Monday, November 26, 2007

Solomon Kane: pretty cool for a Puritan

Sure, Conan rocks. But of all Robert E. Howard's pulp heroes, I've always preferred his grim Puritan swordsman Solomon Kane, fighter of 16th century ghosts, demons, and vampires. And I'm thrilled to learn that a Kane movie is in the works, the first of a planned trilogy directed by Michael J. Bassett and starring James Purefoy. The promotional poster is pretty cool. The very mediocre Van Helsing of a few years ago was a kind of lame Solomon Kane rip-off. I'm hoping this will turn out to be the real deal.

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5 Comments:

At 7:12 PM, Blogger B.W. Richardson said...

I think of Van Helsing as the best unintentionally funny film of the 21st century so far. I enjoy it for the same reasons I enjoy Plan Nine from Outer Space. OwOOOOooooo ...

 
At 12:43 PM, Blogger Wally Conger said...

My big problem with Van Helsing, B.W., was that my expectations had actually been high. These were the same folks, as I recall, who'd made the two Mummy movies, which were quite a lot of fun.

 
At 9:53 AM, Anonymous Happy Curmudgeon said...

Now you've made me want to check my comic book collection - I think Marvel did a series on him back in the mid-80's and I'm pretty sure I bought 'em.

 
At 8:30 AM, Blogger mavericstud9 said...

Mediocre Van Helsing? I felt it was good. Let’s not be children and start throwing stones until Solomon Kane comes out and we all see it. Fantasy adoptions Tarzan and Conan more often don't work like the Lord of the Rings. Lets not be big jerk offs shouting fan boy praise at one thing and condemning another thing-until we see the end product-after the majority of people would not know Solomon Kane from Bob Kane, and those people not us will make or break a movie project-remember that always. Most people think Johnny I can't act or think Weissmuller is Tarzan and Arnold I do better elsewhere Schwarzenegger is Conan.Kane was not Howards best hero-Conan was and even he had a few problems as good as it was for it’s era-various writers have been trying to clean up the mess Bob Howard left of the character,after he blew his stupid ,immature,crazy narrow minded head.I remember,years ago be thrilled that Hollywood was making a big Doc Savage movies and got the campy,so so movie than was Indianna Jones or James Bond level quality.Doc Savage movies is now a guilty pleasure,no way a masterpiece work of art .Solomon Kane might fly be a big hit or a late turd,fans wish was never made or attepted.
Remember that.before we shooting our big,Ralph Kranden mouth as what mediocre crap-90 of the Tarzan’s are crap-most those by RKO Weissmuller stuff and the Arnold Conan ok,but nothing great.
Doc Thompson.

 
At 8:30 AM, Blogger mavericstud9 said...

Mediocre Van Helsing? I felt it was good. Let’s not be children and start throwing stones until Solomon Kane comes out and we all see it. Fantasy adoptions Tarzan and Conan more often don't work like the Lord of the Rings. Lets not be big jerk offs shouting fan boy praise at one thing and condemning another thing-until we see the end product-after the majority of people would not know Solomon Kane from Bob Kane, and those people not us will make or break a movie project-remember that always. Most people think Johnny I can't act or think Weissmuller is Tarzan and Arnold I do better elsewhere Schwarzenegger is Conan.Kane was not Howards best hero-Conan was and even he had a few problems as good as it was for it’s era-various writers have been trying to clean up the mess Bob Howard left of the character,after he blew his stupid ,immature,crazy narrow minded head.I remember,years ago be thrilled that Hollywood was making a big Doc Savage movies and got the campy,so so movie than was Indianna Jones or James Bond level quality.Doc Savage movies is now a guilty pleasure,no way a masterpiece work of art .Solomon Kane might fly be a big hit or a late turd,fans wish was never made or attepted.
Remember that.before we shooting our big,Ralph Kranden mouth as what mediocre crap-90 of the Tarzan’s are crap-most those by RKO Weissmuller stuff and the Arnold Conan ok,but nothing great.
Doc Thompson.

 

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