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In Spring of 1982, Marc Singer was still about six months away from becoming an icon to genre fans by starring in The Beastmaster and about a year away from cementing that status by fighting the evil, lizard-faced alien invaders of television’s science fiction epic miniseries V. I became a fan of Marc Singer because of an entirely different (and different kind) of role. Despite my lifelong status as typically being one of the bigger geeks in whatever company I was keeping, I discovered Marc Singer around this time as an actor in a non-genre film that is still to this day my favorite of his many roles.

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It goes by many names. It has been called Der Supercop, El Super Policia Nuclear, Super Snooper, Super Batsos, and a host of other names across the globe. But if you were living in America in the boom period of early 1980s cable television, you know it as simultaneously one of the worst and one of the best superhero films ever made, and you knew it as Super Fuzz! It is a film that must be tracked down and watched by everyone ASAP. Or, you know, just whenever you can track it down.

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A lot of people treat the word “remake” attached to a project as an automatic sign of a bad product. Some people- often people not realizing that some of their favorite movies are remakes –will also greet the news of remakes with declarations about how remakes are automatically inferior to the originals or are automatically devoid of any level genius or originality. One of my favorite remakes, 1986’s The Fly, is a film that puts a lie to both of these statements.

Admittedly, many remakes can be horrible. Typically, bad remakes come about because someone somewhere in a studio in Hollywood wants to remake or reboot a popular film or TV franchise just to try to jump back onto a money train. There’s often seemingly very little love or passion for the original versions, and some great deal less thought seems to be put into executing a new version thanks to the laziness of thinking everyone will just know what they’re supposed to know once the movie starts. There’s also an issue created when the original property is a hugely popular film or franchise with generations of fans. Of course, one way to get around that last bit is to let people who love the less than well-loved films get a shot at doing some remakes or reboots based on those. 

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One of the great goofy films that will likely never see a proper release on home video at this point. A shame too since it has a lot of fun with some of the so-bad-they’re-good films of yesteryear. My look at it over on Needless Things.

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51wT3Z5jh2LJohn Dimes is one of those guys who make it difficult to just check a couple of boxes when attempting to list their creative endeavors. His long list of pastimes has included standup comedy, writing, creating original pieces of art, music, and horror hosting, and that’s just naming a few. The thing is though, the man isn’t just a dabbler. He throws everything he has into everything he does.

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