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American Muscle reviews!

November 23rd, 2014 No comments

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With Ravi Dhar’s AMERICAN MUSCLE now out on disk reviews are hitting the web. Some good, some bad, some downright offended by the film (which always makes me smile, good, get offended, this overtly PC world bores me)! Here are some of them! AMERICAN MUSCLE stars Nick Principe, Todd Farmer, Robin Sydney, George P. Wilbur, Jennifer Wenger, Trent Haaga and my sorry ass.  It was produced by Snowfort Pictures and Automatic Entertainment. It was directed/shot by  Ravi Dhar and written by yours truly.

Twitch: “Smashing, bloody, rude, and often nude, American Muscle captures the rowdy spirit of 70s exploitation movies and transfers it wholesale to the present day, while also instilling a dose of rueful, personal nostalgia. Make no mistake, American Muscle is first and foremost a movie about an incredibly uber-macho, extremely violent criminal — c’mon, he’s named John Falcon! — and the blood he sheds without remorse in his quest for vengeance.”- read the whole review here!

Moviemet: “This is a film that delves head first into male fantasy and never bothers to come up for air.  Within minutes of the film starting, Falcon gets out of jail and starts hitchhiking, only to be picked up by a nice-looking lady. After the briefest of small talk they have sex in her car on the side of the highway in broad daylight.  In fact, for the remainder of the film, every girl he comes across ogles him with lust in their eyes. ” – Read the whole review here!

FALLON NOTE: I was actually inspired by the Bond movie Octopussy in terms of that angle. All Bond had to do was “show up” and boom women wanted him or/and he’d get laid. I thought it would be funny to do that with our hero Falcon. Alas, not many people got the joke and took it seriously.

Dienachtderlebendentexte (German): “Action // tits. Violence. Coolness. Brawls. Hail of bullets. Sex. Death. Machismo. Dust. Headshots. Asses. Testosterone. Blood. Muscle Cars. Retribution. Feminism. No – that last point was a joke. Replace it with more head shots!” – Read the whole review here!

After Movie Diner: “You can tell when a film is trying too hard because it keeps winking at the audience to get validation that everything they are doing, while gross, is all fine and in the spirit of the thing, whereas American Muscle doesn’t bother with that for one second. It simply doesn’t give a shit what you think. It sets up its situation and plays it out to its logical, tragic and gruesome conclusion.”-read the whole review here

DVD Verdict: “I understand that screenwriter John Fallon set out to write a very specific kind of movie—one in which the men are tough and the women are sexy and everyone leads a violent life. But because it’s all so calculated, there’s something ugly about it. Every single female character in the movie exists to throw themselves at some man (usually Principe, who beds three of the four women in the movie—two of them immediately upon meeting them) with sex that feels angry towards women. The one major female character in the film is a double-crossing thief, murderer in drug addict who lies around in nearly nothing and has sex with every single person near hear, man or woman. I recognize that these movies aren’t meant to be watched politically, but there’s just something repellent about a movie that’s this misogynist—even a deliberate genre exploitation movie. It reminded me of Larry Bishop’s Hell Ride from a few years ago, a movie that managed to be bad in a lot of the same ways as American Muscle. I can handle a movie that’s ugly and nasty and has a dark worldview, but it’s 2014, guys. Let’s try to do better.” – read the whole review here

Cinema Masculin: ” Dès le départ, j’ai voulu aimer le long-métrage, qui s’inspire du cinéma d’exploitation des années 70/80, un genre qui est encore utilisé aujourd’hui par plusieurs réalisateurs comme Quentin Tarantino (Plup Fiction). Étant fan de ce genre, il me faut admettre qu’American Muscle remplit bien son rôle à ce titre. À l’exception de quelques éléments technologiques, le scénario aurait pu situer l’action en 1971 sans problèmes. L’histoire est condensée, avec beaucoup de flashbacks permettant au spectateur de souffler un peu pendant le film, qui durent à peine 75 minutes.”-Read the whole review here

TrainmansReviews: “Danny Trejo says, “A movie needs 3 things, Blood, Bullets and Boobs” and this film has plenty of all three. A tale of a bad guy going after some even worse bad guys. That simple!” - Read the whole review here

Movie City News:  Too often, revenge movies get caught up in sentimentality, a protagonist’s pursuit of redemption or the sapping of strength that comes with finding love at a most inconvenient time. They sometimes get tripped up, as well, by making the kind of factual mistakes that are caused by cutting corners and distract viewers from the narrative flow. Ravi Dahr’s unrelenting American Muscle wastes no time whatsoever getting to the point and staying there for its entire 90-minute length. The movie opens with a flashback to a violent crime that occurred 10 years earlier, then quickly takes us inside a prison where, presumably, one of the participants is about to be released. As played by veteran hard guy Nick Principe, John Falcon resembles a walking tattoo parlor. His muscular frame attests to a decade spent in the prison yard lifting weights and consuming steroids smuggled into the facility with marijuana, heroin and cellphones by guards and guests. It doesn’t take long to realize that Falcon is a man on a violent mission. After catching a ride with a woman who happily quenches all 10 years’ worth of his sublimated lust, Falcon is asked if he’d like to have her phone number. No, he replies, “I’ll probably be dead in 24 hours.”

