Guyver: Dark Hero
|Guyver: Dark Hero|
|Directed by||Steve Wang|
|Produced by||Steve Wang|
|Screenplay by||Nathan Long
|Story by||Steve Wang|
|Based on||Bio Booster Armor Guyver
by Yoshiki Takaya
|Music by||Les Claypool III|
|Cinematography||Michael G. Wojciechowski|
|Editing by||Russ Kingston
|Distributed by||New Line Cinema|
|Running time||123 minutes|
Guyver: Dark Hero (also known as The Guyver 2) is a 1994 American Science fiction Tokusatsu Action film based on the Manga and Anime, Bio Booster Armor Guyver. It is a sequel to the 1991 film, The Guyver. Written by Nathan Long and directed by Steve Wang, the film stars David Hayter as Sean Barker/The Guyver, replacing Jack Armstrong in the role.
Compared to the previous film, Guyver: Dark Hero was much closer to the source material, more serious and violent. The flashback to the Creation of the Guyvers, for instance, is taken almost verbatim from the manga. Because of the film's low budget, Guyver: Dark Hero went direct-to-video in the United States but was given a limited theatrical run in foreign countries. Unlike the first film, Guyver: Dark Hero was Rated R (unlike the PG-13 rating of the first movie), being much more violent as mentioned above. Despite not receiving a theatrical release, Guyver: Dark Hero gained a Cult following and was met with more favorable reviews than its predecessor.
Sean Barker is mentally tortured by his transformation into the Guyver and does not know what to do with his power. He tries to use it to fight crime, but the Guyver constantly forces him to kill, leaving him emotionally and spiritually exhausted. It even causes him to break up with his girlfriend, Mizky. After seeing news reports of an archeological dig in the mountains of Utah, that remind him of his visions, he goes to join the dig, where he encounters Cori, the beautiful daughter of the head archeologist. However, Sean finds himself once against battling the Zoanoids, who are from Kronos, who is actually funding the dig. It is later revealed that what they are trying to unearth is an alien ship from the civilization that created the Guyvers and the Zoanoids. Fearful of the weapons that Kronos could get their hands on, Sean and Cori, along with an undercover military commander named Atkins, and Cori's father who is also a Zoanoid, attempt to blow up the ship. But the situation becomes worse when it is revealed that one of the Kronos Zoanoids has taken and merged with one of the Guyver units they found in the ship. Sean is forced to fight the Guyver-Zoanoid, which has an advantage over Sean, until Sean manages to damage its control medal and then blows it apart with his Mega Smasher. Fearful of anyone getting their hands on the additional Guyver's that might be inside the ship, Sean uses his Guyver's control medal to send a mental command to the ship to leave Earth. Commander Atkins tries to recruit Sean into helping the government launch an underground war against Kronos, but Sean initially refuses, wanting to live a simple life alone with Cori. However, the realization that the Guyver's are simply super-powered weapons created by an alien race weighs heavily on Sean's mind.
- David Hayter - Sean Barker
- Kathy Christopherson - Cori Edwards
- Bruno Giannotta - Arlen Crane
- Christopher Michael - Atkins
- Stuart Weiss - Marcus Edwards
- Billi Lee - Mizky
- Russ Kingston - Impatient Hick
- Jim O'Donoghoe - Gouo
- J.D. Smith - Doug Kerlew
- Wes Deitrick - Gus Volker
- Stephen Oprychal - Bob
- Koichi Sakamoto - Sakai
- Butch Portillo -Bo
- Christopher J. Bradshaw - Grau
- Vern Roguen - Mazzo
- Brian Simpson - Benny/Volker Zoanoid/Guyver Zoanoid
- Tatsuro Koike - Guyver Zoanoid
- Ted Smith - Commando/Stenzoanoid/Mazzo Zoanoid
- Anthony Houk - Guyver
- David McDonald - Marcus Zoanoid
- Scott Putman - Corben Zoanoid
- C.D. Post - Monk Zoanoid
Guyver 2 was more critically successful than its predecessor. Glenn Kenny of Entertainment Weekly said the film "often plays like an R-rated Mighty Morphin Power Rangers installment [...] that's genuinely amusing if you're in the right frame of mind." David Johnson of DVD Verdict said that while "the acting is wretched," Guyver 2 is "a much better effort" than the original film. "The action is 100 times better [and] it kept me fairly entertained throughout." Nathan Shumate of Cold Fusion Video Reviews also felt that Guyver 2 was better than the original film, praising its action scenes and saying that David Hayter replacing original star Jack Armstrong was an improvement.
2005 Remastered Version
A remastered version of the film was released in Japan in 2005. There's no difference in the 2005 version other than newly remastered sound and additional new music.
Proposed Third film
According to David Hayter, he pitched an outline for a Guyver III to Steve Wang but the rights to The Guyver reverted to its original owners in Japan.
- Guyver 2: Dark Hero review, Glenn Kenny Entertainment Weekly, October 21, 1994
- THE GUYVER 2: DARK HERO review, David Johnson, DVD Verdict, August 25th, 2004
- Guyver 2: Dark Hero review, Nathan Shumate, Cold Fusion Video Reviews, May 14, 2008
- Guyver: Dark Hero at the Internet Movie Database
- Guyver: Dark Hero at allmovie
- Guyver: Dark Hero at Rotten Tomatoes