Red Band Trailer for Albert Pyun's 'Tales of an Ancient Empire'

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Red Band Trailer for Albert Pyun's 'Tales of an Ancient Empire'
LARPers and RPGers and anyone else who gets their kicks off sword and sorcery flicks, cult film fans world wide, we are pleased to present you not just any trailer for Albert Pyun's Tales of an Ancient Empire. No, no. If it were just any old trailer from Albert Pyun I would say 'boo' and 'hiss'. To that we say 'nay nay'.

When you present a trailer for an Albert Pyun pic you sure as heck better make sure it is a red band trailer and so we bestow upon you, the faithful and patient, the red band trailer for Tales of an Ancient Empire

To that I give this warning, 'Yar. Thar be boobies about a minute into these here trailers'. Standard and High definition boobies embedded after the break. 
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AdamMay 18, 2010 2:02 AM

This movie looks so bad I would pay to wipe my ass with the original prints.

SwarezMay 18, 2010 4:24 AM

Good thing it's shot digitally.

andrewzMay 18, 2010 10:42 AM

"Sorceress" with a vampire twist?

DaveratMay 18, 2010 3:37 PM

A more appropriate title would be Hercules VS. The Vampire Women.

albert pyunMay 18, 2010 4:32 PM

Wow, I actually like the Hercules vs The Vampire Women title. Its has a cool retro 50's vibe. And Adam, if you ever see the film and its as bad or worst than you think its going to be, then I'll provide a DVD or at least a Tales T-shirt to use for your ass. I know its not the movie people might have hoped for but I really tried to make it as original and different as possible. And that may or may not be a good thing. There will be clips over the next two weeks to reveal if it is crap.


TealordMay 18, 2010 5:17 PM

Wah! It looks poor.

Sorry Mr Pyun. I really enjoy the original, it has great charm.

Plus as a child my mum rented it thinking it would be harmless fantasy fair like Krull. 8yrs old, gory heart ripping and boobs! Still enjoy my anchor bay copy now.

I just cannot, for the life of me understand the decision to use CGI. Surely it can't be cheaper than prosthetics and puppetry. The gooey demon and rubbery sarcophagus in the original were great.

Nice to see Lee Horsely back but please in future hire some guys to make something you can touch rather than cheap cg.

albert pyunMay 18, 2010 7:43 PM

Hi Tealord - yeah, I wish more could've been done to use practical effects and not CG but its tough to do on a tight schedule and budget. The good news is there's not very much of it in the film and most of the sets and settings are practical and not CG. If you remember back to some of the physical effects in my 80's movies, there were pretty gnarly as well, but it was a more forgiving time. What I really have been trying to do with Tales is focus on story and characters and let that propel the movie forward in lieu of a lot of effects, etc. The charm of Sword was always in its characters and situations and that's what I hope I've brought forward into Tales.


AdamMay 18, 2010 8:35 PM

Well now I never actually thought the actually Mr. Albert Pyun would ever see that post. Now I just feel bad, not about the negative review but the wording I used which I did see this at 2am and was tired and not thinking the best as I could. Now I will see this movie, and can't ever and will not ever disrespect you as a director because I like too many of your movies to so. So for his terrible comment I do sincerely apologize. And Means Guns was an awesome movie!!!!!

Agent WaxMay 18, 2010 10:32 PM

Hi Albert,

I can't comment on the film itself, but I think the trailer was rather bland and boring. IMO it could have been more interestingly cut. Just my 2 cents.

albert pyunMay 19, 2010 4:29 AM

Hi Adam - No need to apologize. I get what you were saying and why. It just makes me realize how I need to triple my efforts on the feature itself to make sure we don't mess it up. Sorry the trailer didn't work for you. But with these comments in mind, I'll post a few shorter teaser and some clips next week to hopefully raise your opinion a tad. I don't expect miracles.


albert pyunMay 19, 2010 4:31 AM

Okay, Agent Wax. Your IMO is noted. I'll try to get a revised trailer up next week along with the clips.


LastGunstarMay 19, 2010 2:27 PM

Vampires? What the hell? I'm giving Lucas a break. Albert Pyun raped my childhood.

icn1983May 19, 2010 7:19 PM

I loved "Sword and the Sorcerer" a lot because it was one of the few sword and sorcery pics of that era to have really iconic, Frazetta-esque imagery. I mean, that one shot where Lee Horsely jumps in slow motion, almost a complete silhouette against a red backdrop still is one of my favorite shots in a movie, ever.

