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Surge of Power: The Stuff of Heroes (2004)

Comic book fan happens upon a merchant who reveals Issue No.1 of "Surge of Power", introducing the wacky world of Big City where Gavin Lucas is out and proud about his comic reading ... See full summary »


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Vincent J. Roth


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Credited cast:
Forrest J. Ackerman ... Himself
Jason Allen Jason Allen ... Costume Party guest
Alison Arngrim ... Herself
Gene Barsamian Gene Barsamian ... Therapist
Joey Bourgeois Joey Bourgeois ... Young Man / That Guy
Trev Broudy Trev Broudy ... Friend #3
Russ Brown Russ Brown ... Investor
Harry Cassidy Harry Cassidy ... Dr. Cranky
Billy Castro Billy Castro ... Costume Party Guest
Colleen Crosby Colleen Crosby ... Costume Party guest
Shawn Crosby Shawn Crosby ... Costume Party Guest
Elizabeth da Costa Elizabeth da Costa ... Professor Beatrice
Erica Doering Erica Doering ... Guest #3
Erica Doerner Erica Doerner ... Police Officer Barbara
John Ferrell John Ferrell ... Bully #2


Comic book fan happens upon a merchant who reveals Issue No.1 of "Surge of Power", introducing the wacky world of Big City where Gavin Lucas is out and proud about his comic reading penchant and longing to be a superhero. This science-fiction spoof is complete with mad scientist, Professor Ronald Richards, his nemesis and former partner, Hector Harris who sabotages Ronald's secret experiment (how naughty!) and a classic "freak accident" that causes superpowers! Hate crimes and bank robberies and fear, Oh, my! Gavin enlists the reluctant Professor in zany crime fighting exploits, fashioning a "battle suit" and Gavin's "Surge of Power" identity, repeatedly rescuing the same Young Man and investigating a bizarre crime wave that indicates a new super-villain in Big City more powerful than Surge of Power! Even with input from science-fiction veterans Nichelle Nichols, Lou Ferrigno and Noel Neill, can Surge of Power thwart the evil plans of the mysterious Metal Master? Are capes in fashion?... Written by Victor Stone, Vincent J Roth

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Release Date:

14 August 2004 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

San Diego, California, USA

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2.35 : 1
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This is the first openly gay superhero to appear on the big screen! See more »


Spoofs Wonder Woman (1975) See more »


Written by Laurie Robinson (ASCAP)
Performed by Laurie Robinson
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Surge of Boredom - A complete waste of time!
17 April 2008 | by jamesmccormackSee all my reviews

Well, I will tell you right up front: avoid this movie at all cost. What could have been a fairly interesting spoof on super heroes (gay one's at that) is one of the dullest films to come out since the invention of film. "Surge of Power" is quite possibly the longest 85 minutes in the history of the movies. Surge does have a power: to make it seem like time is standing still.

The script is half baked and lacks anything close to a believable story line. Let's hope Vincent J. Roth never writes another screenplay. The story never seems to move forward or amount to much of anything. Is this a comedy? A spoof? Comedy? Bad timing and bad acting just make it a bad film. There is no wit...just a bunch of nit wits. who probably think this film is great. Go back to film making class.

The acting is horrible. Let's not even call it acting...no one is even trying. The cast is packed with instantly forgettable actors. Most seem to be walking through their parts...or making it up as they go along. The actor who attempts to play "Surge" is worst of the bunch. Hot guy but not much else. He has no sense of timing...no sense of character. Thus the film makes no sense. You will find it odd how he never seems to be looking at the people he is talking with. Or is he just stoned? Celebrity cameos - and I am being quite generous using the word celebrity - are simply embarrassing. Oddly the high point of the film is the appearance of Nichelle Nichols (you remember her from Star Trek) as a character named "Omen." The lady does a lot with 10 lines of dialog and makes every else look bad. Sadly, she is gone after a few minutes and the film again sinks into mud.

This is what gay and lesbian films have come to? Producers Vincent J. Roth, Tom Tangen, and Michael Donahue should be ashamed of themselves.

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