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Probably the most imposing bad guy in the history of Martial Arts cinema Yang Sze aka Bolo Yeung is finally getting his own documentary and we must say- it’s long overdue. From learning Kung Fu with different masters as a child to his competitive Bodybuilding years (he would go on hold a Mr. Hong Kong title for a whole decade) his story fits the “stranger than fiction” category easily. Not to mention the fact that he freakin’ swam from China to Hong Kong to escape Communism!!! Or the fact that he met Bruce Lee while filming Winston Cigarettes commercial (you just got to love the ’70s).

He stared (mostly as a villain) in over 100 movies raging from Shaw Brothers (The Heroic Ones, The Deadly Duo) to Golden Harvest (Enter The Dragon) to Bruceploitation (Clones of Bruce Lee, Dragon Lee Fights Again) to Van Damme films (Bloodsport, Double Impact) and even Jalal Merhi films (Tiger Claws 1 and 2, TC 2000). He even showed that he could be an awesome good guy/ wise mentor character in films such as Shootfighter 1 and 2 (featuring Karate Kid/ Cobra Kai’s Billy Zabka).

Movie is being directed by Aziz Cem and Pavel Nyziak (who Bolo actually collaborated with on his final movie, the Kazakhstani produced The Whole World at Our Feet aka Diamond Cartel) and features exclusive interviews with the likes of Bob Wall, Richard Norton, Cynthia Rothrock, Matthias Hues, Coreena Everson, Cung Le and many, many others.

 

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After some speculation on its new destination (after go90 service was cancelled) it has now been confirmed that the series will premiere exclusively on Horror streaming service Shudder. . And you can enjoy the first trailer bellow:

Critters: A New Binge is a comedy-horror Shudder exclusive series that picks up the tale of the Critters – hairy, carnivorous, insatiable aliens – from the beloved 1980s film franchise. Pursued by intergalactic bounty hunters, the Critters return to Earth on a secret mission and encounter Christopher, a lovelorn high-schooler, his best friend Charlie, his crush Dana, and his mom Veronica – whose past will come back to bite them. Who will survive? And who will be eaten?

This will be first official Critters content since Critters 4 (1992)! Also, you can check out some behind the scenes we previously posted right here.

 

 

 

As far as I’m concerned any day with news about Critters is a good day– and that makes this day an excellent one! Filming of Blue Ribbon’s Critters: A New Binge web- series is officially complete and we have a number of behind the scenes photos featuring our favorite space furballs in all their puppet glory. And yes- they have kept things as they should be– done with (mostly) practical effects.

As we previously stated, series is directed by Jordan Rubin from the script by Jon Kaplan, Al Kaplan and himself. We still don’t know where it’s going to be released as go90 service it was planed for was disconnected but CW Seed or YoutubeRed sound like good candidates.

Photos here for your enjoyment courtesy of Critters Rehatched (via great people of Bloody Disgusting).

 

PS There have been talks about another Critters project, this time a feature length movie for the SyFy channel (Critters 5?) supposedly filming in South Africa in early ’19 so it seems that the property is having a bit of an Renascence lately.

For some reason lives of the cult B-movie actors tend to be shrouded in mystery. Often it takes years of investigation just to track them down and get them to do even a simple interview.  On the other hand I would say that it’s almost always worth it. From the ongoing search for “Trash” Mark Gregory to the “Samurai Cop”Matt Hannon aka Karedas seemingly coming back from the dead the search is as fascinating as the people themselves.

Now, after decades of questions we finally have a teaser trailer for the Scott Pearlman‘s documentary Finding Freeman.

 

Synopsis:

“In 1987, a young actor named Eric Freeman starred in one of the most infamous films ever made, “Silent Night Deadly Night Part 2.” His loveably over-the-top performance made him a cult sensation, and the advent of YouTube turned him into a phenomenon. Scenes of his raucous performance have garnered millions of views, while hundreds of parody videos and memes were created in his honor.

Over the years, Eric’s face would be adorned on t-shirts and a fanbase was growing by the day. There was just one problem: Eric had vanished off the face of the Earth. With an acting career that came to a screeching halt in 1992, and no social media presence or digital footprint to boot, Eric Freeman the person had been erased from public consciousness. All that remained was his alter ego, Ricky Caldwell from “Silent Night Deadly Night Part 2.” With his whereabouts a complete mystery, fans got curious.

In 2008, a small group of fans from different corners of the globe banded together to create Finding Freeman, a Facebook page dedicated to tracking down the elusive actor. They searched diligently for five years, and when Eric finally resurfaced, the real story began.

Finding Freeman is a new documentary that examines the effects of fandom in the digital age, and how technology has the power to preserve the past, and change lives.”

http://www.findingfreeman.tv/

Note: If you want to check out some more moves staring Freeman (often under an assumed name), you can find our reviews of some rare ones like Armin Shervan’s Young Rebels (1989), Murder Weapon (1989) and Bloody Birthday (1981).

 

If you know your MOTU history you’ll remember that Cannon Films planed to follow up their Masters of the Universe (1987) movie (featuring the all- powerful Dolph Lundgren in his first lead role) with a direct sequel. Hell, the movie even had a post- credit scene with Skeletor surviving to advertise it, and it the 80’s that really wasn’t a common practice.

