Remember Bellflower from a couple years ago? The unhinged indie about two friends building flamethrowers and weapons and a fire-breathing muscle car, all in anticipation of a global apocalypse? Well, it turns out they’re back with Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins. Judging solely on this new trailer, it’s just a bonkers as the title suggests.
Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins is the latest from Coatwolf Productions, and it looks like maybe the guys from Bellflower got their apocalyptic wish. This trailer is an amalgam of Mad Max, Escape From New York, The Warriors, and the glut of cheapo, early-to-mid-1980s Italian post-apocalyptic trash. In short: oh hell yes I’m into this wonderful, wonderful, head-ripping mayhem.
This trailer also reminds me of the Trost Brothers’ The FP. There is, of course, less dance fighting, but there’s a similar gonzo low-budget feel and aesthetic. And the general old-school videogame influence is readily apparent. Hell, this could be set in the world from Double Dragon.
Here’s a synopsis for Chuck Hand and the San Diego Twins:
A turf war has been raging in Oldtown for generations. On one side, The Syndicate - an evil gang of crank-head misfits, who has been set on muscling the San Diego family out of the parcel of land they own in the center of town. On the other side, the San Diego family: Tony and Johnny - twin brothers, and their sister Salsa are the last of a bloodline that stretches back for generations. Their mother, father and brothers were all brutally murdered in a violent clash with The Syndicate years earlier. With their neighborhood becoming increasingly fearful, The Syndicate puts into action another evil advance on their family's fading legacy by kidnapping Salsa - all hell breaks loose. The twins and their best friend Chuck Hank must decide whether to hand over the deed to their families’ land in order to save their sister or fight, the final fight!
If that description and the overall manic insanity of the trailer isn’t enough to win you over, Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins has a weirdly awesome cast. Especially for fans of knockabout B-movies, exploitation fare, and general awesomeness. It features David Arquette (Eight Legged Freaks), Andrew Bryniarski (Texas Chainsaw Massacre), MMA fighters Don Frye and Josh Barnett, Olivia Taylor Dudley (Dude Bro Party Massacre III), and Michael Pare (Streets of Fire and one of my all-time favorite post-apocalyptic joints, World Gone Wild).
Starring Bellflower director Evan Glodell as Chuck Hank, Bellflower lead Tyler Dawson as one San Diego brother, and writer/director Jonathan Keevil as the other, Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins hits sometime in summer 2017.