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SyFy original movies now coming to theaters?

12.15.2010

You've seen them on your couch when you're drunk, high, bored or all of the above but now the SyFy Original Movies are coming to your local theaters. Universal Pictures and SyFy have entered into a partnership to create SyFy Films, a production company that will generate theatrical release films that Universal will distribute.

According to the release, the plan is to use SyFy's "expertise in science fiction, fantasy, supernatural and horror" movies to "create commercially successful quality films." Expertise that has churned out such winners as DINOCROC VS. SUPERGATOR, FLU BIRD HORROR, ICE SPIDERS, MANSQUITO and, of course, SHARKS IN VENICE.

Universal and SyFy will begin releasing two films a year under the banner starting in 2012 and there's no word yet on what the first film will be but now might be a good time to acquire the rights to CRACKOON, the film about a "crack-addicted raccoon with a craving for blood" (this is a real movie - please Google it).

Besides the obvious, it strikes me as a strange move because Universal had an arm dedicated to releasing lower-budgeted genre films - Rogue Pictures - and they sold it off to Relativity Media after releasing only 16 films. Not sure why they'd have better luck this time around but consider that NBC Universal owns SyFy and it's likely all part of some larger synergy-developing strategy. Good luck with all that.

Extra Tidbit: Debbie Gibson and Tiffany: clear your schedules!
Source: Deadline

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8:21AM on 12/16/2010

roflmfao

CRACKOON...ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
Skyline was a decent flick...not oscar worthy but it was a decent way to kill 77 minutes. Plus, it was the little guy flippin the bird to the big wigs.
CRACKOON...ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
Skyline was a decent flick...not oscar worthy but it was a decent way to kill 77 minutes. Plus, it was the little guy flippin the bird to the big wigs.
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10:08PM on 12/15/2010
I think this decision is actually based on the "success" of Skyline. A small budget with enough cgi and advertising, you can dupe people into making a decent profit for yourself. I certainly won't be seeing these films, but I'm sure there will be enough people that will for this to be a profitable endeavor for Universal.
I think this decision is actually based on the "success" of Skyline. A small budget with enough cgi and advertising, you can dupe people into making a decent profit for yourself. I certainly won't be seeing these films, but I'm sure there will be enough people that will for this to be a profitable endeavor for Universal.
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9:26PM on 12/15/2010

Pollution

Don't want it on our land. Don't want it in our waters. Why should we have it in our theaters?
Don't want it on our land. Don't want it in our waters. Why should we have it in our theaters?
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6:23PM on 12/15/2010

SHARCTOBEAR!

Make these films in the gritty, unrated Grindhouse visual style (not to mention the marketing! POSTERS!!) and... I'll just start mailing bags of my money to SyFy right now.
Make these films in the gritty, unrated Grindhouse visual style (not to mention the marketing! POSTERS!!) and... I'll just start mailing bags of my money to SyFy right now.
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5:27PM on 12/15/2010

The only reason people would pay to see these movies

are if they only cost a dollar.
are if they only cost a dollar.
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2:14PM on 12/15/2010
SyFy's "expertise in science fiction, fantasy, supernatural and horror" movies? Really? These movies will bomb at the box office - what in the nation of tar is Universal thinking?
SyFy's "expertise in science fiction, fantasy, supernatural and horror" movies? Really? These movies will bomb at the box office - what in the nation of tar is Universal thinking?
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2:06PM on 12/15/2010
If they sell as discount double features or something like that i may consider actually paying money to see flicks like Megapirahna and Frankenfish. Then again they are already free on tv...
If they sell as discount double features or something like that i may consider actually paying money to see flicks like Megapirahna and Frankenfish. Then again they are already free on tv...
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1:53PM on 12/15/2010
crackoon?!?! If anyone needs me i'll be hanging myself...
crackoon?!?! If anyone needs me i'll be hanging myself...
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1:17PM on 12/15/2010
As a bear, it would be easier to catch salmon with longer sticky appendages.
As a bear, it would be easier to catch salmon with longer sticky appendages.
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1:02PM on 12/15/2010

Oh Goodie

Shaktopus on the big screen.

Exit question:

Which was better, Mansquito or Mosquito Man?
Shaktopus on the big screen.

Exit question:

Which was better, Mansquito or Mosquito Man?
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12:22PM on 12/15/2010
That picture is hilarious, Mike!
That picture is hilarious, Mike!
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12:21PM on 12/15/2010
Isn't this article a bit late? Skyline came out WEEKS ago . . .
Isn't this article a bit late? Skyline came out WEEKS ago . . .
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1:57PM on 12/15/2010
L.M.A.O.!
L.M.A.O.!
10:22AM on 12/15/2010

Ho rrendous

I don't even want to watch these films for free, i'm certainly not paying 10 dollars to see one
I don't even want to watch these films for free, i'm certainly not paying 10 dollars to see one
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9:56AM on 12/15/2010
Shit. (Throws away script for METHWEASEL).
Shit. (Throws away script for METHWEASEL).
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