Indeed, every hour of the next 24 is spent tracking down his brother, who betrayed him, and the wife he left behind when he was captured and went to prison. Falcon’s also vowed to kill the other gang members who avoided arrest and split up his spoils. He wastes no time doing just that. Writer John Fallon adds several more expository flashbacks and a few scenes in which crank whores are required to go topless, but, again, they don’t impede the forward trajectory of the story or keep Falcon from a final reunion with his brother. I’m usually not overly impressed by revenge pictures, especially those so obviously made on a limited budget.American Muscle managed to hold my interest, however, despite a deluge of wholly gratuitous bloodshed. (Gratuitous nudity is something else entirely.) It helps greatly that Dahr took advantage of the beauty and desolation of the desert near 29 Palms. Nothing says “meth labs” and “psycho-bikers” quite as eloquently as a drive through the giant “wind farms” outside Palm Springs.

YesWeekly: AMERICAN MUSCLE (Well Go USA Entertainment): Director/editor/cinematographer/music supervisor Ravi Dhar’s debut feature is a familiar revenge melodrama that sees ex-con Nick Principe embarking on a 24-hour rampage against those who wronged him, especially brother Todd Farmer. It’s familiar but fast-moving and full of gratuitous nudity and CGI violence. Co-star John Fallon is also scripted. – Read the whole review here

The Action Elite“American Muscle is essentially the ultimate male fantasy movie with fast cars, naked women and exploding heads. As long as you don’t go in looking for anything too deep then you might just have a blast. Really all you need to do is bring the beer.” - Read the whole review here.

Docteur No Review: “It’s raining blood, neurons and enough seminal fluids to fill the lungs … a fucking guilty pleasure! It’s like Tarantino on crack!”

Ravi Dhar nous plonge dans le nawak létal… AMERICAN MUSCLE est une divine agonie Z… Un torrent, à la fois décérébré et romantique, de nichons fatigués, de tatouages délirants, de gunfights vénères, de fratricides trisomiques et d’amour impossible… Comme une version sous crack de Tarantino

Un gros dur à moustache taciturne qui se prend pour Clint Eastwood (alors qu’il ressemble plutôt à un membre des Village People en tournée) sort de taule après 10 ans d’enfer… Il va se lancer dans une vendetta aussi et sanguinaire que grindhouse… Et accessoirement dans un remake mou du révolutionnaire POINT DE NON RETOUR à John Boorman. Mais version crade et vulgaire… Über vulgaire. Comme si la culture white trash (vivent les gros guns, les gros nichons, les grosses guitares assourdissantes et les grosses doses de crystal meth) se métamorphosait en parangon de subversion!

Et ben… En poussant tous les curseurs de la bienséance au delà des limites de l’entendement humain, l’inconnu Ravi Dhar nous plonge dans le nawak létal… AMERICAN MUSCLE est une divine agonie Z… Un torrent, à la fois décérébré et romantique, de nichons fatigués, de tatouages délirants, de gunfights vénères, de fratricides trisomiques et d’amour impossible… Comme une version sous crack de Tarantino (coucou KILL BILL 2). Et Ravi Dhar filme cette folie avec une sérieux et un minimalisme enthousiasmant. Résultat, on s’attache à ce héros vengeur et à ses aventures sanguinolentes… Il pleut du sang, des neurones et du liquide séminal à s’en remplir les poumons… Un putain de plaisir coupable. Ça c’est de la série B, bien plus noire qu’elle en a l’air, qui envoie les bichons! Et vive l’amour… Ça fait faire que des conneries! Notamment des séries z dérérébrées…

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Blood Rave aka Trance art and TV Spot!

November 6th, 2014 No comments

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My ever lasting quest to see TRANCE, a film that was shot in 2007 with Dominique Swain, Brea Grant, Madeline Zima and Jeremy London from a script that I wrote and sold, continues! It seems that they renamed the film to BLOOD RAVE (as per this TV Spot I just found, see it below) and that it premiered on FEARNET last year. If anybody has a copy of this film; hook me up please! No matter how bad it may be, I need to see it on principle. It’s unfinished business for me. I’ll never let it go till I see the fucking thing.

