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Welcome to Fistful of Film Fury, Sound on Sight’s new regular column exploring the world of martial arts film (The term world is taken seriously in this case, as shall be demonstrated in the weeks and months to come.). Fighting movies have been one of the most sought-after genres since the 1970s. The expansion of its popularity came in the aforementioned decade and was in large part due to the jaw-dropping output from the Shaw Brothers Studios in its heyday. The same decade saw other studios take a stab at producing films of similar ilk and, as the Shaw Brothers reign came to an end in the early 1980s, it seemed like everyone suddenly opted to pick up the mantle in their own way.
Today, it is commonplace to see a fight movie come out of the United States, France, China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and even different countries coming »
- Edgar Chaput
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As most of you already know, The Expendabelles is a female take on Sylvester Stallone's action franchise The Expendables. The movie is being developed over at Millennium Films, and they've hired Robert Luketic to direct the film, which Stallone is also producing. Just so you know, this is the same guy that directed Legally Blonde, 21, The Ugly Truth, Killers, and the incredibly awful film Paranoia. Once you read the ridiculous plot synopsis (via: Deadline) you'll understand why they ended up with this director,
When America’s Navy SEALs are wiped out trying to penetrate the island lair of a deadly despot who has captured one of the world’s top nuclear scientists, it becomes clear that there is no such thing as the right man for the job and that this is a mission so impossible that only women can handle it. The only way in: »
- Joey Paur
You want roles for women in actions filmsc Well guess what, the only way that can happen is if they disguise themselves as "high-class call-girls". That's right, don't call them hookers or prostitutes, these ladies are escorts and they will kill you... and dictators if need be. It was announced today The ExpendaBelles, an action franchise modeled after Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables, will be moving forward at Millennium Films with Robert Luketic (21, Legally Blonde) directing. Here's the synopsis: When America's Navy SEALs are wiped out trying to penetrate the island lair of a deadly despot who has captured one of the world's top nuclear scientists, it becomes clear there is no such thing as the right man for the job and this is a mission so impossible only women can handle it. The only way in: some of the world's deadliest female operatives must pose as high-class call-girls shipped »
- Brad Brevet
Following a successful premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, Josh Waller's all female fight flick Raze - featuring Death Proof's Zoe Bell in her first leading role - is off to a rousing start in limited theatrical release in New York and La, enough so that expansion is in the works this week. And if you need a little something to lure you out we've got an exclusive clip from the film featuring Rosario Dawson.Starring the world's most famous stuntwoman Zoë Bell, the action master behind Kill Bill and Death Proof, Raze is a high-octane action/horror thrill ride that pits expert female fighters against each other in a nightmare arena, with the lives of their loved ones at stake. Awakening after being abducted, Jamie (Bell)...
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The good folks over at IFC Midnight have delivered a new featurette for their upcoming flick Raze that focuses on the film's many brutal fights. Put up your dukes, bob, weave, and check it out!
Raze (review here), directed by Josh C. Waller from a script by Robert Beaucage, stars Rachel Nichols (Star Trek, P2, The Amityville Horror), Zoe Bell (Kill Bill, Grindhouse), Tracie Thoms (Death Proof, Rent), Sherilyn Fenn ("Twin Peaks," Boxing Helena), Rebecca Marshall (Saw 3D, That’s My Boy), Doug Jones (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth), Bruce Thomas (Babysitter Wanted, "Kyle Xy"), Tara Macken (The Hunger Games), Adrienne Wilkinson ("Xena", Star Wars:The Force Unleashed), Nicole Steinwedell ("The Unit"), Bailey Borders, Allene Quincy, Jordan James Smith, Amy Johnston, Victoria Cruz, and Brianna Gage.
Raze focuses on two abducted women and 50 others who are forced to fight each other using their bare hands, all for the sadistic enjoyment of an elite, »
- Uncle Creepy
New Zealander Zoë Bell is an unusual Hollywood triple threat. She's an internationally recognized stunt woman thanks to the documentary Double Dare and Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof. She's an actress with credits opposite Gerard Butler (Gamer), Ellen Page (Whip It) and Tom Cruise (Oblivion). And with her latest movie Raze, this ass-kicking leading lady has also turned producer. While Bell is proud of all she's achieved so far and grateful for her loyal fan following, she's not done yet. When I sat down with her ahead of the release of her gritty women-in-prison thriller, we not only discussed Raze (read the first half of the interview here), but also covered a wide range of projects and challenges Bell is eager to take on. Ranging from Marvel superheroes to The ExpendaBelles and breaking into the Fast & Furious franchise, this charismatic Renaissance woman shares six dream projects she's fighting to make real. »
A beautiful young woman wakes up in a dark basement, only to discover that she's being held captive by a pair of lunatics who...
