I’ll be posting short reviews for the sake of search-ability, focusing on genre and how they live up the Action Kickback Model. I’ll review genre films in general; action, horror, sci-fi, etc. The main points I want to address with the reviews are:
Story – Do we care what’s happening?
Genre Promise – Does the film deliver on the genre promise? Does the sci-fi film use science as a device? Does the action film have action that serves the narrative? Etc.
Marketability – How well did it sell?
My hypothesis is that films that excel in story and genre promise tend to do the best on the market. There are exceptions, like the great films that failed due to poor advertising campaigns or being released on the same weekend as other major films, or good films that were saved by one-off advertising gimmicks that (probably) couldn’t be repeated, but my hypothesis is a general, high-level one that I hope will serve as a guide for anyone looking to make genre films, action or not.
Fugu Talk saw our preview at Comic-Con 2012:
There was one Donny Yuen film, some awful stuff that ranged from fun to unwatchable, and a really impressive indie effort from The Stunt People that reminded me of the old Jackie Chan films, both in terms of action and physical humor. I liked the clips so much that I searched out their booth on the exhibit floor (turns out they were adjacent to Troma) to buy the DVD, which has a lot of interesting and inspiring special feature bits on the history of The Stunt People and the development of Death Grip (the star/writer spent six years on the script!)
Martial Arts Movie Junkie Kelly Miller:
The fights are fast and intense. I absolutely loved some of the longer takes and little stunts that were sprinkled in. What make the fights truly shine, though, are the situations that are created. Each fight has its own personality and feel, and it’s apparent that a lot of thought went into these. One of my favorite fights is one that takes the term “toilet humor” to a whole new level. If you like fights, you won’t be disappointed.
UMUSTBEBORED – DEATH GRIP: A must watch for kung-fu movie lovers!
The fights are phenomenal. Eric Jacobus not only stars but also directs DEATH GRIP. He and his Stunt People crew understand how to perfectly shoot and execute a fighting scene. These guys have it down to a science. There are no wires or fast edits mixed with excessive shaky cam. We see everything in sometimes long continuous takes. The fights are fast and they leave a lasting impact. You can tell what is happening. … They are way better than the fights you would see in a Bourne film or any other big budgeted mainstream film.
Sound good? Buy the DVD or Blu-Ray (both are all-region!) today. Domestic orders ship almost daily, and international orders (we ship everywhere) ship twice a week. All funds go straight back to us to pay for making the film. This way, we can get started on our next projects that are currently underway.
DEATH GRIP: A must watch for kung-fu movie lovers!
As you may know by now, we have a section on the menu bar above dedicated to reviews and press materials regarding The Stunt People. If you hadn’t seen it then check it out. There are actually people out there who like our stuff, and a lot of those people run websites. We think that’s kinda cool.