The Roller Blade Seven

A Zen Film

Scott Shaw The Roller Blade Seven
THE ROLLER BLADE SEVEN
RETURN OF THE ROLLER BLADE SEVEN
LEGEND OF THE ROLLER BLADE SEVEN
and
HAWK: WARRIOR OF THE WHEELZONE

were created by Donald G. Jackson and Scott Shaw

STARRING:
Scott Shaw, International Action Star and Martial Arts Master
Karen Black, Academy Award Nominee and Golden Globe Winner
Don Stroud, Clint Eastwood Co-Star
William Smith, Clint Eastwood Co-Star and Ultimate Hollywood Bad Guy
Joe Estevez, Indie Film Demigod
Frank Stallone, Co-Star of such films as Barfly and Tombstone
Jill Kelly, Adult Film Superstar in her first on-screen role
Allison Chase, Emmy Winner
Rhonda Shear, Host of USA's Up All Night and former Miss USA

CO-STARS:
There was a great cast of co-stars that brought Roller Blade Seven to life; including: Selina Jayne (Spirit Helper), Claudia Scholtz (Kabuki), Kenneth H. Kim (Utility Ninja), Roger Ellis (Stealth), Sam Mann (from the original Roller Blade films), Mark Richardson (Chopper), David Skinner (Mohawk), Mark Williams (Heavy Metal), Diana Cuevsas, (Ninja Girl), Jade East and Madison Monk, to name only a few.

FILM TRAILERS:





DOCUMENTARY:
INTERVIEW: THE ROLLER BLADE SEVEN DOCUMENTARY


FILM FACTS:
ZEN FILMMAKING
THE ROLLER BLADE SEVEN AKA LEGEND OF THE ROLLER BLADE SEVEN and RETURN OF THE ROLLER BLADE SEVEN were the first two films created in the unique style of filmmaking known as Zen Filmmaking.

FILMING LOCATIONS:

  • The ROLLER BLADE SEVEN and its sequel were filmed at several spectacular locations. They include:
  • Bronson Cave. A great Hollywood landmark and shooting location that has been used in numerous films and television series including its use as The Bat Cave in the 1960s television series, Batman.
  • The Sepulveda Dam. A functioning dam and filming location for such films as, Escape from New York.
  • Vasquez Rocks. This location has been seen in numerous films including Donald G. Jackson's, Hell Comes to Frogtown.
  • The L.A. River Basin. A location used in numerous films and television series.
  • The Griffith Observatory. A Hollywood landmark and location used in such films as, Terminator.
  • El Mirage Dry Lake where numerous films, commercials, and music videos have been shot; from the 1930s forward.
CAMERAS:
  • The Roller Blade Seven was filmed on 16mm film. The primary cameras that were used were the Aaton XTR, the Arriflex BL, the Bolex Rex 4 with a 24p motor, and the Canon Scoopic.
  • There was over one-hundred hours of actual filmed footage that was used to create the final edits of The Roller Blade Seven and Return of the Roller Blade Seven.
  • Filmed on 16mm film, The Roller Blade Seven was blown up to 35mm film for its theatrically releases in Australia and the U.K.
INTERNATIONAL RELEASES:
Roller Blade Seven was released to numerous countries around the world. Its various titles have included:
  • Filo Letal AKA Lethal Edge
  • A Szamuráj útja AKA The Samurai Path
  • Patinadores do Futuro AKA Skaters of the Future
  • Brygada Siedmiu Mieczy AKA Brigade of the Seven Swords
  • Las 7 Espadas del Apocalipsis AKA The 7 Swords of Revelation
  • A görkorcsolya 7 legendája AKA The Legend of the Seven Skaters
  • El Regreso de los Guerreros Apocalípticos AKA The Return of the Apocalyptic Warriors
ARTICLES:
OFF SITE:
PRESS RELEASE:
The Original Roller Blade Seven Press Release

AWARDS:

The Roller Blade Seven at the Smithee Awards

OWN YOUR COPY:

The Roller Blade Seven
The Roller Blade Seven DVD

Return of the Roller Blade Seven
Return of the Roller Blade Seven DVD

Hawk Warrior of the Wheelzone
Hawk: Warrior of the Wheelzone DVD

Check out the film, HAWK:WARRIOR OF THE WHEELZONE, for a different version of THE ROLLER BLADE SEVEN and a rare glimpse into the Zen Filmmaking legacy of Scott Shaw and Donald G. Jackson. This version of the film was created when Jackson asked Shaw to go back into the two films a reconstruct a more action-adventure orientated feature. This was done at a time when Jackson was seeking financing for the team to make the third installment to THE ROLLER BLADE SEVEN TRILOGY titled, WHEELZONE RANGERS.

Legend of the Roller Blade Seven
The Legend of the Roller Blade Seven DVD
As it was meant to be seen. Not the unauthorized VHS version.


