We see examples like this every single day, of how the NBC-Universal corporation got in way over their heads intellectually when they purchased what still should be the former Sci-Fi Channel. This channel was and is way beyond their league cerebrally.
Everything NBC-Universal has done and continues to do in their naïve mismanagement of this channel always comes across as weird, out of place, and inappropriate because they quite frankly don't know what the hell they are doing. They have never known how to manage a Science Fiction channel and thus never should have bought it. All that they are capable of doing intellectually is to just keep taking stabs at what they are supposed to be doing professionally....Knowing the Science Fiction genre. It isn't enough to simply know the business end of running a cable channel. You also have to know the intended subject matter of the channel you are supposed to be managing. And ridiculing what you are supposed to be managing (a Science Fiction channel) indicates that you never should have purchased a Science Fiction channel in the first place. Bonnie Hammer, David Howe, and Mark Stern should have been "booted" out of this channel on their tails a good decade ago (taking Ronald D. Moore with them.) It's no sin to give rotten workers in management (and their cohorts) their walking papers. Nothing personal in Corporate America, right? It's all just....business.
Let's compile a list (just at the top of our heads) of the weird, out of place, and inappropriate things these people (Bonnie Hammer, David Howe, Mark Stern) routinely do on the SyFy Channel...
1. Scheduling horror movies in the month of November (Thanksgiving month.)
2. Putting wrestling on what is supposed to be a Science Fiction channel.
3. Naïve enough to believe that after 36 years of state of the art Science Fiction movies and television series (beginning with "Star Wars" in 1977), that audiences would actually buy into people wearing business suits on supposedly alien worlds ("GINO" - Galactica in Name Only, "Caprica", "Blood & Chrome")
4. Believing that reality programming of any sort constitutes Science Fiction television programming.
5. Naïve enough to believe that ripping off other people's work from 31 years ago (John Carpenter's "The Thing") for their upcoming "Helix" series would squeak by unnoticed by everyone in this day and age. I personally believe they do this thinking that no one remembers these various productions from long ago (even the legal copyright owners don't remember) thus laying out a pathway for routine mining of the past of ideas they don't own.
Getting back to "Fright Night"....even this would have been an appropriate alternative for airing in its place in November...
Good old Heat Miser!! This little guy provides more entertainment value in this brief clip than anything the SyFy Channel and Ronald D. Moore have ever done.
Read the books Universal Studios has tried and failed to censor on Amazon.com...
And read these books at another location where Universal Studios executives and its stealth marketers won't be able to post negative, misleading (stealth marketed) reviews of the books via them purchasing candy and Rogaine Foam on Amazon.com (allowing them access to the Amazon book review section) and not actually buying and reading the books. I'll leave the other 150 global locations under wraps for now.