Slice of SciFi #184: Interview with Horror/Sci-Fi Hall of Fame Actor Jeffrey Combs

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  • After months of stalemate with producers, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) has asked for help in the negotiations from the U.S. government in the form of a federal mediator.
  • A former American fighter pilot said that 51 years ago he was ordered to shoot down a gigantic UFO over Norwich, England that fled from his jet at nearly 10,000 mph.
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    Movie Talk:

  • Nursery School teacher Jenny and her boyfriend Steve, escape for a romantic weekend getaway only to be hounded, harassed and placed in great danger by a group of teenagers hellbent on terrorizing the couple. “Eden Lake,” is more of the same in the vein of “SAW” and other slasher films of the genre.
  • “Otto; or Up With Dead People” is a movie about a young zombie named Otto who appears on a remote highway with no idea where he came from or where he is going until he hooks up with young indie filmmaker Medea Yarn.
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    TV Talk: We bring you 5 TV briefs covering everything from the renewal of “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” for a full season order to CBS doing the same for its newest hit “The Mentalist.” We look at the downtrodden life of Sumner Redstone, a “Watchmen” TV preview and much more.

    Interview: Jeffrey Combs, the actor who has starred in such films as the classic horror film “The Re-animator,” was pivotal in several Star Trek shows playing characters like Commander Shran on “Enterprise,” Weyoun for “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and Penk in “Star Trek: Voyager” is our very special guest this week. Jeffrey’s most prominent role for many fans of sci-fi was that of Professor Kevin Burkhoff on “The 4400.” The stage-trained actor shares his take on the whole fan popularity of the Re-animator film and its spin-offs and gives a brief inside look of how these kinds of movies, including the classic “Frankenstein,” have become such a visceral part of horror movie history. Jeffrey is in Phoenix this weekend to be inducted into the International Horror/Sci-fi Film Festival Hall of Fame.

    Future Talk:

  • On January 9, 2009 “Clive Barker Presents Hellraiser” based on “The Hellbound Heart” by Clive Barker and his 1987 film “Hellraiser.”
  • Castle Rock Entertainment has obtained the film rights to “Book of Shadows” based on the novel from author Zoe Green, with director Rob Reiner set to produce and helm.
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    Comments

    1. Thanks for the little Jeff Combs interview! :)

    2. Great to hear an interview with Jeffrey Combs.

      For those of us under 30, how about some trivia from recent movies :) ? Just kidding, but seriously.

    3. Even though I’d seen Re-Animator years ago, I must say, seeing it on the big screen for the first time, after the humorous warm up given by Jeffrey Combs himself, was a real treat.

      During the Q&A session afterwards, he spoke of his Trek days, and of working with Peter Jackson on The Frighteners, and more. His impressions of Shatner had everyone in stitches :) He was very appreciative of the Hall of Fame induction, and the line of fans waiting for him to sign things filled the entire second lobby of the theaters… it was a sight to see.

      And as a followup to a conversation we had after we finished recording this interview, I presented him with a copy of the B5 novel “Voices”, which featured his character, Harriman Gray. I’m just glad I could do something constructive with one of the extra copies we collected as part of the Babylon Podcast Book Rescue Drive!

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