Rocky Week – Rocky II (1979)

rocky 2Director: Sylvester Stallone

Writer: Sylvester Stallone (Screenplay)

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith


Plot: Rocky struggles in family life after his bout with Apollo Creed, while the embarrassed champ insistently goads him to accept a challenge for a rematch.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Great Continuing Story


Story: Rocky II starts right where the last film finished as we see aftermath with Rocky (Stallone) and Apollo (Weathers) both being treated in hospital, continuing their rivalry on camera. Rocky wants to treat his friends and loved ones well with his new wealth which includes marrying Adrian (Shire).

When Rocky starts struggling to make ends meet he tries his hand in different fields but constantly fails, with a pregnant wife Rocky turns to the only thing he knows and that is fighting. When Apollo demands a rematch so he can beat Rocky we are left to watch as he brings all the dirty tricks out there to bring Rocky out of retirement for one last fight.

Rocky II follows on which is a great way to continuing the somewhat incomplete story in the original story. It is great seeing the side effects from sudden rise to fame and how difficult it would be for someone to go back to normal everyday life. We also get to see how pride can get someone into trouble with the problems Apollo is facing after the events in the first one showing how it can take over even the best in a sports stars.


Actor Review


Sylvester Stallone: Rocky fresh off his success and new found fame finds himself struggling with everyday life, he struggles with money and loss of respect from the people who once looked up to him. He finally comes out of retirement to show the world that he wasn’t a one fight wonder. Sylvester gives us a great performance in this role that continues to show he could be a big sports actor.rocky

Talia Shire: Adrian is now married to Rocky and expecting her first child, she has to go back to work to help ends meet as Rocky is struggling to find a job. When she pushes herself too far she finds herself in hospital where she finds herself fighting for her life. Talia gets a bigger role and a much more important role in the film letting her show off her talent in the role.

Burt Young: Paulie is Adrian’s brother who wants to help Rocky through his struggles with his new found success in business thanks to the first fight. Burt unlike Talia really doesn’t get too many scenes in the film.

Carl Weathers: Apollo is embarrassed by how the first fight ended and wants to prove to the world that Rocky was nothing more than a fluke, he goes out to publicly humiliate Rocky until he accepts his challenge for a rematch. Carl gives a better performance in this role where he ends up getting more time to go against Rocky.


Support Cast: Rocky II really continues to just have the standard supporting cast you would expect to see in a sports film.

Director Review: Sylvester StalloneSylvester steps behind the camera for this version of Rocky showing he knows how he wants to tell his story.


Sports: Rocky II has the build up to a big fight which all works for the sports involvement in the story with the boxing looking good too.

Music: Rocky II continues to use the now iconic music being used through the film.

Settings: Rocky II keeps the setting in Philadelphia which shows how one small town man can define the odds.
: Rocky II is one to continue watching the series of films but don’t start with this one. (Franchise Fans)


Best Part: Better story.

Worst Part: Paulie gets a small role.


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $85 Million

Budget: $7 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 59 Minutes

Tagline: This time he’s fighting not for glory, not for money, but for love…Once again, the Italian Stallion proves he’s got what it takes.


Overall: Great addition to the original story


Fantasy Film Casting 5 – Van Helsing

Let’s Recast a Film

You know how us film fans always want to recast a film, well today we play the role of producer and this script has turned up on our desk. The next job is to cast the film as if it the year is 2016, the rules are as simple you can’t use anyone who is in the original film however good or bad you think the film is. So without further ado let’s cast this movie.

Film: Van Helsingposter

Original Cast: Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale, Richard Roxburgh, David Wenham,

New Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Bruce Campbell

Why I have picked this star:

Hugh Jackman – Jake Gyllenhaal – Van Helsing van hesing Jake can bring the smart side back to Van Helsing, we don’t need a wise one-line cracking hero for this role. Jake has proven he has the ability to morph into nearly any role put on front of him and this will give us the chance to have the average guy in this role which is was always meant to be.

Kate Beckinsale – Rebecca Ferguson – Anna Valerious anna Rebecca came from nowhere in 2015 to become one of the hottest names in Hollywood with her role in Mission Impossible Rogue Nation, she proved she can handle weapons, combat as well holding her own as a leading character on screen. She can bring her accent to the role as the sexy vampire hunter with a past that is covered in mystery.

Richard Roxburgh – Benedict Cumberbatch – Count Vladislaus Dracula dracula Benedict is my perfect choice for this role because to me Dracula should be an over posh mystical character which Benedict should be able to pull off with ease.

David Wenham – Bruce Campbell – Carl carl Bruce is a strange choice for this role but personally I would like Carl to be an older who has been through the battles against the creatures with Van Helsing, he does need a couple of laughs which Bruce is the master of giving us.

How will this change the film: This choices of casting make me want to see a much more serious film, we will get a few laughs from Carl still but we will have a determined Van Helsing who doesn’t need one-liners and is only out to get the job done, he will have an attitude to everyone’s not believing in the creatures he battles making this a much darker movie than the one we are used to seeing.

