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Movie Review – Kickboxer: Vengeance (2016)

Kickboxer: Vengeance, 2016.

Directed by John Stockwell.

Starring Jean Claude Van-Damme, Alain Moussi, Dave Bautista, Gina Carano, Georges St-Pierre, Sara Malakul Lane, Darren Shahlavi and Matthew Ziff.

Synopsis:

When his brother is killed during a Muay Thai tournament, a martial artist heads to Thailand to seek revenge.

Jean-Claude Van Damme made a name for himself in the late 80’s with his star-making role in Bloodsport. The cult classic fight fest launched The Muscles from Brussels as one of the most popular action stars, particularly during his peak in the late 80’s and 90’s where he followed on the coat tails of Sly Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. What followed Bloodsport was a slew of films following a similar path. Van Damme himself did Kickboxer, and then Lionheart (also known as Awol). Essentially the same film again. Likewise Bloodsport and Kickboxer both spawned numerous sequels and innumerable cheap knock-offs, perhaps most notably Roger Corman’s Bloodfist series.
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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Nest

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Ah, cockroaches. They just don’t get much love in the Horror genre. One would think that these lowly creatures, clicking and flitting, scurrying and shuttling from dark to light would be prime fodder for terror terrain. However, up until 1988’s The Nest, there are only a handful of critter flicks starring these grotesque end- of- the- worlders. Concorde Pictures (Roger Corman’s latest company at the time) unleashed this gloriously gruesome roach-a-rama on an unsuspecting public and watched them squirm with delight.

Actually, The Nest only received a limited release by Concorde, but made its coin when it was released on video by MGM later that same year. Reviews were generally positive, with critics seeing it as a good natured update of 1950’s monster movies, of course with new, improved and gnarly special effects. The Nest is, shall we say, a great deal moister than its bug strewn brethren of yore.
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The Dusty VHS Corner: Bloody Bloodfists Part 1

Tom Jolliffe delves into The Dusty VHS Corner to kick off a Bloodfist marathon…

Bruce Lee’s short film career left a lasting impression on action cinema. His major breakout hit, Enter The Dragon, set the bar for the martial arts tournament film. When the 80’s rolled around the sub-genre was further popularized with the breakout success of Jean Claude Van Damme with Bloodsport, and then later, Kickboxer. These films seemed to find a willing audience on the big screen, but even more so, on video. These films also appealed to producers too. Unlike perhaps the Rambo style film and all the pyrotechnics and disposable war vehicles required, a good martial arts film could be shot for peanuts.

Step forward legendary low budget producer/director Roger Corman. The formula seemed simple. Pluck a martial arts expert from somewhere and have him fight his way through disposable opponents until fighting the imposing villain of the piece.
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Corman's Drive-In Expands

The influence of the great Roger Corman has reverberated through the film industry for many, many years. Now, with advancements in technology making movie watching easier than ever, his reach is about to extend to a larger audience than he could have imagined.

From the Press Release

Iconic American filmmaker Roger Corman and Julie Corman are expanding their personal YouTube subscription channel. After its successful launch in the U.S. and Canada last month, “Corman’s Drive-In” is now available to fans in the United Kingdom, Japan, Brazil, France, Spain, Russia, South Korea, and Australia.

Due to the tremendous popularity of Corman’s films around the globe, YouTube is making the channel available around the world immediately. The authentically American drive-in movie concept is gaining in popularity globally as Paris’ famous Grand Palais has been transformed into an American-styled drive-in cinema for the summer while in Japan Roger Corman is
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The 15 Most Violent Movie Titles of All Time

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There may be a slight possibility that standards for movie titles have become more lenient over the years, since we can't really fathom an action movie like this week's "Bullet to the Head" coming out in 1954 with a title like that. No sir.

The Sylvester Stallone vehicle does stick in your head for some reason, so we thought we'd dig in and find the most gruesome, lurid and downright threatening movie titles ever conceived. Remember, the criteria here ain't the violent content of the film itself, just its nastified handle.

