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I got 80 seats for a private screening of SOLOMON KANE tomorrow, Friday @ 3pm in Beverly Hills!

Published at: May 14, 2009, 11:44 p.m. CST

Hey folks, Harry here again - here's the 80. There were 650 total submissions at the time I came back from supper - and here are the winners. Get there about 30 minutes early - and enjoy. It's very different from the summer films you'll be seeing otherwise. It's something special.

Solomon Kane AICN Guest List 1. Miles Pieri 2. Wendy Haber 3. Xander Assaad 4. Lee Israel 5. Floyd Gomez 6. Gloria Gomez 7. Matt Hillseth 8. Chris Wheeler 9. Michael Andrews 10. Janeta Holzer 11. Zak Kauffman 12. Alli Hartley 13. Chris Cartagena 14. Taylor Moll 15. Patrick Walsh 16. Sarah Lackie 17. James Logan 18. Jane Connelly 19. Matt Loman 20. Joey Reinisch 21. Ismael Zendejas 22. Michael Figge 23. Kijana Asika 24. Richard White 25. Christopher Lockey 26. Geoffrey Davey 27. Stephen Christy 28. Mel Caylo 29. KJ Downes 30. Nishan Paparian 31. Matt Bell 32. Justin Bloomer 33. Torane Phelps 34. Akil Z Thornton 35. Tom Goodwin 36. Owen Jones 37. Jeremy Smith 38. Damon Houx 39. Brian Duffield 40. Adam Lemnah 41. Amy Lemnah 42. Frank Moran 43. Walter M Reynolds 44. Brett Carlson 45. Brynn Titone 46. Jay K Raja 47. Joshua Wolk 48. Bernard Brown 49. Tanner Thomason 50. Aaron Schurman 51. Brian McQuery 52. Josh Eggebeen 53. Scott Poythress 54. Jacob Gentry 55. Michael Kenney + 1 57. Patrick Covarrubias 58. Stephanie Hernandez 59. Barton Kimball 60. Jake Semaan 61. Michael Reese 62. Brad Holloway 63. Chris Campbell 64. Amy Campbell 65. Bob Joyce 66. Scott B Ayers 67. Lilly Ayers 68. Brett A Dishman 69. Andres Rascon 70. Danny Gonzalez 71. Duncan Crawford 72. Akiko Crawford 73. Duke Cullen 74. Kerry Conran 75. Bob Gordon 76. Solomon Lee 77. Michael Kelly 78. Scott Woodard 79. Aram Sarhadian 80. Paul Neuhaus

Hey folks, Harry here... I know this is short notice, but I only just got the opportunity to share this movie with some of you lucky Los Angeles readers! I've got 80 tickets for those of you that have a Robert E Howard craving you're wanting sated! That's right - SOLOMON KANE - a film that most of the world won't see for months - you can see in less than 24 hours. Here's the details: Friday, May 15th at 3:00pm Clarity Theater 100 North Crescent Drive Beverly Hills To get in - I need you to email me at HK at AintItCool.Com with the following exact email subject line: I want to see SOLOMON KANE kick evil's ass! Then - each submission must have the full name of you and your guest (singular) - and a sentence or two about why you want to see this movie. As soon as I have this screening full, I'll publish the winners names here! So God Speed!

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  • May 14, 2009, 7:45 p.m. CST

    keep shoving this down our throats!

    by supercowbell4therequestformorecowbell

    yay

  • May 14, 2009, 7:47 p.m. CST

    anyway

    by supercowbell4therequestformorecowbell

    what the hell is solomon kane anyway. oh by the way i didnt call out first.

  • May 14, 2009, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Badly....

    by InfiniteRegress

    ...want to see this film. Love Howard's stuff. Request for seats sent, fingers crossed.

  • May 14, 2009, 8:04 p.m. CST

    Prequel Comic?

    by Trannyformers_Apologist

    For this movie do you have to read a prequel comic for the plot to make sense?

  • May 14, 2009, 8:08 p.m. CST

    hook me up Harry!

    by Duke of Hurl

  • May 14, 2009, 8:52 p.m. CST

    If you're a Robert E. Howard Fan...

    by ScottGreen

    Be sure to check out tomorrow's AICN Anime column for a review of the fifth and final translated Guin Saga novel. The author started off as a critic before publishing fiction and its evident that she knows her Howardian heroes. I'd describe this novel as Conan and the Wookies meets the war in Afghanistan, w/ the luchador headed hero on the side of the natives. Vicious stuff.

  • May 14, 2009, 9:17 p.m. CST

    supercowbell4therequestformoreco wbell

    by BrooseTheScharuk

    What's the problem? Free movies? Ridiculously advanced screenings? What a fucking turd you are. I can't believe the fucking malcontent shitbirds that post in these talkbacks. Grow up.

