Director John Hyams Talks UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING, Plus the Top 11 Things to Know About Hyams and His Film

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Okay. So, I know what you’re thinking, ‘Universal Solider: Day of Reckoning? Why the hell should I care about the sixth entry in a series I haven’t thought about in twenty years, if ever?’ The answer is simple; the movie is damn good and incredibly ambitious. John Hyams’ second foray into the franchise after Universal Solider: Regeneration – possibly the best direct-to-video film of all time – is a mind-bending and incredibly violent epic that owes more to Apocalypse Now and Mulholland Drive than it does to the works of Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin. It is a film that demands to be seen by any serious fan of edgy action, especially those who haven’t seen any of the others.

Recently, I got on the phone with Hyams to talk about the Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren and Scott Adkins vehicle, which can be seen on On-Demand, iTunes and in select 3D theaters. During our extensive interview we discussed the visceral violence, early script drafts of Regeneration, his literary and film theory influences, the NC-17 cut of the film, the use of limited perspective, crazy IMDb message board theories, a potential Manchurian Candidate themed sequel, getting dropped by an agency, how A Sound of Thunder turned him into a neo-luddite and much, much, much more. Hit the jump for the full interview and the top 11 things to know about Hyams and his film. 

Dolph Lundgren Talks UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING

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Okay. So, I know what you’re thinking, ‘Universal Solider: Day of Reckoning? Why the hell should I care about the fifth entry in a series I haven’t thought about in twenty years, if ever?’ The answer is simple; the movie is damn good and incredibly ambitious. John Hyams’ second foray into the franchise after Universal Solider: Regeneration – possibly the best direct-to-video film of all time – is a mindbending and incredibly violent epic that owes more to Apocalypse Now and Mulholland Drive than it does to the works of Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin. It is a film that demands to be seen by any serious fan of edgy action, especially those who haven’t seen any of the others.

Recently, I sat down with Dolph Lundgren to discuss his work on the film, which also stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and Scott Adkins. During the interview we chatted about the horrors of being a Uni-Sol, The Punisher (1989), what his character was trying to tell Van Damme at the end of Regeneration, getting his doctorate in mechanical engineering and much more.  Hit the jump to watch.

New Posters for HITCHCOCK, UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING, SAFE HAVEN, and THE IMPOSSIBLE

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We’ve got a few new posters to share this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Hitchcock – A new poster for the drama about the making of Psycho, starring Anthony Hopkins as the legendary filmmaker.  The film opens on November 23rd.
  • Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning – Three new character posters for the fourth installment in the Universal Soldier franchise, featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Scott Adkins, and Dolph Lundgren.  The film is currently available VOD and opens in theaters November 30th.
  • Safe Haven – The first poster for this Nicholas Sparks adaptation, starring Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel.  The film opens on February 8th.
  • The Impossible – A U.K. poster for the tsunami drama starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor.  The film opens on December 21st.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.

UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING Red-Band Trailer

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A new red-band trailer has gone online for writer/director John Hyams’ Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoningstarring Dolph Lundgren, Jean-Claude Van DammeScott Adkins and Andrei Arlovski. This trailer leans heavily on the psychological mind-fuckery that comes with being turned into a universal soldier, but it’s equally focused on the action as well.  The only downside is the intermittent blasts of seizure-inducing strobes that flicker over cast intros or quotes from movie sites.  If you can get through that without experiencing an epileptic event, then you’ll be sure to enjoy the brutality of this red-band trailer.  Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning is available On Demand starting October 25th with a theatrical release on November 30th.  Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. 

First Trailer for UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING Starring Scott Adkins, Dolph Lundgren and Jean-Claude Van Damme

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You’ve already seen them in action in this summer’s The Expendables 2, but now  stars Scott Adkins, Dolph Lundgren and Jean-Claude Van Damme are branching out for Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning The first trailer for the John Hyams film puts Adkins in the hero role out for vengeance when he discovers his wife and daughter were slain at the hands of Luc Deveraux (Van Damme).  “The Muscles from Brussels” isn’t alone in his villainous role this time as he’s brought Lundgren along for the ride.  Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning is available On Demand starting October 25th with a theatrical release on November 30th from Magnet Releasing.  Hit the jump to see the official synopsis and first trailer for Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, along with movie images and poster.

Second Wave of FANTASTIC FEST 2012 Line-Up Announced; Includes LOOPER, THE ABCs of DEATH, and SINISTER

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Last month, Fantastic Fest announced the first-wave of movies included in their line-up.  Today, they’ve announced Wave Two, and there’s even more greatness on the way.  The big name additions are Rian Johnson‘s Looper, the horror anthology The ABCs of Death, and the Ethan Hawke horror flick Sinister.  While these are awesome films to have in the line-up and they’ll unquestionably pack the house, Fantastic Fest is all about finding the smaller genre flicks, and there are fifteen smaller movies in addition to the three I mentioned above.  Add that to that the 18 movies in the first wave, and there’s already 36 movies to discover.

Hit the jump to check out the full second wave line-up.  Fantastic Fest 2012 runs from September 20 – 27th.

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