This week on An Alan Smithee Podcast, Andrew and Matt jump headfirst into the race wars with Uwe Boll’s BloodRayne II and Dudley Murphy’s film of Eugene O’Neill’s The Emperor Jones!
There were so many unanswered questions left over from the first BloodRayne that the infamous Uwe Boll himself had to return to the directorial reigns. Questions like, “Whom would a BloodRayne sequel be intended for if we forget to include the Nazis from the video game it was based, again, while the German director will himself play a Nazi in Postal the same year?” Featuring no one and nothing from the first film except insider plot references, BloodRayne II: Deliverance is boring even for Uwe Boll, who barely gets the chance to murder children in this one.
Then it’s off to the Haitian islands where superstar singing sensation Paul Robeson brings his vocals as the dastardly and only marginable likable Brutus Jones, on an adventure to become the man who would be king of a backwater Haitian banana republic. He also gets to do a bunch of stuff not included in the Eugene O’Neill play thanks to some expository screenwriting padding, conveniently allowing him to sing in church and on the chain gang. The film is very well directed for an early talkie and features the rarity of an all-black cast. Lots of cool stuff to talk about!
NEXT WEEK: MATINEE (1993, JOE DANTE) & ROOFTOPS (1989, ROBERT WISE)