There have been some fantastic baseball movies (Bull Durham, The Natural), incredible boxing films (Raging Bull, Rocky) and exceptional football films (Rudy, The Longest Yard). But hockey films? Not so much.
Sure, Miracle was good. And 2012’s Goon and 1986’s Youngblood were watchable. But outside of Paul Newman’s 1977 film Slap Shot, there isn’t a plethora of hockey films that are worth a glowing recommendation.
Harder still is trying to find an audience that is interested in the sport. Out of the four major sports in American – hockey, football, baseball and basketball – hockey is the least watched of the bunch.
That may change now that none other than Rob Zombie is writing, producing and directing a film based on the Broad Street Bullies – a name given to the 1970’s Philadelphia Flyers. Zombie has endeared himself to horror fans with The Devil’s Rejects and Halloween and can bring some interesting flare to a film about a team that was known for raking up penalty minutes while dominating the 1970’s NHL.
According to Deadline, Rob Zombie has been given the blessing of the Flyers organization. Says Zombie, Each character involved is more outrageous than the next. The backdrop of the turbulent year of 1974 is perfect for this ‘stranger than fiction’ sports tale.”
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