Friday the 13th Doc in the Works

Good news for Jason fans – According to Shock Till You Drop, a new (and potentially HUGE) documentary on the Friday the 13th series is now filming, and hopes to be released later this year. Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th is being written and directed by Daniel Farrands and produced by Thommy Huston – this is the team that brought us the monumental Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy back in 2010.

If Never Sleep Again is any indicator, the Friday the 13th doc should be a huge treat for slasher fans. Check out the official press release after the jump.

Panic Productions and Hutson Ranch Media that the documentary Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th officially began lensing on April 24, 2012 in Los Angeles, New York, Connecticut and Vancouver. Inspired by author Peter M. Bracke’s bestselling book, this thrilling retrospective promises to be the definitive look at the making of the iconic horror franchise.

From its inception in 1980, the Friday the 13th film series has proven to be as unstoppable at the box office as its hockey-masked, machete-wielding villain Jason Voorhees, who has terrorized the fictional town of Crystal Lake for more than 30 years. Since then, Friday the 13th has become a true multimedia juggernaut, having spawned twelve feature films, a syndicated television drama and an extensive line of merchandise and collectibles. What’s more, revenue figures are as staggering as they are relentless: over 95 million tickets sold and nearly $600 million in domestic box office receipts alone.

Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th promises to give horror fans a unique insider’s look into the iconic horror series, featuring over 100 interviews with cast and crew spanning all twelve films and the television series, many of whom have never before publicly discussed their involvement in the long-running franchise. The documentary is written and directed by Daniel Farrands and produced by Thommy Hutson, who previously combined forces on the most acclaimed horror franchise documentary ever made, 2010’s Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy, an epic four-hour journey that chronicled the making of director Wes Craven’s seminal 1984 shocker and its seven sequels. Independently produced, financed and released by Farrands and Hutson, Never Sleep Again won The Academy of Science Fiction and Horror’s prestigious Saturn Award in 2010 for “Best DVD Release” as well as two Home Media Magazine Reaper Awards for “Best Direct-to-Video Release” and “Best of Show.”

“Never Sleep Again is widely-regarded as the definitive retrospective on Freddy Krueger and the eight Nightmare on Elm Street films, so we thought it only fitting that Jason, who has appeared in twelve films, be given his due,” says writer/director Daniel Farrands, who previously served as editor and co-publisher of the groundbreaking book which inspired the new documentary and produced Paramount Home Entertainment’s Deluxe Edition DVD releases of the Friday the 13th films. A veteran of the horror genre, Farrands wrote the screenplay for Dimension Films’ Halloween 6 and produced Lionsgate’s hit supernatural thriller, The Haunting in Connecticut, which grossed $80 million at the box office worldwide. “I literally grew up on the Friday the 13th films,” says Farrands. “And in a very real way the series is responsible for my career in the film industry. It is truly an honor to chronicle the history of the series in a comprehensive documentary that I hope will serve as a worthy companion piece to the films and satisfy the series’ loyal fans.”

Producer Thommy Hutson who, in addition to Never Sleep Again, also wrote and produced definitive documentaries on Scream and The Return of the Living Dead, agrees. “After exploring the success and making of nightmares, ghost-faced killers and wise-cracking zombies, the time felt right to document the rise of one of the most well-known, feared and loved villains of our generation,” he says. “I am thrilled to be part of a project that will undoubtedly be the definitive story of not just Jason Voorhees, but the film franchise that created him. It’s a campfire tale long overdue.”

Upon its original release as a collectible hardcover edition in October 2005, Crystal Lake Memories was instantly hailed as one of the most lavish, comprehensive and meticulously researched books ever created about a film series. Author Peter M. Bracke crafted a narrative as full of shocks and surprises as the films themselves, painting a graphically compelling picture of one of horror’s most enduring franchises. In April 2012, an all-new and fully expanded eBook edition of Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of ‘Friday the 13th’ was released to the iBooks, Kindle and Nook platforms. “As a life-long fan of Friday the 13th, it was a dream come true to document the series with the original hardcover and electronic versions of Crystal Lake Memories,” says Bracke. “So I am absolutely thrilled that the team behind Never Sleep Again has decided to tackle all things Jason and Friday the 13th. It is simply an amazing honor to be a part of this ‘visual companion piece’ to Crystal Lake Memories, and I can’t wait to see it!”

