3 items from 2012
Road to Hell, 2008.
Directed by Albert Pyun.
Albert Pyun’s Road to Hell is the kind of demented film only a very specific audience will be able to appreciate. For anyone who is familiar with the filmography of Mr. Pyun, a wide array of feelings and emotions will ensue and come to a boil when his films The Sword and the Sorcerer, Radioactive Dreams, Cyborg, or Captain America are brought up in conversation. Many people vehemently abhor his style of filmmaking, and others – like myself – consider him a true artist, despite that his canvas has gotten smaller and »
Cult director Albert Pyun continues to revisit his past titles. Last year Pyun released Tales Of An Ancient Empire, a sequel to his 1982 debut The Sword And The Sorcerer, and he is now gearing up production on Cyborgs: Rise Of The Slingers. A prequel to Pyun's director's cut of the 1989 Jean Claude Van Damme star vehicle, Cyborgs is written by Cynthia Curnan and will cover the origins of this post-apocalyptic culture.Shooting now in Las Vegas, Pyun promises a summer completion and has released a brief promo to show what he's up to. »
Though it’s unfair for a critic to say a film is worse than another purely because it had a smaller budget, Tales of an Ancient Empire (aka Abelar: Tales of an Ancient Empire) looks less like a professionally produced film and more like a project made on a rented set the size of a small bedroom by a director who overindulged themselves with Adobe After Effects to make up the difference. Structurally and technically, Tales of an Ancient Empire deserves even more criticism for dividing its story into nonsensical vignettes where characters emote at a sub-Soap Opera quality as their lines compete to be heard through bad audio effects and over a loud soundtrack. Tales of an Ancient Empire is virtually unwatchable unless you’re really hungry for a few moments of fantasy-themed nudity, and even then the bad audio distracts you. “Hey, boobs- Wait, is she speaking English? »
- Lex Walker
3 items from 2012
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