Guyver (1991) & Guyver: Dark Hero (1994)

Mike / April 23rd, 2012


  • MegaMech

    April 23, 2012 at 12:06 am

    First Like/comment! YAY!

  • strra

    April 23, 2012 at 12:14 am

    i kept thinking of big bad beetle borgs….

  • LordRandyx

    April 23, 2012 at 12:17 am

    lol mike i think this is your 500 star wars reference

  • EliteDeath

    April 23, 2012 at 12:17 am

    Wow, a movie review for movies I’ve actually watched! David Hayter ftw!

  • Bussani

    April 23, 2012 at 12:18 am

    These two movies are at least partially responsible for sparking my interest in Japanese media. I’d seen cartoons from Japan when I was really little, but I didn’t know where they were from, and it wasn’t until I saw these films at around age ten that I began actively looking into things from Japan. I guess I really have to thank them for that.

    I’m also glad you weren’t hard on the second film, which I agree is a lot better than the first. It’s somewhat closer to the feel of the comics and borrows a lot more story elements from it, but is still different and unique in many ways. As you say, you obviously can’t compare it to its modern equivalents, but I still find it as enjoyable as I did as a kid.

    By the way, did you know the comic, which began in the 80s, is still being written to this day? I’ve been following The Guyver for most of my life now, and I still don’t know how it’s going to end! Crazy, huh?

  • MegaMech

    April 23, 2012 at 12:23 am

    “this movie can’t compare with today’s massive block busters…”
    Yea like the hunger games movie! It sucked! It’s the worst movie I’ve seen since batman and robin! They pulled an Avatar: The last airbender! Even today’s movie’s suck shit

  • WinterborneTE

    April 23, 2012 at 12:34 am

    I watched these all the time when I was a kid and I thought they were awesome. I seem to recall seeing the first one and being tricked by the vhs cover and wondering why luke skywalker’s mustache kept disappearing.

    I was a pretty stupid kid.

    Check out Zeiram for more like this!

  • Venkman

    April 23, 2012 at 12:40 am

    awesome,just awesome.
    loved these movies back when they came out.
    a video store highlight for sure.

  • frostare

    April 23, 2012 at 1:05 am

    I dunno what to think about these two, they seem to me like the good and bad kind of average movies: The first one is mediocre and the other is OK.

  • 1148BucksX2

    April 23, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Spy Vs. Spy reference with the Joker’s teeth? Nice touch.

  • lemonman

    April 23, 2012 at 1:24 am

    Anyone else think JJ Walker’s character looks like the bastard child of “The Creature from the Black Lagoon” and a “Gremlin”?

    …. and not a good gremlin either, one of those shit gremlins from “Gremlins 2: Electric Bugaloo” .. or whatever it was called …

  • dcase

    April 23, 2012 at 1:55 am

    I loved this review. I indeed was one of those young naive kids who rented this movie in the mid-90s under the misguided notion that Mark Hamill was the main character of the film. Oh how disappointed I was when I realized my childhood Jedi hero was in fact the impotent Tom-Selleck-wannabe.

    It’s also nice to know I wasn’t the only one who saw Guyver 2 and thought it was much better than the original. I even rented it twice because I liked the fight scenes so much. Best direct-to-video sequel I ever saw.

  • rush86

    April 23, 2012 at 2:09 am

    awesome review as always. I actually want to watch the second one.

  • unts

    April 23, 2012 at 5:16 am

    Hello Mike Matinee. Just here to say IMO your reviews are getting steadily better. This one was very interesting and made me want to watch the second movie of Guyver. Keep up the good work and see futures in balls.

  • YoshMaster

    April 23, 2012 at 5:22 am

    This felt like a extreme version of Power Rangers somehow haha :)

  • Paara

    April 23, 2012 at 5:43 am

    Finally made an account to say that how Mike is frustrated how the suit was doing all the work is the same way I felt for the movie, “The Tuxedo” and making Jackie Chan look bad. Def will be watching that 2nd movie eventually. Until next MOTHERFUCKIN MONDAAAAAY :D

  • audiojihad

    April 23, 2012 at 7:37 am

    I recommend the Manga Video animated series of the Guyver (the 90′s one), it’s pretty straight up. Violent from the start.

    I was a big fan of that before seeing the live action ones, but just sort of accepted them regardless of how poor a representation they are of the comics/animated series.

  • DrZaius

    April 23, 2012 at 7:54 am

    I liked the first film. It was shlocky fun. To me, it was like watching another Swamp Thing movie. It was cool for the campy feel, various monsters, and grossout moments.