  • May 14, 2009, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Joshua Swaney wants to know

    by Gwai Lo

    If it's possible to go without a +1

  • May 14, 2009, 9:47 p.m. CST

    wow, 80 seats?

    by MrDark

    they gave you 80 seats, fantastic, this movie will probably get a fantastic review now

  • May 14, 2009, 9:48 p.m. CST

    who is the freakin' distbutor?

    by donduck

    does anybody know?

  • May 14, 2009, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Wow, I would totally go.

    by fiester

    If I were rich and lived in Beverly Hills. I do want to see this flick though. The earlier write up about it made it sound terrific.

  • May 14, 2009, 9:54 p.m. CST

    give us a Solomon trailer!

    by pipergates

  • May 14, 2009, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Pet Peeve of mine:

    by donduck

    It's when there's all this talk of a movie and there's no NEWS on the release date. Please Harry, help me out here.

  • May 14, 2009, 10:39 p.m. CST

    This is...

    by elwood_p_dud

    intriguing, Can you get us a trailer? I loves me some Robert E. Howard.

  • May 14, 2009, 11:23 p.m. CST

    hope I get in, and if I love it I'll pimp the HELL out of it

    by BillboeFett

    movie sounds KILLER INSANE!

  • May 15, 2009, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Trailer or...

    by ErnestBorgNine

    despite how great the source material might be, who can muster any enthusiasm? Trailer now.

  • May 15, 2009, 12:25 a.m. CST

    DonDuck

    by HEADGEEK

    It doesn't have a domestic distributor yet

  • May 15, 2009, 12:39 a.m. CST

    No trailer yet either

    by HEADGEEK

    That's something we'll get once it has a distributor.

  • May 15, 2009, 1:14 a.m. CST

    Michael J Bassett talks SOLOMON KANE here

    by palimpsest

    http://tinyurl.com/o3ongm

  • May 15, 2009, 1:19 a.m. CST

    First!

    by InfiniteRegress

    On the list, that is. Thanks in advance Harry, really looking forward to seeing this tomorrow.

  • May 15, 2009, 1:25 a.m. CST

    hey BrooseTheScharuk

    by supercowbell4therequestformorecowbell

    i was joking you fucking stupid bitch

  • May 15, 2009, 1:28 a.m. CST

    KANE now has UK distribution!

    by palimpsest

    Looks like this will get a UK release towards the end of 09.

  • May 15, 2009, 1:41 a.m. CST

    supercowbell4therequestformoreco wbell

    by BrooseTheScharuk

    Good one. Well worth the effort. You were only pretending to be a twat. Now that I understand your dry wit -- your deadpan delivery -- I realize how sad we'd all be without such clever repartee garnishing these otherwise lackluster talkbacks. I am indeed, as you so deftly phrased it, a "fucking stupid bitch".

  • May 15, 2009, 2:47 a.m. CST

    UK Release YIPEEEE!!!

    by alucardvsdracula

    Must read some of Howard's stories now.

  • May 15, 2009, 3:09 a.m. CST

    Let us knw if its good, guys!

    by donduck

    please, guys let us know if the movies great or not. I can't wait.

  • May 15, 2009, 3:52 a.m. CST

    good shit

    by TheExterminator

    cant wait to see this in the uk..hopefully it doesnt play in just 5 cinemas

  • May 15, 2009, 3:52 a.m. CST

    good shit

    by TheExterminator

    cant wait to see this in the uk..hopefully it doesnt play in just 5 cinemas

  • May 15, 2009, 3:53 a.m. CST

    fuck u aicn

    by TheExterminator

    for your dinosaur talkback facilities

  • May 15, 2009, 4:06 a.m. CST

    man in n out is good

    by Prossor

    and they have ilke 3 differnet burgers.

  • May 15, 2009, 4:23 a.m. CST

    UK Distribution? What, like OUTLANDER?

    by spud mcspud

    If this is five fucking screens in the arse end of nowhere, I'm taking up my flintlocks, donning my wide brim and going after some distributors. We are NOT having a fucking OUTLANDER situation AGAIN!<P> NATIONWIDE OR NOTHING, YOU UK DISTRIBUTING FUCKERS!!!

  • May 15, 2009, 4:54 a.m. CST

    I got...

    by The Amazing G

    TWO TICKETS TO PARADISE! WONT YOU PACK YOUR BACKS AND LEAVE TONIGHT!?

  • May 15, 2009, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Austin screening

    by EddieBlake

    Harry, can you get an Austin screening of this? I so badly want to see this...or at least give us a hint as to whether or not it will be at Fantastic Fest so I have something to look forward to?

  • May 15, 2009, 2:06 p.m. CST

    This afternoon

    by Comfortably Spit a Rat

    you lucky, lucky, bastards

  • May 15, 2009, 2:10 p.m. CST

    DUDE!

    by spacegojira

    Thats down the street from me. NOOOOOOO!!!!!

