“It is kind of sad to say goodbye to Bill forever …. the biggest mass murderer in American history...”
Love him or hate him, there's no doubt that the directing career of Uwe Boll has never been quiet. A prolific director and producer, his work has taken in video game adaptations including Alone in the Dark, House of the Dead, Postal and Far Cry as well as brutal original work taking in Seed, Stoic, Darfur and Auschwitz. It's also taken in boxing matches with his reviewers, scathing indictments of the Hollywood system and plenty more besides. Boll recently announced his retirement from filmmaking, rounding out his career with the final part of the Rampage trilogy, Rampage 3: No Mercy. The story will conclude the story of politically motivated mass murderer Bill Williamson, and promises to be an emphatic end to Boll's career in filmmaking.
Alex: Your work has certainly stirred up controversy many times, including scenes of real animal torture in Seed and brutal scenes in the likes of Stoic and Auschwitz. Is that a conscious decision, or something that simply follows in the films you choose to make?
Uwe: I tell the stories how they should be told — don't look away from facts — if you make movies like DARFUR or AUSCHWITZ …..they need to be in your face ….
Alex: I've just reviewed and enjoyed Anger of the Dead, which you were producer on - what can you tell us about that movie?
Uwe: Marco and Luca, my two Italian friends and producers did that ….. for me this kind of genre movie's made for the right price — still can recoup the budget —but even that is soon impossible to make.
Alex: You'll soon be completing the Rampage trilogy, with the first two movies (in particular the second) being hugely political and powerful. How much of Bill Williamson's beliefs echo match up with your own?
Uwe: Whatever he says is me…. I think he is dead on in analyzing the world we are living in….
Alex: Williamson to me is a very compelling lead character, really well played by Brendan Fletcher. He's appeared in a number of your movies before - was he someone you had in mind from the start, and did Brendan have any input into the character?
Uwe: Yes... Brendan gets his co writer credit because he is BILL and refines his scenes and all his dialogue ….. He is a great actor and I saw that already 2002 when I had him in HEART OF AMERICA.
Alex: You recently announced that Rampage 3: No Mercy would be your last movie. What can audiences expect from this final offering?
Uwe: We finish the story and we go out big. We just finished shooting the movie and we did big action — 40 explosions and and and….. It is kind of sad to say goodbye to Bill forever …. the biggest mass murderer in American history.
Alex: You've been very famously anti-Hollywood, including in your recent YouTube video concerning the Rampage 3 Kickstarter. Was this a system you ever wanted to be part of, or was it something you always sought to avoid as a director?
Uwe: Hollywood didn't want me and didn't support me…. so I had to create my own workspace — and my own financing. The positive thing for me was and is that I don't have to kiss asses there and I can say everything what I want …. I can point out the absurdity of the system and the lies and bullshit the people living in.
Alex: 2016 marks 25 years since your first movie - what were some of your personal highlights for you across your career?
Uwe: The shooting of POSTAL was the biggest blast I ever had as a filmmaker ….. every day on set was another highlight. Shooting STOIC in the jailcell was amazing — we could actually shoot that movie in one day — like a stageplay … the actors were ready to do it. Shooting DARFUR and TUNNELRATS in South Africa …. telling those important stories — was great and the country is just stunning. Shooting all RAMPAGE movies ….. doing scenes against any norm —and being political CLEAR and saying how it is.
lex: Will you be looking back on your career as a director with any regrets at all?
Uwe: Of course ….but I justify what I did… the movies I got the worst reviews for …. like HOUSE OF THE DEAD and ALONE IN THE DARK made money and me popular….. Got me access to name actors.
Alex: What will you be working on next as a producer with Event Film - anything you can tell our readers about?
Uwe: I always look for movies we can worldwide sell and I’m happy to have KING COBRA with James Franco and Christian Slater —what we will sell in Berlin in February.
Rampage 3 is released in Summer 2016. You can check out the trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giwzp1SWSBk
Film Gutter will be reviewing some of Uwe Boll's movies in February, including Rampage 1 and 2 – visit http://www.gingernutsofhorror.com/film-gutter.html for the very latest in extreme horror reviews!