Director Of ‘Worst Film Ever Made’ Is Retiring From Movies

Farewell, Mr Boll!

Alone In The Dark
Alone In The Dark Christian Slater and Tara Reid. Image Picture Lionsgate

Uwe Boll, the man behind some serious travesties against cinema, has decided to officially retire from filmmaking.

The German director, who has dreck like House of the Dead, BloodRayne and In the Name of the King on his CV, has decided to call it a day.

His 2005 video game adaptation Alone in the Dark notched up a tragic 1% on RottenTomatoes and is considered by many to be the worst film ever made. Star Christian Slater’s career may have recovered thanks to Mr Robot, but Tara Reid hasn’t been so lucky.

Speaking to the Toronto Metro, Boll claimed that the market for his direct-to-DVD schlock is “dead” thanks to streaming platforms like Netflix.

His final film will be sequel Rampage: President Down, in which a man attempts to take down the President of the United States and his Secret Service detail.

Director Uwe Boll and actress Jackie Tohn“Rampage 3 will be watched on Netflix, DVD or iTunes or whatever,” Boll said. “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, you don’t make any money anymore on movies because the DVD and Blu-Ray market worldwide has dropped 80% 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.”

Boll has apparently been self-financing his own work for more than a decade, adding that if he “hadn’t made the stupid video game based movies” like Alone in the Dark he would’ve never been able to direct his own films.

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