The Week In Horror – Robocop, Batman, and Michael J Pollard

Day 12 of Disney+ occupation…We have completely run out of Duck Tales and our supply of Rescue Rangers is dwindling. I’m not sure how we will get through the winter. Every pee jug in the living room is full and the Cheeze Its are gone. So far nobody has discovered my stash of Halloween Oreos, but even those won’t sustain me for long. Nobody trusts anybody now and we’re all very tired. The promise of a new episode of The Mandalorian is the only thing keeping us going.

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So I have a stack of DVDs and Blu-rays awaiting review, but my PlayStation has decided to join my laptop in not accepting discs, so there sits the Arrow Robocop special edition… unwatched! I’m dying over here! But, hey, we have other new Robo news!

Little Monsters director Abe Forsythe has stepped in to replace Neil Blomkamp on Robocop Returns, a direct sequel to the original 1987 Paul Verhoeven film, written by the original writers Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner. I haven’t seen Little Monsters, but I’ve heard good things. I’m a big, big Robocop fan and the original film is in my permanent top ten. To varying degrees, I’ve enjoyed the sequels and even the remake and many of the comics, but for the most part, Robocop has been a sorely abused character thrown into one cheap release after another since the original. It would be great to finally see Robo restored to his former glory in a blood-drenched, foul-mouthed, hilarious direct sequel that ignores EVERYTHING else. Bring it, Forsythe!

In casting and speculative news, John Turturro has joined Matt Reeves’ The Batman as Carmine Falcone, in addition to the plethora of rogues cast and to be cast rumoured as well. The internet has decided Reeves must be adapting the Loeb and Sales mini-series Batman: the Long Halloween. I’ve seen no confirmation of this, but damn, wouldn’t that be cool? The Long Halloween is one of Batman’s finest adventures and it would be nice to get a younger Bats that is also post origin, as we haven’t had that since The Dark Knight.

And finally, we say a sad farewell to actor Michael J Pollard, who starred in such varied films as Bonnie and ClydeSleepaway Camp III, and House of 1000 Corpses. He was 80 years old.

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