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i watched deceit & it should be at least as popular as tommy wiseaus the room

By the way, DECEIT was shot while I was doing reshoot pickups for CYBORG. The film I had turned in was a heavy metal headbangers adventure film. Very dark. Very pessimistic. The Cannon execs and Van Damme (via his crony Sheldon Lettich) decided the film should go in another direction. A reshoot was mandated. I was so unhappy about what was occurring I conceived the idea of doing a small film. I used the reshoot to mount this small picture. I selected the CYBORG shoot locations to match what I needed to shoot for DECEIT. Then I arranged with the crew to pre-rig and pre-light the CYBORG shots so they could later be used for DECEIT. The crew kept mum as did the equipment companies. There were times when Van Damme and his crony Lettich wondered about the strange choice of shooting location and rigging. Luckily, no one guessed we were prepping and shooting another entire film. The night after we wrapped the CYBORG shoot (conveniently on a Thursday), we began shooting DECEIT over the weekend. The camera, lights, etc. were wrapped and returned on Monday and no one was the wiser. The film cost $22,000. It was shot with only one take for each shot because I had less than 13,000 feet of film and the final film was 10,000 feet long. No margin for error and the actors were perfect. I later sold DECEIT to Menahem Golan and I have found it in video stores from Switzerland to Hong Kong.

Poll Results

# Alien from L.A. (1988) 1
# Urban Menace (1999) 0
# The Wrecking Crew (1999) 0
# Postmortem (1998) 0
# Crazy Six (1998) 0
# Mean Guns (1997) 0
# Omega Doom (1997) 0
# Blast (1997) 0
# Adrenalin: Fear the Rush (1996) 0
# Raven Hawk (1996) 0
# Corrupt (1999) 0
# Ticker (2001) 0
# "Road To Hell (2010) 0
# Bulletface (2010) 0
# "Anomaly (2008) 0
# From Beyond (2007) 0
# Left for Dead (2007) 0
# Invasion AKA Infection (2005) 0
# Max Havoc: Curse of the Dragon (2004) 0
# Final Examination (2003) 0
# More Mercy (2003) (V) 0
# Nemesis 4: Death Angel (1995) 0
# Nemesis III: Prey Harder (1995) 0
# Nemesis 2: Nebula (1995) 0
# Bloodmatch (1991) 0
# Cyborg (1989) 0
# Deceit (1989) 0
# Journey to the Center of the Earth (1989) 0
# The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982) 0
# Down Twisted (1987) 0
# Vicious Lips (1987) 0
# Dangerously Close (1986) 0
# Captain America (1990) 0
# Kickboxer 2: The Road Back (1991) 0
# Dollman (1991) 0
# Heatseeker (1995) 0
# Hong Kong 97 (1994) 0
# Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor (1994) 0
# Spitfire (1994) 0
# Brainsmasher... A Love Story (1993) 0
# Knights (1993) 0
# Arcade (1993) 0
# Nemesis (1992) 0
# Radioactive Dreams (1985) 0

johnny crunch, Saturday, 26 February 2011 03:49 (eleven years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 3 March 2011 00:01 (eleven years ago) link

i have a feeling this could get 0 votes

also i screwed up and didnt see it was already polled, think i only searched posts, not titles - Albert Pyun

johnny crunch, Thursday, 3 March 2011 01:52 (eleven years ago) link

That story he tells is funny.

Your cousin, Marvin Cobain (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 3 March 2011 01:55 (eleven years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 4 March 2011 00:01 (eleven years ago) link

two months pass...

i watched Arcade, pretty terrible but it reminded me of how much of a crush i used 2 have on aj langer

also some p choice quotes

Alex: I thought you were dead.
Alex's mom: But, honey. I am dead.
[she shoots herself]

Kid at Arcade Parlour: Who gives a fuck about Arcade anyway?
Arcade: Try saying that... to my face

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 21:56 (eleven years ago) link

ten years pass...

i'm bumping this albert pyun thread bc it's on ILE and the other thread calls him the "worst director ever" which is blatantly untrue, his films run from b-grade to total trash but they are always well-shot and lit like the underground techno club of my dreams

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Friday, 4 March 2022 17:48 (eight months ago) link

alien from l.a. was just restored and released on blu-ray by vinegar syndrome and if you want a disney-style live action adventure movie that eerily resembles two movies that came out after it (total recall and super mario bros.) and starring a squeaky-voiced kathy ireland playing a stoner* nerd with plucky unflappability in the face of an increasingly absurd goth/glam dystopia at the center of the earth, is this ever your kind of movie

*not explicitly stated or depicted in the text but if all you want to do is sleep and hang out at the beach, then..................

