easy, kick-your-feet-up-and-relax kind of stuff! They should dig into their vault and throw some reruns in there from time to time. Say some Invisible Man, for example!

Oh they very definitely realize it - they started experimenting a few years back (like late 90's I guess) with airing some direct-to-dvd films in primo prime time slots, and they did well. (ABC Family - which was Fox Family before that, and just the Family Channel before that, did that with some of those Olsen Twins movies that were sold at Wal-marts and so forth, and struck gold too.) So they began promoting the idea of "originals' - basically collaborating with the direct-to-dvd people, and airing them as "premieres" on Sci-Fi. And the ratings continue to soar. Among their earliest smashes were that looooow budget film w/ Bruce and Chase Masterson, "Terminal Invasion," and the bigger-budget, worse-looking "Interceptor Force 2" with Olivier Gruner (when you need a French-speaking kick-boxing champ, and you aren't a high-class-enough operation to get van Damme :eek: :bounce: ) plus Xena's daughter Adrienne Wilkinson and Bill Clinton's mistress Elizabeth Gracern.

I think they actually have shown some "Invisible Man" eps - they do these day-long mini-marathons - they used to do Hercules like that, about once a month. They'll show a block of 6-7 hours of one show all day long. If there are enough episodes (unlike, say, Timecop or John Doe or Firefly, which only had a dozen or so eps filmed) and there seems to be a demand, then they'll add it to the regular schedule.

Did you know there was a previous "Invisible Man" series? Mid-70's, on NBC, starring former Man from UNCLE star David McCallum. Lasted...oh, 13 weeks maybe. Wink

Hey did you catch my two follow-up interviews w/ Bruce's co-stars, Michael and Jonas? Lots of insight into these creature features! :bg:
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And here are the films that still managed to make it into the top 10 in their respective weeks, and got a million viewers or more!

