1994 / Director. Steve Wang.
1991s GUYVER was a comical manga adaptation produced by Brian Yuzna. It capitalised on the success of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES and offered a softer PG sci-fi adventure. That film established the premise of a global corporation led by disguised aliens. They had created a super-weapon called the Guyver, which enabled ordinary humans to become fully armoured and indestructible with alien powers. That movie became a cult favourite amongst fans, however, it was divisive too. It strayed from its manga origins and pandered to a young audience. And then GUYVER 2 came along. It was given the title of GUYVER: DARK HERO and suggested something more sinister. All of the slapstick sight gags from the original were ignored and the story shifts into deeper sci-fi territory. Our hero from the first film returns (now played by David Hayter) and he's living with the burden of being The Guyver. With the aliens and their corporation destroyed, he finds himself haunted by his affliction. Suddenly he is compelled to travel to the site of an archaeological excavation where he finds images from his dreams carved into stone. The place holds great significance and before long he is once again met with enemy combatants desperate to steal the secret which lays beneath the ground. This is a smarter and (somewhat) more sophisticated film to the first. It is still very much a B-movie and the TMNT qualities of the first movie have been replaced with an adult orientated take on the MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS. The creature costumes are rubbery and fake and the fight sequences are terribly choreographed... and yet it's all so awesome!! Imagine the POWER RANGERS with blood and gore. Throats slitting, blood gushing, bones shattering and flesh tearing. There's even a gnarly Hellraiser-esque moment for gore-fiends. It is a delicious combination of violence and frivolity, while keeping the story itself rather serious and dark. GUYVER 2 is a far superior to GUYVER and fans have embraced it much more. A third instalment was planned but never materialised when the property rights returns to the original owners. Perhaps this is a legacy that's worth rebooting. It has been developed into a popular animated series but I think a movie remake would be very welcome and would be embraced by fan boys & girls the world over. GUYVER RULES!