The documentary Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th is slated for a late 2012 release.

Book Report: The Cabin in the Woods: The Official Visual Companion

By now, you have no doubt had the opportunity to head to your local theater and spend some time with The Cabin in the Woods. Hopefully, you enjoyed it as much as I did. Maybe, you enjoyed it so much that you went back and saw it a second time (I did). Maybe you enjoyed it so much that you spent the next few days turning it over in your head and discussing it with friends and loved ones (I did). And maybe you are looking for something that will open up that world even further (again, I did).

The answer is here: May I present The Cabin in the Woods: The Official Visual Companion. This is the ultimate guide and behind the scenes book for The Cabin in the Woods. It opens with a STELLAR interview with both Whedon and Goddard about the conception of the idea, the writing process, their experiences as first-time director and first-time-film-producer, on-set stories, inspiration for the various creatures you see running around in the third act – EVERYTHING. Stories told with the charms and charisma that only Whedon and Goddard can provide.

It also includes cast interviews, the script, production designs and set photos (and yes, your very own shot of the infamous white board, allowing you to stare at it for as long as you want as you try to visualize the difference between “witches” and “sexy witches”), costume designs, concept sketches and photos of the monsters. It’s really awesome to read the FX notes and see just how much of it was done practically. Stuff that you are so used to seeing being done digitally were practical effects – so many more than you imagine. It’s so cool. There were a gazillion monsters in this movie, and they were pretty much all dudes in suits, rubber and latex. The way God intended.

I can tell you personally that flipping through this book made me positively giddy. It’s great for information about the film itself, and just a cool shelf book to add to your collection. If you loved The Cabin in the Woods as much as I did, you should seriously think about picking up a copy.

Spoiler-Free Review: Cabin in the Woods

I am not big on spoilers to start with, but I am going full-board with this spoiler-free write-up by not saying a goddamn thing. I may write a spoiler-full breakdown/analysis later, but I want to see it at least one more time before making that attempt. It will be more fun that way. So this actually isn’t a review so much as a praise-singing.

I will tell you this: If you didn’t spend two hours of your weekend seeing this flick, then your weekend was completely wasted. Go see it. Right now. If you found this site, then you have at least a passing interest in horror films (if not a full-on rager for them). And you are the people this movie was made for. It’s incredibly smart, clever, funny and scary, and in all the right places. This is a film that horror fans have been deserving of for a long-ass time. It understands both the genre and the audience, and it doesn’t patronize.

You’ll enjoy the shit out of this movie if you go by yourself, but you’ll have even more fun if you go with a friend. Or several. Because after the credits roll, you’re going to want to go out for a beer. Or coffee. Or just sit in the theater parking lot for a couple of hours, if that’s your thing. Point is, you are going to want to discuss. It BEGS to be talked about among genre fans. When you leave that theater, you’re going to want to talk about this one for hours – the things you noticed, the stuff you want to see again, various references to classic horror films, the meaning behind it all, how adorable Amy Acker is – expect a solid 2 hours conversation at the minimum.

And it begs for repeat viewings. Because there is so much to take in and so much to begin to break down. Whedon and Goddard really put a lot into this one, and there is so much to love about it. This is the film that horror fans have been wanting for years.

The Devil’s Carnival – Coming to a City Near You

Get ready, America. Darren Lynn Bousman is taking his newest film on the road, and you might get a chance to see it. Following up cult fave Repo! The Genetic Opera, Bousman has constructed a brand-new musical with The Devil’s Carnival. Bousman and star and co-writer Terrance Zdunich will be traveling with the film across the country for the next few weeks, screening it in multiple cities and doing audience Q&As afterwards.