Monster Ark (12/1/08 - 12/7/08) - 0.9 (11 PM Sat. rerun)
Monster Ark (11/17/08 - 11/23/08) - 0.9 (5 PM Sat. rerun)
Savage Planet (11/3/08 - 11/9/08) - 0.9 (1 PM Sat. rerun)
Grizzly Rage (11/3/08 - 11/9/08) - 0.9 (11 AM Sat. rerun)
Sasquatch Mountain (11/3/08 - 11/9/08) - 0.9 (3 PM Sat. rerun)
Atomic Twister (9/29/08 - 10/05/08) - 0.9 (1 PM Sat. rerun)
Solar Attack (9/8/08 - 9/14/08) - 0.9 (5 PM Sat. rerun)
Ghost Voyage (9/1/08 - 9/7/08) - 0.9 (5 PM Sat. rerun)
Eye of the Beast (8/25/08 - 8/31/08) - 0.9 (3 PM Sat. rerun)
King of the Lost World (8/25/08 - 8/31/08) - 0.9 (5 PM Sat. rerun)
Beneath Still Waters (6/30/08 - 7/6/08) - 0.9 (3 PM Sunday rerun)
Croc (6/30/08 - 7/6/08) 0.9 - (11 AM Sunday rerun)
Route 666 (6/9/08 - 6/15/08) - 0.9 (1 PM Sunday rerun)
Scorcher (5/19/08 - 5/25/08) - 0.9 (9 PM rerun on a Friday)
Hybrid (5/5/08 - 5/11/08) - 0.9 (7 PM Sunday rerun)
Ghost Voyage (4/28/08 - 5/4/08) - 0.9 (7 PM Saturday rerun)
Haunted Prison (3/10/08 - 3/16/08) - 0.9 (11 PM rerun on Saturday!)
Reptilian (3/3/08 - 3/9/08)- 0.9 (11 AM rerun Saturday)
Alien Hunter (2/25/08 - 3/2/08) - 0.9 (12:30 PM Saturday rerun)
Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep (12/3/07 - 12/9/07) - 0.9 (7 PM Saturday rerun)
Lost in the Bermuda Triangle (12/10/07 - 12/16/07) - 0.9 (1 PM Sunday rerun)
Atomic Twister (12/10/07 - 12/16/07) - 0.9 (3 PM Sunday rerun)
Abominable (10/22/07 - 10/28/07) - 0.9 (7 PM Saturday rerun)
Magma: Volcanic Disaster (8/27/07 - 9/2/07) - 0.9 (rerun at 5 PM Sat.)
Android Apocalypse (8/27/07 - 9/2/07) - 0.9 (rerun at 7 PM on Sunday)
Lake Placid 2 (5/21/07 - 5/27/07) - 0.9 (4th rerun at 9 PM on Friday of Mem. Day weekend)
Lost in the Bermuda Triangle (5/21/07 - 5/27/07) - 0.9 (12:30 PM Sat. rerun of a 9-yr.old, made-for-UPN tv movie)
Silent Predators (2/19/07 - 2/25/07) - 0.9 (11 AM rerun of a direct-to-dvd fim from 1999, same day as above)
King Cobra (11/20/06 - 11/26/06) - 0.9 (5 PM rerun on a Saturday)
Komodo vs. Cobra (5/22/06 - 5/28/06) - 0.9 {Tues. 9 PM premiere of a direct-to-dvd film}
A.I. Assault (6/19/06 - 6/25/06) - 0.9 (5th rerun at 2 PM on a Saturday)
Black Hole (7/31/06 -- 8/6/06 ) - 0.9 {4th rerun at 7 PM on a Saturday}
Hammerhead: Shark Frenzy (6/20/05 - 6/26/05) - 0.9 (I think this was the premiere, and not the Thursday night rerun, but can't be sure)
Caved In: Prehistoric Terror (1/09/06 - 1/15/06 ) - 0.9 (Thursday rerun)
Basilisk: Serpent King (11/27/06 - 12/3/06) - 0.9 (Thursday rerun)
SS Doomtrooper (6/12/06 - 6/18/06) - 0.9 (4th rerun, at 9 PM on a Sunday)
Raptor (2/27/06 - 3/5/06) - 0.9
Death Valley: The Revenge of Bloody Bill (7/2/07 - 7/8/07) - 0.9 (Sat. premiere of a direct-to-dvd opus)
Venom (10/29/07 - 11/4/07) - 0.9 (ditto)
Bats (6/12/06 - 6/18/06) - 0.9 (a Sat. premiere on Sci-Fi, but this has been run on cable for years)
Minotaur (3/13/06 - 3/19/06) - 0.9 (Thurs. night rerun)
Route 666 ((3/13/06 - 3/19/06) - 0.9 (umpteenth rerun on Sun. at 3 PM Huh )
The Fallen Ones (5/15/06 - 5/21/06 ) - 0.9 (5th or 6th rerun)
Sasquatch (9/4/06 - 9/10/06 ) - 0.9 (7 PM Saturday rerun of a direct-to-dvd opus)
Deep Shock (10/3/05 - 10/9/05 ) - 0.9 (11 AM Saturday rerun)
Boo (11/27/06 - 12/3/06) - 0.9 (7 PM Saturday rerun)
Painkiller Jane (12/11/06 - 12/17/06) - 0.9 (umpteenth rerun on a Thursday)
Monster Man (1/8/07 - 1/14/07) - 0.9 (7 PM on Sunday, beating out the rerun of BSG at 10!)
Crow 4: Wicked Prayer (2/12/07 - 2/18/07) - 0.9 (Saturday noon rerun of a direct-to-dvd feature)