TRANCE aka BLOOD RAVE TV Spot from John Fallon on Vimeo.

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American Muscle gets out of the pen today on DVD and Blu-Ray!

September 30th, 2014 No comments
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Falcon is out and ready to cash in!

Ravi Dahr’s AMERICAN MUSCLE is finally unleashed today on BLU-RAY and DVD in all of its unrated glory! You can also watch it on INSTANT VIDEO. The film tells the heart-warming tale of:

John Falcon (Nick Principe) is a bad, bad man. But he didn’t deserve to go to prison. Now, after 10 years of hard time, he’s hell-bent on revenge. Screaming across the scarred landscape of the Yucca Valley, Falcon’s got 24 hours to inflict brutal vengeance on everyone he holds responsible for putting him away. Including his own brother.

In my opinion Director and DP RAVI DHAR gave the material a fresh spin via his stylized visuals.While I was on set all I kept thinking was this is gonna look like a Cannon film meets David Lynch meets Mad Max. And upon seeing the end result; yup, I was pretty much right.

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Like I’ve said before, this was one of the most enjoyable shoots I’ve ever been on, one of the most collaborative and is definitely the most memorable.  I am proud of all that we accomplished and of the film itself. Some will dig it, some won’t, just how it goes. My advice; crack open a beer and just have fun. It’s that kind of movie! Brutal, smutty and trashy with an artsy streak.

AMERICAN MUSCLE stars Nick Principe, Todd Farmer , Robin Sydney, George P. Wilbur, Jennifer Wenger, Trent Haaga and I play mute badass Tongues in it.  It was produced by Snowfort Pictures and Automatic Entertainment. It was  written by yours truly.

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New American Muscle trailer and first review!

September 3rd, 2014 No comments

Distributors WellGoUSA have unleashed a new and “safer” trailer for AMERICAN MUSCLE (order the Blu-Ray here) and you can see it below! A first review also surfaced at Filmstarts; it’s in German; here are a couple of choice quotes, roughly translated:

“Here heads are not just blown away, but also have their tongues bitten out and then trampled flat with coarse boots. This is already so over-the-top that one “American Muscle” can not really be taken seriously. But the special pleasure is that it is told nevertheless seriously.”

“Committed to the spirit of the old B-movies is writer and actor John Fallon (“Death Race”), who tackled the greatest difficulty in conceiving a sleek story structure with an absolute maximum of Sex and Violence.”

The full review is here. Google Translate at will!

AMERICAN MUSCLE stars genre vets Nick Principe, Todd Farmer, Robin Sydney, George P. Wilbur, Jennifer Wenger, Trent Haaga and my sorry ass.  It was produced by Snowfort Pictures and Automatic Entertainment. It was directed/shot by the uber talented Ravi Dhar, written by me and bettered by all the creative talent involved. This one was definitely a TEAM SPORT. I am proud of this one, and along with how The Shelter is shaping up; that’s two for two – I am f-ing happy right now.

American Muscle – Trailer from John Fallon on Vimeo.

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Official Blu-Ray cover and press release for American Muscle!

August 18th, 2014 No comments

The official Blu-Ray cover (above) and PRESS RELEASE for Ravi Dhar’s AMERICAN MUSCLE (film I wrote and act in) recently went out via distributor WELLGOUSA. Peep it below! You can ODER THE FILM HERE!

The Adrenaline-Fueled, Action-Packed Drama

Debuts on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Sept. 30

AMERICAN MUSCLE

Payback is a Killer.

Directed by Ravi Dhar and Starring  Nick Principe, Robin Sydney & George P. Wilbur

Bonus Content Includes : Audio Commentary with the Director and Producer

PLANO, Texas.  (Aug. 13, 2014) – John Falcon (Nick Principe, Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2) did  10 years of hard time in prison. Now he’s got 24 hours to exact his brutal revenge on every person who had a hand in sending him there when AMERICAN MUSCLE debuts on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Sept. 30 from Well Go USA Entertainment. AMERICAN MUSCLE also stars Robin Sydney (Night of the Living Dead 3D: Re-Animation), Todd Farmer (Drive Angry), George P. Wilbur (Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers), Trent Haaga (616: Paranormal Incident), Jennifer Wenger (Attack of the 50ft Cheerleader), John Fallon (Death Race), Joshua Lou Friedman (The Love Section), Malice 666 (Little Blue Pill) and Robert Coffie (Cowboys & Indians). Bonus materials include audio commentary with the director and producer.

