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Hey Houston! Michael Biehn's Made A Movie And He Wants You To Come!

Published at: July 30, 2011, 6:31 p.m. CST by Nordling

Nordling here.

Quint's got an upcoming mega-interview with Michael Biehn that I can't wait to read.  Seems that being in GRINDHOUSE may have given Biehn the directing bug, as he's finished a film called THE VICTIM.  It's a grindhouse movie through and through, judging from the website.  The film looks mean, trashy, and brutal, just how a grindhouse movie should be:

The Houston Film Critics Society and Odyssee Pictures are bringing THE VICTIM for a one night engagement at the River Oaks on August 17th at 7:30, with Michael Biehn and Jennifer Blanc-Biehn in attendance!  There will be a Q&A after the film, where Michael will talk about the making of THE VICTIM and his career, and this is going to be a whole lot of fun.  Houston doesn't often get events like this - our friends in Austin normally get them, so this is an opportunity to see one of our geek heroes in person with his new film.

Tickets are still available HERE - only $13.  If you're coming, be sure to check out the Facebook event page.  So you get the movie, you get Michael Biehn, and you get a fun time seeing a grindhouse movie they way it was meant to be seen - at Houston's classic River Oaks theater, which is one of our best and oldest theaters.  Here's the plot synopsis:

Good time girls ANNIE (Jennifer Blanc) and MARY (Danielle Harris) find themselves in a life and death situation. Annie’s life is put in jeopardy when she is witness to a violent act at the hands of two Sheriff’s Deputies. Fleeing from ATTACKERS (Ryan Honey, Denny Kirkwood) she stumbles across KYLE (Michael Biehn), a recluse living in the middle of the woods. 

The ruggedly handsome loner stays far from civilization – that is – until a single knock on his door throws his solitary life into chaos. Two worlds collide in this psychological thriller that will make you question your trust in mankind. WHO IS THE VICTIM?

I'll be there.  Houston, time to let your geek flag fly!  

Nordling, out.

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  • July 30, 2011, 6:37 p.m. CST

    First!!!

    by Drunken Busboy

    This just made my day! Pretty sad huh?

  • Or is one of those busty backgrounders a Ryan, hmmm?

  • July 30, 2011, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Michael Beihn should have been a BIGGER star!

    by Drunken Busboy

    This guy is awesome! How come he didn't become an A-Lister! The man was the male lead in Terminator & Aliens for Christ sakes! Let's not forget The Abyss & The Rock! This guy should have been bigger than Tom Hanks, Kevin Costner, and just about any other "A-Lister".

  • July 30, 2011, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Bane pics faggs

    by TheAwareness

    http://comicbookmovie.com/fansites/Wolvie09/news/?a=43293

  • July 30, 2011, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Based on that poster...

    by I am not a number

    ... it should say "Starring Michael Biehn as Lance Henricksen".

  • July 30, 2011, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Grindhouse movies...

    by alxorange

    ...shouldn't be shot on video.

  • July 30, 2011, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Biehn is THE MAN

    by kwisatzhaderach

    He puts in a really nice performance in the criminally underrated (except by Alan Jones, who knows his shit) The Seventh Sign. <p> He was a god to me in my youth, thanks to The Terminator, Aliens and The Abyss. And he's awesome on The Abyss documentary too.

  • July 30, 2011, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Biehn is a fucking legend ...

    by GINGE_MUPPET

    Growing up in the 80s this guy seemed to LIVE in my VCR ... all my favourites had this handsome fuck in them ... Not going to pretend hes a great actor but the guy has presence coming out of his ass ... Love him.

  • July 30, 2011, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Biehn was meant to be Quaritch in Avatar...

    by Valaquen

    but Cameron wanted to avoid an Aliens renunion with him and Weaver. Hopefully JC puts him into something to recapture those T1/Aliens/Abyss days; we haven't had a JC/Biehn colab since T2, and that part was cut, theatrically.

  • Love the guy - he should be in everything as far as I'm concerned.

  • In Terminator and Alien's the guy showed charisma and acting ability. Can't believe he didn't become a gigantic star while that grinning faggot Tom Cruise went A-list.

  • July 30, 2011, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Biehn also ruled my VCR in the early nineties...

    by Tom Quigg

    Along with Tom Berenger, whom I saw in Inception and it gave me a Proustian flashback. *That's Tom Fucking Berenger!* Mickey B' needs a Christopher Nolan to cast him in something big. Cameron may never call.

