Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Sean Pertwee Update!

Yes, it's what you've all been waiting for... It's the update on my resolution to watch everything that Sean Pertwee's ever been in! Whoop!

Now, as with all self-respecting resolution makers, I basically watched nothing featuring the lovely Sean in the entire month of January. Then February struck and I thought, "Shit, I really ought to do something about that."

Obviously my first port of call was his IMDB page. I wanted to see how much of his stuff I'd already seen, and how much there was to go. I was about to brag about the per-centage of his films that I've watched, but I've just tallied them up and I seem to have only seen twelve films that he's in, leaving twenty-eight to go, and that's not including TV movies, TV series and shorts. He's also done lots of voice-overs for video games, how am I meant to see those? I'm just assuming that all the random episodes of TV shows he's been in will be floating about on the internet somewhere, but I clearly have a bit of a mountain to climb. But given that I've not set myself a deadline to achieve my goal, and all the activity it involves is watching things with Sean Pertwee in, I think I'll survive (this won't be the Paper Zombies all over again).

So, my next stop was Netflix, where I simply put his name in the search bar and saw what came up. It was a slightly disappointing selection (sort it out, Netflix), but I did end up watching The Prophecy: Uprising, one of many follow-ups and spin-offs from the Christopher Walken film. Now, I would never lie to you, Beautiful Readers, this is probably not the best film ever made. Setting it in Romania seems more than a little bit random, and the story may have made a bit more sense if I'd seen any of the previous films. However, it's not awful, the end is quite tense and there are some really creepy and enjoyable moments, especially when, after being confronted with a dark moment from his past, Pertwee's character has a major freak out at his, at best, morally ambivalent angel/devil companion. It's pure Pertwee gold.

At the end I had a feeling that I'd seen the film before. This happens to me quite a lot as I often watch random horror films at strange times of the night when I'm half dozing. Anyway, I enjoyed it enough to put the sequel on my Netflix list. It doesn't star Sean Pertwee, but Tony Todd's in it, and he's super awesome as well. I think the best way I can sum up The Prophecy: Uprising is a guilty pleasure, but one worth checking out if you're in to the whole angel/demon/struggle between the forces of Good and Evil malarky.

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