Uwe: "Anatomie 1 was good - but
the second part was shit".
Conducted by Phil
August 16th, 2004
Just so we are all clear, I must
go on record as saying that I have not yet had the pleasure of seeing
'House of the Dead'. Not because of bad reviews or because I'm a huge fan
of the game or anything like that, but simply because it has so far not
been released here in the UK.
I was amazed at how bad the backlash against Uwe Boll
was from games and horror fans so decided to talk to him about the movie
to give him a chance to tell his side of the story. After all, I am in a
minority here as I have yet to see the film, so I was unable to argue with
any points raised.
Although the film has been picked up for a theatrical
release here in the UK by REDBUS, there would appear to be no current
plans for a release and REDBUS have so far failed to respond to my
enquires regarding a release date for the film.
It is worth noting that BloodRayne begins production
When did you realise that you
wanted to work in film?
I was 10 years old and saw Mutiny on the Bounty with Marlon Brando.
Did you study at film school?
5 months, then I went away.
How did you get your start in
I started with Super 8 and Video. And later I raised 60.000 Marks thanks
to friends and family and did GERMAN FRIED MOVIE, on 35mm. Everybody
worked for free
The majority of your movies
have dark themes. Is this because you are a fan of horror and thriller
Do you prefer European horror
to that of the USA?
No. I'm a bigger fan of US Directors
I personally love German
horror movies such as ‘Anatomie’ by Stefan Ruzowitsky and ‘The Pool’ by
Boris von Sychowski. Have you seen these movies and did you enjoy
Yes, Anatomie 1 was good - but the second part was shit.
House of the Dead is yet to be
released here in the UK. Can you tell us how similar it is to the game or
is it a completely different story based on the game?
It is a prequel and it shows how Curien is developing into a bad guy
There was a very nasty fan
backlash surrounding the movie upon its release. How angry are you at the
ignorance shown by these people who have no idea how hard it is to make a
I was angry because some "journalists" have no idea how complicated it is
for example to make a MATRIX shot with 300 cameras. They tried to blame me
for my perfect handling of complicated techniques.
Have you found that everyone
blames you because you are the Director? Everyone always seems to forget
that hundreds of people are involved in the making of a movie.
I'm the guy in charge. So this is okay.
Can you tell us about the
terrible shooting conditions and technical problems that reportedly
plagued the shoot?
We had pissing rain in Vancouver and during our under water scenes the
water was 7° Celsius. On the second day Jonathan Cherry burned 30% of his
hand. This is the reason he has on a bandage and we shot the scene on the
bridge later where he hurts his hand.
How did you find your cast?
You have some great actors onboard.
Prochnow, Will Sanderson and Clint Howard I know a long time.
And Jonathan Cherry from FINAL DESTINATION 2 is from Vancouver, as is
Tyron Leitso. Ellie Cornell is a good friend of Mark Altman, the writer.
How did you enjoy working with
Ellie Cornell? Were you aware how popular she was with genre fans?
She is so great, perfect timing, very disciplined and great with guns.
"They tried to blame me for my perfect
handling of complicated techniques".
Is Jonathan Cherry anything
like the characters he normally plays?
In private he is more like he was in Final Destination 2. Without drugs,
What was Jurgen Prochnow like
to work with?
On time. He can play a scene 10 times perfect, always on his marks. The
young actors should learn more from him about discipline.
Were you aware of Clint Howard
before you worked with him?
I worked on BLACKWOODS and HEART OF AMERICA with him. A good friend and an
underestimated actor. He cannot play only funny guys.
Were you pleased with the
I think music, sound, camera, editing, action, gore and the look of the
movie are great. The story could be better - but it’s a lot of fun to see
the movie and it is never boring.
Whose idea was it to put
actual footage from the game into the film?
It was my idea for the credit sequence - and in that comic sequence it is
a very important way of divulging info for the rest of the movie. In the
battle scene we used the stuff as OPTICALS to jump from scene to
Was there anything about the
film that you personally did not like?
What are your favourite
aspects of the film?
The battle scene with 11,000 cuts in 13 minutes and over 100 effects. I
also like that we show the blood effects that movies like UNDERWORLD or
RESIDENT EVIL don’t show.
Do you have an exact UK
release date yet?
No. Please ask REDBUS (I should mention here that I did contact REDBUS and
am still waiting to be acknowledged).
Is the delay in releasing the
film here because of the backlash?
Ask REDBUS. (see above)
Was the film a success upon
Absolutely, we are in the TOP 10 in South America, we grossed $40m in
North America in theatres and video rentals, were number 3 in Russia and
Middle East, Number 2 on first weekend in Hong Kong and Thailand.
Your new movie ‘Alone in the
Dark’ will be out later this year. Was the shoot more enjoyable than the
Absolutely. Top actors. More budget. Better script.
You have an excellent cast
again. How did they all get involved?
Tara Reid’s agent is the next door neighbor from Slater’s Agent. And
Slater loved the script. Dorff was number one on my wish list and he agreed to do it. And he is very picky.
John Fallon a.k.a The Arrow
who has a similar job to mines has a small part. How did that occur?
He came up with his resume as an actor and we liked him.
Do you think that people will
enjoy this movie more than House of the Dead?
Different movies. I know nobody who was bored from HOUSE. ALONE is more
Slater left 'Alone in the Dark'.
You are currently prepping
BloodRayne. The script was written by Guin Turner who scripted American
Psycho. How did she become involved?
She came up with the best pitch.
Can you tell us if everything
is on plan for an August start date?
August 16 we start. Soon we will have actors in. We always go very late
out to actors with very short time to accept.
Do you have a lead actress
Are any of the actresses
mentioned in the press up for the role?
Alba, Biel, Lokken, Jolie. (Lokken has since taken the role).
You are also prepping FarCry,
how is that going?
Script gets developed together with the game guys and Action Concept
(winner of the Stunt Awards)
Is it true that The Rock and
Naomi Watts are being considered as the leads?
Both are great actors and we will go out with offers to them later.
Will the film follow the plot
of the game closely or will it simply be based on it?
This time we will follow the game storyline more closely.
Finally, what will you be
working on after these projects?
Dungeon Siege, Fear Effect and hopefully HITMAN.
"Thank you ever so much for taking part in this interview
And we wish you the very best of luck in the future."