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Only you can stop Uwe Boll

Posted by Ty Burr  April 8, 2008 09:50 AM

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Who's Uwe Boll? German movie director, responsible for really horrid low-budget videogame-derived stinkers like "House of the Dead," "Alone in the Dark," and "Bloodrayne." Even fans of schlock horror can't stand his stuff, to which the director tends to respond with upraised middle finger or an invitation to a boxing match.

Now there's an online petition to get him to stop making movies. Period. It had 100,000 signatures as of the other day. If it gets to one million, Boll has vowed he will quit filmmaking.

Either this is the most brilliant publicity stunt I've ever heard of or it's mercy-killing by mass ballot. Feel free to cast your vote, but if you do, play fair -- suffer through one of Boll's movies first.

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