In the history of pirates on the silver screen, only a handful of films have managed to capture piracy in such a manner as to transcend fact, transcend history, and cut straight to the heart of the matter. I speak of course of rum-sodden stupor. In this way, Treachery and a Dead Man’s Promise surpasses all other pirate movies as it rolls beneath the tavern bench, belching gunpowder and occasionally waking up just long enough to start a bar fight before passing out in the alley – PIRATE STYLE.
Let’s be clear, this is a fan film. 20 odd minutes of dubious acting filmed on location at renfaire, the beach, and the woods with questionable dialogue featuring pirate accents of varying skill and consistency. And ninjas, lots and lots of time-traveling ninjas. Oh, and a sea hag who I think gave the ninja sea herpes or something like that. SPOILER ALERT – that last sentence contained a spoiler.
Not only is this a film made by pirate fans, but it’s also most definitely a film FOR pirate fans. Reason being, the cast is a virtual who’s who of the southern California pirate scene. Aside from the primary roles filled by Oderless Eye and Captain Syn, supporting cast includes Michael Lampe (co-captain of No Quarter Given), Mad Eye Mitch (organizer of Pyrates Daze), Mad Davy Flynt (Silversmith to the Stars), and many others. And if you note that one of your favorite’s isn’t represented, you can always assume they’re disguised as one of the ninjas.
Some pirate films are better when you’re drunk, and others make you feel like you already are. Treachery and a Dead Man’s Promise has the distinction of being both. Check it out for an oddly piratey (and ninja-y) time.