I wasn’t overly-impressed with Repo, but I am getting psyched about this one. Repo had a lot of good ideas that just I thought weren’t executed very cleanly. But this review from Ain’t it Cool’s Massawyrm got me excited. It looks like it could be a film with a lot to say, and seeing it on tour could be an awesome experience. I’m giving it a shot.

Check out the trailer below, and then check out the Event page to see if it will be playing near you.

Sin City 2 Officially Announced

Rumbles of a Sin City sequel have been churning since..well…the opening day of the first Sin City. Rumors have flown left and right, but nothing has been official until now. Patience is about to pay off, it would seem, as Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller announced today that they will be teaming up for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

Rodriguez’s Quick Draw Productions and AR Films are going to partner with Dimension for this highly-anticipated sequel. Casting should begin soon, and no details have been released regarding the script, though it is expected that many of the actors from the first film will be reprising their roles.

No release date has been set.

Review: Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope

Last night I sat down to watch Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope (and in case you were wondering, I had a BLAST). This is the latest documentary from director Morgan Spurlock, produced by the likes of Joss Whedon, Stan Lee and Harry Knowles. Made BY geeks, FOR geeks. You can’t ask for much more than that.

The film follows several attendees at the 2010 Comic-Con who each have a particular goal at the convention: job prospects as an artist, fame and glory in the annual Masquerade, obtaining a valued collectible, selling comics to enthusiasts and collectors…but the film is also peppered with interviews with famous and non-famous geeks telling stories and explaining what they love about the convention. From giants of the industry like Stan Lee and Frank Miller to fans who have made geekdom part of their own culture, like Kevin Smith and Seth Green to random Con attendees the producers just pulled off the floor. They are all there to experience the Geek Mecca that is Comic-Con and to bask in its nerdtastic glory.

The film touches on the various elements that make up Comic-Con (panels, collectibles, cosplay, movie stars, studio execs, and – gasp! even the comics industry), but its focal point is more on the people who attend and the joy that they get out of the experience. This film is, first and foremost, a love letter to fandom. It celebrates that indescribable geek love and devotion that Comic-Con centers around.  Be it for a comic book, a particular character, a video game franchise, a television series, a movie – you name it. To love it with an intense passion and a virtually limitless amount of enthusiasm. 

To have that feeling that the art, whatever the medium, is speaking directly to you, and to recognize and embrace the impact that it has had on your life. The fans so devoted to Star Trek that they learned the Klingon language. The Metroid players who still remember sitting on the edge of their seats in the middle of the night, terrified as they explored the lava-filled depths of Norfair with only twenty energy left in their last tank. The people who have watched Star Wars so many times that they know it shot for shot and have every syllable of dialogue memorized, yet still experience the same level of awe and excitement as the first time they saw it back in ‘77. The collector who will search to the ends of the earth for the one mint issue that will make his collection complete. This is the culture that the Con and the film celebrate.

Spurlock doesn’t aim to teach you about nerdery or about the convention itself. Instead, he aims to connect you with the people who are there to experience it. This doc was an interesting departure for him in that he doesn’t appear in it at all. In his past films, he has played the host, guiding us through the film and its subject with interviews, animated illustrations, and personal experiments. It’s been a great method so far, but the choice to stay off camera and let the interviewees do the talking really lends itself well to this particular subject. Comic-Con: Episode IV doesn’t require the level of hand-holding that he has used in the past, because the film’s audience already knows what they’re in for. They’re not here to learn – they are here to geek. So he lets the culture speak for itself.

I’ve never been to Comic-Con, but I have been to PAX (Penny Arcade’s own Gabe and Tycho are featured briefly in the doc as the dudes geeking out over the AWESOME Mass Effect 2 costumes on the show floor). I live in Seattle and attend PAX every year, and listening to these attendees express their joy of attending the Con gets my PAX feelings a-rumbling. There is something profoundly magical about being in a place with a bazillion people who are not only into the same things you are into, but are as crazy-excited about them as you are. It generates SUCH a positive vibe. It sounds totally hokey, I know, but every time I think about PAX, the first thing I remember is how happy it makes me feel and how much fun everybody is having. I’m not kidding when I say that it’s a gathering of me and 65k of my closest friends. Everyone is excited, everyone is there to have a good time, and when you look around the room, you know you are surrounded by your people. You know you are home. That is the vibe that this film projects. That is what its attendees are feeling and expressing. And it’s amazing. If you’ve been to any gathering like these, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. And if you haven’t, seeing this film will make you want to experience this miracle even more. I dare you to try and watch it and without a big, sappy, dumb-ass grin on your face. It’s not even possible. Comic-Con Episode IV celebrates everything we love about geekdom, and invites us to share it with each other.

Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope is slowly crawling through a limited theatrical release. But if you’re like me, and didn’t have any patience whatsoever, you can view it on pretty much any digital VOD platform (which you should. Now.).



 

**Also (random side-note), I want Stan Lee to be my Grandpa. I’m certain I’m not the first person to say that, nor will I be the last, but every time I see the man, my heart gets all squishy. He is so excited, so gracious, and so in love with what he does. It’s freaking awesome. He has made such a mark on the industry, influenced millions and millions of people in one way or another, and he has such legitimate respect for the fan community that supports him. So rad.

Truly Truly Truly Outrageous

My birthday was last month. And I have to tell you – my husband is a fantastic gift-giver. Geek-tastic joy. In addition to Arkham Horror and a Friday the 13th plushie, I also received the complete Jem series on DVD. Remember Jem? Of course you do. If you were anything like me, you waited patiently for He-Man to wrap up (because you were a 6-year-old girl, and hadn’t yet discovered the delights of barbarian sword-play) so you could share along in the adventures of Jem and the Holograms as they put on concerts, saved orphans, achieved all kinds of success, despite every attempt to prevent it by the Misfits. Now, I can experience that joy all over again. And let me tell you – it is AWESOME.

This series is everything I remember it being (except I do remember it being animated better, but I was 6 – what the hell did I know)? I remember specific episodes, plot lines – even songs are familiar. Clearly, this series left its mark. And it’s so much fun to revisit. Already, Jem and her friends have won the Battle of the Bands, stopped world hunger, made a fashion book, saved an orphan’s sight, made their own successful movie, taught me about peer pressure, taught me that running away from home is bad and dangerous, taught me all about China, and put on about a gazillion concerts. IS THERE NOTHING THEY CAN’T DO??????

The funniest part is that I didn’t really expect to have so much fun watching it. I was really excited to receive it – it was a part of my childhood, and I looked forward to having it sit on my DVD shelf. I figured that we would watch a couple of episodes before losing interest. I never expected to be over 12 hours into it and still interested. I don’t know if we’ll make it through all  65 episodes (I know, right???), but for the moment, we’re still going strong. Saturday morning Jem watching is becoming a tradition in our apartment, complete with Cap’n Crunch breakfast and everything!

Seriously – who wouldn’t want to start a Saturday with this???

Jaws Blu-Ray Details Released

Hells yeah!!!!!!!!!! We learned a couple of months ago that Jaws was FINALLY getting the Blu-Ray treatment later this year. Today, Universal announced exactly what that entails. In addition to a massive clean-up, the disc will also include the widely-talked-about, little-seen feature-length documentary, The Shark is Still Working.

Get ready to kick back and get your geek on later this summer. Jaws Day is August 14th.

Check out the official press release for all the details:

    Academy Award® Winner Steven Spielberg’s
   Iconic Summer Classic Comes to Blu-Ray™.
   for the First Time Ever, Digitally Remastered &
  Fully Restored in Honor of
 Universal’s 100th Anniversary Celebration

    JAWS

  on August 14th,

 own the Blu-RayTM combo pack with DVD, digital copy, UltravioletTM
 & over 4 hours of bonus features including

                                 an all-new documentary THE SHARK IS STILL WORKING

    Universal City, California, April 10, 2012:  JAWS – the landmark motion picture that still makes audiences afraid to go in the water – comes to Blu-rayTM for the first time ever on August 14th, 2012. Featuring an all-new, digitally remastered and fully restored picture, as well as 7.1 surround sound, the JAWS Blu-rayTM Combo Pack with DVD, Digital Copy and UltraVioletTM gives fans the ultimate way to watch the breathtaking and terrifying action-thriller.

