German helmer fights four contenders

TORONTO — German horrormeister Uwe Boll has done his bit to prove that the pen is not so mighty.

The director of “BloodRayne,” “Alone in the Dark” and other videogame-based fare that the critics love to excoriate bested four crix in a series of back-to-back boxing matches held Saturday in Vancouver.

The spectacle was the coming-to-fruition of a unique challenge issued by Boll in June — to take on five of his harshest, or perhaps rashest, critics in fisticuffs.

While Boll readily admits that the exercise is a flagrant publicity stunt, it’s also a carefully calculated one, at least by him. Boll was an amateur boxer, and in the run-up to the fights he refreshed his skills by sparring with stunt men.

The four critics conceded defeat within two rounds.

“I think I made my point, which was, some critics should be better prepared and should be aware of the impact they have with their reviews,” Boll told Daily Variety on Sunday. “These guys came quite unprepared to the ring, and they felt the consequences of it. If I was the same way with my movies, I would be already out of business.”

One challenger, Jeff Sneider of Ain’tItCoolNews.com, needed medical assistance. Word is that his injuries are not serious. Sneider is also an intern at Daily Variety.

“This is the most subversive, bizarre, outlandish and silly stunt I’ve ever heard of,” Chris Alexander of Rue Morgue magazine said, “and that’s why I wanted to be part of it.” Alexander, who hammed it up with bat wings and blood capsules in his mouth, is hoping to make a documentary feature of the experience. Other critics-turned-pugilists were Richard “Lowtax” Kyanka of SomethingAwful.com and Nelson Chance Minter, a Maryland-based online critic.

Earlier this month, Boll trounced a fifth critic, Carlos Palencia Jimenez-Arguello, a Spanish online critic known as Oso, during a match in Spain.

The Saturday matches were held in Vancouver, where Boll shoots many of his films. The matches were accompanied by martial arts demonstrations, kickboxing matches and a halftime show. Two documentary crews were on hand; the matches, streamed on http://www.wavelit.com, will be available as an extra on the DVD of “Postal,” which is lensing in Vancouver.

Boll’s next picture to hit theaters is “In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale,” with Burt Reynolds.

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