Synopsis:

John Falcon (Nick Principe) is a bad, bad man. But he didn’t deserve to go to prison. Now, after 10 years of hard time, he’s hell-bent on revenge. Screaming across the scarred landscape of the Yucca Valley, Falcon’s got 24 hours to inflict brutal vengeance on everyone he holds responsible for putting him away. Including his own brother.

AMERICAN MUSCLE has a runtime of approximately 78 minutes and is not rated.

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New American Muscle pictures, new one-sheet and release date revealed!

July 4th, 2014 No comments

Here are new stills and  an alternate one-sheet for Ravi Dhar’s AMERICAN MUSCLE, a violent vigilante flick that I wrote and also act in. And better yet, you can now pre-order a copy of the film HERE! The film will be released on September 30th, 2014 via WellGoUsa!  YEEHAW! I saw the movie a while back and I am proud of it and what we all accomplished! It always feel good when it goes that way as that is not always the case. AMERICAN MUSCLE stars genre vets Nick Principe, Todd Farmer, Robin Sydney, George P. Wilbur, Jennifer Wenger, Trent Haaga and my sorry ass.  It was produced by Snowfort Pictures and Automatic Entertainment. See more pics over at the official AMERICAN MUSCLE Facebook page right HERE.




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SoundonSight.org interview. I talk The Shelter and more!

May 8th, 2014 No comments

I was recently interviewed by SOUNDONSIGHT.ORG about THE SHELTER and my background. Read an excerpt below and the whole thing HERE

As for The Shelter, Fallon has remained vague as to plot details. “And I will continue to be.” Currently in post-production, Shelter finds character actor Michael Pare as a homeless drifter who wanders into an empty house. He’s “basically a scumbag, living with regrets and self-loathing. He’s a vagrant. One night, he comes upon this house. He makes himself at home. Falls asleep, wakes up in the morning with a gun in his lap. At that point, it becomes a mystery, without spoiling too much.” What has surprised friends and family who have read the script, given Fallon’s love of gore, is the lack thereof. Rather, he has focused on a the psychological aspects of horror.

Thanks for having me!

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My Metaluna Interview!

May 4th, 2014 No comments

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Hey all, I was recently  interviewed in the latest issue of the popular French genre magazine Metaluna about my latest projects. So if you speak French, enjoy the tit for tat above! Click the pic for a larger version! That will make it easier to read :)

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Producer Christopher White joins me on The Shadowing! New poster!

April 30th, 2014 No comments

Hey all! As you know we are presently in Post production on The Shelter and it’s shaping up great. With that, I’m already eager to direct again, hence started setting up my next feature, the horror/action/sci-fi THE SHADOWING (LIKE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE HERE). I’ll let our official press release do the talking and our one-sheet is at the end of this story! Share the news around if you can!

Producer Christopher White and Producer/Director John Fallon team up on
The Shadowing! Teaser Poster revealed!

HOLLYWOOD, CA (April 30, 2014) - Producer Christopher White (MTV’s hit franchise My Super Psycho Sweet 16 – The ABCs of Death: “D Is For Dogfight” segment) and Producer/Director John Fallon (The Shelter) under his company Bruise Productions Inc. have teamed up to produce the action, sci-fi thriller THE SHADOWING, which Fallon is set to direct.

From a story by John Fallon and written by Jason Hewlett and Fallon; THE SHADOWING is a relentless action/ sci-fi/ horror hybrid in the veins of Predator. You can download its teaser poster HERE (poster Art by Alan Robert).

Christopher White had this to say about the project: “John sent me The Shadowing and it read like a really cool 80’s throwback action flick. It’s fast paced, violent and has enough testosterone packed action to make Schwarzenegger and Stallone giddy like a couple of gossiping school girls. It’s going to be fun to make this movie with a long time friend of mine.”

John Fallon: “The Shadowing has been a pet project of mine for years. It has all of the elements I personally look for in terms of a good time at the movies. I am elated to have Christopher White on board. We’ve known each other for eons and I am looking forward in seeing the project through with him. And directing something completely different and more action oriented than The Shelter is very appealing to me.”

And some words from screenwriter Jason Hewlett: “John Fallon told me about The Shadowing back in 2012, when he was a guest of honor at a genre festival I co-hosted. At the time, I thought it’d make a great movie, and I was excited when he asked me if I wanted to write it a few months later. I’m damn proud of our finished script, and I know audiences will be in for a ballsy and intense ride.”