ROLLER BLADE SEVEN ZEN DOCUMENTARIES:

Interview The Roller Blade Seven Documentary
Interview: The Roller Blade Seven Documentary on Amazon Prime Video
Interview: The Roller Blade Seven Documentary on YouTube

The film, INTERVIEW: THE ROLLER BLADE SEVEN DOCUMENTARY, is a Scott Shaw Zen Documentary providing a rare behind-the-scenes look at the making of THE ROLLER BLADE SEVEN. Uncensored/Uncut.

RB7 The Unseen Scenes
Roller Blade Seven The Unseen Scenes DVD

During the 1991 creation of THE ROLLER BLADE SEVEN and its sequel, RETURN OF THE ROLLER BLADE SEVEN, the filmmakers: Donald G. Jackson and Scott Shaw shot over twenty-four hours of 16mm footage. Much of that footage was never used for the final edits of these two feature films. Narrated by Scott Shaw, this Zen Documentary explores the unused footage, has interviews and interactions with cast and crew, and takes the viewer behind the scenes of these Cult Film Classics.

Roller Blade 3
Roller Blade 3: The Movie That Never Was DVD

This documentary presents a penetrating look into the filmmaking style of Donald G. Jackson, the evolution of the Roller Blade Series of films, and the first time Scott Shaw worked with Donald G. Jackson.


BOOKS:

RB7 Photographic
The Roller Blade Seven: A Photographic Exploration

Step behind the scenes and witness the birth of Zen Filmmaking and the Cult Film Classic The Roller Blade Seven through hundreds of never before seen photographs.

Much of the dialogue in these films came from two books written by Scott Shaw:
Essence The Zen of Everything
Essence The Zen of Everything

Zen Oclock
Zen O'Clock: Time To Be
Donald G. Jackson, as Reverend Donaldo, read the introduction to Zen O'clock: Time to Be at the beginning of the Roller Blade Seven Wedding Ceremony. This book has been translated into several languages by international publishers.


Zen Filmmaking
Zen Filmmaking

Over the years there has been a lot of speculation about the characters, the true meaning of the scenes, the use of dialogue, and the creative process used in the creation of The Roller Blade Seven. To provide a detailed explanation of this film, Scott Shaw devoted a chapter in his book, Zen Filmmaking to explains the creation of this film. Click on the title to pick up your copy and find out what really took place.

DGJ Cover
Donald G. Jackson: Soldier of Cinema

There is a lot of information provided about the creation of the Roller Blade Seven and the mind of Donald G. Jackson is this book Scott composed.

Scott Shaw also presents additional information about The Roller Blade Seven in these books:

Independent Filmmaking
Independent Filmmaking: Secrets of the Craft

Zen Filmmaking 2
Zen Filmmaking 2: Further Writings on the Cinematic Arts

Zen Filmmaking 3
Zen Filmmaking 3: Expanded Writings on Creative Life and the Cinematic Arts

The Screenplays
The Screenplays

The Roller Blade Seven became the first Zen Film—meaning no screenplay was used in its creation. Prior to the commencement of filming, however, the filmmakers: Scott Shaw and Donald G. Jackson did set about on a traditional course of filmmaking for the movie. As such, Scott Shaw wrote an extended treatment for the film. To read the original concept for the movie, which is vastly differs from the final film, check out Scott Shaw's book, The Screenplays. This books also presents other screenplays created by Scott Shaw.

OTHER AUTHORS:
Here's an overview of the some of the books where Roller Blade Seven is discussed:

Showgirls
Showgirls, Teen Wolves, and Astro Zombies: A Film Critic's Year-Long Quest to Find the Worst Movie Ever Made
There is an entire chapter in this Great Book devoted to Scott Shaw and Zen Filmmaking. The chapter is titled, Shaw for Sore Eyes.
There is also a great section titled, Roller Boogers, where the author discusses the films of Scott Shaw and Donald G. Jackson including Roller Blade Seven and Return of the Roller Blade Seven.

Bad Movie Bible
The Bad Movie Bible: The Ultimate Modern Guide to Movies That Are so Bad They're Good
Fun review about The Roller Blade Seven in this Great Book.

Destroy All Movies
Destroy All Movies!!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film
This book provides an interesting extended review of RB7. Though the reviewer focused on the VHS release (which is different from the DVD release) of Legend of the Roller Blade Seven and confuses the character played by Don Stroud with that of Joe Estevez. Nonetheless, it is amusing.


The Psychotronic Video Guide To Film
This book also has an extended review of The Roller Blade Seven. Though this author somewhat confuses the title and the release history, it too is humorous.

Film-Themes
Encyclopedia of Film Themes, Settings and Series
This book details background on Donald G. Jackson, Scott Shaw, and The Roller Blade Seven.

Sci-Fi-Film- Directors
Science Fiction Film Directors, 1895-1998
This book has a chapter devoted to Donald G. Jackson and discusses Donald G. Jackson, Scott Shaw, and the creation of The Roller Blade Seven.


Wiping
Joe Estevez: Wiping Off the Sheen
This great book finds Joe Estevez discussing many of the films he was involved with including The Roller Blade Seven.