Darklight (2/12/07 - 2/18/07) - 0.9 (umpteenth rerun at 4 PM on Saturday)
Volcano: Nature Unleashed (3/5/07 - 3/11/07) - 0.9 (made-in-Bulgaria, direct-to-dvd rerun at 7 PM on Saturday)
Pterodactyl (3/19/07 - 3/25/07) - 0.9 (rerun # 1 million, at 5 PM on a Saturday)
Grendel (3/19/07 - 3/25/07) - 0.9 (rerun after the above, at 7)
Caved In: Prehistoric Terror (4/2/07 - 4/8/07) - 0.9 (1 PM Saturday rerun)
Manticore (4/2/07 - 4/8/07) - 0.9 (5 PM Saturday rerun, same day as above)
House of the Dead 2: Dead Aim (4/30/07 - 5/6/07) - 0.9 (11th rerun on Saturday at 3 PM)
Basilisk: Serpent King (5/7/07 - 5/13/07) - 0.9 (6th or 7th rerun at 7 PM on Sunday)
Grendel (5/7/07 - 5/13/07) - 0.9 (5th or 6th rerun at 9 PM on Sunday)
Crocodile (7/9/07 - 7/15/07 ) - 0.9 (11 AM Sat. rerun of a 7-yr.-old direct-to-video opus)
Crocodile 2: Death Roll (7/9/07 - 7/15/07 ) - 0.9 (1 PM Sat. rerun of a 5-yr.-old direct-to-dvd sequel)
The Bone Snatcher (7/23/07 - 7/29/07) - 0.9 (7 PM Saturday rerun)
Stir of Echoes 2 (8/6/07 - 8/12/07) - 0.9 (very low for a premiere)
Dark Ride (10/1/07 - 10/07/07) - 0.9 (ditto)
Sasquatch (8/20/07 - 8/26/07) - 0.9 (rerun at 5 PM Saturday)
Ice Spiders (8/20/07 - 8/26/07) - 0.9 (rerun at 7 PM Sunday)
Alone in the Dark (9/24/07 - 9/30/07) - 0.9 (7 PM rerun on Saturday)
Reign of the Gargoyles (10/15/07 - 10/21/07) - 0.9 (5 PM Saturday afternoon rerun)
From Dusk 'Til Dawn 3 (12/17/07 - 12/23/07) - 0.9 (11 AM Saturday rerun)
Wicked Little Things (1/14/08 - 1/20/08) - 0.9 (1 PM Sunday rerun)
Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes (2/4/08 - 2/10/08) - 0.9 (5 PM Sunday rerun)
Beneath Still Waters (2/4/08 - 2/10/08) - 0.9 (11 AM on a Sunday - a first for that slot to place in the top 10, I think!)
Pumpkinhead 2 (2/4/08 - 2/10/08) - 0.9 (3 PM rerun on Sunday)
Scorcher (3/17/08 - 3/23/08) - 0.9 (7 PM Sunday rerun)
Kaw (4/14/08 - 4/20/08) - 0.9 (7 PM Sat. rerun)
Primal Force (9/3/07 - 9/9/07) - 0.9 (11 PM on Sat.)
Sasquatch Mountain (9/3/07 - 9/9/07) - 0.9 (7 PM on Sat.)
Never Cry Werewolf (10/6/08 - 10/12/08) - 0.9 (3 PM rerun on a Saturday)
Dungeons & Dragons 2 (10/13/08 - 10/19/08) - 0.9 (11 PM Sat. rerun)
Dark Corners (9/15/08 - 9/21/08) - (premiere of a direct-to-dvd suspense/thriller w/ Thora Birch) - also a tad less than 0.9
Sands of Oblivion (11/10 - 11/16) - 0.9 (9 PM Sun. rerun)
Riddles of the Sphinx (11/10 - 11/16) - 0.9 (7 PM Sun. rerun)
Man w/ the Screaming Brain (9/5/05 - 9/11/05) - presumably a little less than 0.9 :teary:
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invisible man would be really cool. still, there's stuff i'm looking forward to. after learning that tolkien was influenced by what is now Dark Kingdom, i really want to check the movie out, and having Loken in the movie doesnt hurtSmile
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Loken really seems to like the B-Movies. She did that one with the monsterous Uwe Boll, Bloodrayne, and now a Sci-Fi one? That's cool, I guess. Better someone who just enjoys the work than another ladder climbing Hollywood type.
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bloodrayne was terrible -- hopefully she won't have to suffer another theatrical release like that.
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Sciguy, I don't know how much you're into filmmaking and whatnot, but someone else had posted this article on the guy who made Bloodrayne (and other horrible films) a while ago: http://www.cinemablend.com/feature.php?id=209