15. '8 Million Ways to Die' (1986)

The unlikely combination of star Jeff Bridges, screenwriter Oliver Stone and director Hal Ashby ("Harold and Maude") came up with this neo-noir concoction, which failed to ignite at the box office and ultimately served as Ashby's swan song. The film itself has a pulpy, sub-"Miami Vice" plot about an alcoholic ex-detective drawn into a
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When the job's too small for The Expendables, it's time to call in The B-Team

It's a momentous day for longtime action fans today as the likes of Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren join forces on screen in The Expendables 2 [read our review here]. However, there's another potential team-up on the horizon that's sure to appeal to hardcore action aficionados, as B-movie legends Don 'The Dragon' Wilson (Bloodfist), Cynthia Rothrock (China O'Brien), Jeff Speakman (The Perfect Weapon) and Michael Dudikoff (American Ninja) are called up to the roster of The B-Team for an epic straight-to-video action ensemble.

"These are the names the producer right now has said he wanted: Michael Dudikoff, Jeff Speakman, Cynthia Rothrock and myself," says 'The Dragon' in an interview with CraveOnline earlier this week. "But since there’s a lot of bad guys and a lot of good guys in it, there’s room for anybody that’s going to be available... There’s going
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5 Things You Might Not Know About 'Say Anything,' 23 Years After The Release Of Cameron Crowe's Classic Rom-Com

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"Say Anything" was not particularly successful on its release. John Cusack was an established star of films like "The Sure Thing," but co-star Ione Skye was basically unknown, and director Cameron Crowe was, despite his writing credit on "Fast Times At Ridgemont High" eight years earlier, not a known quantity. As such, despite rave reviews, it only took $20 million at the domestic box office, and a meagre $733,000 internationally -- indeed, in many territories, like the U.K, it went straight to video.

But over time, partly thanks to the success of Crowe's later work like "Jerry Maguire" and "Almost Famous," and partly because of the slow realization of its brilliance, the rom-com -- which follows the fledgling relationship between ambition-free aspiring kickboxer Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack) and valedictorian Diane Court (Ione Skye), whose father (John Mahoney) is in trouble with the law -- has become one of the most beloved
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Blu-ray News: Corman’s World (Us/R1)

I love a good B-movie and one of my all-time favourite B-movie maestros is the legendary Roger Corman, I grew up watching many of his straight to DVD produced sci-fi and horror movies in the 80s and those films – such as Galaxy of Terror, Deathstalker, Forbidden World, The Terror Within and Humanoids From the Deep to name a few – are still cherished favourites today. In fact one of my all-time Top 20 favourite movies, Battle Beyond the Stars, came from Corman. He was also responsible for producing the awesome Bloodfist series of martial arts movies which starred Don “The Dragon” Wilson – another fave of mine!

Which is why I’m super-excited to see the Alex Stapleton directed documentary, Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel; and whilst the film hasn’t been announced for the UK as yet, I can at least satiate my Corman-induced hunger with the news that
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Trailer and new poster for Roger Corman documentary ‘Corman’s World’

You probably all know from reading my reviews here on Blogomatic3000 that I love a good B-movie. Now that may be a huge blockbusting B-movie like Transformers or a straight to DVD, unseen by many B-movie like the recent flick Monster Mutt, but they’re all B-movies nonetheless. One of my all-time favourite B-movie maestros is the legendary Roger Corman, I grew up watching many of his straight to DVD produced sci-fi and horror movies in the 80s and those films – such as Galaxy of Terror, Deathstalker, Forbidden World, The Terror Within and Humanoids From the Deep to name a few – are still cherished favourites today. In fact one of my all-time Top 20 favourite movies, Battle Beyond the Stars, came from Corman. He was also responsible for producing the awesome Bloodfist series of martial arts movies which starred Don “The Dragon” Wilson – another fave of mine!

Many a hardcore film-fan
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DVD Review - Circle of Pain (2010)

Circle of Pain, 2010.

Directed by Daniel Zirilli.

Starring Tony Schiena, Dean Cain, Bai Ling, Heath Herring and Kimbo Slice.

Synopsis:

When a friendly sparring session between an Mma champion and his best buddy goes horribly wrong, a ruthless promoter discovers a golden opportunity to set up a lucrative ‘dream clash’ between him and the fearsome new and undefeated title holder.

As something of an expert in action movies of all levels, I took up the challenge to watch and review Circle of Pain. My first impressions looking at the artwork, were that this would involve fighting and pain. True, and true! I was also under the impression that Kimbo Slice would be the star of the film as he takes centre stage on the cover. However by the time the credits were rolling, Kimbo, who for those who don’t know, is a Ufc fighter, had appeared briefly in two scenes.
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