Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Welcome to a new spot on the web for fans of Albert Pyun to visit, hang out or gawk at.  The idea came to me after watching the recent Pyun bit of Bizarre Ballisticism, BULLETFACE, which was released by Curnan Pictures as well as my enjoying the chance to interact with other fans as well as the director himself via his Facebook page.  Stir in my favorite Swedish Shinobi NINJA DIXON and boom...Pyuniversal Combustion occurs.  Yeah, that is a lot of links...but check them all out and we'll go from there.
Phew...thanks for coming back! 
So, I've been a fan of Albert Pyun for a long long time, probably since being blindsided by Down Twisted on VHS really close to seeing Cyborg in the theater.  Both took familiar subjects and put a unique spin on them.  Working in a video store meant seeing a lot of Pyun films coming through the doors over the years.  Of course, I was mesmerized by Nemesis and then equally gobsmacked by Nemesis 2 and 3. Nemesis 4 was a tipping point though.  The first time I saw it I really really really had a strong reaction. Like projectile vomiting my widescreen laserdisc, it was a painful experience.  I filed it away and still picked up all the Pyun projects that came across my desk. 
And then Mean Guns happened.  I love that takes a great premise and then goes balls to the wall ballistic and plays around with your conceptions of what the movie will be.  Mambo?  Fantastic!!  So, my interest in Albert Pyun films was sparked again-not to mention that you could not throw a stick in a video store and not see his name for a few years.  Fat Joe--Action Star?  Hah!  I had to see it.
Around this time a friend returned from Hollywood and mentioned she had worked on a movie called Mean Guns (I doubt she thought I would have heard of it)-and I was in full on Mean Guns Mania mode at that point.

I rented the four Nemesis films again and noticed just how strange they are...the Mambo Mean Guns had shown me something unexpected, a lesson in Pyunism.

Albert Pyun does not make normal films, he makes his films.  Love them, hate doesn't really matter. While the creative reach and fiscal grasp would seem to be radically apart on many productions, I wonder if he hasn't finally found a venture that really will allow him to do what he was doing with films like Deceit many years ago.  Small films. Idiosyncratic characters. Stories that never really go where you think they will.
I watched the Nemesis films again and while I'll never think of it as a highlight, I have returned to Nemesis 4 several times for a reason I am not sure I can relate...yet. 

After Mean Guns the next big Pyun film for me was Left For Dead, which I watched again last night in the newly released "INFERNO" version.  That is pure Pyun in a lot of ways really, a Weird Western Tale that focuses more on the character twists than the tropes that the genre demands.  Left For Dead could be anything really, as long as the characters are the same.  Jess Franco could have made it in to 30 variant films over the years, and Pyun and Franco aren't all that far apart from me.

Genius? Lunatic?  Hack?  Storyteller? 

All of the above fit in my opinion, for both men.  However, I think each of those have a place in my cinematic universe.  I use the term TRASH film a lot.  I don't mean it is literal trash, stinking and rotted.  No, this term has always been a term of honor for me.  Trash is the stuff we use, the things we watch and enjoy and move on from.  Pyun has made some trash films for sure, working with finances and egos and actors and other situations that were most likely beyond the control that any of us readers could exert.  Rough edges are the name of the game. However, the best thing someone struggling to tell a story can do, in my opinion, is tell it to the best of their ability and with the tools at hand.  Pyun always does that, you can spot his films a mile away.   The term GRINDHOUSE was popularized fairly recently, and what Albert Pyun is doing is closer in spirit than the film that used that term.

Making movies isn't easy, cheap or something everyone gets to do.  Albert Pyun has, does and continues to do so.  I respect that and am looking forward to using this space to look at the films, the ephemera and maybe learn a little more about the man and each of these movies along the way. 
Besides, I still have my notes for a book I wanted to write on the Pyuniverse back when the Urban Trilogy films were being released. Like the current Curnan Films projects, that include a Nemesis 2.0 reboot, why cast aside old ideas in some private memory box? Remix, mutate and remaster.

So, enough of me-but this is where I'm coming from...where the Pyuniverse takes me and my collaborators is anyone's guess. I sure don't know, but on the subject of Albert Pyun, you just never know.
Look for posts that will range from reviews to links to trailers and images-I hope you have as much fun looking at them as I do finding them.  I'm excited to have my main man in Sweden, the one and only NINJA DIXON working with me.  You can go check out his review of NEMESIS right now, right

-Your Pyuniversal Soldier...DZ


  1. This blog is a godsend.
    Pyun is one of the most fascinating filmmakers working today.
    His filmography is peculiar and one-of-a-kind to say the least.
    MEAN GUNS is probably my favourite action film ever.
    God, I could write lots about TICKER also, that film is something else! A stock-footage fest with some really nice new scenes

  2. ..and yeah, Pyun and Franco are not far apart - both are insanely prolific, have a unique approach, neither ever had 100% control over his films' postproduction. Also they both had some rather dodgy producers come their way. Their art is special and some of it seems accidental at times.

  3. Thanks Alex. If you would like to write anything about Ticker I'm sure we would be happy to post it, this is a place for fans to share and enjoy the Pyuniverse!

    The Jess Franco connection is really strong with me. If you check my personal blog out you'll find lots of Franco tidbits.

    One thing I think will be really nice is to have an international flavor for our work. Fred in Sweden, hopefully another friend of mine from the UK and myself from the US-the wide wild world of Albert Pyun is open to all!

  4. He he, I'm already following your blog, David - and loving it.
    I would love to supply a piece on TICKER.
    It's the film that speaks to me each time I view it, no matter how bad the continuity is (I've seen it close to 20 times and own a tape and a DVD of it)
    Yeah, we should spread the word about Albert's work.

  5. I think I've watched 2 (yes that's t-w-o) Pyun films in my entire life. One of them I bought because his name sounded "Asian". LOL.

    Hmm, or maybe I've only watched ONE of his films, I might have chucked the other one over in the pile of "To be watched one day when I run out of films I actually WANT to watch". The one I did watch was THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER.

    I'll be sure to follow yr new blog. :D

  6. So, when this is done do we get a book of Pyun released? That would be cool.