Will you be going to see this new version of the film?
Who would you rather see in this film?

Film News (UK): Laugh your head off on Horror Channel

Film News (UK): Laugh your head off on Horror Channel

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Horror Channel presents a ‘Laugh or Die’ Season this March, with a collection of extremely bloody and funny films spearheaded by the UK TV premiere of Jon Wright’s GRABBERS, a ‘Father Ted’ vs. ALIENS monster romp from Ireland and the network premiere of Jake West’s gore-ridden, exuberant zomcomDOGHOUSE, starring Danny Dyer, Noel Clarke & Horror Channel’s Emily Booth.

The season also includes the network premiere of IDLE HANDS – Rodman Flender’s stoner comedy horror starring Jessica Alba and the network premiere of Jay Lee’s ZOMBIE STRIPPERS starring Robert Englund and Jenna Jameson,

And you can watch our Mistress of Horror intro the season in this exclusive special clip:

Full details for Laugh or Die Season in transmission order:


Sat 5 March @ 10.55pm – GRABBERS (2012) *UK TV Premiere


The day after a meteor lands in the ocean and a group of fisherman go missing, Garda Lisa Nolan (Ruth Bradley) and Garda Ciarán O’Shea (Richard Coyle) start investigating strange occurrences happening around the remote fishing community. Pretty soon it becomes clear their quiet enclave is under attack by an alien invasion and all the space monsters need to survive is blood and water. Then it’s discovered that a high blood alcohol level will kill the nasty intergalactic creatures. Realising their only weapon is booze, the entire village gathers in the pub to get smashed and prepare for battle.


Sat 12 March @ 10.55pm – IDLE HANDS (1999) *Network Premiere


Seventeen year old slacker Anton Tobias (Devon Sawa) wakes up one Halloween morning to discover that both of his parents have been turned into two headless Halloween decorations. After speaking to his equally irresponsible friends, Mick (Seth Green) and Pnub (Elden Henson), he discovers that his right hand has a blood-thirsty mind of its own and is hell-bent on wreaking havoc whether he likes it or not. Now the hand has its sights on Molly (Jessica Alba), the punk rock girl of Anton’s dreams.

Sat 19 March @ 10.55pm – ZOMBIE STRIPPERS (2008) *Network Premiere


When a secret government agency lets out a deadly chemo virus causing the reanimation of the dead, the first place to get hit is Rhino’s, a hot underground strip club run by Ian Eskko (Robert Englund). When one of the strippers, Kat (Jenna Jameson), gets the virus, she turns into a supernatural, flesh-eating zombie stripper, making her the hit of the club. Do the rest of the girls fight the temptation to be like the star stripper, even if there is no turning back? Also featuring Roxy Saint (of the Goth band Roxy Saint and the Blackouts) and Ultimate Fighting Champion Tito Ortiz.

Sat 26 March @10.55pm – DOGHOUSE (2009) *Network Premiere


Vince (Stephen Graham) is handling his divorce badly.  He’s depressed, gone to pieces.  But his mates aren’t giving up on him. Struggling with their own women troubles, they drag him off for an ultimate lads drinking weekend in the country.  Arriving in the village of Moodley where the women outnumber the men 3:1, the boys find themselves holidaying in a location overrun by psychotic, homicidal ‘Zombirds’ with a thirst for male flesh!. The all-star cast includes Noel Clarke, Danny Dyer, Neil Maskell, Adele Silva & Billy Murray


Other notable premieres this month are the network premiere of Christopher Smith’s BLACK DEATH, a brooding, bloody plague-ridden action horror, starring Eddie Redmayne, Andy Nyman and Sean Bean and the UK TV premiere of Ivan Kavanagh’s highly disturbing Irish ghost story, THE CANAL.


Fri 4 March @ 9.00pm – THE CANAL (2014) *UK TV Premiere


Film Archivist David Williams (Rupert Evans) and his wife, Alice (Hanna Hoekstra) move into a beautiful period house by a scenic canal with their small son. But it turns out the house was the scene of a ghastly turn-of-the-19th century murder. David then discovers actual news footage of the chilling events just as he suspects Alice is cheating on him and having a torrid affair. Soon David starts to have nightmarish visions of an evil presence he believes inhabits his home. And in his drive to unveil the shadows hidden in the walls, David begins to descend into madness. Also stars Steve Oram.


Fri 25 March @ 9.00pm – BLACK DEATH (2010) *Network Premiere


Plague-ridden medieval England: the country is in a turmoil, decaying bodies everywhere. One hope remains, rumours of a village that is unaffected by the deadly disease. As God’s ambassador, young monk Osmund (Eddie Redmayne) is tasked in leading the fearsome knight Ulrich (Sean Bean) and his group of mercenaries to the remote village. Their quest is to hunt down a necromancer – someone able to bring the dead back to life. It’s a quest that will put their faith to the ultimate test…


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