Uwe Boll, the eccentric film director known for weaponizing video game licenses, is counting on Kickstarter to help fund a sequel to "Postal," a movie that critics called a movie if they were in a polite mood.
Boll's Kickstarter for Postal 2 requests $500,000 to manufacture a "controversial comedy in which we take up current political issues" and elucidate "that there is no difference between our democracy and the prison camps in Russia or China." In the pitch videos, which are split into joking and serious parts – and no, they're not distinguishable beyond the labels – Boll says "there is only me who can help you with that."
The "that" is actually the "them": the NSA and the monitored Orwellian nightmare we find ourselves in. "If you have a Facebook account," Boll says ahead of his filmed critique, "everything gets, like, controlled."
You'll receive several status updates on the film if you pledge at least $5 in advance of its projected August 2014 release, but the high-tier rewards (beyond the grotesque pleasure of seeing this lurch to life) seem impossible to turn down. For just $5,000 you could name a character in Postal 2. For $7,500 you can allow yourself to be encased in Boll's celluloid prison and BECOME a character, though the size of the role "depends on your talent." The implication here is that you will have to match and exceed the acting chops of the movie's first confirmed star and Top 36 contender in American Idol Season 8, Jackie Tohn.
Finally, you can pledge $10,000 and view the spectacle unfold on the movie set itself, safely shielded behind the "executive producer" credit. (So that's what those guys do.)
"There will be no survivors" if this uncensored movie comes to pass, Uwe Boll says. If that isn't the ideal ratio of threat and reward for a Kickstarter campaign, what is?