    I HATED the second movie, however. It was like a cheap Power Rangers flick. It had a different feel to it. It was more like a martial arts flick and less like a monster flick. I also hated how flimsy the monster outfits looked. While the outfits looked skin tight in the first movie, they were all loose in the second movie. What, so that the characters could perform cool stunts? Eh, forget that.

  • cronosmantas

    April 23, 2012 at 8:32 am

    To be honest I preferred the first film as it was more tongue-in-cheek. Director James Wang (co-director of the original) takes this sequel more seriously but I’m sorry, I can’t take this silly concept seriously. The original had bad dialogue, but the tongue-in-cheek nature of the film made it easier to swallow. Now the extremely bad dialogue mixed with a more serious tone makes the film seem worse. The R-rating got my hopes up for this sequel but I should have known better as an R rating doesn’t always make a film more enjoyable. I’ll take the campy first film any day over the “serious” and more bloody sequel.

  • elvnsword

    April 23, 2012 at 8:34 am

    I heartily suggest the Manga and Anime of Guyver for anyone who enjoys the second movie. The first is an abomination born of the TMNT movie craze, the Jaws scene, the rapping Zoanoid, and the lack of explanation or plot points are completely unforgivable in that movie.

    The second movie, Dark Hero, is much truer to the original material, and the anime is a bloody gore fest for those of you interested. The manga is awesome but convoluted in it’s length and storyline.

    Good Reading, and Watching…

  • Makeda

    April 23, 2012 at 8:44 am

    I’ve seen the anime series, but never knew there was an actual live-action film.
    Nice review, thinking bout watching the 2nd film now :P

  • Munk451

    April 23, 2012 at 9:09 am

    I need to see these movies, especially the 2nd one! I did not think David Hayter would be in it!

  • Xan

    April 23, 2012 at 9:15 am

    David Hayter, always makes things more badass

  • April 23, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Yeah, the second one is pretty awesome. It’s pretty rare that a Direct-to-Video sequel is better than the first.

  • koel700

    April 23, 2012 at 10:55 am

    this is snake..i’m in front of the zoinoid facility

  • RocketeerRaccoon

    April 23, 2012 at 11:12 am

    They really should remake Guyver and make it much closer to the source material, I sure would love to see it, however I didn’t know David Hayter was in the 2nd film before he did Solid Snake in Metal Gear Solid, I think he made the right chose becoming a voice actor rather than being an actor.

  • April 23, 2012 at 11:21 am

    @ lemonman

    Why does everyone speak so poorly of Gremlins 2? Sure, it’s not nearly as good as the first one. But it’s awesome. I love that movie. The weird thing is that I don’t know anyone else who likes it besides myself. I think it deserves a second chance.

  • Xerosnake90

    April 23, 2012 at 11:22 am

    I remember the night I was bored, channel surfing for movies. Came across Guyver 2. I thought the movie was completely insane but the costumes and fighting were so awesome. Not only that, but when I realized the lead man was David Hayter, I had to watch. I’m a huge MGS fan and it was incredible seeing him not only voice act but in body too.

  • Squall85

    April 23, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    I saw a scene from the anime on youtube when one of the guyver guy gets killed. The anime was great at building tension then killing the guy. His guyver suit was damaged so he could’t use the chest-laser thing.

  • CursedJonas

    April 23, 2012 at 2:43 pm


  • MikeTblazek11

    April 23, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    I personally loved these movies, the second more than the first as you said, but they both had crappy acting. I remember seeing the second one when I was about 8 or 9, and it blew my balls off. Never seen so much violence and fighting in a movie, up to this movie. I can never find the second one anywhere though.

  • RedRocks

    April 23, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    So the first ending is like the suit is like the anime Tekkeman (sp?) blade

  • April 23, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    I have to make a comment here, I think you where to hard on Guyver, isn’t that bad. I watched it when I was a kid (actually I was more of a teen), here it was called Mutronics and when I first watched it I had no idea about Re-Animator or The Hills Have Eyes, I just tought that tme movie was amazing with a lot of karate and cool costumes. The Guyver suit was also amazing, a big improvement over other super hero spandex costumes because the Guyver was actually an armor.

    Guyver was a movie that cashed in the karate trend in the mid 80′s and early 90′s, and was one of the best ones. I liked it when I watched it the first time, it was like the TMNT but darker. Some time later I watched Power Rangers on tv and I thought that sucked, wasnt like Guyver. Guyver was dark and Power Ranger was goofy.

