From screen to seminar: ‘Killer Ex’ film stars to host martial arts workshop in Reading

Killer Ex, the most recent film by celebrated director Jim Towns, has been selling out theatres since it hit screens in February 2024. With over 1,000 tickets sold and three sold-out screenings, Jose Luis Torres II and the rest of the cast are creating a buzz and turning heads in the independent film space.

For the fourth screening of Killer Ex at RC Reading Movies 11 and IMAX on June 14th, they are turning things up a notch with a VIP event featuring some of the films most memorable actors.

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Join Jose Luis Torres II (Victor), Bill Pugh (Steven), Chase Mullarkey (Nico), and Connor Mullarkey (Sage) at 7:00 pm for an intimate filming experience. All attendees will recieve a commerative movie ticket, poster, wristband, and photo opportunities with cast members.

Following the screening, on Saturday, June 15, Jose Torres and Bill Pugh will be hosting a Cinema Combat Seminar: “Fighting for Screen” at Open Call Martial Arts in Reading, PA. More information and tickets can be purchased at by searching “Killer Ex.”

In addition, the cast of Killer Ex will be taking the show overseas in the second half of the year. With premiers scheduled in the Caribbean and Europe, Killer Ex is climbing the charts quickly as Torres is becoming known by film enthusiasts as the “Latin Dragon” in this must-see martial arts movie. Killer Ex will be screened in Trinidad & Tobago on Friday August 9th and in Rotterdamn, Netherlands on November 8th.

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Making his big-screen acting debut, New Jersey-based international martial artist Grandmaster Jose Luis Torres II plays Victor, an altruistic, clever, and powerful ex-assassin turned family man who is forced back into his former life when his ex shows up with a slew of killers after her. Torn between his love for his family and desire to protect his ex, Victor Reyes attempts to walk a fine line while maintaining his integrity and reputation while ensuring the woman he once loved isn’t killed.

With thrilling fight scenes, laugh-out-loud scenes, and relatable characters, Killer Ex stands to make martial arts movie history as the demand for more screenings continues to rise.

Filmed in South Jersey, Killer Ex features many local performers as well as martial arts film icons like Mohammad (Michel) Qissi and William Christopher Ford, along with the killer ex herself, actress Elena Churinova. Churinova brings grace and charm to the screen with her witty demeanor and unapologetic attitude, offering a refreshing compliment to the family man Reyes.

Torres is an 9th-degree Tang Soo Do Black belt and decorated martial artist from Edgewater Park, NJ. His martial arts career began in 1982 under Master William Hamilton. Over 40 years later, Torres has seen great success, including the opening of the Team Torres Martial Arts franchise, after-school programs for the youth, the production of international and domestic martial arts events, and so much more.

As a martial arts master, father of three, and college soccer coach, Victor Reyes’s role was seemingly written with Torres in mind.

“It is an unbelievable opportunity to be cast as the lead for this film,” shared Torres. Director Jim Towns is an outstanding director and writer. “I am excited to bring the character Victor Reyes to life. The whole cast of the film is truly top-notch. Both William Christopher Ford and Mohammed Qissi are amazing human beings who have starred in iconic martial arts films. I’m honored to work with them. It’s a dream come true.”

Learn more about Jose Torres, Killer Ex, and Team Torres Martial Arts at

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