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Monday, February 18, 2013

Former Royal Brian McRae to appear in horror movie

They mean an actual horror movie, not a comeback with the current Royals.

Former Royals outfielder and Blue Springs High School graduate Brian McRae is set to appear in a horror movie called “Gravedigger.”

Couldn’t be that Brian McRae, right? The International Movie Database (imdb.com) cast list includes that McRae, who played for the Royals from 1990-94, before going to the Cubs, Mets, Rockies and Blue Jays.

McRae won’t be the only former major leaguer in the flick. Billy Sample, who played seven of his nine seasons in the majors with the Texas Rangers, will star as mayor Benjamin Barnes. Jim Leyritz, who spent nine of his 11 seasons in the major leagues with the Yankees, also has a part in the movie.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 18, 2013 at 10:41 AM | 39 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: billy sample, blue jays, brian mcrae, cubs, hollywood, horror movie, jim leyritz, mets, padres, rangers, rockies, royals, yankees

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   1. Bob Tufts Posted: February 18, 2013 at 12:09 PM (#4371319)
Billy Sample is producing an independent film on high school sports.

But filming "Gravedigger" without Richie Hebner?
   2. Bruce Markusen Posted: February 18, 2013 at 12:20 PM (#4371326)
Horror plus baseball means I've got to see this.

Wade Boggs recently starred in a SyFy flick about a giant shark swimming through the rivers of Louisiana. You've got to love horror!
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 18, 2013 at 12:27 PM (#4371331)

Wade Boggs recently starred in a SyFy flick about a giant shark swimming through the rivers of Louisiana. You've got to love horror!


Was it "Sharktopus?" I hope the film incorporated Wade drinking 26 beers on a transcontinental flight.
   4. DA Baracus Posted: February 18, 2013 at 12:28 PM (#4371332)
Is it a documentary of his managerial career?
   5. SoSH U at work Posted: February 18, 2013 at 12:36 PM (#4371337)
Is it a documentary of his managerial career?


That would be a short film.
   6. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 18, 2013 at 12:38 PM (#4371339)
Jim Leyritz, who spent nine of his 11 seasons in the major leagues with the Yankees, also has a part in the movie.


Please, please tell me he gets eaten by zombies.
   7. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: February 18, 2013 at 12:39 PM (#4371342)
Wade Boggs recently starred in a SyFy flick about a giant shark swimming through the rivers of Louisiana. You've got to love horror!
Was it "Sharktopus?" I hope the film incorporated Wade drinking 26 beers on a transcontinental fligh

looks abysmal but worth watching for the camp value
   8. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 18, 2013 at 12:39 PM (#4371344)
Wade Boggs recently starred in a SyFy flick about a giant shark swimming through the rivers of Louisiana. You've got to love horror!


"Feed it chicken! Feed it chicken! Trust me."
   9. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: February 18, 2013 at 12:44 PM (#4371347)
and this "Gravedigger" flick was written by Billy and Joe Pepitone, who, according to Wiki, are Joe Pepitone's nephews. That's a lotta MLB in there
   10. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 18, 2013 at 12:50 PM (#4371348)

Is it a documentary of his managerial career?


His dad Hal was a manager, not Brian. Hal already starred in this famous movie, which provided horror for local sportswriters.

Screen shot of Wade Boggs in "Swamp Shark."
   11. DA Baracus Posted: February 18, 2013 at 12:55 PM (#4371350)
His dad Hal was a manager, not Brian.


D-oh!
   12. esseff Posted: February 18, 2013 at 01:46 PM (#4371364)
But filming "Gravedigger" without Richie Hebner?


Or Billy O'Dell?
   13. Bob Tufts Posted: February 18, 2013 at 01:56 PM (#4371371)
From an article on Billy Sample's current career in being a movie producer:

He not only played baseball for Andrew Lewis High School, which is now a middle school, but also played for the 1971 Andrew Lewis football team that made it to the state title game against T.C. Williams of "Remember the Titans" fame.


And Billy has an IMDB page.
   14. puck Posted: February 18, 2013 at 02:23 PM (#4371391)
Sounds like for SyFy, picking the name of the movie is half the battle. Arachnoquake is a great name.
   15. Swedish Chef Posted: February 18, 2013 at 02:37 PM (#4371404)
Arachnoquake is a great name.

Together with Sharktopus I think I'm onto their formula.

I think I'll wait for Werepanzer and Cyberricane.
   16. Bruce Markusen Posted: February 18, 2013 at 02:42 PM (#4371411)
As SyFy movies go, Swamp Shark is actually not that bad. Boggs puts on a thick Cajun accent for his role, while some fairly decent actors (Robert Davi and DB Sweeney) star in the film.

It's no Rosemary's Baby or Bride of Frankenstein, but as TV horror goes, it's acceptable.
   17. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: February 18, 2013 at 02:45 PM (#4371413)
His dad Hal was a manager, not Brian.

And Hal gave us one of the best post-game tirades ever captured on video.
   18. SoSH U at work Posted: February 18, 2013 at 02:45 PM (#4371414)
Sounds like for SyFy, picking the name of the movie is half the battle.


Only half? Having seen Zombie Apocalypse*, I can assure you that there was at least 5X more effort put into title generation than the script.

* Featuring zombie tigers.

   19. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 18, 2013 at 02:46 PM (#4371415)

Sounds like for SyFy, picking the name of the movie is half the battle


Mansquito!