Making a B-Movie out of love for the genre-which I think most of these Sci-Fi "Originals" are, is quite different than making them for the reasons he does.
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Boomstick Wrote:Loken really seems to like the B-Movies. She did that one with the monsterous Uwe Boll, Bloodrayne, and now a Sci-Fi one? That's cool, I guess. Better someone who just enjoys the work than another ladder climbing Hollywood type.

Well, I think the key with this is that having been in the Terminator film.... that puts her at the top of the list for genre movies... while at the bottom of the list for movies that go to Julia Stiles and Kirsten Dunst and Gwyneth Paltrow. So she can choose to have supporting roles... or be the star in something that may not be Shakespeare.

Same strategy as Bruce Campbell.

Same reason almost all of these creature features have some genre "name" attached to them. Like "Dragon Storm," which didn't advertise "starring Maxwell Caulfield, from Grease 2, and directed by the guy who played Flounder in Animal House" - but instead said "starring Lord of the Rings' John Rhys-Davies" .... even though he only had a smaller supporting role.

So people like Dean Cain and Casper van Dien often turn up in them.

Even the rerun of the 9-years-old "Odyssey" mini-series proclaimed that it featured "Lord of the Rings' Christopher Lee" even though he's only on screen for about 2 minutes... instead of saying "starring Mambo Kings star Armande Assante, and Johnson Family Vacation star Vanessa Williams." :laugh:

Note: Dark Kingdom (i.e. the Siegfried/Brunhilde story) was actually a big-screen movie in Europe, hence the international cast.... plus Alicia Witt. (Although Kristanna Lokken was technically born in the US.) There's a pretty extensive site for it, linked above.

BTW, for more on sci-fi "originals," see the interviews with Jonas Talkington and Michael Cory Davis (the former is just a rough draft version though, and not "officially" online yet. So shhhh. Wink ) And then here are some articles in the mainstream media:

http://www.geocities.com/xhlist/USA_Today_article.html

http://www.geocities.com/xhlist/NYTimesArticle.html

Quote:"They're good at the 'D' word, demographics," said Bruce Campbell, a star of B movies who also wrote, directed and starred in the "Screaming Brain" film, to be shown in September. "I think they're micromarketing," he said, "which in this fragmented world makes sense. They're saying, 'Who's at home on Saturday night?' "

The answer might be surprising. Nearly half of Sci Fi's audience is female, and in the highly sought-after 25-to-54-year-old demographic category, Sci Fi is the No. 4 basic cable network on Saturdays, behind TNT, USA and TBS.

Sci Fi's foray into Saturday night mayhem began in 2002, when network executives realized that cheap, independently made genre pictures, an important element of their programming mix, were hardly being produced any more. So, said Tom Vitale, the Sci Fi Channel's senior vice president for original movies "We had a choice of recycling older movies or going out and trying to create original movies ourselves. We went back to these producers who made genre movies, and asked them if they wanted to make them with us."

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And even lower-rated films that still got a million viewers or so, and made it to the top then for their respective weeks, thereby beating out 150+ hours of other programming on the network:


