CHUCK STEEL: NIGHT OF THE TRAMPIRES (2018) Reviews and release news

 

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‘The streets can really suck!’

Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires is a 2018 British animated action horror film about a maverick cop leading the fight against a mutated hybrid of vampire and tramp

Written and directed by Mike Mort [as Michael Mort] (Raging Balls of Steel Justice short; Shaun the Sheep episodes; Deadly Tantrum short). Produced by Joseph D’Morais, Ben Halliwell (line producer), Randhir Singh Heer, Lisa Kinsey (line producer), Rupert Lywood and Mike Mort.

The voice cast is led by writer-director Mike Mort and includes Jennifer Saunders, Paul Whitehouse (Ghost Stories; Burke and Hare), Dan Russell, Jonnie Fiori and Samantha Coughlan.

Plot:

It’s not 1985 anymore… it’s 1986, and Chuck Steel is ‘the best God damn cop on the force’ according to his long-suffering boss, Captain Jack Schitt. But even this maverick, renegade, loose cannon, lone wolf, cop on the edge, who doesn’t play by the rules has his work cut out when the Governor of LA decides to reduce the licensing hours for clubs and bars triggering a sudden, inexplicable spate of high profile disappearances in the city. The disappearances all have the same thing in common, a crime scene covered in blood but with no sign of the victim.

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The police are perplexed until they get a break in the case when one of the victims manages to escape. Chuck goes to interview the victim at the hospital but is confronted by a crazed old man who introduces himself as Abraham Van Rental. He warns a disbelieving Chuck that an evil scourge is about to descend on the city of Los Angeles – the scourge of the Trampires – a mutated hybrid of vampire and tramp…

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Reviews:

“Michael Mort’s animated, horror, comedy is like Chicken Run’s Nick Park took a sh*t ton of cocaine, watched Cobra too many times, but still tried to make a Hammer horror film […] Chuck Steel is full of witty nods to the films Mort loves and a rapid-fire wit that succeeds is taking eighties excess and pushing it to its absolute, ridiculous limit.” Brit Flicks

“Meeting and beating the laugh quotient are the impressive set pieces and gorgeous production design. Mort can deliver a double-barrel blast of humour and action, and his gunplay and vehicular mayhem often rival the live-action real deal. Film references range from the irony-free Cobra, to Delta Force 2, The Evil Dead, Lethal Weapon and Japanese monster movies.” Electric Shadows

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Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires is, besides being a brilliant love letter to stop-motion animation, also a loving tribute to 80s horror cinema: with trampire deaths that look like they stepped out of the original Evil Dead, complete with melty plasticine effects; monsters that are reminiscent of both the vampire effects of Fright Night and Grace Jones’s titular Vamp; and a hero that is more manly than the manliest man that has ever been seen in cinematic history…” Nerdly

“This isn’t your sophisticated Fantastic Mr. Fox, Chicken Run or Wallace and Gromit. Night of the Trampires has the sense of humor of a fart joke that I sophisticatedly enjoy. Chuck Steel may kick ass to a production level score of a Tim Burton masterpiece but this is Claymation outside of Burton’s hands. It’s finally made for adults, it’s completely juvenile and it’s absolutely brilliant.” Without Your Head

Release:

In the UK, Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires will be released in cinema on 29 October 2021.

Voice cast and characters:

Mike Mort … Chuck Steel / Jack Schitt / Abraham Van Rental / Maloney
Jennifer Saunders … Doctor Alex Cular
Paul Whitehouse … The Wise One / Gussman / Barney
Dan Russell … Governor / Stretch / Chosen One / Mr Brownlow
Jonnie Fiori … Dora
Samantha Coughlan … Lucy Steel / Mrs Brownlow
Romano Marenghi … Ingrid Klutz
Geoff Robbins … Convict
Jonnie Price … Steve
Mark Richard Jones … Barman
Laura Tofarides … Chuck’s Bike / Gun Cabinet
Abbigale Austin … Trampire Crowd
Robert Daniel … Trampire Crowd
Joseph Duffin-Jones … Trampire Crowd
Rowan Oliver Edwards … Trampire Crowd
Paul Flannery … Trampire Crowd
Lauren Harris … Gloria
Joey Hawkins … Trampire Crowd
Ben Mitchell … Trampire Crowd
Leo Nicholson … Trampire Crowd
Johnnie Roe … Dora
Sam Roe … Koloswski
Helen C N Smith … Trampire Crowd

Technical details:

85 minutes

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