  • May 15, 2009, 3:35 p.m. CST

    To all of the above who are going...

    by MaxTheSilent

    I hate you!

  • May 15, 2009, 11:22 p.m. CST

    Solomon Kane....

    by InfiniteRegress

    Cheers Harry. Film was huge fun, almost despite itself in some ways. James Purefoy was totally kickass as Solomon Kane. File this one under: Peter Jackson's Witchfinder General.

  • May 15, 2009, 11:25 p.m. CST

    sooo..was the movie good?

    by donduck

    hmmm?

  • May 16, 2009, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Thanks!

    by Ogma

    Overall, it was really good, though there were a few annoying Hollywood cliches in the plot that the film could have done without. That said, it is dark, grim, dirty and vicious and considering what it could have been, I'd call it a success. Thanks for arranging the screening, Harry!

  • May 16, 2009, 1:54 a.m. CST

    what about the visual effects?

    by donduck

    was there CGI or old school make and aniatronics?

  • May 16, 2009, 4:37 a.m. CST

    Donduck....

    by InfiniteRegress

    Lots of practical effects. The action was nice and gritty and there were some original make up designs, especially the main villain. There's some CGI including a really needless cameo from a certain Lord Of The Rings creature at the end....I'm not even talking a similar creature either, it's a direct lift. The best special effect in the film is the stunning English and Czech scenery though, it's really used well. It's a decent film, better than most summer crap, but it suggests further adventures would be even better, if they tidied up the scripts a bit. This one is distinctly so-so. That said, it's the weakest link in a movie that is strong in most other areas.

  • May 16, 2009, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Script

    by BrooseTheScharuk

    Saying a movie had a weak script but was strong in other areas is like saying the bodybuilder was scrawny, but he wore really snazzy trunks and picked some catchy posing music.

  • May 16, 2009, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Sword an Sorcery done right!

    by Skulboy

    Solomon Kane surpassed my high expectations. Beautifully shot and truly a world of Robert E Howard where evil and sorcery exist. Purefoy was excellent and his journey from swashbuckling murderer to man of peace to slayer of evil was a blast to watch. Loved it, Thank you Harry.

  • May 16, 2009, 6:14 p.m. CST

    "May God have mercy on you."

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    "I shall not."

  • May 17, 2009, 3:34 a.m. CST

    I'm stokd for this...

    by uberfreak

    Just read a whole bunch of Sol Kane stories by Howard earlier this year. Badass.

  • May 17, 2009, 4:22 a.m. CST

    Just picked up THE RIGHT HAND OF DOOM

    by palimpsest

    in preparation for the movie's release. Can't wait.

  • May 17, 2009, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Raise Your Standards

    by The Helper Monkey

    Come now nerds, this movie was terribly mediocre. The effects were cheap and there was nothing original about any of the make-up, costumes or set pieces. The CGI was bad. There are long stretches were nothing happens. Purefoy looks like a poor man’s Hugh Jackman, and yes I know Van Helsing ripped off the characters “look” but that doesn’t change the fact that Van Helsing sucked and now you’re making a shitty/cheaper version of it. Is it gritty? Well there’s certainly a lot of mud and dirt and grime, but just because there’s some blood and mud that don’t make it “gritty”. The fight choreography was boring. It was not beautifully shot; the visuals were as bland and lifeless as action. The story was clichéd and full of holes and pay-offs for things that had no set-up and in the end not very interesting. If you thought this was great, good for you. Everyone’s entitled to an opinion. I thought it was sad. If SciFi channel movies are your thing, than this is the movie for you. And to say it’s better than most summer crap is ridiculous, seeing as how we’re 2 films into the summer. I guarantee you were first in line to see Wolverine and Star Trek and you already have your tickets to see Terminator. Make that claim at the end of August. There’s a reason Solomon Kane can’t find a distributor, it’s a bad movie, but don’t worry, I’m sure it’ll be on DVD very soon.

  • May 18, 2009, 12:16 p.m. CST

    by Skulboy

    Solomon Kane is not for everyone, like Monkey up there. But this nerd will take this dark, grim film over the glossy sheen of any summer blockbuster. This was my kind of movie so I'm biased, but I enjoyed it more than both Wolverine and Star Trek. "not beautifully shot"? I'm not sure we saw the same film. The locations were gorgeous and the sets very well done and shot right. "There are long stretches where nothing happens." True, this wasn't made for ADD teenagers who need the camera to sway and twitch when characters are simply talking. I found the character develpment essential to the story of how Solomon became that man he is by the end of the movie. The production values here are way beyond anything you'll see on TV or direct to DVD and you can bet your ass this will be shown on the big screen. Sorry you didn't like it, but this is the movie I've been waiting for and can't wait to see it again.