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Game Over for Filmmaker Uwe Boll?

Uweboll Much maligned German horror filmmaker Uwe Boll (known for abysmal videogame-to-screen adaptations like Alone in the Dark and Bloodrayne) has finally offered his critics a worthy challenge: if an online petition demanding that he stop making movies can gather one million signatures, Boll might be convinced to step away from the camera.

In an interview with FEARnet last week, following an NYC screening of his new film Postal, Boll  acknowledged that  there was such an online petition with about 18,000 signatures. "18,000 is not enough to convince me," Boll said. But how many would it take? "One million. Now we have a new goal."

The petition now has nearly 150,000 signatures. And even though Boll has several films in various stages of production (Postal is scheduled to open May 23), it seems like he's getting a little nervous. The director posted this video on YouTube, asking fans to start a rival "pro-Uwe Boll" petition:

You might remember that this is the same man who challenged his critics to fight him in a boxing ring -- and beat them all. Not that an angry German versus an untrained writer is ever a fair fight, but it's safe to say that Boll won't go down easily this time either.

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The petition reads:

To Dr. Uwe Boll:

We, the undersigned, respectfully ask that Uwe Boll give proper weight to the wishes of the video game community, the horror community, and the film going community in general and stop directing, producing, or taking any part in the creation of feature films. His distasteful handling of the subject matter and lack of acknowledgement of his failures simply cannot be abided any longer.

Mr. Boll has repeatedly shown a complete lack of comprehension regarding the videogames he has dragged, kicking and screaming, to the silver screen and his ham-fisted approach to horror has soiled future possibilities for anyone else who may attempt to bring videogames to film.

Sincerely,
The Undersigned

I think this raises several questions about film and art. Is Boll a hero of the art world, fighting his critics to preserve the right to make whatever he damn well pleases? Or is a film's worth determined by its audience (an audience that doesn't seem to have any interest in seeing Boll's movies, judging by their poor box office returns)? 

What do you think? You can read and sign the petition here.

-- Daniel Lehman

UPDATE: The pro-Boll petition now exists. A vote for either petition could be more important than this year's presidential election, so choose carefully.

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Look here, film snobs. I LOVE UWE BOLL! There. I said it, I meant it, I don't regret it.

There are bad films and there are entertaining "bad" films. Mr. Boll's films most certainly fall into the later category. Who else would cast Burt Reynolds as the King of England and Ray Liotta as an effeminate evil wizard in the LOTR take-off "In the Name of the King?" Who but Uwe recognizes Tara Reid can play a genius anthropoligist in "Alone in the Dark."

Uwe may never win an Oscar, but I'd rather enjoy any one of his films than plunk $15 down to sit through yet another Bret Ratner or Michael Bay fiasco.

Say what you will about him, but Boll's films are always fun and never boring. Who else in Hollywood can claim that?

For more Uwe info, check out my friends at SuperBoll Party http://superbollparty.com/.

Look here, film snobs. I LOVE UWE BOLL! There. I said it, I meant it, I don't regret it.

There are bad films and there are entertaining "bad" films. Mr. Boll's films most certainly fall into the later category. Who else would cast Burt Reynolds as the King of England and Ray Liotta as an effeminate evil wizard in the LOTR take-off "In the Name of the King?" Who but Uwe recognizes Tara Reid can play a genius anthropoligist in "Alone in the Dark."

Uwe may never win an Oscar, but I'd rather enjoy any one of his films than plunk $15 down to sit through yet another Bret Ratner or Michael Bay fiasco.

Say what you will about him, but Boll's films are always fun and never boring. Who else in Hollywood can claim that?

For more Uwe info, check out my friends at SuperBoll Party http://superbollparty.com/.

Lauren H.=Uwe Boll

Just watched "Seed" by Uwe Boll. And Im honest when I say that I would rather spent time in Auschwitz 1944 then watch this movie again. Uwe Boll.. If Adolf Hitler was alive.. he still would be the second sickest man in the world, Uwe Boll is number 1.

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