Dark Specter 2
Review by Mark Schwab
April 25th, 2019
Just because someone is a super villian doesn't mean he's a necessarily a bad guy, right? That seems to be the thesis behind director Richard Tatum and writer/star Bruce Nachsin's goofball short film DARK SPECTER 2. I'm not exactly sure what this is a sequel to exactly (no sign of a Dark Specter 1 anywhere) but no matter; this short stands alone just fine.
Nachsin stars as the title villain who we first meet in the process of robbing a bank. Unfortunately he has drawn the attention of superhero "Vibraboom" who is making it very difficult for Dark Specter to leave with his stolen money. Luckily for Dark Specter, his powers overwhelm the hapless superhero and he escapes back home to his dear scatterbrained mom (Judy Nazemetz) for some lunch. He then essentially "comes out" to her and reveals his identity when the television newscaster details the carnage he caused back at the bank. This leads for a heart-to-heart style conversation between mother and son.
Ok, the elephant in the room here; clearly none of this is meant to be taken seriously and the cast and filmmakers are all in on the joke. Thankfully, they all tell it very well. The performances are hilariously tongue in cheek with Nachsin and Nazemetz in perfectly ridiculous harmony. The special effects? Well, they won't exactly make anyone forget Avatar but in this context they work perfectly in accordance with the vision and were the source of some good laughs.
Even though DARK SPECTER 2 plays like a single sequence from a longer feature (or maybe a web series), it's a genuine hoot for the 9-minute runtime and fanboys and fangirls should get plenty of fireball kicks out of it.
Coming out May 1st, you can learn about all things DARK SPECTER at the following links:
Main Website: http://www.darkspecter.com/
Facebook where the film will be release May 1st: https://www.facebook.com/thedarkspecter