05.14.2008

Sabertooth: They’re here to take the water…

Looking for some background noise while I sorted through paperwork Saturday night, I turned on a Sci-Fi channel.  Being Saturday night, they were of course running their monster/creature movie of the week.  This time it was Sabertooth.  A TV movie made back in 2002.  It was pretty predictable for Sci-Fi: wild creature on the loose, young people in an isolated area, a rising body count, and the requisite hot blond

The reason I thought this was blog-worthy was just a split second of footage in the beginning.  The very first shot of the movie was an establishing shot of the laboratory where the sabertooth is being held.  The shot of the laboratory was actually stock footage from the old “V” TV series.  It was specifically an exterior shot of the “Science Frontiers” building, even with the sign and logo in the foreground.  “Science Frontiers” in “V” was Nathan Bates company; also the place where Julie Parrish worked.  If I hadn’t been watching the “V” TV series recently, I don’t think I would have noticed.  I checked the web and apparently I’m not the only person to spot this.

I guess I’m just surprised by this.  I suppose the Sabertooth filmmaker needed an exterior shot of the laboratory and using stock footage was the easiest way to do it.  However, seeing something from “V” just took me right out of the story.  After that I just couldn’t completely engross myself in the movie.  Yeah, that’s it.  That MUST be the reason I couldn’t enjoy the film tremendously.  It couldn’t have anything to do with the horrible special effects, weak acting, or threadbare plot.   :)

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3 Responses to “Sabertooth: They’re here to take the water…”

  1. Mike Nicholson Says:

    Immediately after the shot of the ‘Science Frontiers’ building, it cuts to an interior scene with a nurse talking to a cleaner, whom she calls ‘Nathan’!

    I also thought the music over the opening credits sounded a bit like the Dennis McCarthy theme that was used in the last six episodes of ‘V: The Series’.

  2. Shag Says:

    Mike – I can’t believe someone else saw “Sabertooth”! Also glad I wasn’t the only one to see the “V” connection.

    Thanks for your comment!

  3. Mike Nicholson Says:

    I saw about the first five minutes but couldn’t take anymore! I suspect the clip of the Science Frontiers complex was the most interesting part.

    It’s been a while since I watched ‘2010’, but I’m sure that also features a brief glimpse of the same location in an establishing shot.

    It is a cool looking building, I wonder if it’s still standing, wher it is, and what it’s used for?

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