  • July 30, 2011, 7:12 p.m. CST

    I know goldentribe..that drives me nuts when it's done like this

    by alienindisguise

  • July 30, 2011, 7:13 p.m. CST

    I'd rather see this than another Michael Bay movie..

    by BeanGrud

  • July 30, 2011, 7:14 p.m. CST

    For a minute I thought he'd adapted Pynchon's 'V'

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    and I almost shit myself. <P> Biehn is the man. He's an icon and deserves more recognition than he gets. Watch Tombstone and it becomes obvious. What a guy. Is this the film where there are outtakes on youtube where he got choked out for real? <P> Quint said he'd interviewed him. I emailed asking when it would be out but no reply.

  • July 30, 2011, 7:15 p.m. CST

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rzvXCpRvV4

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    there it is

  • July 30, 2011, 7:24 p.m. CST

    We have two Alamo Drafthouses

    by DunderMifflinIntern

    And this goes someplace else? Sorry, but no. I saw Transformers 3 at the real Imax, mainly because I didn't care if people talked and because i had a Groupon that saved me 16 dollars on two tickets. I also saw the three extended edition LOTR movies at an AMC because Alamo wasn't showing those. But that's it. No more regular theaters with loud idiots.

  • July 30, 2011, 7:30 p.m. CST

    he's great as a good guy, even better as a bad one

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    I think i've seen every film he ever made, including Grease. He has the Moustache Effect: slap one on him and you're guaranteed some badassedness. Tombstone and The Abyss. Growing one for Navy SEALS would probably have saved that film but I love it anyway; put a Barrett .50 cal into the hands of Bill Paxton and i'm there. He does pop up (along with Jenette Goldstein and most of the cast of Aliens) in Paxton's unbelievable music videos (I think Cameron actually made one of them?)<P> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zn5WOTj-mFk<P> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfROFRi1kAA&feature=related Everyone in these videos is/was famous. Paxton must be a popular guy

  • July 30, 2011, 7:34 p.m. CST

    For Kyle Reese and Dwayne Hicks

    by I am_NOTREAL

    Michael Biehn need never buy a drink for himself if I'm in the bar also.

  • July 30, 2011, 7:45 p.m. CST

    I hate Hollywood for ostracizing him too!!

    by ganymede3010

    One of the best action actors of all time hands down.

  • July 30, 2011, 7:52 p.m. CST

    he's had trouble with alcoholism

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeBtcFvOPU0<P> but i'm sure he'd appreciate the sentiment. I'd really like a geek-led, in-depth interview with him. There's not really been one.

  • He's just a grunt.....No offense.

  • July 30, 2011, 8 p.m. CST

    goldentribe - agreed re: poster names

    by BubbaDestructo

    It makes no sense why movie studios would place the wrong name above/below the actors' faces. The human brain would instantly connect with the poster if the saw "Bruce Willis" right above his face, instead of another leading actors' face. Get with it, Hollywood. It's not that hard to tell which name belongs to which actor.

  • July 30, 2011, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Has he been in a movie where he didn't die?

    by Mugato5150

    Aliens doesn't really count, since he was already doomed and was dead during the opening credits of the terrible Alien 3

  • July 30, 2011, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Navy SEALS (though he did get shot to hell)

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    and Grease. Susan's Plan?

  • July 30, 2011, 8:20 p.m. CST

    I totally thought that was Sasha Grey!

    by Huey_Freemans_afro

  • July 30, 2011, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Damn those are some fugly bitches

    by Sardonic

  • July 30, 2011, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Agreed busboy

    by SQUIDDLY

    Fuck off sailor, biehn is great. I would rather watch biehn than most of these modern day heroes like Jason statham, clive owen and (shudder) keanu wooden reaves. Biehn is cool and likeable and doesnt need to force his characters on you. Definatley the best marine in aliens. Like Brad dourif and many others he joins a list of greats that never got to the A list, shame.

  • July 30, 2011, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Beihn deserves so much better than this

    by Mel

    en vino veritas

  • and you guys are posting shitty Michael Biehn stuff. I didn't even know he was still alive.

  • July 30, 2011, 8:29 p.m. CST

    How did he have time to direct when he is starring in COMMUNITY?

    by MrMxyzptlk

    And hosting Talk Soup?

  • July 30, 2011, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Olyphant is a ringer for Biehn

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    especially in Deadwood

  • Biehn is one of those rare guys who actually looks more badass the older he gets. I don't know if this is any good or not, but I'm a fan of the guy either way.

  • July 30, 2011, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Superman returns deleted opening scene

    by bohdi71

    http://blastr.com/2011/07/check-out-never-before-se.php

  • July 30, 2011, 9:08 p.m. CST

    "Are you a 'wrecker', Ray...?"

