David Sandberg’s 2015’s short Kung Fury is one of the most ridiculous things to ever come out of the internet.
I realize that’s a bold statement. I’m sticking by it.
Essentially, Sandberg gathered up a bunch of ’80s action and science fiction tropes and clichees, cranked them each up to the 11th level of cheesy deliciousness, and smooshed them all together into a 30-minute film that also includes dinosaurs, vikings, a quest to kill Hitler, and of course, David Hasselhoff.
Ooooh, and ICYMI, here it is:
THR tells us Hasselhoff is returning for an upcoming feature-length installment of the Kung Fury saga, but that shouldn’t surprise anyone. Hasselhoff does tongue-in-cheeky self-referential gigs like that all the time. In fact, he’s spent the overwhelming majority of his post-Baywatch career taking the piss out of his pre-Baywatch career.
Michael Fassbender, on the other hand, is a serious-ass actor not known for slap-sticky goofball cartoony fun times. Nevertheless, the erstwhile Magneto and creepy guy from the new Alien movies is set to produce and co-star in this presumably 90-minute Kung Fury sequel.
It’s a stretch to say Fassbender’s involvement guarantees the second Kung Fury will live up to the standard set by the original, but it’s certainly a positive omen. From what we can tell, Fassbender only makes crappy movies on purpose when someone’s paying him a ton of money, and this KatzSmith/Laser Unicorns co-production probably can’t match whatever he charges when he’s working for Warner Bros. or 21st Century Fox. THR indicates that Fassbender’s playing a new villain, as Sandberg’s resuming his role as the titular hero.
However, the question remains whether the conceit underlying Kung Fury can sustain itself for 90 entire minutes. A half-hour short can coast on Sandberg’s intensely over-the-top vision of ’80s camp. But remember when we all thought Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters would be the best thing ever, but all it did was show us that Aqua Teen was only funny in 15-minute doses? Hopefully the next Kung Fury won’t fall into the same trap.