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Marathon 3: The Marathoning

Bryan's leaving; better do another marathon. As before, we have a theme and that theme is “Pulp.” This time, we'll be watching sci-fi films with low budget origins, many of which have some redeeming value. Once again, we've also compromised the original vision of all old sci-fi by including some newer stuff, because of [Surprise!].

As before, we have a schedule that we'll pretend to follow. This time, we split the difference of the last two, and are planning to wrap up right at midnight.

Start Title Runtime
12:00 Zombie Diaries 2 92
1:35 Planet Outlaws 71
2:50 The Lost Skeleton of Cadavera 89
4:30 Constantine 121
6:30 [Surprise!] 93
8:10 Total Recall (1990) 113
10:10 The Last Sentinel 94
11:45 Total 673

Zombie Diaries 2

I don't think anyone can really be said to 'star' in The Zombie Diaries 2: World of the Dead, but maybe it'll surprise us. It's not looking good though: after carefully examination, the only name printed on the case is Jay Slater's. What's his connection to this movie? He reviewed it.

Let's assume this is some of Alan Smithee's less good work and move on.

Planet Outlaws

Buck Rogers, recut and formatted into a feature presentation. This is the Buck Rogers from 1953 though, not the one which drove TSR out of business.

The Lost Skeleton of Cadavera

A sober and serious examination of the life and work of a scientist who does science on rocks to advance the cause of science. Larry Blamire writes,directs, and acts.

This was filmed in SKELETORAMA, a fairly rare format. There's a backup plan in case of playback issues.


Why such a big budget film in a pulp marathon? Because Constantine started life in Hellblazer, a spinoff of the Swamp Thing comics. That's pretty obscure.

If the acting seems a little forced and unnatural in this movie,just remember that it stars Keanu Reeves in a role which was directly based on Sting. Blame the casting director.


This may not be the most surprising surprise ever, but here are some hints: this film would also have fit in a marathon themed around villains or around outer space, and in it, the US president is a woman. Also, it was filmed in German.

Total Recall

This is the one with Ahnold. Once again, we fill the mandatory requirement for a movie assembled from the mangled and broken remains of a Phillip K. Dick short story. I was going to put A Scanner Darkly in here as well, but then I thought: No. That's too much Dick.

The Last Sentinel

“They were the perfect soldiers to protect civilization - until the drone police became the perfect enemy.” Another bargain bin special or insightful social commentary? You decide! (I'm guessing the former).

At least this one had actors willing to put their names on it.