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Friday, January 13, 2006

Rachel Robbins to help those In Search of Lovecraft.

Scream Queen Rachel Robbins has joined the cast of the low budget shocker In Search of Lovecraft. The In the Mouth of Madness style thriller will be shooting at various locations in San Francisco this February. "An occult supervisor from L.A. will come and supervise her rituals done in the movie," shares writer/director David Hohl.

posted by Chadwick H. Saxelid 12:16 PM | Comments

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Return of the News of Fury

Wow, it's been a while since the ol' kung fu news radar has beeped. But here are a few tidbits you might like.

Tony Jaa, star of the amazing Ong Bak, has a new film in the offing, Tom Yum Goong. Not quite stop press news, but what you might not know is that the film has been picked up for distribution in the U.S., Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa by Bob and Harvey Weinstein. Yup, the former Miramax bosses and their new company will be releasing the film, so given their track record expect a 65-minute edit with all of the fight scenes removed and a new hip-hop score by the guys who did the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle song. Luckily it's still up for grabs here in the UK.

Jet Li may be about to quit martial arts movies for good, according to Chinese newspaper the Shenzhen Daily. Jet is currently working on a movie called Huo Yuenjia, about real-life kung fu expert Fok Yuen-gap (also known by the name that makes up the film's title). Fok was the master of the (fictional) character played by Jet in Fist of Legend.

"I stepped into the martial arts movie market when I was only 16. I think I have proved my ability in this field and it won't make sense for me to continue for another five or 10 years. Huo Yuanjia is a conclusion to my life as a martial arts star," said Jet. he movie is released in Asia next year.

And finally, the first review of Tsui Hark's new epic Seven Swords has appeared in the New Straits Times. Read it here - now I'm even more excited about this one!

posted by Beggar So's hat 7:48 AM | Comments

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Welcome to Video Game Adaptation Hell

News has been breaking recently about a plethora of new films derived from video games, don�t expect the drought of original ideas in Hollywood to go any time soon.

First up, Ain�t It Cool News Vin Diesel will portray the shaven-headed contract killer known only as Agent 47 in a film based on the successful Hitman games. Funny how a series of games most obviously influenced by numerous movies is being made into a game. Imagine how derivative this film could end up looking to people who have never heard of the games, it�s convenient that the film studios have this �video game filter� they can put these films through in order to make them appear fresh.

Uwe Boll has yet another goddamn film project, he will be wasting his time adapting Postal. For those who have never played either of the Postal games, they were average games where a guy basically goes crazy and starts killing everybody. Boll claims he�ll be keeping all of the �original characters� but with his own hideous Boll-fied story. I�m sure it will involve people jumping in the air in slow motion a lot. Add this to the list of Boll projects based on games that also includes the soon-to-be critically panned Bloodrayne, Hunter: the Reckoning (did anybody actually play this game?), Dungeonsiege and Far Cry and damnit, I really liked Far Cry too.

Finally, because you idiots actually paid to see the first two, we�re getting two more Resident Evil movies. Part three will be called Resident Evil: Afterlife and Milla Jovovich returns as Alice, this time they will be shooting in Australia and pretending it�s a Southwestern American desert. Evidently American deserts are just out of control when it comes to charging filming crews these days. Afterlife will be based on a script by, joy of joys, Paul W. S. Anderson, I�d love to get a look at it and see the eight million cues for slow motion shots. Part four is already planned and will be set in Japan, whether it�s a good idea to plan a third sequel before the second has even started filming remains to be seen, The Matrix this is not.


posted by Martin 10:45 AM | Comments

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Kung fu news

Kung Fu Cinema via Screendaily report that Jackie Chan's recent action drama New Police Story has been picked up for American distribution by a trio of companies; Lion's Gate Films, Miramax and The Weinstein Co. Bob n' Harvey also picked up the rights to Chen Kaige's swordplay fantasy The Promise - apparently they're planning a big awards season push for this one. I guess the hope that the Weinstein brothers' attempted ruination of every martial arts movie in the world might end after their split with Disney was sadly unfounded.

According to Variety, Sony subsidiary Screen Gems is behind a movie adaptation of the popular Namco videogame series Tekken. The game was previously (sorta) brought to life (sorta) in the Hong Kong movie The Avenging Fist - sadly the small matter that the filmmakers didn't own the rights to adapt the game led to lawsuits and a change of title to the film which was pretty poor anyway. Drumline director Charles Stone III is behind the camera with a script from the team of Mike Werb and Michael Colleary (Darkman III, Tomb Raider, Face/Off). It might not suck, but Screen Gems was involved with The Resident Evil movies, Anacondas 2, D.E.B.S., Ghosts of Mars and Underworld. That's a lotta potential suck.

Click on over to the front page of Dragon's Den UK and find one of the oddest rumours I've seen in a long time. Could kung fu cinema legend Sammo Hung be about to direct Paul Walker in the movie version of Knight Rider? Stranger things have happe... no, actually, they haven't. That idea just broke my brain.

