Wesley Snipes and Gallowwalkers

Ahead of his much awaited return to the big screen later this year in The Expendables 3, I’ve been waiting for more projects from Wesley Snipes as one of my long-time favourite action stars. Recently, he returned in the heavily delayed western themed action-horror Gallowwalkers. First going into production in 2006 (originally attaching Chow Yun Fat as the star), the film is, sadly, a big letdown. In fact, with most of the movie completed through reshoots, there are pretty major …

Danny Trejo is back in Bullet

Danny Trejo has always been one of my favourite genre stars. Whether heading up grindhouse style action flicks or playing quirky cameos, his work is always entertaining, captivating and you can tell he has plenty of fun doing it! So it’s great we’ve been treated to a small flurry of Trejo releases in the home entertainment market lately. Machete Kills, Force of Execution, Dead in Tombstone… and now Bullet! Bullet is a great one because beyond Machete – which earned …

RIP Wu Ma (1942-2014)

I was very sad to hear about the passing of iconic Hong Kong actor Wu Ma. Words like “icon” and “legend” are often thrown around but very rarely do they truly resonate. However, he was a genuine figure of the HK film industry and built an exceptional and long-spanning career, even by jaw-dropping HK standards. I always enjoyed catching him in any size role in many Hong Kong action and comedy classics – whether playing a lead or simply cropping …

Skin Trade boasts insane cast

Following some enticing stills and behind the scenes shots from the set of new action/thriller, Skin Trade, fans have been quick to respond and the anticipation is already building. Filming is well underway in Thailand and the production now boats a cast which, frankly, is nothing short of insane. The film will star Dolph Lundgren, Tony Jaa, Ron Perlman, Michael Jai White, Celina Jade, Peter Weller, Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa and another major star, who has not yet been revealed. It’s …

Banshee Chapter has arrived

Here’s one for all the horror fans out there! The awesome and terrifying Banshee Chapter is out on DVD and VOD from 27 January 2014 courtesy of my friends at Intense Distribution. The film was even winner of Total Film’s Scariest Movie Award at Film4 FrightFest 2013 and earned a great audience response. In the story, Anne Roland, a young journalist with an appetite for controversy, follows the trail of a strange government research chemical that might have caused the death of …

A Brief History of Universal Soldier

Looking back to the tough, no-nonsense 1992 original, the first Universal Soldier film was a thrilling blend of sci-fi and martial arts action as two major genre stars, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren, fronted one of their all-time biggest hits. They played two regenerated dead soldiers continuing their rivalry even when resurrected as assets in an illegal government scheme. The movie boasted great production values, a good story, quality action and a strong soundtrack, notably the Ice-T fronted Body Count track “Body Count’s in …

Giorgio Serafini – Art Meets Action

Giorgio Serafini is a surprising choice for an action filmmaker and yet someone who has turned heads with a surprising twist of visual flair, clean sharp action and an unusually stylised look and feel. All this within a genre which has often been left to stagnate in formula and predictability. Having cut his teeth on various Italian TV series he made a surprising shift into action and, for many western audiences, first appeared on the radar when he directed the …

Defending DTV Action

For a long time it’s bothered me how many viewers (especially those outside the action realm) turn their noses up and sneer at Direct to DVD films, particularly action. Here’s the thing: these films are often produced on an independent scale and while dramas or quirky, low-key comedies would be categorised as “indie”, a smaller action or fight flick will instantly receive its B-grade stamp. Often these are lower budget films admittedly forced to compete in a saturated DVD market …

My New Book “Life of Action” Announced

I have just announced my new book is called “Life of Action” and will feature candid interviews with some of the very best men and women in the Action and Martial Arts movie world on their lives and careers. It will be released as a paperback and e-book in late 2014, with more info to follow soon. Here’s my full announcement which went live on the book’s new Facebook fan page: “Since I was a young kid I’ve been crazy …