After filmmaker Mike Mort made the animated short film Raging Balls of Steel Justice starring the character Chuck Steel, he has now decided to bring him back in his first-ever feature film titled Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires. It had its North American premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival, and it was definitely one of the most unique screenings of the summer. It is a wildly entertaining throwback to action films from the 80s and it’s a lot of fun! It’s not supposed to be taken seriously, but that’s the beauty of it.
Chuck Steel (voiced by director Mike Mort) is a loose cannon cop who doesn’t play by the rules and likes completing his missions in his own crazy ways. Since he’s super-efficient with guns, loves riding motorcycles, and says witty one-liners, it’s no wonder his boss Captain Jack Schitt (also voiced by Mort) calls him ‘the best goddamn cop on the force.’ He has to take down the Trampires, who are basically homeless people turned into vampires, and that’s the premise of the movie. Does it sound stupid? Absolutely, but the film commits to its over-the-top absurdity.
First of all, the animation is actually pretty good! The filmmakers used to work for Aardman Animations, and Chuck Steel does a really great job showcasing their talent as animators. They give the film a lot of unique style, and you’re having so much fun watching that on screen. They’re able to elevate the stop-motion technique with their cinematic vision and it’s quite fascinating.
The action sequences are also impressive, but make sure you know what you’re in for. It’s really over-the-top with its violence and gore, so don’t take your kids to see this. If you’ve seen the hilarious and outrageous film Team America: World Police, Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires is like that. Some scenes will leave you speechless and/or offended, as Mike Mort isn’t afraid to bring out some grotesque imagery for the audience. While it is exaggerated for sure, you can’t deny that its unapologetic absurdity totally works.
In the end, Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires is definitely not for everyone, but it’s still an entertaining and hysterical film that moviegoers might have a good time with. It doesn’t take itself seriously, and Mike Mort knows that. If you love watching over-the-top popcorn flicks with action-packed sequences, fun characters, and hilarious dialogue, this is the movie for you. While it is undeniably outrageous, it’s still a blast!