How does one, as a storyteller, approach a film about women fighting to the death in a grisly secret tournament without risking accusations of misogyny?
In Joshua Waller’s Raze, superstar stuntwoman Zoe Bell goes in front of the camera again to play Sabrina, a prisoner in an underground fight club made up entirely of captive women. Overseen by a maniacal pair (the marvelously-cast Doug Jones and Sherilyn Fenn), Sabrina has to fight her fellow captives to the death or watch her loved ones be killed instead. Waller and Bell’s film had its Windy City premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival and the pair sat down to talk about their grindhouse flick, the balance of extreme violence within it, and the importance of a little movie called Kill Bill.
A clandestine organization dating back to ancient Greece emerges from the shadows every five years to abduct 50 women and force them to fight to the death in hand-to-hand combat — knowing that if they fail, their loved ones will meet an end even more terrifying.
Badass stunt woman/actress Zoe Bell and G.I. Joe girl Rachel Nichols go bare-knuckled in this red band trailer for Josh C. Waller’s Raze.