Synopsis:

A group of Special Forces soldiers on leave after a successful mission in Iraq head out to a cabin in the mountains with their beloved wives and their children in the name of having a good time and getting some well deserved relaxation. But as the night falls, it brings with it an unexpected and particularly strong snow storm hence forcing everyone to remain indoors. The following morning, the men wake up to find their children dead and their better halves missing, with the only clue left behind being an odd pair of footprints in the snow. Panicked, the men fall back on their military training to get them through the dire situation. They proceed to arm themselves and head out into the wilderness to find their spouses. What they will encounter will prove to be cunning, deadly and not of this world.

THE SHADOWING is presently in development. The producers are looking at cast and are in the process of securing financing.

Contact

Bruise Productions
john.h.fallon@gmail.com

Christopher White
laststop2006@gmail.com

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Dead Shadows reviews start pouring in!

April 21st, 2014 No comments


Eight days till DEAD SHADOWS hits North American shelves via SCREAM FACTORY. The reviews have started pouring in and here are a handful of them. Obviously, I am focusing on the positive ones, I got enough negative joo-joo in my life, no need for me to dwell on the bad vibes. Here ya go!

DAILY DEAD: Definitely more of a Snake Plissken type right from the get-go is Chris’ gruff neighbor John. Played pitch-perfect by Arrow in the Head’s John Fallon, John is the type of guy who voluntarily takes the role of neighborhood protector with his own brand of badass belligerence. When he defends Chris from a group of thugs early on in the film, he tells them they’re out of luck because, “First, there’s only four of you…” Suffice it to say that John’s a fun character to watch, especially when he’s taking on tentacle-waving creatures in do-or-die street brawls. READ REVIEW HERE

POP MATTERS: There are some good performances, notably Blandine Marmigère as Claire, the hot neighbor who teams up with John both before and after the apocalypse begins in earnest, as well as John Fallon as John, a local thug neighbor who provides the anxiety-prone Chris with some much-needed muscle in facing down the evening’s monsters. Then again, the monsters might be the least of John’s worries. READ REVIEW HERE

HORROR 101: Arrow in the Head honcho John Fallon stars as the lad’s uber-badass neighbor, and if you didn’t love him enough already for his well-informed and nimble wordplay, his supercool presence here proves the man is a multitalented emmereffer. READ REVIEW HERE

DVD TALK: Only a few things really stand in the way of Dead Shadows being an instant cult classic. John Fallon is outstanding but kind of underutilized. I honestly would’ve loved to have seen Dead Shadows be a little longer to give Fallon’s ass-kicker another showcase sequence or two. There’s basically nothing in the way of Bruce Campbell’s flavor of endlessly quotable dialogue, and the attempts at upending one genre convention in particular (sorry, trying to keep it spoiler-free here) winds up kind of uneven. READ REVIEW HERE

THE EXAMINER: Dead Shadows” is one of those great “straight-and-to-the-point” movies. It doesn’t take thirty minutes of your valuable time gearing up and going through the motions. It establishes characters quickly and gets to the meat, potatoes, and gore. READ REVIEW HERE

HORRORNEWS: I have to call em like I see em…..this film is a really good find for Shout Factory to bring to the masses. If you only watch it for the creatures, you’ll still find satisfaction, however I simply found myself a fan of this oddity. READ REVIEW HERE

CINEMA CRAZED: One of the highlights of the film is John Fallon who plays an aggressive neighbor who not only senses the alien invasion beforehand, but is prepared to go to war when the shit hits the fan. Fallon really fits the character well, and I was disappointed he didn’t garner much more screen time. Director Cholewa is also a fantastic director, creating a real menace to the city of Paris, especially when the invasion begins. READ REVIEW HERE

ALIEN BEE: Dead Shadows is the best movie of its kind I’ve seen in a long, long time! This sci-fi thriller is a mixture of Lovecraft, Godzilla, Night of the Comet blended with a doomsday/apocalyptic element. This Blu-ray releases on April 29th and is definitely one you’ll want to check out. An instant cult classic! READ REVIEW HERE

HORROR TALK: Fabian Wolfrom does a fine job as Chris, our reluctant hero with a fear of the dark and an unfortunate habit of blacking out in strange bathrooms. The highlight of his performance comes during the party scene as he is forced to react to an increasingly dangerous and bizarre set of surroundings. There are a few inconsistencies in his behavior, but that is likely the fault of the writing and not his performance. John Fallon (100 Feet) and Blandine Marmigère as John and Claire are fine in their supporting roles, but they both disappear for long stretches of time before showing up conveniently whenever Wolfrom needs them. READ REVIEW HERE

I’ll be adding more reviews to this blog entry as they keep pouring in.

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