All Superheroes Must Die (2011) | A courageous effort for a $20,000 action adventure
ONCE UPON A TIME
Superheroes Charge (Jason Trost), Cutthroat (Lucas Till), Shadow (Sophie Merkley) and The Wall (Lee Valmassy) are abducted by their arch foe Rickshaw (James Remar) and forced into competing in a series of challenges – minus their superpowers – in order to save the lives of a town of civilians who have been wired up with explosives.
WATCHMEN ON A BUDGET?
If you like your superhero movies with lots of emotional drama and devoid of CGI, then this Watchmen on a budget will tickle your fancy, as will the buff boys and sexy tomboy decked out in ripped spandex. Director Jason Trost had only $20,000 and two weeks to write, shoot and star in this action adventure. It’s a courageous attempt that doesn’t quite pay off.
The film looks suitably dark and moody, like a budget Sin City, and the story is engaging in a low rent Saw minus the gore kind of way, but the film’s miniscule budget is very apparent, especially the awful background music (probably copyright free) and ropey fight sequences (reminded me of those YouTube backyard fight club videos), while Dexter’s dad (James Remar), who videos in his performance, doesn’t help to raise the bar.
Trost wanted All Superheroes Must Die (aka Vs) to be a character piece like The Warriors, but the lack of back-story means we don’t really know who these four misfits are and why we should care for them. It’s just way too moody and bleak (especially the low value placed on human lives here) for your average superhero fan, but its graphic novel, noir look, is a plus. Hopefully Trost will get to improve on this film’s failings in his sequel.
Before the Feature Presentation, there’s some super naff trailers for the 1967 Italian z-grade adventure Argoman the Fantastic Superman and the 1975 Hong Kong phooey Infra-Man, which I want to see now, as well as a tasty vintage ad for Ricos Nachos. There’s also an introduction from director Trost, and four Blood Beasts shorts, in which Trost gets to play a poor man’s Snake Pilssken.
A miss, unfortunately.
Available on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK from Monster Pictures!
Posted on October 6, 2013, in Maybe Miss, Maybe-Miss, Sci-Fi and tagged Argoman: The Fantastic Superman, Infra-Man, James Remar, Jason Trost, Lucas Till, Maybe miss, Might miss, Monster Pictures, Sci-Fi, Superhero adventure. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.