Indie Action PRIME!
This 2014 action-drama, directed by and starring Eric Jacobus, is the real deal! While the tone is much more grim than the usual Stunt People fare, the action is on point. Death Grip is the story of Kenny Zemacus (Jacobus) as he tries to get his life together and reconnect with his autistic brother Mark (Nathan Hoskins). Kenny's attempt at reconciliation is jeopardized when he is dragged into conflict with dangerous cult and must go toe-to-toe with their evil leader played by Johnny Yong Bosch (Power Rangers).
Don't let the mockbuster title fool you, this film is actually Rising Fear; a film for which we gave a stellar review. Created on a $6000 budget by writer, director, producer, editor, and star Tom Getty, this film is a master class in resource based filmmaking. America Has Fallen / Rising Fear follows former-Marine, Ryan Taylor, who is framed for a devastating terror attack and must race against time to clear his name.... and save the President!
A campy blast from the past, this 2001 action-grindhouse movie is a scrappy delight. Writer / Director Aaron Yamasato has created a gory, ridiculous love letter to Sonny Chiba and Tokusatsu heroes. Two friends stumble onto a centuries old conflict between two vengeful Samurai. After donning their clothes and brandishing their swords, they receive abilities they never thought possible. Those abilities will come in handy when they have to fight against the evil syndicate that is trying to recover the swords for their own agenda.
Directed by and starring martial artist D.A. Jackson, Prodigal is an action packed retelling of The Prodigal Son. Jacob (Jackson) returns to his hometown to start a new life, but his old life of violence follows close behind. Now, the criminal organization he turned his back on wants him and everyone he loves dead. Brutal fight scenes and crazy stunts ensue.
Writer / Director / Producer / Star, Nathan Hill has created the action movie equivalent of The Room. It's the kind of action film that feels like it was made by someone who had only ever had action films described to them and it defies classification. All you need to know is this: The film's IMDB page proudly states that would-be action star, Nathan Hill, did all his own stunts AND sex scenes.... You've been warned.