Day of the Triffids – Part 1 – Friday, Sept 26, 6pm ET (CC)
Day of the Triffids – Part 2 – Friday, Sept 26, 8pm ET (CC)
Superman Returns – Friday, Sept 26, 10pm, plus Saturday, Sept 27, 12:30pm ET
The Mechanic – Saturday, Sept 27, 1:30am ET (CC)
Drag Me to Hell – Saturday, Sept 27, 3:30am ET (CC)
Ogre – Saturday, Sept 27, 10:30am ET (CC) (DV)
The Avengers – Saturday, Sept 27, 4pm and 10pm, plus Sunday, Sept 28, 2pm ET
Seeds of Destruction – Saturday, Sept 27, 8pm ET (CC)
Fantastic Four – Sunday, Sept 28, 1am and 5pm ET (CC)
The Kingdom – Sunday, Sept 28, 3am ET (CC)
The Edge of the Garden – Sunday, Sept 28, 8pm ET (CC)
Day of the Triffids – Parts 1 & 2
The cast: Dougray Scott, Joely Richardson, Brian Cox
The Showcase synopsis: “With the world blinded and the Triffids set loose, it falls upon a scattered band of survivors to fight this carnivorous plant invasion.”
Here’s some perspective on how badass Triffids are. You know the Venus Flytrap plant? How it stealthily devours anything that gets within its greater mouth area? Well, the Venus Flytrap isn’t tough enough to be a foot soldier in the Triffid army. In fact, I doubt it would even be relegated to administrative duties. That’s right: by comparison, the Venus Flytrap is too wimpy to file documents and fetch coffee for its Triffid high commanders. You just take a moment to let that sink in.
We’d really suggest not poking that.
The cast: Brandon Routh, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth
The Showcase synopsis: “After a long visit to the lost remains of the planet Krypton, the Man of Steel returns to Earth to become the people’s savior once again and reclaim the love of Lois Lane.”
I’m gonna say it: I liked Superman Returns better than Man of Steel. The casting is great, the storyline is pretty darn decent, and the special effects are top-notch. Brandon Routh is pretty much the physical embodiment of Christopher Reeve, which, as someone who grew up watching the original set of Superman films, ain’t a bad thing. So yeah: if anyone gives you a hard time about this movie, you send them to me, okay? I’ll take care of the situation. Of this, more I cannot say.
“Superman! Something told me you’d return.”
The cast: Jason Statham, Ben Foster, Tony Goldwyn
The Showcase synopsis: “An elite hitman teaches his trade to an apprentice who has a connection to one of his previous victims.”
Spoiler alert: despite the film’s title, Jason Statham spends very little time fixing cars. Unless by ‘fixing’ you mean ‘blowing up,’ in which case yeah, he ‘fixes’ a lot of cars.
“That’ll be $475, please.”
The cast: Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo
The Showcase synopsis: “Earth’s mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity.”
The Avengers: one of the biggest movies of all time, featuring cutting-edge special effects and an A-list cast of actors playing an A-list cast of superheroes. And oh yes, they love them some good ol’ fashioned avenging. Hoo boy, it’s like, “avenge avenge avenge, all the live-long day” with these guys. They do more avenging by 9am than most people do all day. Gotta admire that work ethic.
“Screw it, we’ll start walking without them.”
Seeds of Destruction
The cast: Adrian Pasdar, Stefanie von Pfetten, Jesse Moss
The Showcase synopsis: “When seeds from the Garden of Eden are spilled and intoxicated by our polluted environment, the plant that grows becomes a deadly mass of foliage.”
We know what you’re thinking: four hours of Day of the Triffids simply isn’t enough killer plant action for one weekend. And we couldn’t agree more, which is why we’ve jimmied Seeds of Destruction into the ol’ Showcase schedule. You are very welcome, flora lovers.
Above: destruction. The cause: seeds.
The Edge of the Garden
The cast: Rob Estes, Sarah Manninen, David Lewis
The Showcase synopsis: “After moving into an abandoned country house, newly single Brian Connor begins to communicate with a woman who died there 50 years earlier.”