BloodRayne and Alone In The Dark director Uwe Boll is reportedly so incensed bysavage reviews that he has decided to get in the ring.
The German filmmaker haschallenged his five harshest critics to a series of boxing matches that he plansto insert into his upcoming video game adaptation Postal.
Boll yesterday issued a callfor submissions to find his fiercest detractors, who will be flown on anexpenses-paid trip to the Vancouver set in late September.
To qualify for the bouts, candidates must have posted online or written in print two "extremelynegative" articles in 2005, and need to supply cuttings.
Challengers must be healthy,weigh between 140lbs and 190lbs, must agree to undertake a medical, and waiveall entitlement to receive residuals from the film.
"I am fed up,"Boll said. "I'm fed up with people slamming my films on the internetwithout seeing them.
"Many journalists makevalue judgments on my films based on the opinions of one or two thousandinternet voices. Half of those opinions come from people who've never watchedmy films."
Boll continued: "I havebeen told that BloodRayne has avery bad IMDb rating, but how many of those votes of zero were made before themovie appeared in theatres'"
BloodRayne was released in January through Romar Entertainmentand grossed $2.4m in theatres. According to Vivendi Visual Entertainment theDVD was a top five seller in its first week in the US.
Postal is a series of violent vignettes based on the banned video game developed by game studio Running With Scissors. Boll's big screen version will feature the character of Osama Bin Laden, among others.
Prior to that he will shoot the horror thriller Seed in Vancouver on Jul 17. That project stars Will Sanderson, Ralf Moeller, Michael Pare and Andrew Jackson.