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 …

Albert Pyun Career Celebration

I found this to be a really nice and moving tribute to a hugely underrated career. He has always gone against the grain and for fans and anyone who has followed his career, you’ll agree it’s always been an uphill struggle! Director Albert Pyun will sadly be retiring having been diagnosed with MS and his fans are rallying to create the ultimate screening event as a tribute to his work and career. If you’re fan of his work, take a …

Donnie Yen Continues The Evolution in Dragon

Peter Chan’s Martial Arts themed action thriller proves there’s not just plenty of life remaining in the genre, but long established star Donnie Yen is more than willing to tackle a mature and edgier concept in his films! Of course, this isn’t new information for fans who’ve watched him obliterate villains and lay on the drama (in equal measure) in favourites like S.P.L, Ip Man 1 & 2 and Legend of the Fist. But still, it’s a great reminder. Some …

Action Stars Behind The Camera

Established for punching, kicking, shooting and generally pulverising bad guys, some action actors have taken a step further and ambitiously stepped behind the camera to shape their own vision of the ideal onscreen outing. These ventures have returned a mix of results but generally offer a refreshing take on the norm and for bonafide action fans, provide an interesting look into the mind of an action master. It also begs the question when others will do the same? And who …