Genre Films for the Summer 2010 Season: June

I could only find three genre films coming out in June … but that will be made up in July, when there will be a cornucopia of genre films. Also, June’s releases seem to be a bit more tame than the block busters so far and planned for the coming months. I guess June is a good time to just relax a little. Check out these films being released for your June viewing pleasure.


You know, I was just wondering the other day whatever happened to Colin Farrell. I hadn’t really seen much of him since his spate of movies in the early to mid-2000s, when he played Bullseye in Daredevil.

In Ondine, Farrell plays Syracuse, an Irish fisherman whose life is transformed when he catches a beautiful and mysterious woman in his nets. His daughter believes the woman is a mermaid, and Syracuse finds himself falling hopelessly in love with her. True to all fairy tales, the light is balanced by the dark. And that’s about all I can find out about the movie in advance. So I guess we’ll have to watch it to find out more.

There are a few actors in this film that are no strangers to genre fare. Tony Curran (Being Human, The Mists of Avalon, Blade II, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Underworld: Evolution) and Stephen Rea (Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, In Dreams, Feardotcom, V for Vendetta, The Reaping) help round out the cast, which does have some fairly new faces in the mix.


From the descriptions I’ve found, the premise of Splice is very similar to that of Species … minus the alien component. Two brilliant genetic scientists fool around with Mother Nature and create a she-creature that may bring on the end of human kind.

Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley play the lead roles. You might remember Brody from his role in Peter Jackson’s King Kong, he played the writer that fell in love with King Kong’s “bride.” Polley also has genre film in her background, including The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Dawn of the Dead (2004) and Beowulf & Grendel.

You’ll also find Stargate: Atlantis‘s David Hewlett (Dr. Rodney McKay) rounding out the cast.

The images on the web from the film make it look like a dark and brooding movie. Who knows, it could be a fun summer flick.

eclipseThe Twilight Saga: Eclipse

This is the third movie in the series based on Stephenie Meyer’s young adult vampire novels. This time, Bella is forced to choose between her love for vampire Edward and her friendship with werewolf Jacob Black, while being pursued by a revenge-seeking vampiress.

Bella is played by Kristen Stewart, who made her genre film debut as the bratty older sister in Zathura: A Space Adventure, where she spent most of the movie frozen solid. Edward is played by Robert Pattinson, who played Cedric Diggory in two of the Harry Potter films. Taylor Lautner, who plays Jacob, has some genre work on his resume, as well: Shadow Fury and The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D.

The cast also includes some faces that might be more familiar to genre fans, including Billy Burke (Daredreamer, The Grift and numerous guest spots on TV shows such as “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Strange Luck,” “VR.5” and “Fringe”), Peter Facinelli (Supernova, The Scorpion King, Hollow Man II, Reaper) and Dakota Fanning (“Taken,” War of the Worlds [2005], Coraline).

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As The Genre Traveler, Carma Spence loves to view the world through Genre-Coloured glasses. In other words, she sees the world through a lens of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, where trash cans can be Daleks in disguise and neighborhood forests can harbor faeries and sprites. Magic realism is real! Or at least you can choose to see the world that way to add to the fun and awe of life.

1 comments on “Genre Films for the Summer 2010 Season: June”

  1. Andy Brentley

    Thank you for the entertaining read! Alright playtime is over and back to school work.

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