Who exactly is Uwe Boll? Well, he’s a director primarily in charge of making some pretty terrible films. But beyond his terrible films, he’s actually quite an interesting person to read into. There’s a couple of, well, questionable things that this man has done. Nothing illegal, just he’s a bit of a cock by the looks of things. So what we’ll be doing in this article is looking into the strange mind of director Uwe Boll.
A bit of background quickly before we begin. He’s a now retired German filmmaker and now a restaurateur. Most of his films are adaptations of vaguely popular video games, all of which failed at the box office. Not only that, but critical opinion on both his work and him as a person is extremely negative. His career is split into two different sections. His first section is high budgets, big name actors and universal panning from critics. The second phase is smaller, more independent films that are lukewarm with critics. What a guy, let’s have a look into his career.
Cinematography of Uwe Boll
So before we look into what exactly he’s done to make himself so controversial, it’s interesting to look at his films. He’s made a fair few films and like I previously said they’re split into two different levels. By 2003 he had made his first video game adaptation, House of the Dead (2003). The real focus for me is the video game movies, because he butchers so many of them. Alone in the Dark (2005), BloodRayne (2005), BloodRayne 2: The Deliverance (2007) and Postal (2007) are probably the highlights. Oh, and Far Cry (2008) because who can forget that classic.
See the thing about Uwe Boll’s films is that they’re pretty much mass produced. In 2007 alone he produced five different films, four of those were directed by Boll himself. He’s a man that can either work with a lot of different films very quickly, or he’s a man that doesn’t take care with his craft. My guess is that he doesn’t care about his films. Who honestly knows if that’s true, I’d have to interview him to find out.
The Raging Boll Boxing Matches
Possibly his most famous escapade into controversial objectives, Uwe Boll held a set of boxing matches. He called out several journalists and directors, and offered them a chance to settle it with him in the ring. Offers were sent to anyone who had reviewed two or more of his films extremely negatively in either print or on the web. This invitation was also offered to Roger Avary and even Quentin Tarantino.
The reaction to Raging Boll, like most of his films, was pretty damn mixed. Some were disappointed and felt like they had been taken advantage of. Critics were told by Boll that they would be given training before fighting. They never received any training and were just slapped about by Boll in the ring. Boll went on to state that he gave his opponents three months to prepare, and nothing more has been said on it.
I know what you’re thinking, can you watch the fights? Yes, yes you can. They’re linked in the above video, they’re also on the extras section of the Postal DVD. Yes, I did watch them and intend to watch them again. There’s something so weird and awkward about this weird spectacle that requires you to watch it more than once. By the way, don’t be confused by the “Dr.” before his name, he’s not actually a doctor.
His most controversial film of all. Not because of the content, but because of how Boll went about in advertising the film. Firstly, he created an interview where he called himself a genius and went on to call Michael Bay and Eli Roth “fucking retards”. They responded quite calmly to his “criticism” and basically brushed it off. He then followed it up with a second interview where he was in the nude, said that Bay and Roth had no sense of humour, and then stated Postal would be better than the “social-critic George Clooney bullshit”.
He even went as far to say he could out perform Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) at the box office. Presumably he was joking, but still, he was adding fuel to an already huge fire. There was something about his approach to advertising his films that surprised me. Needless to say, Postal performed terribly. But even though it performed terribly, it was in fact my introduction to the man himself. Take that as what you will, it’s garbage, but a good type of garbage.
As an actual film, Postal is really, really bad. It’s the type of terrible that’s on the levels with late night Syfy channel films. But you know, there’s a certain charm to it. A hell of a lot of madness disguised as a really terrible film. So bad it’s good, but believe me it is still very, very bad.
Retirement and reasons
The main reason for Uwe Boll retiring was that nobody wanted to fund his movies anymore. That’s the problem when you move away to independent films, there’s always a chance you wont be funded. His final film did in fact release, somehow, I’m not sure how he funded it. But his final film, Rampage: President Down (2016) released late last year.
Not only that though, but way back in April 2008 there was a petition to force Uwe Boll into retirement. Boll himself had promised to retire if the petition ever reached one million signatures. By 2010, it had barely made a third of that, totalling at 353,835 signatures in total. But what interests me the most is that the makers of Stride gum offered anyone who signed the petition a free pack of gum. Why? Nobody really knows, and I doubt we ever will.
He was interviewed about the poll several times. In 2010 he stated it was probably far too late to even act upon it now, given it had been just over two years. But it doesn’t stop there for Boll’s outbursts. However, given the time frame of this article, that is most certainly for another day. This is just scratching the surface of quite possibly the most deranged man in all of Hollywood history.