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By David Poland poland@moviecitynews.com

Uwe Boll: The Beatdown

From House of the Dead to Alone in the Dark to BloodRayne, Uwe Boll’s been Hollywood’s go-to guy for adapting a videogame into a dull, unscary movie. Now the director whose forename has provided the defaul review for entire oeuvre of shitertainment is itching for yet another critical beatdown. But this time he wants to film it.
The Ain’t It Cool reports that Boll’s thrown down a challenge to his most outspoken critics to face him in a boxing ring — in a 10 round match to to be filmed for his next movie POSTAL.
So who wants to make Uwe Boll walk into their fist? For the purposes of the challenge, pretty much anyone can go mano a mano…as long as the man-o weighs between 140 and 190 lbs.
I’m in.
Film Threat has already set up a poll and volunteered one of its writers to take on the House of the Dead-wrecker for this publicity stunt.
Boll’s last attempt to court favorable ‘Net coverage was to invite all and sundry to the set of House of the Dead and invite reporters to be extras the rave-turned-zombie bloodbath scene. (The last thing that movie needed was more maniac extras. Try a few more 2nd A.D.s and production assistants with cattle prods to stop them from spazzing all over the place. Try another script. And another director. And never making it in the first place, because it bad even by Boll standards.
Despite the excitement of wearing corpse makeup and eating lots of free crafts services food in sunny Vancouver, the junketing zombies still slammed House of the Dead.

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