> Date Seen: 13th November 2018 <
This film was another we viewed before being part of a Q&A session with the director in Manchester Animation Festival 2018. I personally have been looking forward to this film since I learnt about Mike More and his Chuck Steel short at the last Manchester Animation Festival I went to in 2016.
“Tell me, you have heard of vampires, no?
But have you ever heard of Trampires?”
– Van Rental and Chuck Steel, Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires (Mort, 2018)
The wait was certainly worth it as this film was so much more than I had imagined it would be with an grand action packed and laugh filled storyline that you just leave your troubles at the door and enjoy throughout – exactly what you want from a film. The story itself following the ever love wolf action man type lead of Chuck Steel in his life as a police detective in the 80’s trying to find the gory killed of some of the folks of his city – which we later discover to be Trampires addicted to the blood of the drunk.
There are amazing shots throughout the film, my favourite being the action packed fight ones that show some clever pushing the boundaries of techniques, to animate the handmade puppets in a way that could only be captured through stop motion animation. With a level of blood that you would expect and see in a Quentin Tarantino film such as the Kill Bill Series. [I have gone through the techniques used a little more in the previous MAF2018 post here].
And so if you get the chance to see this film on the festival circuit or elsewhere I would recommend it as it an entertaining film made incredibly well in this great handmade style that reminds you of an old classic action movie, all the parts of the previous short built upon and expanded.
– Photograph in Feature Image © Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires by Michael Mort