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • The only acceptable excuse for not posting it is to hold off until later so that it coincides with the release date of Michael Biehn's projects to help give it a little boost and publicity to help him out. Other than that.....what gives?

  • July 30, 2011, 9:28 p.m. CST

    squiddly

    by SAILOR_RIPLEY

    obviously you didn't get the Aliens reference. As I said, I love Biehn and I wouldn't exactly call Jason Statham or Keanu Reeves A-Listers.

  • July 30, 2011, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Terminator, Aliens, Navy Seals, Tomstone. Biehn owns.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    I'll never get why he wasn't a bigger star. Hell yeah, I'd pay to see this if I wasn't half a country away.

  • July 30, 2011, 9:44 p.m. CST

    Sasha Grey looks much hotter.

    by UltraTron

    His best line: He doesn't feel pain, or pity, or remorse- and he absolutely will not stop, until you are dead! He's the norwegian maniac. Speaking of that maniac- I was listening to a rap song about capping fools. I was all like. Yeah? Good luck wit dat. Try almost a hundred kids with a shotgun to the head if you think you got a steady nerve. Ya see there? That's white power bitch. Ouch. I kid. I'm a kidder- don't ban me.

  • July 30, 2011, 10:13 p.m. CST

    For what it is, it looks fun

    by MattHooper

    Too bad the money men made him go digital. Would've been great to see it shot in Super 16, then transferred to digital. But that's the reality we now live in -- "Don't Get Creative !! Just Make The Fucking Movie !!" And if anybody wants to get started directing, everybody knows, this kind of zero budget thing is where you're gonna start. Still, I wish it had some flying piranha in it. Break a leg, Biehn.

  • July 30, 2011, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Weird...

    by Mo_Rephus

    Biehn looks, in that poster, like he could be Lance Henricksen's long lost brother. Rather ironic considering their related past history.

  • July 30, 2011, 11:28 p.m. CST

    Biehn will come back with both guns blasting!!

    by Fandude7

    MB, stay in the game and make better flicks. You are loved out here. Love your movies.

  • I concur that Michael Biehn should have more mainstream work than he has. I also think Michael Dudikoff should have done more, the last time I heard of him was some cop show called Cobra or something like that where he drove I believe a Mustang cobra. Michael Dudikoff to me looked like James Dean but with some great martial arts skills. But yeah back to Biehn he had one of the burliest death scenes of all time when he faced down Ed Harris in The Rock; just saw Ed recently in a commercial for That's What I Am.

  • July 31, 2011, 2:26 a.m. CST

    Biehn/Avatar

    by recantha

    Given that Hicks and Quarritch are two completely different personalities, Cameron made a mistake, I feel. The guy who played Quarritch (Stephen Lang?) did very little with the material. Seriously, who would want that guy in charge of anything??? Admittedly, the script did little to help him, but you can do a lot with a glance of remorse, a hesitation, a look of true fear. Biehn may not have done any better, but it would've been fun to see him and Weaver go head-to-head rather than arm-in-arm. The rest of Avatar I _love_ but Quarritch does make it more black-and-white than it needed to be. Humans BAD, Na'vi GOOOOD.

  • July 31, 2011, 2:27 a.m. CST

    Jesiah - Biehn vs Harris

    by recantha

    Just occurred to me. This is the second time Harris has defeated Biehn. The Abyss was the other. Pipe vs knife. Great stuff!

  • July 31, 2011, 3:53 a.m. CST

    He was great in planet terror.

    by UltraTron

  • July 31, 2011, 5:49 a.m. CST

    The only reason he never made A-list was he lost his hair...

    by SonicRiver

    I love the guy, and think he rocks, but it seems that the public never got to grips with his receding hairline. When you graph the commercial success of the films he was in against the level of recession, it all becomes too clear.

  • July 31, 2011, 6:26 a.m. CST

    Biehn, a star that never was

    by tomimt

    but personally I see why it never happened, as he really is a bit uncharismatic on the screen. And all his most well known roles could have been acted by anyone, no real substance in his work.

  • July 31, 2011, 7:03 a.m. CST

    well, I didn't like Remar as Hicks

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    and no one back in 93 could have done a better job as Johnny Ringo. He must have been doing something right because we've got a whole list of memorable characters, easily as many (in some cases more than) as the a-listers out there. Cameron and the mainstream may have forsaken him, but the kids who grew up with him there on the screen? They're older now and some are directors, some are writers and they won't have forgotten him. He'll be back in the mainstream, the only issue is in what capacity. <P> He is much, much better than the DTV-ish stuff he has been doing of late. He needs a Nolan or another bout with Tarantino. I mean, look what he did with Hiram Coffey. I'd watch a ten part HBO series about a SEAL commander going slowly schizoid on an underwater drilling rig if he were playing it. As for Avatar, I love Lang as an actor, but tell me that Biehn would not have been better for the role?<P> There's an alternate universe out there where Cameron made his Spiderman with the 30 year old Biehn. It probably would have had blue, T2ish lighting and it would have been great.