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Friday, 4 March 2022 17:50 (eight months ago) link

i also loved arcade godawful cgi and all, the dream sequences depicting the mom's suicide are extremely traumatic for how silly the rest of the movie is

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Friday, 4 March 2022 17:52 (eight months ago) link

oh, and dangerously close, an unusually normal-ass movie from him, to the degree that i think it's legit great high schoolsploitation with not one but two tracks from black celebration on the soundtrack

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Friday, 4 March 2022 17:53 (eight months ago) link

meanwhile you can currently only watch the ever-relevant radioactive dreams on youtube for free. hope somebody cleans it up someday

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Friday, 4 March 2022 19:49 (eight months ago) link

i'm also desperate to watch deceit bc of the op and i just found that on youtube as well

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Friday, 4 March 2022 22:12 (eight months ago) link

Given the amount of total garbage I watch, I'm kinda shocked to realize I haven't actually seen a Pyun film yet. But I own at least three of them so maybe it's time to rectify this grievous oversight.

When the Pain That You Feel is the Bite of an Eel, That's a Moray (Old Lunch), Saturday, 5 March 2022 01:55 (eight months ago) link

oh god you MUST watch cyborg

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Saturday, 5 March 2022 04:35 (eight months ago) link

I watched Dollman last month, my first Pyun. It was fun.

adam t. (abanana), Saturday, 5 March 2022 05:58 (eight months ago) link

I have both of those!

I had been putting off Cyborg because up until a couple months ago JCVD was another blind spot for me but then I saw Kickboxer and now I'm pretty sure I have to watch all of the JCVDs but I feel strongly compelled to do so in chronological order so I witness his growth as an artist.

When the Pain That You Feel is the Bite of an Eel, That's a Moray (Old Lunch), Saturday, 5 March 2022 12:10 (eight months ago) link

vicious lips has changed my life for the better, even the absolutely stoned nothingness in the middle when they crash land onto the desert planet and spend the whole time inside sniping at each other, in fact i’d argue its cheap dull endlessness makes it feel like an authentic nightmare when the lead starts stumbling through a smoke-filled warehouse of billowing fabric. auteurist directors wish they could inhabit the unconscious this effortlessly

and the songs! fucking! rock!!!!!

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Saturday, 5 March 2022 18:11 (eight months ago) link

in the past two weeks i have watched the following albert pyun movies:

radioactive dreams
vicious lips
dangerously close
down twisted
alien from l.a.
nemesis 2: nebula
nemesis 3: time lapse
nemesis 4: cry of angels

they were all good except for the nemesis sequels

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Wednesday, 16 March 2022 03:18 (eight months ago) link

The first Nemesis has some great action, albeit done with obvious budget limitations. The industrial wasteland set piece I swear was used for Tom Petty's "It's Good to Be King" video. Also, maybe the first time I remember seeing Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa.

I've seen one of the sequels and there was a drastic quality drop.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Wednesday, 16 March 2022 20:23 (eight months ago) link

one month passes...

i have now seen 27 pyun films, just finished up his kickboxer sequels... both of which.... are good???????

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Tuesday, 26 April 2022 01:13 (seven months ago) link

my brain might be poisoned

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Tuesday, 26 April 2022 01:13 (seven months ago) link

i also would like to take back what i said about the nemesis sequels... once you adjust to the fact that none of them are going to be anything like the first one, the second has some pretty undeniable stunts and the fourth is so bizarre as to feel like some damaged fetish dream transcription. not much going on in 3 beyond tim thomerson though

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 28 April 2022 15:15 (six months ago) link

six months pass...

Legendary director Albert Pyun would like to hear from fans in his final days

— (@joblocom) November 16, 2022

Prayers up as it looks like the great Albert Pyun's health has taken a turn for the worst and he likely doesn't have much time left. Send him some love if you can and I know I'll be trawling Tubi later tonight to find one of his flicks I haven't watched yet.

Judi Dench's Human Hand (methanietanner), Thursday, 17 November 2022 16:12 (one week ago) link

oh man <3

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 17 November 2022 17:01 (one week ago) link

restored sword and the sorcerer is on tubi now and is worth experiencing

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 17 November 2022 17:01 (one week ago) link

2 Pyun movies covered on redlettermedia today, if you can stand those guys. No Mike in the episode, at least.

formerly abanana (dat), Wednesday, 23 November 2022 18:43 (three days ago) link

You can get Nemesis 1-4 on Blu-ray for < $20 total right now via MVD's Black Friday sale: . Not to mention a BR of Crazy Six (which I didn't know was Pyun) for literally $1.99. And probably some other stuff I missed.

Beautiful Bean Footage Fetishist (Old Lunch), Thursday, 24 November 2022 04:13 (two days ago) link

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