    One of the most influential motion pictures of all time and nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award®, JAWS stars Oscar® winner Richard Dreyfuss and Oscar® nominees Roy Scheider and Robert Shaw.  Produced by legendary filmmakers Richard D. Zanuck and David Brown, the film earned an Oscar® for composer John Williams’ instantly recognizable minimalist score, as well as Oscars® for Best Editing and Best Sound. When it was first released in 1975, JAWS smashed box-office records and became the highest-grossing film of its era, earning Spielberg a reputation as a Hollywood visionary.  Today, it remains one of the highest-grossing films in motion-picture history[1] and is largely considered the film that launched the summer blockbuster.

    JAWS is one of 13 classic Universal films to be digitally remastered and fully restored from 35mm original film elements as part of Universal’s ongoing 100th Anniversary celebration. The JAWS restoration began with researching and evaluating the existing film elements to determine the best means to restore the film. Over the course of several months, skilled technicians at Universal Studios Digital Services meticulously balanced color, removed dirt and scratches, and repaired any damage to the film elements shot by shot and frame by frame. Following the picture restoration, Universal Studios Sound team up-mixed the iconic JAWS soundtrack to DTS-HD Master 7.1, optimizing the sound on the Blu-rayTM for the latest home theater technology. The entire restoration process was conducted in conjunction with Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment’s post-production team to ensure the integrity of Spielberg’s original vision remained intact.

    “JAWS holds a unique place, not just in Universal Pictures’ history, but in global pop culture,” said Craig Kornblau, President of Universal Studios Home Entertainment. “It is only fitting that this phenomenal film should be given the extensive restoration needed to ensure that long-time fans as well as newcomers can enjoy this unforgettable cinematic achievement for generations to come.”

    The JAWS Blu-ray™ Combo Pack is available in collectible Universal 100thAnniversary packaging for a limited time.  The Combo Pack also contains a Digital Copy of the film for a limited time, compatible with iTunes®, iPad®, iPhone®, iPod™ touch, Android or online retail partners, as well as an UltraViolet™ copy.  UltraViolet is the revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows in the cloud to download and stream instantly to computers, tablets and smartphones.  Consumers can now truly enjoy their movies anytime, anywhere on the platform of their choice.

    Blu-ray™ Bonus Features:

    The Shark is Still Working: The Impact & Legacy of JAWS:  All-new feature-length documentary featuring never-before-seen footage and interviews with cast and crew including Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss and Roy Scheider.

    JAWS: The Restoration:  An all-new, in-depth look at the intricate process of restoring the movie.

    The Making of JAWS:  A two-hour documentary featuring interviews with key cast and crew.

    From the Set:  An insider’s look at life on the set of JAWS, featuring an interview with Steven Spielberg.

    Deleted Scenes & Outtakes

    JAWS Archives:  Take a peek inside the JAWS archives, including storyboards, production photos and marketing materials, as well as a special segment on the JAWS phenomenon.

    Original Theatrical Trailer

    UltraViolet™:  The revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows, store them in the cloud, and download and stream instantly to computers, tablets and smartphones. Currently available in the United States only.

    Digital Copy:  Viewers can redeem a digital version of the full-length movie from a choice of retail partners to watch on an array of electronic and portable devices.

    pocket BLU™ App:  The popular free pocket BLU™ app for smartphones is now even better with newly updated versions for iPad®, Android™ tablets, PC and Macintosh computers, with features made especially to take advantage of the devices’ larger screens and high resolution displays.

    Advanced Remote Control: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray™ player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live™ functions with ease.

    Video Timeline: Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the film.

    Mobile-To-Go: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray™ discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there is a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy content on the go, anytime, anywhere.

    Browse Titles: Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU™-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-ray™. They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device.

    Keyboard: Entering data is fast and easy with your device’s intuitive keyboard.