But what stuck it back together again is the trailer for the forthcoming sequel Transporter II. Bald British bloke Jason Statham returns as Frank Martin, underworld courier and kung fu badass. Plot seems to revolve around kidnapped kid of some sort, but I was distracted by the action scenes and the assassin chick who keeps taking her clothes off. Should be a hoot - see for yourself here.

posted by Beggar So's hat 11:15 AM | Comments

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Remake and sequel news.

CHUD has the first in a series of set reports for the currently filming remake of John Carpenter's The Fog that offers some nice hints of the storyline changes, confirms that the movie is an obligated PG-13 release, and announces a comic book prequel is forth coming.

In the sequel area of the news, Scifi reports that, since AvP made some green, Alien Versus Predator II is a go. Like the first, the second entry will be set on Earth. It also seems that the modest hit Hellboy has indeed sprung a franchise. Hellboy 2 should commence filming sometime in 2006. Hellboy is the creation of Mike Mignola, who will be supplying the cover art for The Fog comic book prequel.

It is a small world, after all.

posted by Chadwick H. Saxelid 9:17 AM | Comments

Monday, May 02, 2005


When I first received an email from the head of the Uwe Boll fansite about a contest Boll�s production company is sponsoring in which one lucky person will win dinner with Bloodrayne star Kristanna Loken, the first thing I thought was, "Hey, pal, the link you sent me doesn�t work."

I�m sure the first thought going through your minds right now is something along the lines of, "Uwe Boll has a fansite?" Yes, it�s called Not surprisingly, much of the site is in German, and some of the English text is written in broken English, which actually seems quite fitting for some reason.

Anyway, once we got the broken link problem straightened out, I came across the rules and regulations for entering this contest. I know Dr. Boll isn�t the most popular filmmaker around, but it�s hard to deny that this isn�t a rather sweet proposition. And speaking purely as a fan of old time B-cinema, it�s actually kind of refreshing to see a return to the lost art of old fashioned ballyhoo, where filmmakers would help promote their movies through grassroots campaigns and not just rely on mass media oversaturation like they do today.

The gimmick to this bit of ballyhoo goes like this:

"Check out the US-theatres if they dispose of Bloodrayne posters and banners and if they are clearly visible for the cinema visitors. Investigate if the Bloodrayne trailer is shown and if the pasteboard/stands are placed in the lobby and so on.... Take photos of the posters, banners, and stands in the theatre lobbies and email these photos to us. Distribute also the given advertising stuff in the cinemas to employees and vistors. Find also other places for distributing - for example discos, bars, fast-food restaurants and so on.... Bloodrayne will run in over 2500 US theatres."

In a nutshell, just take a digital camera, a disposable camera, or a camera phone and go to a movie theater to inquire about any Bloodrayne promotional materials they have, politely (unless you want to get thrown out by security!), pester them into putting these things up in a location that will be seen by many patrons at the theater, take a picture of it, send it in, and you might get a chance to dine with Bloodrayne herself. The only legal requirement being that you�re at least 16 years of age. Everyone that sends in photos showing proof they helped get Bloodrayne promotional material in a prime location (Hey, those gigantic Mr. & Mrs. Smith standees of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt can�t stay in the lobby forever!) will automatically get some exclusive Bloodrayne promo material (hats, caps, posters, etc.) as well as an official Boll Agent ID Card. You heard me right. You�ll get a personal ID card identifying you as one of Boll�s Agents.

Personally, I think they should use the term "Agent of Boll" instead because that would make you sound like a member of the kind of clandestine organization you�d find in a European spy flick from the sixties. Think about it. Kenn Begg: Agent of Boll - doesn�t that make him sound a lot cooler than he already is?

But most importantly, all newly registered Boll Agents will be eligible for a chance to win dinner with Bloodrayne star and all around babe Kristanna Loken as well as invitations to the Bloodrayne premiere, a trip to the next Uwe Boll movie set, a potential job on the film set, and even a part as an extra in the film.

Like I said, this is not only a hell of a promotional scheme but also a hell of a contest to boot. This is a chance to win dinner with Kristanna Loken, and let�s face it, this will be the closest most of us will ever get to her without stalking charges being filed.

For more info on the contest, click here. If you're already convinced and are ready to become a Boll Agent then send an email to and they will send you all you need to participate.

By the way, also according to the site, it looks like Boll might soon be adding another video game property to his film resume as it�s being reported that he is currently negotiating for the rights to the video game Postal.

- The Foywonder

posted by Scott 5:01 AM | Comments

Sunday, May 01, 2005

New War of the Worlds trailer will start with Revenge.

Joblo reports that the 3rd trailer for the Spielberg/Cruise War of the Worlds movie will debut with "select" prints of Revenge of the Sith on May 19th.

posted by Chadwick H. Saxelid 8:18 AM | Comments

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