1991 / Director. Screaming Mad George & Steve Wang.
THE GUYVER is not a serious film and it's title probably does it a disservice. While it is based on a Japanese manga of the same name, the comical nature of the movie is better represented with the European title of MUTRONICS. Released in the early 90s it's very clear that directors Screaming Mad George and Steve Wang were riding the success of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES. The movie opens with the premise that Aliens came to Earth before man and created the human race and infected some of us with Alien DNA. Cut to the present and a large corporation (run by aliens) is on the cusp of discovering The Unit, a one of a kind biological device that acts as an armour to humans and turns anyone who wears it into The Guyver, a being with the ultimate resistance. If you've made it this far without thinking "as if" then you're the right type of movie geek for THE GUYVER. It's a far-fetched, hokey and farcical science fiction B-movie that plays out like Ninja Turtles crossed with Power Rangers. The alien creatures are well conceived and suitably comical and there isn't a single moment when the film takes itself seriously. With Brian Yuzna producing we are treated to a Re-Animator reunion of sorts with David Gale and Jeffrey Combs doing what they do best. They're having a lot of fun... the mutant creations towards the end of the film are also reminiscent Yuzna's SOCIETY and BRIDE OR RE-ANIMATOR. Other players include Michael Berryman, Mark Hamill and Jimmie Walker as well as a line up of staple B personalities. I recently watched the director's cut of THE GUYVER but don't recall the theatrical cut enough to speak with any authority. It is basically how I remember it from my youth and probably more comical that my 12 year old self would have thought... but it's light hearted nature gives it a bolstered cult status. For fans who thought that THE GUYVER was too soft then GUYVER 2 (Dark Hero) was given a much more serious and violent treatment. That review is coming up...