  • July 31, 2011, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Happy Birthday Mr. Biehn

    by HamburgerEarmuffs

    Im sorry you had to work with Michael Bay.

  • July 31, 2011, 10:14 a.m. CST

    He's had trouble with alcoholism? Shit, who HASN'T?

    by jawsfan

    So his line from THE ABYSS "We're gonna have to take steps" should be "We're gonna have to take Twelve Steps"? Haaaaa! You WISH you'd thought of it first!

  • July 31, 2011, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Click open and read the above post.

    by jawsfan

  • July 31, 2011, 10:18 a.m. CST

    "I want everyone finished prep

    by kwisatzhaderach

    and ready to get wet in 15 minutes!"

  • July 31, 2011, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Biehn is awesome, I've never seen him not deliver the acting goods

    by Stegman84

    The man has actual range too, definitely one of those shoulda-been-a-star guys, but alas it just never quite happened. And yet, he can stand toe-to-toe witrh anyone. His scene in The Rock opposite Ed Harris is the best damn thing in the movie (a movie that I quite like, actually), likewise Val Kilmer wouldn't have been half as good or fun to watch in Tombstone without Biehn to bounce off of, and it always surprises me how much that performance is overlooked when it is as good as any in that film. The stoic Hicks of Aliens, the twitchy Reese of Terminator, the slowly unhinging Coffey in The Abyss, he always bring the goods for Cameron. But even truer, he always brings the goods, in good film or bad, in big role or small. Friedkin's Rampage, Roddam's K2, little seen flicks like The 7th Sign, In a Shallow Grave, The Ride, and Mojave Moon, give Biehn a decent role and he delivers, give him a poor one and he still does his best. Can't ask for much more than that from any actor really. I'm definitely interested in seeing what the film is like, and both this and The Divide are very much on my radar right now. If only someone would recognise his talent and reward his hard work over the years, and rescue him from his current dtv trappings...

  • July 31, 2011, 11:39 a.m. CST

    BIEHN KICKS ASS

    by photoboy

    I will definitely try to see this film, as he is awesome in everything he's done. One question though, how do you pronounce his surname? Bee-ain? Been? Bi-ehn?

  • July 31, 2011, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Tomimt, you couldn't be more wrong.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Let's just take TERMINATOR as an example...Biehn is the heart and unyielding soul of that movie. Badass and resourceful, yet lean and ragged...he looks like someone that grew up hunted and feral. You never doubt his scrappy competence and that he's going to get shit done, but there's desperation around the edges...a darkness and determination in the face of despair that makes him an endlessly sympathetic character. He's a man of few words, but you can clearly see the turmoil as well as the strength underneath, making his brief but famous speeches in the movie all the more iconic. Michael Biehn isn't the best actor in the history of the world, but he's irreplaceable. Damn, I just gave myself a partial erection.

  • July 31, 2011, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Also love Biehn's acting work

    by Keith

    You don't *need* to know the details of this operation...it's better if you don't.

  • July 31, 2011, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Choppah, agree

    by Keith

    He's a fierce, resourceful fighter who can "switch off pain", but he's also an undernourished virgin driven by an almost religious love. Not a combo you see very often in movies, and the guy pulls it off and portrays it all with very little exposition necessary. At its heart, The Terminator is a movie about sadness and loss. That's why Fiedel's main theme is a lament.

  • July 31, 2011, 12:53 p.m. CST

    That's weird

    by Keith

    Where did the rest of my first post go? Hmmm. Anyway, I was commending Biehn on the degree to which he clearly knows his own movies inside-out. He always has interesting and insightful things to say about them in commentaries and retrospectives.

  • Well said. Hell, as the mother of the savior, Sarah Connor is a hard-bitten Virgin Mary type figure. And being impregnated by a time traveling warrior from the future is just as mysterious and supernatural as immaculate conception. Reese is the only one with the faith, humility, courage, and quietly determined balls to bone the messiah's mom...and Biehn played it perfectly.

  • July 31, 2011, 1:45 p.m. CST

    AGREE 1000% on the poster name retardation!!!

    by DickBallsworth

    What is the thought process that led to this new trend of mismatched names and faces? The first couple times I saw it I assumed it was just a fuckup that slipped past quality control, but what the fuck?

