Celebrity team captains were promised and we were soon introduced to the man whose imposing figure faced off against Slyvester Stallone in the Rocky films, and who fought back the original Predator. Carl Weathers stood before us and he seemed to be a perfect fit. ‘Who’s the brains?’ he asked to a slightly befuddled team. It was clear to all involved that he was the brains.
So, we had the man Carl Weathers on our team, and fighting spirit duly instilled we sat alongside the teams from Total Film with team captain Marshall Bell, Empire, who had Borg queen Alice Krige at the helm, and SFX Magazine, led by former Doctor Who Paul McGann. All guest team captains were suitably bemused and charmingly game and so we headed into the fray undaunted.
Sky Movies man Mark Dolan led the charge through the questions which took us on a merry jaunt through Hitchcock cameos, tall tales from the Wizard of Oz and obscure taglines. We got off to a great start and plunged instantly into minus figures when we felt the burn of being buzzer happy. Cementing our position as underdogs we watched the opposing teams stretch out long leads while we eventually emerged into positive figures before falling foul of the almost prescient abilities our our knowledgeable opponents, but we still got a question on Backdraft right – and that made us happy.
In the end it was a tie breaker between the guys from SFX and Empire, with Kim Newman’s heroic leap into the dark to pluck out the name of a film based on a Neil Simon play which won the day. Congratulations go to Empire then, but we had Carl Weathers on our side, and that’s something.
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