There's a movie that hasn't been getting a whole lot of buzz despite fitting into the sort of niche that we movie site guys love to talk about. All we've done is one Weekend Movie News Wrap-Up post where we showed you the poster for... Outlander.
What is Outlander about? As the title of this post says - it pits Vikings against a giant alien.
Tell me this description doesn't make you want to go see it:
"As an age old battle rages amongst the stars, Kainan's ship burns brightly as it crashes into the Nordic coast. As his space craft comes to rest in the fjords of ancient Norway, it's with dismay that Kainan realizes that he wasn't the only survivor. A second passenger, a Moorwen also emerges from the wreckage. A Fierce and animal-like creature, the Moorwen is intent on causing harm to those it perceives have wronged it. As the Moorwen kills everything in its path, Kainan must work together with the Vikings to destroy the beast before it destroys them all."
Sound like cheesy fun? It does to me. But wait... there's more.
Stars appearing in the film include James Caviezel, Ron Perlman and John Hurt!
Dread Central had reported five days ago that although the film was previously slated for a theatrical release, Movies Unlimited made the DVD available for pre-order on Amazon.com for delivery on November 18th. Now obviously with no release date yet announced for the big screen, that left pretty much no time at all for a theatrical release, although supposedly contractually the film HAD to have a theatrical release.
I suppose the Weinsteins (who control the film) could pull a "Midnight Meat Train" and release it in 100 theaters or less, and then shoot it off to DVD land.
Ah, but according to the official Outlander site:
"Dirk Blackman, Producer and Co-writer of Outlander has been looking into the DVD date issue and has informed us that yes the DVD date is completely erroneous. The Weinstein Company has stated that there is absolutely *NO* official DVD Release date and are infact going to be contacting Amazon and Movies Unlimited to hopefull have the listing either taken down or altered. So all you fans out theere that want to see this movie in wide release please do not put on a defeatist attitude. Let people know you want to see it happen. There's still hope."
Outlander has generated a fair amount of passion in the hearts of those who have seen it or are familiar with the production. A month ago Moriarity of AICN made a plea for theatrical release and gave a heck of a lot of background about the film.
Apparently it cost close to $50 million and that's not chump change. Here again is the poster, followed by a couple of trailers for your viewing enjoyment. :-)
Here's the international trailer
And the US trailer
So what do you think? A whole lot of huffing and puffing over nothing? Or a film that deserves a shot at the big screen?