    BD-LIVE™:  Access the BD-Live™ Center through your Internet-connected player to access the latest trailers, exclusive content and more!

    DVD Bonus Features:

    Spotlight on Location: The Making of JAWS:  Highlights from the full-length documentary featuring interviews with key cast and crew.

    Synopsis

    Directed by Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, Jaws set the standard for edge-of-your seat suspense quickly becoming a cultural phenomenon and forever changing the movie industry. When the seaside community of Amity finds itself under attack by a dangerous great white shark, the town’s chief of police (Roy Scheider), a young marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss) and a grizzled shark hunter (Robert Shaw) embark on a desperate quest to destroy the beast before it strikes again. Featuring an unforgettable score that evokes pure terror, Jaws remains one of the most influential and gripping adventures in motion picture history.

    CAST & FILMMAKERS

    Cast: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton

    Directed By: Steven Spielberg

    Produced By: Richard D. Zanuck and David Brown

    Music By: John Williams

    Based on Novel By: Peter Benchley

    Screenplay By: Peter Benchley and Carl Gottlieb

    Director of Photography: Bill Butler

    Production Design By: Joseph Alves Jr.

    Editor: Verna Fields  

    TECHNICAL INFORMATION – BD

    Street Date: 8/14/2012

    Copyright: 2012 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

    Selection Numbers: 61121167 (US); 61121267 (Canada)

    Running Time: 2 Hours 4 Minutes

    Layers: BD-50

    Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 2.35:1

    Rating: PG

    Technical Info: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1/DTS Digital Surround 2.0 Mono and Dolby Digital 2.0, Spanish and French DTS Digital Surround 5.1

    Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

    TECHNICAL INFORMATION – DVD

    Street Date: 8/14/2012

    Copyright: 2012 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

    Selection Numbers: 61120918 (US); 61121268 (Canada)

    Running Time: 2 Hours 4 Minutes

    Layers: Dual Layer

    Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Screen 2.35:1

    Rating: PG

    Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Mono, Spanish and French Dolby Digital 5.1

    Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

    In honor of its Centennial anniversary, Universal Pictures proudly salutes 100years of unforgettable films that have entertained audiences and touched the hearts of millions around the globe. In celebration of our first 100 years,Universal Studios Home Entertainment is proud to present a selection of ourmany beloved movies as part of an extensive year-long program that underscores the studio’s rich cinematic history and indelible cultural impact.

    Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios. Universal Studios is a part of NBC Universal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates the No. 1 television network, the fastest-growing Spanish-language network, a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading televisionstations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% controlled by Vivendi Universal.

Review: The Raid: Redemption

This weekend, I went to the theater and was bored to tears by Wrath of the Titans. But then, my weekend was saved when I saw The Raid: Redemption (why we needed the “redemption” part, I still don’t understand. The title was just fine before they tacked that on the end. In fact, they should have foregone the “Raid” part and just called it “Indonesian Ass-Kicking.”)

Holy shit balls! This movie was crazy. If you are ANY sort of a fan of action and/or martial arts films, you NEED to get your ass to the theater and check this out.

The Raid opens with a group of cops heading to a criminal roach motel to flush out its inhabitants and capture the major underworld boss who runs the place. But shit goes downhill pretty quickly after their arrival, and the few cops who aren’t smashed to bits in the first few minutes are left to try to carry out their mission and escape in one piece. Fortunately, the among the cops is Rama (Iko Uwais), an ass-whooping super-cop who lays waste to every criminal asshole he finds. And if you ever wondered just how many Indonesian criminals can fit into one shitbox building, the answer is MANY. It makes for some entertaining fight sequences.

Once the action starts, it really doesn’t let up. This film has fucking EVERYTHING:

Punches? Check.

Kicks? Check.

Knives? Check.

Machetes? Check.

Broken bones, smashed faces, bullets…bullets…bullets, stabbings, broken backs, flips, body throws and the most heinous thing you’ve ever seen done with a busted-out door? Check-checkity-check-check-check.

This is seriously the best time you’ve had since your first Tony Jaa flick.