Oh, you've seen this horror movie before? Fine. Let me finish. ...force young women to pummel one another to death in a series of bare-knuckle brawls that would make Chuck Norris cringe in fear. Right. Josh Waller's stripped-down, admirably gritty, and very expeditious indie flick Raze is only about 25% horror -- and 75% down and dirty fisticuffs among ferocious females. The hook is that A) each fight is to the death, B) the final winner gets to live, and C) anyone who loses or refuses to fight can watch the death of their loved ones via hidden camera. Like I said, it's a pretty dark little action horror mash-up. Zoe Bell, the stuntwoman-turned-actor who brings a nice sense of sincerity to even the craziest genre films, »
- Scott Weinberg
With the release of Zoe Bell’s new flick, Raze, in theaters and on Video on Demand, we are reminded of all the modern-day grindhouse films that we’ve come to enjoy over the past 14 years. The genre, named after theaters (in particular defunct burlesque theaters in New York City) that primarily showed exploitation films, plays on its low budget, niche appeal and, often times, lurid subject matter. Raze like the 9 other films on this list, keeps things bloody, raunchy and fun. (Just don’t watch these with your mother!)
Shelved for several years before finally getting released in October of last year, this flick does its best to flip the horror genre on its head. Alcohol, drugs, sex and plenty of gore come into play when a group of kids decide to spend a weekend at a remote farmhouse.
- Stacy Lambe
The indie circuit has heard our pleas, and is attempting to push the boundaries regarding women in film. Though its attempts are both thoughtful and necessary, this journey is just beginning. Today marks the IFC release of indie flick “Raze,” starring stuntwoman-turned-actor Zoë Bell and a slew of other women, including Tracie Thoms (“Looper”), Rachel Nichols, Sherilyn Fenn, and a brief appearance from Rosario Dawson. Bell's character Sabrina leads a group of women made to fight to the death at the hands of an elite society. What would make them do such a horrible thing? If they lose a fight, their loved ones die. If they win a fight, their opponent dies at their hands, but their loved ones live. There can only be one winner. “Raze,” which stars and was produced by Bell, features a cast of 23 women. Looking at the state of the industry when it comes to casting females as leads, »
After what seemed to have been an otherwise pleasant date, Jamie (Rachel Nichols) awakens in a red hallway dressed in a white tank top and gray sweatpants. Dazed and confused, Jamie encounters another woman dressed in an identical uniform. That woman, Sabrina (Zoe Bell), guides Jamie naively into a small fighting arena. Even though Jamie is a trained fighter, she is absolutely no match for Sabrina. Jamie turns out to be just another notch on Sabrina's kill list. Sabrina and the other women participating in this deranged fight to the death competition are not doing so willingly. With their loved ones under 24-hour surveillance by the maniacal Joseph (Doug Jones) and his evil minions, Sabrina and her cohorts are given no other option than to continue to fight. If they refuse to participate, their respective loved one will be killed. »
- Don Simpson
The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “Remembering Rain Man: The $350 Million Movie That Hollywood Wouldn’t Touch Today” — Matt Patches at Grantland gives the dearth of serious adult dramas from studios a face and a nickname. A production history that’s definitely, definitely of a different era. “Distribution Advice for 2014” — Speaking of which, Thom Powers offers his own insights alongside a compilation of advice from documentary filmmakers on the next, next step toward success. “As Indies Explode, an Appeal for Sanity” — Manohla Dargis wrings her veteran hands on the doorstep of another potentially sale-crazy Sundance. “‘Am I Crazy For Even Considering This?’ Stuntwoman Zoe Bell Says, ‘Yes,’ Then Does It Anyway” — A thorough, telling interview with the most famous working stuntwoman via Matt Zoller Seitz that will make you want to hit the gym. »
- Scott Beggs
It’s a good thing Josh C. Waller’s Raze isn’t the real deal because if the large majority of us were kidnapped, imprisoned and forced to fight to the death, odds are, Zoe Bell would kick all of our asses.
Bell made a name for herself as a top-notch stuntwoman, now with over 20 titles on her resume. However, Bell didn’t just impress Quentin Tarantino with her stunt work on Kill Bill and Kill Bill: Volume 2; she also inspired him to cast her as an actress in his 2007 release, Death Proof. Shortly after wowing audiences with her on-screen charisma and ability to dangle from the ...
- Perri Nemiroff
Unlikely to entertain anyone not thrilled by the invitation “Let’s watch chicks pummel each other!,” “Raze” is a brutally monotonous fight-to-the-death-contest actioner whose novelty element — all-female competitors — is undermined by lack of imagination on every other level. Vehicle for veteran stuntwoman Zoe Bell, who was showcased to far better effect in Quentin Tarantino’s “Grindhouse” entry “Death Proof,” feels like an homage to ’80s straight-to-video cheapies, one that’s missing any humor but faithfully reproduces the bare-bones production values. Its fortunes, too, will skew toward home formats; it launches on VOD and iTunes Jan. 10, simultaneous with Los Angeles/New York theatrical openings.