Piranhaconda!
   20. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: February 18, 2013 at 02:49 PM (#4371419)
looks abysmal but worth watching for the camp value

I doubt it. SyFy makes dozens of these per year, there's not necessarily any creativity involved and the "unintentional humor" is entirely self-aware. The only reason to watch one is if you're curious about one of the actors.
   21. GGC don't think it can get longer than a novella Posted: February 18, 2013 at 02:55 PM (#4371420)
Is SyFy the channel that ran a Bigfoot movie starring Barry Williams and Danny Bonaduce?
   22. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 18, 2013 at 02:58 PM (#4371423)
The only reason to watch one is if you're curious about one of the actors.


They usually have some good eye candy too.
   23. Canker Soriano Posted: February 18, 2013 at 03:05 PM (#4371425)
Those SyFy movies are campy fun on a weekend afternoon. They tend to run about 10-12 of them every week.

You can't go wrong with a title like Dinocroc vs. Supergator.
   24. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: February 18, 2013 at 03:05 PM (#4371426)
Yes - I used to work for someone who was very good friends with a guy who made a couple dozen of these SyFy movies. I was told the general formula goes something like:
1. Pick a big-budget movie with a concpet that is easily ripped off
2. Come up with a name reminiscent (but not actionably so) of the aforementioned blockbuster
3. Hack together a (non-binding) script for pennies
4. Hire a guy and send him somewhere with a few tens of thousands of dollars to make your movie
5. Show it on SyFy (and streamable on NetFlix, usually)
...?
7. Profit!
   25. puck Posted: February 18, 2013 at 03:17 PM (#4371432)
I think I'll wait for Werepanzer

How has this movie not been made??
   26. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: February 18, 2013 at 03:26 PM (#4371435)
I believe that we had a thread on the studio that makes a lot of these at one point...
   27. rr Posted: February 18, 2013 at 03:27 PM (#4371436)
Somone once linked the Sharktopus trailer here; it was awesome. Eric Roberts is in it.
   28. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: February 18, 2013 at 03:43 PM (#4371441)
1. Pick a big-budget movie with a concpet that is easily ripped off
2. Come up with a name reminiscent (but not actionably so) of the aforementioned blockbuster


They don't even do that most of the time. That's Asylum Films's formula. None of the "Snakes on a Train", "Transmorphers", "The Day the Earth Stopped", "Paranormal Entity" type things are from SyFy.

SyFy just come up with a title that makes it clear what the movie's about, and ask somebody to write a generic script, and film it in Los Angeles County or Vancouver or Bulgaria.

List of SyFy original films. I don't immediately recognize any of those titles as attempted "mockbusters", in fact. Maybe "Descent" (as opposed to "The Descent"), though that was way back in 2005. And "Mothman", released 8 years after "The Mothman Prophecies". Instead, they have a bunch of officially licensed horrible sequels.
   29. Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: February 18, 2013 at 03:49 PM (#4371443)
He not only played baseball for Andrew Lewis High School, which is now a middle school

I had no idea that public schools had a relegation system.

That's kind of cool.
   30. Bruce Markusen Posted: February 18, 2013 at 05:16 PM (#4371496)
Yes, the Bigfoot movie did star both Barry Williams (The Brady Bunch) and Danny Bonaduce (The Partridge Family).

And it had the most ridiculous ending I've ever seen in any movie!
   31. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: February 18, 2013 at 06:45 PM (#4371532)
Asylum's gotten a little weird the last couple of years. I've caught Christian messages in several of their last few movies that I've seen (including, just a couple of days ago, Rise of the Zombies); nothing wrong with that, I suppose, but it's certainly not part of their obvious formula, or at least didn't used to be.
   32. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: February 18, 2013 at 10:12 PM (#4371608)
Former Royal Brian McRae to appear in horror movie


Wait a second.

Doesn't being a "former Royal" mean you have appeared in a horror production?
   33. AJMcCringleberry Posted: February 18, 2013 at 10:47 PM (#4371616)
Todd Zeile is a movie producer now and played a hobo in this movie, whose only redeeming quality was that it starred Lacey Chabert.
   34. PreservedFish Posted: February 18, 2013 at 10:49 PM (#4371619)
Asylum's gotten a little weird the last couple of years. I've caught Christian messages in several of their last few movies that I've seen (including, just a couple of days ago, Rise of the Zombies); nothing wrong with that, I suppose, but it's certainly not part of their obvious formula, or at least didn't used to be.


They've made a few overtly Christian films, and I believe that those have been very profitable.
   35. Ray (RDP) Posted: February 19, 2013 at 02:16 AM (#4371676)
Boggs has a speaking line at 1:06 of the imdb trailer.

Looks like the typical cheesy horror movie, but I'm kind of shocked at how bad the graphics look for this day and age.
   36. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: February 19, 2013 at 02:31 AM (#4371681)
Was it "Sharktopus?" I hope the film incorporated Wade drinking 26 beers on a transcontinental flight.

Boggs has also appeared in a baseball-themed episode of Psych (alongside Danny Glover as minor league coaches). And yes, they did reference the 64 beers legend.

I'm also surprised it took so long for someone to make the joke in #32.
   37. Golfing Great Mitch Cumstein Posted: February 19, 2013 at 04:03 PM (#4372014)
I was looking up the guy who played Parker Lewis and it turns out he was recently injured on the set of Poseidon Rex. Apparently the producers were selling it based on the poster alone.
   38. Styles P. Deadball Posted: February 19, 2013 at 04:39 PM (#4372074)
Apparently the producers were selling it based on the poster alone.


"Do you have a script?"

"F*ck no..... but I've got a poster."
   39. Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: February 19, 2013 at 05:53 PM (#4372164)
I was looking up the guy who played Parker Lewis and it turns out he was recently injured on the set of Poseidon Rex.

That's weird; I thought Parker Lewis can't lose.

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