  • This time one that is R-rated, dark as he'll, nuclear winter, with chrome plated terminators and HK's, as well as the blue and purple laser and plasma based weaponry. If you think about it, it actually makes sense doesn't it? Since Kyle Reese was John Connor's father, the future leader would actually look like Biehn. Cast Arnold as an old general that is second in command of the resistance. Then at the midpoint of the film, Arnie's character is captured by the machines and used by Skynet as the basis for the T800 terminators, both because of his size being able to conceal the endoskeleton, and as a psychological weapon against John Connor. Whose with me?

  • one that has been captured and reprogrammed by the resistance. This particular terminator has aged more than the previous Arnold models (T800) seen in the other films, mainly due to being in the field a long time and then after being captured, not having access to the cyborg skin and muscle tissue treatments that Skynet provides to a terminator once it returns to a base. There would also be some younger Arnold models roaming around the nuclear winter wastes. These bad terminators would look younger, kinda the way they did it in Terminator Salvation. That would be bad ass. Arnold playing both the protector role again, but this time having to fight against terminators that look just like him. It would also be interesting in that Connor, being an older and wiser man worn by years of war, would have a completely different view and relationship with a terminator programmed to protect and serve him. It would be very different than the wide eyed optimistic and fun view that his younger self had of the terminator in say T2. I think Biehn could pull it off. Maybe in 2018, when the Terminator rights supposedly revert back to James Cameron.

  • July 31, 2011, 3:07 p.m. CST

    re: "all his most well known roles could have been acted by anyone"

    by ScaryWaitress

    I couldn't disagree more. I think his particular flavor hasn't been repeated... misterdarcy nailed his presence on the head. He's not a wuss, he's not macho, he's not an over-the-top, larger-than-life actor, and yet he's still a leading man. Movies seem overrun by the Jason Stahams and the Sly Stallones, the Harrison Fords and the Denzel Washingtons,* and when they run out of those, we get... Josh Hartnett? Tobey Maguire? MICHAEL CERA? My point here being, where's the just-plain-really-good-guy? Why AREN'T there more Michael Biehns? Michael Biehn, to me, comes from the same strain that gave us Roy Scheider. This type of actor is a bigger risk for big box office draw BECAUSE they're a little more nuanced, subtle, than your Jason Statham type, but they can totally and believably carry a fully-loaded action flick. Sure, you could have cast a bigger name in, say, Biehn's role in The Abyss. It could have been more over the top. Instead, from Biehn we got a far more interesting and unsettling antagonist. *For the record, I LOVE LOVE LOVE all of these actors** and am not disparaging their acting ability, but they all have very strong personalities which don't disappear in any of their roles. **Harrison Ford, though, is on my short list of actors who need to be smacked re: their career choices lately though.

  • July 31, 2011, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Reese and Hicks are joining up to make Houston cum at the next 620?

    by Immortal_Fish

    The devil you say.

  • July 31, 2011, 8 p.m. CST

    Also: LOVE Biehn's face in this poster.

    by ScaryWaitress

    He is so "I just do NOT give a fuck about your problems" On a side note: how an actress with the name "Ryan Honey" is not a porn actress is beyond me.

  • July 31, 2011, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Sailor

    by SQUIDDLY

    Got the Aliens ref, thanks. Maybe my fuck you was a bit harsh but it was a reaction to these under used actors that really pisses me off as once they are too old or dead, its too late.

  • July 31, 2011, 10:26 p.m. CST

    H-Town gettin' the goods. About time!

    by TheThinker

    I wish there were more events. Maybe this statement will draw comments alerting me of such. I have nothing against Austin, I just live in houston and would like a little love once & a while.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Names on Posters

    by Vincent Gecko

    It's all about billing. Mikey Biehn goes first no matter what and he has to be the center. It's stupid, can't they make his name a bigger font or do this Biehn Girl Girl

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Biehn is fuggin AWESOME.

    by Keith Maniac

    One criminally underused actor, his performances in Terminator, Aliens and The Abyss elevate those characters way beyond what i think was written on the page for him. When considering those characters they could have been very one-note, even un-appealing and similar. He gave them depth and humanity and simply because other actors broke out in those movies, Biehn never got the praise he deserved for his work.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Yes keith also

    by SQUIDDLY

    Look at christian bale in terminator and public enemies or mark whalberg in planet of the apes or max payne, lifeless characters by comparison. I could go on but you get the point.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 5:27 a.m. CST

    Nip at 2:14...he he

    by erniedouglas