Masters of the Universe 2: Cyborg was to be written and directed by the Cannon regular, Albert Pyun and filmed concurrently with Canon’s never produced Spider-Man movie (but that’s the story for another time).  Dolph supposedly moved on with his career by this point and was to be replaced by a popular surfer Laird Hamilton. The project supposedly fell trough when Cannon wouldn’t pay Mattel and unused sets and costumes were repurposed for a new low- budget SF- Action movie called, you guessed it- Cyborg

Now, Cyborg was originally going to feature tried and true Cannon star Chuck Norris but he was replaced at the last minute by then young and upcoming Jean Claude Van Damme and as they say- the rest is history! For the record I still consider Cyborg the best movie Pyun ever directed and an early Van Damme favorite too.

Now, we’ve talked about Pyun’s Bad Ass Angels and Demons, his most ambitious movie in decades before. But now thanks to the Alan Pirie, the designer working on the movie we have a confirmation that Bad Ass Angels is actually based on unused script for The Masters of the Universe 2: Requiem! This is something I never thought possible- it’s feels like Cannon is finally coming out of the ashes like a phoenix and I for one couldn’t be more happier.

 

Since we last touched upon this subject (talking about the Ugandan Kung Fu project Bruce U) couple more Lee related projects popped up:

Danny Chan (Shaolin Soccer, Kung Fu Hustle) is for example starring as Chen Zhen (made famous by Lee in Fist of Fury) in a team- up action comedy Kung Fu League as well as reprising his role as young Lee in Donnie Yen’s Ip Man 4.

More significantly The Warrior TV show (for the longest time a stuff of legends) based on the original Bruce Lee’s concept  (and executive produced by his daughter Shannon Lee) spearheaded by Justin Lin (Fast and the Furious) is set to premiere on Cinemax in early 2019.

Now, as we all know by know when there’s an official project some unofficial ones can be expected too.

ENTER THE AFGHANI BRUCE LEE!

Abbas Alizada (Abb Li for short) gained prominence as a Bruce Lee imitator on facebook, his photos and videos going viral in 2014.  His first attempt of film-making was an Azerbaijani comedy picture released in 2016 called Brat Lee (Brother Li). Well, now it’s seems his first “major” English- speaking role is finally in the cards.

Armani Burj Khalifa held a press conference for the movie titled HE IS BACK (sounds more like a Schwarzeneggersploitation picture, does it?). Film is to be directed by Chitah Yajnesh Shetty with Abb Li joined by a female lead Alina Lliumzhinov. Movie is being produced by Showtime Cinema & SBM Pvt Ltd in association with Ninjoor Pictures so we know more than a few people are banking on this being a hit. Also it’s a pretty international affair seeing that talent spans America, Thailand, India and China.

If I was being a skeptic I would say that there’s far too many inexperienced people involved in this movie but there are some positives too. Director Chitah Yajnesh Shetty is a legit JKD instructor under the late Grand Master Richard Bustillo so he knows his martial arts. Kaecha Kampakdee of Ong- Bak 2 and Asian Connection fame is in charge of action choreography and cinematographer is Ross Clarkson (Undisputed III, Ninja II: Shadow of a Tear)  so that could easily translate to some solidly shot Martial Arts scenes. Filming begins in January 2019, so we’ll keep you informed how things go.

One thing is for sure- it’s 2018 and Bruceploitation is alive and well.

Written and Directed by Edward D. Wood, Jr.

It’s very interesting how things echo and even parallel one another. I was just watching a trailer for finally completed Orson Welles movie “The Other Side of the Wind”. Finished by his long time friend and actor in the film- Peter Bogdanovich and producer Frank Marshall the movie will be published by Netflix in November after almost 50 years of production!

Now, there’s another director albeit definitely less acclaimed that’s having his final “masterpiece” published in November too. Coincidentally, the man in question was himself inspired by the The Great Welles. And that man is non other than Edward D. Wood Jr.  the writer/ director of such hits like Glen of Glenda, Bride of the Monster and of course Plan 9 from Outer Space (often considered the worse movie of all time).

“Dramatisation: May not have happened!”

His final film “Take It Out In Trade” a sexploitation detective comedy he shot in the 1970 is finally seeing light of day! Meticulously restored and converted from the only remaining 16mm theatrical print by Alamo Drafthouse’s American Genre Film Archive and Something Weird to crisp 4K BluRay. The only previous version was VHS of outtakes without the sound published in ’95.

The plot centers around a wealthy Frank Riley (Duke Moore) and his wife who hire an unreliable but mustachioed P.I. Mac McGregor (Michael Donovan O’Donnell) to locate their missing daughter Shirley (Donna Stanley) and features a dangerous world of prostitution. It even has a nod to Wood’s  real- life crossdresing passion (as he shows up as a transvestite character- Alecia). Movie also features  The Amazing Criswell  and truthfully, it wouldn’t be an Ed Wood picture without him.

 

Ed Wood as Alecia

So, if you decide to watch Welles’s “lost” film in November why not make it a double billing with the fantastic Edward D. Wood, Jr.-  what could possibly go wrong?