    Anyway, I really respect your opinion but Guyver wasnt that bad, and now, knowing about Re-Animator and Hills Have Eyes, I had a blast when I watched again several months ago and picked up all the hidden jokes.

    I also watched Guyver 2 back in the day but I dont remember anything about it, I remember wasnt as good as the first one but now that I know that David Hayter is there I will surely watch it again

  • Eltanin

    April 23, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Yeah! Guyver Snake ftw

  • April 23, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Interesting. I watched both about fifteen years ago and enjoyed the first film far more than the second, which bored me. Bur I agree there could have been massive imporvements to the first one and that the cover was deceptive.

  • April 23, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I had the luck to see the second film on tv many years back,and now i know who’s actualy was the guyver? hayter from metal gear?GET THE FUCK OUTA HERE!!! nice review mike!

  • Gruelgo

    April 23, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    My brain got hung up trying to remember which stupid movie Combs played Dr. East in. Pointless trivia, you say? Nonsense. I can finally sleep well at night now.

    I never thought I’d say this, but I might just check out The Guyver 2 now.

  • Gruelgo

    April 23, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    I’m back with more pointless trivia. I just happened to look at his filmography and discovered Jeffrey Combs has played at least 12 characters whose name begins with “Dr.” I think if anyone here has anything to do with relatively large budget movies (such as James himself), they should A) put Jeffrey Combs in it and B) let him play anything but a fucking doctor.

    At least use the guy for AVGN: The Movie 2.

  • zombiemedic

    April 23, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    it’s a lot better if you’re a fan of the manga/anime. since the universe of “guyver” already existed, the feature presentation was not an original concept. i feel it’s unfair to compare it to TMNT just because New Line Cinema wanted to whore themselves out, Guyver 2 is still superior to TMNT3….. anyhow, you nailed it by stating how much better the second Guyver is to the first, but IF you’re a fan and are familiar with the story’s characters then you will enjoy the second film, if not both, without a doubt. i mean, when else are you going to see this story in movie iteration? not like it’s a well known story like TMTN. it could of been much worse, remember Masters of the Universe?

  • ZangoGr

    April 23, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    I guess the video game Crysis, was somewhat inspired by these movies.

  • ZangoGr

    April 23, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    More specifically by this comic book character :).

  • The Kaleidoscopic God

    April 23, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    I never expected to see anything Guyver related on this site! I’m a huge fan of the movies (dark Power Rangers = FUN!), and of the anime series (original one, anyway, including its OVA; have only seen about half of the newer show). It’s nice that Guyver will get a bit more exposure now, but I hope people will check it out themselves and not base their opinion on Mike’s (which judging by some of the comments seems to be negative).

  • Juuki

    April 23, 2012 at 7:25 pm

  • likalaruku

    April 23, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    I remember the Bio Booster Armor Guyver anime, but not this.

  • April 23, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    I watched Guyver 2 because I wanted to see David Hayter act in something, and I have to agree, it’s not that bad a movie. Not great, but entertaining for what it was.

  • spwh103

    April 23, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    @Big McLargehuge

    I literally made an account with this site just to let you know I absolutely adore Gremlins 2. I think both films stand greatly in cinematic history and I love them both for very different reasons. I’m also glad (assuming so) I wasn’t the only one who thought one of the creatures from this film looked like Daffy from Gremlins 2.

  • TheProfessionalGolgo13

    April 23, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Great review Mike. I loved the anime series anyone who watched these movies should definitely check out the original anime.

  • The Kaleidoscopic God

    April 24, 2012 at 3:52 am

    @Juuki: Why in the name of Frak do you post the NEW show and say it’s “THE anime”? “THE anime” could only possibly be referred to the original, no? That would be “AN anime” or some shit.

    @spwh103: I adore Gremlins 2 as well! I think most Cinemassacre fans have at least SOME respect for it after James put in a good word. I mean, I’m certainly not one of them — it’s an old favorite of mine that I watched a lot as a kid — but y’know.

  • The Kaleidoscopic God

    April 24, 2012 at 3:54 am

    be referring to*

  • Ben_from_G-town

    April 24, 2012 at 8:20 am

    I had always thought that Guyver was a manga and anime. I had no idea that they made live action American films. Interesting. Have to say, never seen any of the Guyver stuff, but maybe I’ll check it out now. Thanks for cluing us in on Guyver, Mike!

