Critically, he has been one of the most loathed filmmakers of the last few decades. Audience wise, he didn’t fare much better. But the filmmaker who was known as “The Raging Bull” for beating up film critics who hated his movies, going on angry rants towards crowd-funders, his hatred for The Avengers, and making all around terrible movies is retiring. We are of course talking about Uwe Boll. Whether you like his movies or not, you have to admit, the man has been a constant source of entertainment outside of his films.
The director behind such loathed films Alone in the Dark, BloodRayne 1-3, Blubberella and House of the Dead is finally throwing in the towel. He reasoning, unsurprising, is not because of the universal hatred for his films or the fact that he tried to crowd fund his films three times unsuccessfully, instead he blames the fall of the home video market and the rise of streaming. When talking about his latest film Rampage 3: Capital Punishment he says:
“Rampage 3 will be watched on Netflix, DVD or iTunes or whatever,”
“They’ll say, ‘That wonderful movie! I liked it blah, blah, blah,’ then watch Avengers. With streaming everywhere there is just a big wave of movies flooding around and you have no impact.”
“The market is dead,” he adds, “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.”
“I can’t go back to student filmmaking because I have made so many movies in my life, and I can’t make cheaper and cheaper movies at my age. It’s a shame. I would be happy to make movies but it is just not financially profitable.”
He is honestly making some solid points on the changing tides for the home video market, though according to Fortune there has been an 11% decline of DVDs/Blu Rays in 2014 and another 12% in 2015. While his facts are wrong, he means well enough. The differences in revenue from physical media and streaming for filmmakers/distributors is pretty big, as seen with indie musicians and filmmakers. This mixed with a flooded market of films of similar calibers, its easy to see why a filmmaker like Uwe Boll would be discouraged from continuing to make films. Especially since he claims he has been financing his one films since 2005’s Postal.
“I’ve been using my money since 2005 and if I hadn’t made the stupid video game based movies I would never have amalgamated the capital so I could say, ‘Let’s make the Darfur movie.’ I don’t need a Ferrari, I don’t need a yacht. I invested in my own movies and I lost money.”
So this is the end of everyone’s favorite critical punching bag. The sun sets on the man whose films were once compared to “the film on your teeth after a three-day drunk possesses more cinematic value” by Scott Brown. Uwe Boll came into our lives like a pissed off cow at the bottom of a basement filled with glassware and is leaving like a glorious bird. His films will more than likely not be missed, but his assholery antics will be. Lets take a moment to enjoy the trailer for one of his worst movies and most early 2000’s trailer ever:
Original source: Metro News