Grendel (10/27/08 - 11/2/08) - 0.8 (11 PM Sat. rerun)
Raptor (8/25/08 - 8/31/08) - 0.8 (midnight Sat. rerun on Labor Day weekend - possibly the best ever for something that ran 'til 2 AM!)
Dog Soldiers (6/2/08 - 6/8/08) - 0.8 (11 PM Saturday rerun that beat out the primetime Resident Evil!)
The Hive (5/19/08 - 5/25/08) - 0.8 (5 PM Saturday rerun)
Blood Monkey (5/19/08 - 5/25/08) - 0.8 (7 PM Saturday rerun)
Route 666 (10/29/07 - 11/4/07) - 0.8 (6 PM rerun on a Tuesday night)
Crocodile 2: Death Roll (10/29/07 - 11/4/07) - 0.8 (3 PM rerun on a Sunday)
Sasquatch (5/15/06 - 5/21/06 ) - 0.8 (umpteenth rerun)
Rottweiler (5/1/06 - 5/7/06) -0.8 (4th rerun at 3 PM on a Saturday)
Beast of Bray Road (10/2/06 - 10/8/06) - 0.8 (7 PM rerun on a Saturday)
H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds (11/13/06 - 11/19/06) - 0.8 (umpteenth rerun, this time at 3 PM on a Sat.)
Alien Hunter (11/13/06 - 11/19/06) - 0.8 (umpteenth rerun, at 5 PM on that same Sat.)
Mortuary (11/27/06 - 12/3/06) - 0.8 (5 PM Saturday rerun)
Falcon Down (1/8/07 - 1/14/07) - 0.8 (9 PM rerun on a Wednesday)
Rest Stop (5/14/07 - 5/20/07) - 0.8 (1 PM Saturday afternoon rerun)
Shark Attack 2 (5/21/07 - 5/27/07) - 0.8 (11 PM Friday night rerun for the 7th or 8th time of a 7-year-old direct-to-dvd thriller)
Boo (7/23/07 - 7/29/07) - 0.8 (1 PM Sunday rerun of a direct-to-dvd gem)
Shallow Ground (7/23/07 - 7/29/07) - 0.8 (rerun at 3 PM that same day)
Marabunta (aka Legion of Fire: Killer Ants!) (8/20/07 - 8/26/07) - 0.8 (9-year-old rerun at 3 PM Saturday)
Marabunta (aka Legion of Fire: Killer Ants!) (10/1/07 - 10/07/07)- 0.8 (rerun 6 wks. later at 1 PM Saturday)
Earth vs. the Spider (8/20/07 - 8/26/07) - 0.8 (6-year-old rerun at 11 AM Sunday)
Highlander: The Source (10/8/07 - 10/14/07) - 0.8 (4th rerun at 4:30 PM on Saturday)
Penny Dreadful (10/22/07 - 10/28/07) - 0.8 (9 PM Sunday premiere)
Sasquatch Mountain (10/22/07 - 10/28/07) - 0.8 (3 PM Saturday afternoon rerun)
Room 6 (10/22/07 - 10/28/07) - 0.8 (11 AM Sunday morning rerun)
Meltdown: Days of Destruction (11/5/07 - 11/11/07) - 0.8 (5 PM Sunday rerun of a 2006 direct-to-dvd feature)
Locusts: Eighth Plague (11/5/07 - 11/11/07) - 0.8 (rerun at 11 AM on a Sunday!)
Showdown at Area 51 (12/17/07 - 12/23/07) - 0.8 (this was the Thursday night rerun, which usually doesn't do quite this well)
Clive Barker's Plague (12/17/07 - 12/23/07) - 0.8 (11 PM on Saturday!)
Meltdown (1/7/08 - 1/13/08) 0.8 - (3 PM Sunday rerun)
Meltdown: Days of Destruction (1/28/08 - 2/3/08) - 0.8 (11 PM Saturday rerun!)
Inferno (1/28/08 - 2/3/08) - 0.8 (5 PM Saturday rerun)
Species: The Awakening (2/25/08 - 3/2/08) - 0.8 (pretty decent for an 11:30 PM Satuday rerun!)
Meltdown: Days of Destruction (3/31/08 - 4/6/08) - 0.8 (another 11 PM Saturday rerun!)
Dragon Sword (4/7/08 - 4/13/08) - 0.8 (7 PM Sat. rerun)
King of the Lost World (4/7/08 - 4/13/08) - 0.8 (11 PM Sat. rerun)
Ogre (4/7/08 - 4/13/08) - 0.8 (5 PM Sat. rerun)
Beast of Bray Road (9/3/07 - 9/9/07) - 0.8 (5 PM rerun on Sat.)

