It was recently revealed that one of the most persistent names in genre film over the last thirty years is very ill. Albert Pyun, a name both beloved and very contentious in b-movie circles, recently announced that his health has been on decline due to Multiple Sclerosis. Affecting over 2 million people worldwide it causes lesions on the brain and spinal cord which can lead to cognitive issues as well as a number of other neurological problems. To say this news has had a profound effect on me would be an understatement. (Click here for full article)
Incredibly prolific cult director Albert Pyun announced via Twitter and Facebook this week that he is suffering from MS and that his health has gotten bad enough that he is retiring from filmmaking, effective immediately. He directed 47 films during his 30-year career, most commonly in the sci-fi and action genres. Because he worked so often, because his budgets were so low and his films went straight to DVD, Pyun has earned the reputation of being a kind of modern-day Ed Wood. It's a label at once unfairly dismissive and appropriate, if only because, like Wood, Pyun loved making movies and continued to make them no matter what challenges lay before him. He didn't always have the budget or the resources to fulfill his vision, but there's still vision on the screen. Too many critics only ever saw the limitations. Not his fans. I'm a fan and proud of it. Read the full article here.
My love of Albert Pyun is no secret. Clearly he has made some bad movies but he has also made many amazing ones. From his early career highs with films like The Sword and the Sorcerer and Radioactive Dreams to his more recent accomplishments such as Invasion and Road to Hell... and everything in between. No other filmmaker has been so driven by love of the craft and very few directors interact with their fans like he has. Never a day goes by when he doesn't keep us up to date with production notes, teasers and thoughts. (Click here to read full article)
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