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Militia (2000)

#DTVDecember wraps up this look at the best and worst of straight to video cinema with a Jim Wynorski actioner.


Militia (2000) is a rather minor film starring Dean Cain and Stacy Keach. Most notable for its brasen use of stock action footage from Terminator 2 and others, it does have a passable plot and good casting. You could certainly do a lot worse.

That was #DTVDecember a 20 day marathon of straight to video films, with 25 new reviews. Stay tuned for more in 2015, from SyFy Channel Originals back to classic 1940s horrors. Keep up to date and talk films with Mondo Esoterica on Twitter:

Olivier Gruner vs. Aliens - 18.12.14

Interceptor Force (1999) is enjoyable but rather underwritten, Interceptor Force 2 (2002) is the far more entertaining sequel, both films feature plenty of Olivier Gruner and explosive action. Extreme Honor (2001) is a dull drama marketed as a sequel to IF but unconnected.
Stonehenge Apocalypse (2010) - 15.12.14

Stonehenge Apocalypse (2010) has a nutty premise but treats it well and with some good acting, feels like an episode of Dr. Who. One of the most enjoyable SyFy Channel originals.
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The actor known as John Drew Barrymore was born John Blyth Barrymore, Jr in 1932 in Beverley Hills, California, son of the silent movie star John Barrymore (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)) and his third wife, the actress Dolores Costello.

Instead of spending his youth in Hollywood, Barrymore was sent away to a series of private schools including the St John's Military Academy in Wisconsin where he attempted to sign up for the Navy in the latter days of the Second World War, despite his youth. In 1949 he decided to follow the family profession and become an actor - he was quickly offered stage parts but instead chose to make his film debut in a Western filmed on location in Texas, The Sundowners (1950) playing alongside Robert Preston (This Gun for Hire (1942)) as feuding brothers. Producer George Templeton quickly commissioned a follow-up film with Barrymore in the lead role and heavily promoted this on the posters for High Lonesome (1950).

Two more parts followed, as a young man forced to grow up fast to avenge his father in Joseph Losey's Film Noir The Big Night (1951) and as a member of the Oaklahoma National Guard in the Second World War film Thunderbirds (1952). However as well as a career in acting, Barrymore had inherited his father's temperament and began to descend into alcoholism and later drug use. He eloped to Las Vegas to marry the actress Cara Williams with whom he fathered a son, John Blyth Barrymore (who had a brief acting career).

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