  • Syndicaidramon

    April 24, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Wasn’t there a The Guyver anime as well?

  • April 24, 2012 at 10:44 am

    The Guyver 2 Dark Hero was my favorite movie when I was a tyke.

  • ravendogg

    April 24, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    the enemies look like a crossbreed of gremlins and predator.

  • April 24, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    You should check out the Anime. It’s one of the few I remember from my Anime days in the 80′s and 90′s that’s still in print on dvd.

  • robertjlong

    April 24, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    hey mike do a movie called. R.O.T.O.R. from 1988 its on vhs not dvd yet .its a Robotic Officer Tactical Operation Research. A prototype robot intended for crime combat escapes from the development lab and goes on a killing rampage. try that movie ok thank you mike

  • RedHoodX13

    April 24, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    I must say that Guyver 2 was pretty good, and not that bad. Still, I think you should check out the two anime verison, 90′s one and the 2005 one. The reason is beacause they are closer to the comic than the two films for examples the Zoanoids aren’t aliens they are human who have been mutated by the compacy,Chronos to take over the world. In the two films they tried to Americanize it by making him american while all the chraracters in the anime and manga are japanese. Also there are more than one guyver there are three. So, yeah like everyone, I recommend the animes as well.

  • The Kaleidoscopic God

    April 24, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    “In the two films they tried to Americanize it by making him american while all the chraracters in the anime and manga are japanese.”

    I disagree with this sentiment. He’s American because it’s an American film and it’s written in English, not because they want to “improve” upon the story. I personally condone this sort of thing, because I don’t think it shows racism. I think it shows the exact opposite, and I think people should look at themselves when accusing Hollywood for things. The audience tends to be the side that focuses so, so much on race. (This last part is not aimed at you; you didn’t say enough to spur such accusations.)

  • Noxios

    April 24, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Reminds me of Teknoman(tekkaman) bytheway but this is more organic

  • Schloss Ritter

    April 24, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    I remember seeing the first VHS lying around somewhere, but I never actually watched it.

  • funnyredtie

    April 24, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Hey Mike I think you meant to say acrobatic and not aerobic… they were fighting not jazzerciseing. When you’re trying to sound smart, it helps to be smart.

  • Gunflyer

    April 24, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    I prefer Macgyver.

  • Radelta

    April 24, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    I find Mikes reviews to be very enteraining as well as informative. People just trollin cause hes not “in character” like most douche bags who do internet reviews

  • Radelta

    April 24, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    @ FunnyRedtie when your trying to sound like a dickhead, it helps me be a dickhead. oh wait, you already are.

  • lotusclown

    April 25, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    i just luv how mike didn’t mention the power rangers once.. when these movies were simply the power rangers if they added blood and gore…

  • Dolly Dagger

    April 25, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Michael Berryman? David Gale? Jeffrey Combs? Mark Hamill?

    I’m so completely sold on the ancillary cast that I may need to watch the first one now in spite of the suck.

  • kyle roger

    April 26, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    I’ve owned these movies on dvd for years now and i share the exact same sentiments. The stupid first one i just have for continuity’s sake but the second movie is where it’s at. It’s just B-movie rubber suit wearing, kung fu fighting, monster-alien-ninja fun

  • mariodies2

    April 26, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    ges what im drinking mtn dew roll an rock or mtn dew code red

    and it is mtn dew

  • Wallydee

    April 26, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    ”it cant compare to todays comic book adaptation block busters”

    I respectfully disagree! I find the Guyver 2 Dark Hero to be a way better movie then………..

    Captain America
    X men Origins Wolverine
    X men First Class
    Hulk & The Incredible Hulk
    Spiderman 3

    and a lot more

  • robertjlong

    April 26, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    hey mike do one on toxic avengers movies

  • Johnny Deformed

    April 27, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Good job Mike!
    My jaw hit the floor when you said David Hayter was in it.

  • vancouverjedi

    April 28, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Mike, thanks for reviewing the Guyver live-action movies. Guyver 2 still entertains me.

  • robertjlong

    April 28, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Hey Mike next Do One On 1986 movie The Wraith

  • videogamehunter

    April 28, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    I didn’t know this was a live action movie. I know Guyver being anime show. I wasn’t even aware of this live action movie even existed.