Roller Blade Seven is also discussed in such books as:


MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS:
The Roller Blade Seven has been written about and/or reviewed in many magazines and newspapers including:
  • Variety
  • Fangoria
  • Draculina
  • B-Movies
  • L.A. Times
  • Film Threat
  • L.A. Weekly
  • Psychotronic
  • Trash Cinema
  • Shock Cinema
  • Femme Fatales
  • Cinefantastique
  • Oriental Cinema
  • Backyard Cinema
  • The Hollywood Reporter
  • The Itawamba County Times
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SPECIAL THANKS:

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Special Thanks to Jim Vorel and Paste Magazine for naming The Roller Blade Seven as #27 of the Best B-Movies of All Time.


BUSINESS CARD:

Rebel Corp
Here was my business card back in the days of RB7.

ASK ME:

From the moment The Roller Blade Seven was first released, over twenty-five years ago, there has been an enormous amount of discussion about this film. There are some very funny reviews out there in magazines, books, and on the internet about this film. A few of the published reviews and discussions are detailed above. As the online reviews come and go we no longer link to them. There was even a couple of music videos made by using the footage from this film many years ago and one recently. The fact is, though a lot of people speak about and discuss this film, (both loving it and hating it), much of the discussion about the creative process and the mindset employed to make this film is incorrect. What people assume happened did not actually occur. Even some of the cast and crew members have gotten it wrong when they have spoken about this film to the media. As they were not there through the whole process of production and post production, they could not have truly understood our process. With the passing of Donald G. Jackson over a decade ago, I am the only person left who knows the truth about the creation of this film and its sequel(s). So, if you want the facts, ask me.

ROLLER BLADE SEVEN PUBLICITY AND PRODUCTION STILLS:

Scott Shaw Kick

Scott Shaw Allison Chase

Scott Shaw

Wheelzone Warriors

Scott Shaw

Roller Blade Seven

Don Stroud

Roller Blade Seven

Scott Shaw Karen Black

The Roller Blade Seven

Donald G. Jackson

Joe Estevez

Selina Jayne

Donald G. Jackson

The Roller Blade Seven

The Roller Blade Seven

Scott Shaw Roller Blade Seven

Don Stroud congos

Joe Estevez

Mohawk The Roller Blade Seven

William Smith

Selina Jayne

Frank Stallone Black Knight

Kabuki

Allison Chase Scott Shaw

The Roller Blade Seven

Scott Shaw Joe Estevez

Allision Chase

Scott Shaw Allison Chase Wedding

William Smith & Allison

Scott Shaw Allison Chase

Fun in the Production Office:

Scott Shaw Rhonda Sheer
Scott Shaw, Rhonda Shear, Donald G. Jackson

Donald G. Jackson Jill Kelly Scott Shaw
Donald G. Jackson, Jill Kelly, Scott Shaw.

Jilly Kelly Scott Shaw
Jill Kelly, Mark Williams, Scott Shaw.

Scott Shaw Kiss

traci-lords
Traci Lords stopping by the office to receive samurai sword lessons from Scott.

Behind the Scenes:

Roller Blade Seven Kubiki Makeup
Kabuki in Makeup.

Scott Shaw Karen Black

Scott Shaw Karen Black
Scott Shaw and Karen Black on the set.

Scott Shaw Frank Stallone
Scott Shaw and Frank Stallone on the set with Ron Chapman in the background.

Scott Shaw Rhonda Sheer
Scott Shaw and Rhonda Shear on the set.

Jill Kelly
Jill Kelly, her first time on a movie set.

Scott Shaw William Smith Roller Blade Seven
Sam Mann, Kabuki, (Claudia Scholtz), William Smith, Allison Chase, and Scott Shaw.

Karen Black on the Set
Karen Black preparing for a shot.

Some of the Production Team:

Roller Blade Seven Truck

Don Jackson Scott Shaw Allison Chase

Scott Shaw Roller BLade Seven Behind the Scenes

Roller BLade Seven Behind the Scenes

The Original Roller Blade Seven:

The Original Roller Blade Seven

There has long been a discussion about why there was not actually a crew of seven members in the Roller Blade Seven. We explain this as Roller Blade Seven is the ultimate level of human consciousness in Return of the Roller Blade Seven. But yes, originally there were the Roller Blade Seven. Here is a photograph of the actual Roller Blade Seven on the first day of filming. Most of these characters never made it past the first weekend of production, however.

Poster Shoot Studio Samples:

Roller Blade Seven Studio Shoot

Roller Blade Seven Studio Shoot

Roller Blade Seven Studio Shoot


Scott Shaw Donald G. Jackson Allison Chase
Donald G. Jackson, Allison Chase, and Scott Shaw on completion of the first weekend of filming, October 1991.

Frank Stallone Scott Shaw
Frank Stallone and Scott Shaw, January 2017. The Roller Blade Seven Lives!

MUSIC VIDEOS:
Here's the YouTube links to a couple of bands that have used footage from The Roller Blade Seven to create their music videos:





Here's the link to a really cool piece of music, The Rollerblade Seven, that is up on YouTube:



All Photographs Copyright © 1991 and 1992—All Rights Reserved