Fire and Ice (10/27/08 - 11/2/08) - 0.7 (7 PM Sat. rerun)
Watchers Reborn (4/7/08 - 4/13/08) - 0.7 (11 AM Sunday rerun)
Beast of Bray Road (7/30/07 - 8/5/07) - 0.7 (umpteenth rerun at 7 PM on a Sat.)
War of the Worlds (9/24/07 - 9/30/07) - 0.7 (umpteenth rerun at 1 PM on a Saturday)
Dark Ride (10/15/07 - 10/21/07) - 0.7 (11 PM Saturday rerun - indicating this might be the most common rating that timeslot gets)
Way of the Vampire (7/30/07 - 8/5/07) - 0.7 ("premiere" of a direct-to-dvd cheapie in the 9 PM slot - the lowest Sat. premiere on record!)
Dragon Sword (12/1/08 - 12/7/08) - 0.7 (3 PM Sat. rerun)
Battle Planet (10/27/08 - 11/2/08) - less than a 0.7 (the lowest Sunday premiere on record)
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#14
thanks for the link Broomstick, I'll check it out.

HAHA, i just read the caption
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#15
By way of comparison, here's how the same week fared for syndicated genre shows. i.e. shows that air on your local networks, most often UPN and WB, but sometimes on the others (but then either on weekend afternoons or after midnight.) Just a few years back TV was full of first-run syndicated shows (Beastmaster, Xena, Deep Space Nine, Andromeda, etc.) but now I think all of these are reruns:


Alias - 2.0
Smallville - 1.9
Stargate SG-1 - 1.7
Stargate Atlantis - 1.5
Star Trek: Enterprise - 1.3
Farscape - 1.1
The Outer Limits - 1.0
The Twilight Zone - 1.0
Sabrina - 0.7

Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 2/20/06 - 2/26/06

And as you see, a couple stretch the definition of "science fiction."

Alas, how the mighty are fallen - in their heyday, XWP or Trek would have gotten a 6.5 or higher.
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#16
Yep. Now it's reality and such that gets the big numbers. Television continues to evolve...or is it degenerate? :laugh:
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#17
Well, the good news is that shows that do take a chance sometimes succeed - "Desperate Housewives" (which takes the standard "Knots Landing"-style soap opera and turns it into a very dark comedy) and "Lost" (which uses "X-Files/Twilight Zone"-ish story-telling techniques... but spends most of its time on really really good characterization and acting) have really taken off. And "Medium" and "Ghost Whisperer" seem to be doing well, although most of the other sci-fi and horror shows are starting to fall by the wayside.
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august Wrote:Hey did you catch my two follow-up interviews w/ Bruce's co-stars, Michael and Jonas? Lots of insight into these creature features! :bg:

I've read the one with Michael Corey Davis. I liked his comparison of NY to LA when it comes to the attitudes of the actors and the impression the public has towards actors. He really did alot of work for Sci-Fi, didn't he? Sort of like the old studio system!
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:laugh: Wait 'til you get to Jonas - he's done like 20! Up next.... "SS Doomtrooper!" :bounce:

But yep - Michael has had decent roles in six of them:

he played the heroic, braided, muscular demolitions expert who got chomped by "Cerberus," a heroic, braided, muscular SEAL team member who got chomped by raptors in "Raptor Island," a heroic, braided, muscular guerilla resistance commando who got chomped (or zapped, actually) by aliens in "Alien Siege," the heroic muscular, braided mission commander who got chomped by giant alien termites in "Alien Apocalypse," and a heroic, muscular, braided Army ranger who gets chomped by the manticore in "Manticore."

Haven't caught his appearance in "Path of Destruction" (previously called "Stratosphere") yet; wonder what he plays, and what happens to his character? :bg: :tongue:
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SS Doomtroopers? As in Nazis? Oh, boy, this one's headed for exploitation history...
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