I love the made for TV movies that air on Sci Fi. Yes, I complain about them, but they are always 2 hours of mindless fun. I love movies that are easy to mock, make no sense and are generally a waste of film.
But this weekend, one of the movies had the weirdest series of moments. The movie was some typical “monster wants to take over the planet but a group of hot young people thwart the plan” type deal. It was so-so, wait, that’s giving it too much credit. It was terrible. The movie was Legion of the Dead, which features the best tag line ever:
An ancient tomb unearthed… An underworld army unleashed!
The actual underworld army, if I remember right was one hot chick. Anyways, back to the story.
The beginning of the movie featured a guy on a motorcycle jumping over some ramp and crashing. After a buddy finds him, the two light up a cigarette and talk about something stupid. Sci Fi channel thought we were emotionally prepared for such a scene, so they blurred out the actual point when they put the cigarette in their mouths with one of those nudity blurs. It was surreal.
Other parts of the movie featured people being killed (lots of blood of course), cursing (F!@# was muted, but lip reading isn’t hard), a hot chick (see above) walking around naked (nipples were in the dark, but come on) and also featured her straddling a guy in a sex pose as she fried his face off. Her butt, boobs, etc were barely hidden in darkness.
So, I guess in Sci Fi’s eyes, we are emotionally ready to see naked chicks, lots of blood shed, cursing and death; but are not capable of seeing someone smoke a cigarette. The horrors of it all!
Separately, how far has Bruce Boxleitner fallen? I loved him in Babylon 5. How sad to see him in this terrible film.