That said, my main problems with the trailer are the dialogue and lack of compelling storytelling. If you watch the trailer for "Sword and the Sorcerer," every frame basically tells you everything you need to know There's no exposition needed.

Meanwhile, here, it's just all people standing around and talking and the action looks weak and the special effects look pretty awful and are kind of unnecessary.

It's not all bad. The RED does add a lot of polish and the production design and costumes are somewhat generic, but still get the job done. There's some boobies and blood and overall it looks like dumb fun, possibly made better by watching with a group and couple beers (a drinking game perhaps? Every time she says "fortnight," you take a shot!)

However, the best thing about all of this unlike a lot of asshole directors/producers who put their hands over their ears and have no value their audience less than their precious ego, Mr. Pyun seems to care enough to listen to what his fans have to say, even if it is a tad vitriolic and seems genuinely interested in doing whatever he can to make his films better (unlike some other directors who took thirty years to make a sequel or prequel I can name...).

So, for that reason alone, this just made my Netflix queue.

"A bounty." DRINK!

icn1983May 19, 2010 9:29 PM

EPILOGUE: It's not on Netflix. D'oh!

albert pyunMay 20, 2010 1:50 AM

Hi icn 1983 - Yeah partly due to budget but mostly done for the story, the film has a Lion in the Winter sort of style. More about the interactions and character plotlines and less concerned with the more typical genre storylines like quest to save the world, quest to find something magical to save the world. Tales is built around the complex relationship and background of two girls, one a royal pampered princess and the other a servant girl in the same royal court. So its more like a serial drama in style. Hence the talking heads. Look, I'm realistic to know there's no way I can compete with big budget vefx or even, frankly, 2 million dollar shot in Bulgaria SyFy movies. I made this sequel in spirit to tell this story about these characters, not really with the intent of bs-ing the audience into believing its some big budget epic. Its sort of like the "Once" or "Primer" of sword and sorcery films. There is a lot of humor though in the irreverent vein of TSATS and enough gore and nudity to satisfy. But its about the story really.

albert pyunMay 20, 2010 1:52 AM

Not likely to end up on Netflix either if I can avoid it. It can be purchased on my site ( or rented via VOD in June for $3.99 for three days at the same site. It might roll to Netflix, etc more as a legacy release.

icn1983May 20, 2010 11:16 AM

Why do you want to avoid Netflix?

albert pyunMay 20, 2010 12:08 PM

Netflix has set up a system that is more studio driven and very unfair to indy filmmakers like myself. Basically, they pay very little upfront but get the bulk if not all the revenues. Even the studios have been trying to get a better break from them. Frankly, even Blockbuster and Amazon are tough on terms for an indie so its the reason I'm trying to establish my own direct distribution pipeline. To see if there's not a better way, using today's technology, to get movies to the audience. There are a lot of companies trying to do the same thing. My hope, for truly indie filmmakers, is to my effort might create some sort of viable pipeline alternative - Albert

albert pyunMay 20, 2010 12:10 PM

Also, re: Tales. My response to a Sword and the Sorcerer fan about Tales being a cousin to TSATS and how I was trying to communicate this in the trailer:

Yep. Its the follow up. And I made it in the vein of a 80's fantasy adventure so that it retains the tone of The Sword and the Sorcerer while adding more pace and technique of contemporary genre films. There's no way to compete with a studio film's vefx and action/scale like a Lord of the Rings or Prince of Persia, so what we did was to put our focus and resources into story and character. To hopefully tell a original and compelling story with fully developed characters. So the film does spend its run time establishing the plotline and characters so when the big confrontation occurs at the end, it comes with a tying together of all the story/character threads set up. I think it makes or a more interesting movie and, hopefully, a unique sword and sorcery tale.

gutierrez.ggJune 14, 2010 8:59 AM

Hey Albert, sorry to reply you so late, I´ve seen the trailer, its seems to be fun and intresting, but honestly as a Fan of your movies I cant allow you to have that kind of VFX...
I jobviusly think you cant compete with BIG VFX movies, but if you plan your VFX in an intelligent way, you could get GREAT results, with very very low cost.. (That´s my speciallity..) So I think I could help you with the next one..., I´m a VFX Supervisor.
Please check my work at
I´m not pretty sure you gonna read it, so I´ll try to contac in another way.
Thanks for your movies

gutierrez.ggJune 14, 2010 9:00 AM

Oh I almost forgive..
you could contact me via mail