Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires is a wacky, refreshingly different, comedy horror stop motion film that will keep you entertained right until the final scene.
It is set in 1986, featuring Chuck Steel the usual steroid, pumped up, lonewolf cop of that era who has serious anger issues and causes all kinds of headaches for his Police Chief, Jack Schitt who doesn’t appear to know how to control him. All his anger issues seem to stem from his desire to hide the fact that his wife left him. One night, Chuck is unintentionally thrown into hunting down and stopping the rise of the trampires: a cross between inebriated tramps and vampires who feed on those who have drunk too much.
At the premiere of Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires was likened to Wallace and Gromit, as it uses the same animation, but on steroids. For every second of screen time, the figures have to be moved 24 times and this film took approximately 3.5 years to make. Was it worth it? A resounding yes! Right now we are all in need feel good films that entertain, give a few laughs and hold your attention.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when viewing Chuck Steel and indeed the writer, animator, producer of the film, Mike Mort, said he wanted to make a film reminiscent of the cop films of the 1980s which does mean it’s not very politically correct. He has achieved on both fronts, there are plenty of stereotypes and crass jokes but somehow this animated film pulls you in and more importantly pulls it off. There were times when I forgot I was watching an animated film, which I know sounds hard to believe but I was truly transported and entertained. It felt like watching the best selection of cop movies of the 1980s: Beverly Hills Cops, Lethal Weapon etc with a horror thrown in, think the music video to Thriller.
The car chases and the big set piece at the end are truly spectacular given how much work had gone into making just one second of filmed animation. Chuck Steel is hugely entertaining and it’s easy to hoover up a bag of popcorn whilst watching it. Listen out for the vocal talents of Jennifer Saunders as the psychologist and Paul Whitehouse as the Wise One. If you want to be entertained this Halloween by something a little different then spend some time with Chuck Steel – you won’t regret it.
Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires will be released in cinemas across the UK from 29 October.
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