Sabrina (Bell) is the surviving frontrunner so far among an original 50 women with various advanced physical combat skills. Abducted, they wake up in an underground bunker, where they’re forced to kill each other in unarmed bouts for an unknown audience via live video. If they lose or refuse, »
- Dennis Harvey
In Josh Waller’s movie Raze, 50 women — including Death Proof co-stars Zoë Bell and Tracie Thoms – are abducted and made to fight each other to the death in a subterranean complex overseen by Doug Jones and Sherilyn Fenn. While the film has all the ingredients of an exploitation movie, Waller gifts the result with a serious flavor that sets it apart from your average women-in-prison slice of shlock.
“That was my goal,” says the filmmaker. “I personally am not a fan of exploitation films. I thought, Well, if I’m going to do a film which functions within this largely exploitative subgenre of women-in-prison, »
- Clark Collis
Girl fight! If that phrase makes your pulse quicken, Raze may be the movie for you. Or, it may cure you forever of the desire to see women growl, bite, and brawl.
Sabrina (played by Zoë Bell; read our interview with her) has been kidnapped, awakening in a barren cell, only to be thrown into a gladiator pit alongside another young woman.
If Sabrina doesn't use her handy-dandy kick-fighting skills to slay her opponent, her daughter will be killed. Sabrina is one of 50 women who are being forced to fight one another to the death, all for the amusement of rich patrons watching via a live video feed.
The stark prison Sabrina and a half dozen final contestants inhabit make the torture »
How does a seasoned gymnast-martial-artist-stuntwoman on an international scale become an action icon? All it takes is a director like Josh C. Waller to mould the incredible physical skill of Zoë Bell with her emotional intensity. Raze is an action horror with the tagline “Fight or Die!” The film has a touch of Orwell, through a violent Big Brother reality show, that may recall ‘The Hunger Games,’ but is set in a prison scenario, where several women fight each other to death to save their loved ones, and their will be only one winner. It all begins when a young woman is abducted by an elite, secret society and wakes [ Read More ]
- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
The intense action-horror film Raze tells a story set in a modern day coliseum of sorts, where 50 women are condemned to kill each other, in order to protect their own loved ones. When Jamie (Rachel Nichols) wakes up after being abducted and finds herself in a concrete bunker, she realizes that she must fight fellow abductee Sabrina (Zoe Bell), in a bare-knuckle brawl to the death. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, stuntwoman turned actress Zoe Bell talked about what made her want to get involved with this project, how much things evolved from the original concept, what it’s been like to make the transition from stuntwoman to actress, learning to express emotions on camera, juggling acting and producing, how people mistakenly think that she’s super aggressive and always wanting to fight, in real life, and how she feels about the ultimate outcome for her character. »
- Christina Radish
Considering The Expendables scored $274 million worldwide, the sequel snagged $305 million of its own and there’s a third film on the way, it makes sense Millennium Films would want to expand the franchise. However, now that they’ve got just about every big-name male hero in the mix, it’s time to tap into a new pool of potential elite mercenaries, the most badass female action stars in the business.
When news first broke that Millennium was putting together a female version of The Expendables called The ExpendaBelles, names like Angelina Jolie, Kate Beckinsale, Milla Jovovich, Gina Carano, Uma Thurman, Sigourney ...
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- Perri Nemiroff
Kiwi stuntwoman and sometimes actress Zoe Bell is best known for her standout turn atop the hood of a moving car in Quentin Tarantino's "Death Proof." She played a small role in his hit follow-up "Django Unchained" but remained masked throughout, not getting an opportunity to shine. That changes with "Raze," her first headlining endeavor that world premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival to solid notices from genre purists. [Editor's Note: This interview originally ran during the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. IFC Midnight releases "Raze" on Jan. 10.] In this sly subversion of the women-in-prison genre, Bell plays Sabrina, who's mysteriously abducted and finds herself in an underground lair forced to do battle with other women for the amusement of an audience. Indiewire sat down with Bell in New York during the festival to discuss her relationship with Tarantino (who she first met on the set of the "Kill Bill" films -- she was Uma Thurman's stunt double) and where she sees her »
- Nigel M Smith
In Joshua Waller’s Raze, superstar stuntwoman Zoe Bell goes in front of the camera again to play Sabrina, a prisoner in an underground fight club made up entirely of captive women. Overseen by a maniacal pair (the marvelously-cast Doug Jones and Sherilyn Fenn), Sabrina has to fight her fellow captives to the death or watch her loved ones be killed instead. Waller and Bell’s film had its Windy City premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival and the pair sat down to talk about their grindhouse flick, the balance of extreme violence within it, and the importance of a little movie called Kill Bill.
FEARnet: Can you speak a little bit about the importance of film festivals in bringing a movie like this to an audience?
Zoe Bell: They’re key. They’re the lifeline for movies like this. Movies like this being movies that can’t afford to promote on billboards, »
- Brian Tallerico
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