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Running With Scissors’ irreverent, absurd, and often off-color video game Postal has been turned into a movie, and will hit theaters this Friday.

The original game and its sequel were released for the Macintosh; the game focuses on a man who’s having a really bad day and “goes postal,” a colloquialism for going on a shooting spree. This politically incorrect premise led to howls of outrage from parent groups, politicians, and even the U.S. Postal Service itself over the years.

The controversy has simply provoked the developer to get more and more outrageous with successive games and expansion packs, featuring cats as silencers on rifles, exploding diseased cow-heads, caricatures of terrorists and activists, and much more.

This in-your-face attitude continues with the movie, which was directed by infamous German filmmaker Uwe Boll. Much like Postal itself, Boll’s motion picture work has been reviled by critics. Boll’s oeuvre has focused on movie adaptations of video games, including Bloodrayne, House of the Dead, Alone in the Dark, and Dungeon Siege.

Already, advanced screenings of the Postal film have merited excoriations from the press, which has led director Boll to send an expletive-laden retort to at least one reviewer.

The movie is going to see an extremely limited theatrical release, if the theater listings page on the Postal Web site is any indication—the page lists a scant 15 theaters throughout North America that will be showing the film.

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