Blubberella Auteur Uwe Boll to Retire From Filmmaking

Photo: Getty
Photo: Getty

Once in every generation, there comes an artist too transgressive, too challenging, too persistently, deliberately incompetent to be appreciated in his own time. For low-budget video game movie adaptions of the mid-2000s, Uwe Boll was that artist. And now he is saying goodbye.

In a recent interview with the Toronto Metro, the man who once challenged his many, many critics to a series of 10-round boxing matches said that he is done fighting to make passion projects like BloodRayne: The Third Reich. According to Boll, the problem (as is always the case with great art) is money.


“The market is dead,” Boll told the paper, “you don’t make any money anymore on movies because the DVD and Blu Ray market worldwide has dropped 80 per cent in the last three years. That is the real reason; I just cannot afford to make movies.”

Boll says that Rampage: President Down, the upcoming second sequel to 2009 “mass murder thriller” Rampage, will be his final film. Still, he remains hopeful that his impressive body of work will one day get its due.

“Now when I don’t make any more movies,” said Boll, “maybe they’ll find the time to actually watch the movies, starting with Postal in 2005, the movies of the last ten years. They will see they were a lot of very interesting movies and a lot of movies that I think made sense and said a point about things. They deserve to be discussed bigger than they were.”

Frankly, when it comes to short films like 2015's criminally underappreciated “Fuck You All,” we couldn’t agree more.



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I’ve watched a couple of Boll’s films, In The Name of the King and one of the Bloodrayne movies. And in both cases, I was disappointed to discover that rather than being ridiculously bad, they were exceedingly mediocre. Not good, but watchable, at least by the standards of the other stuff you might find on SyFy or a random Starz channel at 3:15 AM.

What’s fascinating about really bad movies is the ways in which they aspire to something more than just competence. Ed Wood, Ray Dennis Steckler, and Coleman Francis weren’t great filmmakers, but they had a weird, sincere vision and a drive to realize it (just not a lot of talent or money). Boll is a competent (if totally uninspired) director who aspires to be shittier than he really is. If you watch his movies, it’s clear that he understands the principals of blocking scenes, lighting sets, editing, etc. There are actual actors — former movie stars — in some of his films. But the only way he can distinguish himself from all the other C- and D-tier action hacks is by choosing incredibly dopey/“provocative” properties and/or subject matter.

Boll’s played his “worst director in the world” schtick to the limit, to the point where nobody finds him particularly offensive or shocking, even in a snarky, “ironic” way. (Any idiot on YouTube could get better numbers.) About all he can do is offer the video market and his former audience an extended middle finger — minus any trace of irony, I’d imagine.