  • TheMikeTrow

    April 30, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    I have a fondness for the Guyver, it was the first anime I watched, well billed as japanese anime anyways, and it was the first animation I had ever seen with adult content, nudity, violence, language. It expanded my ideas for the medium of animation and it’s the primary culprit for my continued love of all things animated to this day. The live action movie……..yeah, it was a let down. The sequel definitely caught the tone of the anime better than the first. The one I talked about was it’s own stand alone movie, then there was a 12 part one in the 90′s and another in 2005. All awesome, all worth checking out, but I’m biased lol

  • May 1, 2012 at 7:55 am

    I remember watching the very end of Guyer on Sci-Fi Channel when I was either a tween or early teen. It was better than Power Rangers, but now that I look back on it, it wasn’t great either.

  • May 1, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Mark Hamil with a mustache = William H. Macy as The Blade Runner

  • Roth Sothy

    May 2, 2012 at 2:06 am

    WOW~! I was surprised to see a review of the GUYVER movies on the side so I immediately had to click to watch this. Guyver is my all-time favorite anime series. I actually watched the sequel first, and remember thinking it was the best anime-to-live-action film ever! Then eventually, I got to see the first movie on Sci-Fi channel and to my surprise it was really bad, even from a hardcore Guyver fan’s point-of-view.

    You hit some good points in these movies, comparing with Re-Animator, TMNT, and Batman. I was surprised about some of the trivia. As a huge fan of the series, I highly recommend watching GUYVER 2, if anything. It’s a lot more like the anime and manga in terms of the violence, actions, and characters, except for the ending where they introduce the Guyver-Zoanoid (which I guess is a new breed). It’s never happened in neither the anime or manga, but it’s very interesting to see where they were heading with it. Sadly, that was it..

    It’s a shame they never made any more live-action Guyver films.. but the anime and manga still lives on! Maybe one day in the future, someone will decide to reboot this classic franchise like what they’re trying to do with Voltron, TMNT, and other 80s cartoons.

    // Roth

  • JoeBright

    May 2, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Sup Mike really like your taste in movies cause i like the same shit.Anyways didn’t hear u mention the anime which is really violent kinda like guyver 2 but should check em out they got episodes on yt and they kick yeah n the suit works better when its on autopilot in the anime also.that huge light out of the chest is the special move some kind of particle beam cannon which they use in the anime to beat the really tough bad guys.

  • Aaron1375

    June 29, 2012 at 2:04 am

    A case where the sequel is better than the original…it happens. Mark Hamill is such a strange case. After Star Wars the only really decent thing he has done is the voice of the Joker in cartoons and games.

  • stevejke

    August 5, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Maaan, I remember watching those as a child. And I absolutely loved the second one. Costumes and fight scenes were done so well, I was amazed. I didn’t give a damn about the plot at that time, though
    I’ve tried to watch Guyver anime and read manga in 2011, but it didn’t work out as well.
    I watch the second movie once a year a two, because it has great nostalgic value for me.
    Thank you for reviewing it.

  • lunalicrichard

    August 9, 2012 at 4:29 am

    I also love the anime series off the Guyver . I dont understand why they didn’t go for one of the story line’s from that .
    I think there is another Guyver movie , but i’m not sure . I remember some scene’s from a film, but maybe i’m wrong .
    But as i watch this , i am glad i didn’t see these films . They are so far from the anime in story ,action and fiction that it’s not even funny .
    Forget this and go see the anime !

  • Christer86

    August 11, 2012 at 5:28 am

    I actually saw both movies earlier today and I agree that number 2 is the better one and I can recommend seeing it least once.

  • January 22, 2013 at 8:17 am

    This movie is what got me in to the Guyver manga and anime.

  • February 7, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    The second flick was closer to the manga, that’s why it works better. The first was toned down and rubbish. Still, I’d love an actual good live-action Guyver.

  • Patrick Moses

    July 28, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    I saw this movie at a young age, when i first saw this movie i loved this movie, i havent seen this movie since 2005, i have yet to seen the sequel

  • September 1, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Reminds me of the Blue Beetle lol.

  • nammm3

    April 15, 2014 at 2:30 am

    Cool reviews Mike! That Guyver sequel looked pretty cool. I like the Guyver suit designs in both of the movies, based on the footage you used for the review.

  • JT

    October 18, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    My Dad loves these and the Anime they released. I have never really been able to get into them.

  • October 22, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    I loved this movie as a kid and still do. the dialogue and story are boring as fuck but the fight scenes are badass. i dont want the guy to be the hero, fuck the guy. the alien guyver suit thing should be the hero.

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  • January 5, 2015 at 2:41 am

    I just looked on Amazon to buy the DVD, and holy shit it goes for a lot of money!

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