It was a lifetime ago, or certainly felt like it when I saw a preview of Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires at the MCM Comic Con in Manchester.
Hearing from the creators about the blood, sweat and tears that went into the film really had been clambering for more, and now three years later I was able to see the finished product – and I wasn’t disappointed.
Night of the Trampires feels like an over-the-top animated version of the testosterone-fuelled action flicks of the 1980s from the likes of Stallone and Schwarzenegger.
Based in Los Angeles in 1986, Chuck Steel the obnoxious hero of our story is tasked with taking down the Trampires, a unique breed of vampires that are being built up in the city’s homeless community.
The trouble is that Steel has an ego the size of a skyscraper, keeps losing partners and while taking down the bad guys, causes plenty of costly damage for the police force.
The reason the film works so well is that it doubles down on its absurdity and makes no qualms about being in on the joke.
The animation work is incredible but creator Mike Mort has really gone out of his way to create a fully fleshed out world that feels lived and ripe for more adventures.
Chuck Steel is over the top and hilarious – destined to become a cult classic.
Chuck Steel: Nights of the Trampires blasts exclusively into cinemas from Friday 29th October 2021.