CONTEST OVER Win tix NOW to Thursday’s ActionFest screening


ActionFest’s monthly film series rolls on this Thursday, June 20 at the Carolina Cinemas with Hammer of the Gods, a thrilling Viking adventure of fathers and sons.  The screening starts at 7:30 p.m. and $10 admission not only gets you a pint of Asheville Brewing’s Ninja Porter, popcorn, and soda, but directly benefits the local homeless advocate service Homeward Bound.

Want to go?  Just be one of the first 5 people to reply to the following question and you’ll win a pair of tickets to Thursday’s show:

What do you think is the best battle sequence in all of film?

Please use your correct first and last name when you comment.  Tickets will be available for pick-up at The Carolina on Thursday night.

Press release:

ActionFest Film Festival is pleased to announce the third film of its monthly screening series.  HAMMER OF THE GODS, Farren Blackburn’s epic Viking tale, will enjoy its North American premiere at The Carolina Asheville at a one night only screening on Thursday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Set in Viking Britain in 871 AD, HAMMER OF THE GODS is a visceral, intense tale set in a world whose only language is violence.  A young Viking warrior, Steinar (Charlie Bewley), is sent by his father the Viking king on a quest to find his estranged brother, who was banished from the kingdom many years before. Steinar’s journey across terrifyingly hostile Saxon territory gradually sees him emerge as the man his father wants him to be – the ruthless and unforgiving successor to his throne.

All proceeds from this screening will be donated to HOMEWARD BOUND, celebrating its 25th anniversary of providing pathways to housing for the homeless in Asheville. The suggested donation for admission is $10. Those in attendance will receive complimentary pints of NINJA PORTER, donated by our friends at Asheville Brewing, PLUS complimentary soft drinks AND popcorn donated by Carolina Cinemas. This is truly the best entertainment value in Asheville.

The ActionFest Film Series is a monthly film series occurring on the 3rd Thursday of each month at The Carolina Asheville — home of the ActionFest Film Festival — offering action movie fanatics the most awesome, bone-crunching, fist-pounding action films from all over the world, including world premieres and select major studio previews.  HAMMER OF THE GODS is the third film featured in this new series.

Tickets are available now at the Carolina Cinemas box office, 1640 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC, or online at


ActionFest, “The Film Festival With a Body Count,” was founded in Asheville in 2010 by Bill Banowsky and famed action director Aaron Norris. The first film festival in the world devoted exclusively to action movies, ActionFest features the latest in martial arts, rapid-fire, explosive cinema from around the world. ActionFest is also dedicated to showcasing the unsung heroes of action cinema, the Stuntmen and Stuntwomen, the Fight Choreographers, Stunt Coordinators, and the 2nd Unit Directors who keep audiences’ pulses pounding. For more information about ActionFest visit


Edwin Arnaudin June 17, 2013 - 5:44 pm

Congrats to Annie, Eric, Kevin, Ashley, and Tim.

Just a few minutes too late, Jason. If one of the above 5 is unable to use his/her tickets, let me know and I’ll pass them along to Jason.

Jason June 17, 2013 - 5:11 pm

The fight scenes in Hero (2002.) Although the final battle in 13 Assassins is pretty epic.

Tim Bayless June 17, 2013 - 4:57 pm

Best battle scene I’d have to say the newest Pearl Harbor

Ashley Woodring June 17, 2013 - 4:20 pm

300 for sure – that entire movie was one epic battle after another.

Big Al June 17, 2013 - 1:26 pm

The previews on YouTube were not very impressive. Looked like something made on a shoestring budget, like for a first-time shorts festival, YouTube, or direct-to-DVD. Disappointing, because I would like to see more movies from the Viking era, like “The 13th Warrior”.

Edwin Arnaudin June 17, 2013 - 1:37 pm

So, I take it you don’t want to go?

Big Al June 17, 2013 - 3:19 pm

I work that night. Maybe I will see it at a matinee when (if?) if comes out in general release locally.

Edwin Arnaudin June 17, 2013 - 3:21 pm

When/if is a good question. The Carolina ran Java Heat for a week, so we’ll see about this one.

Kevin Greene June 17, 2013 - 10:17 am

mmmm…Battle implies war, and while I typically enjoy (loosely) historically based war movies (a la ‘The Patriot’ or ‘Saving Private Ryan’), I’d have to give this one to ‘300’ – strictly based on how the entire movie was shot. At the time, it was fairly creative and fresh, but I think it may be considered a little over-done now.

Eric Ernst June 17, 2013 - 9:58 am

Ip and Miura’s final battle on the raised stage in Ip Man.

Annie Mott June 17, 2013 - 9:41 am

The best battle sequence is arguable the battle of Helms Deep from the LOTR movies. Literally hundreds to thousands of extras, and it takes a while to realize that 3/4 of them are CGI. It has everything you need in a battle: drama, friendship, gore, and Orcs.

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