Spike TV will jettison its regular schedule today and instead run a David Carradine marathon, honoring the actor who died in Bangkok last week at age 72 under odd circumstances.

Running from 2 p.m. through 3 a.m. EST/PST time, the marathon will consist of repeat showings of both Kill Bill films, as well as one airing of the 2008 Spike TV miniseries Kung Fu Killer, which teamed Carradine with his Kill Bill co-star Daryl Hannah.

Kung Fu Killer is a rather unfortunate legacy for Carradine, but since Spike TV owns the thing -- as well as broadcast rights for Kill Bill -- it's easy to see why they'd drag it out now. Still, it's just not very good, and it's too bad that they don't have a better Carradine property that would honor him more appropriately.

Set in 1929, the flick follows an American-born monk name White Crane (Carradine) who returns to his home monastery in China after roaming the earth, Kwai Chang Caine-style, for a couple of decades. But wouldn't you know it -- a bunch of bad guys kill all the monks, and White Crane vows vengeance on the crime boss responsible, who also plans to kill oodles of people with a deadly gas if White Crane doesn't stop him. Hannah plays a bar singer (and not a very convincing one, at that) whose brother is, by sheer movie coincidence, a scientist who's been conscripted to work on the deadly gas. Yeah, it's that kind of movie.

According to a press release, Kill Bill: Vol. 1 will air at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Kill Bill: Volume 2 at 4:30 and 10 p.m., and Kung Fu Killer at 1 a.m. on June 14.

It's too bad that Spike TV doesn't have the rights to show more Carradine flicks during their marathon, or stuff of higher quality. A few episodes of the "Kung Fu" TV series would be great, or Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye, or the original Death Race 2000. Still, it's nice that Spike's paying tribute.
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