Here’s a fun game — watch this new trailer for Priest and see how many shots you’ve seen in other, better movies. Without any kind of research whatsoever, I noticed hiding in basement while unseen monsters attack upstairs (Evil Dead), person felling an elaborate blade-wielding attacker in one punch (the 1989 Batman), evil person orchestrating music while destruction happens (Gary Oldman in The Professional). I know there’s more — leaving a walled post-apocalyptic city, standing before a council of elders in a circular room where the council is elevated — I just don’t remember their antecedents off the top of my head. Help me out, would you?
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.