Tag: Comedy

I Blame Society

This at times excruciating feminist satire is propelled forward by Gillian Wallace Horvat’s delightfully deadpan delivery.

/ April 19, 2021

Willy’s Wonderland

An unapologetically ridiculous, trippy ride that will satisfy ardent fans of carefree horrors and, of course, Nicolas Cage himself.

/ April 12, 2021

Why Don’t You Just Die!

Peppered with moments of pastiche, Kirill Sokolov's debut has a zany, kinetic energy that will appeal to admirers of off-kilter, graphic and darkly comic cult cinema.

/ April 7, 2020

Shed of the Dead

While this feature has a couple of notably gory moments, it seems to ignore the crucial cues that define and distinguish the genre.

/ May 7, 2019

Videoman

Brilliantly tragic and darkly comical performances successfully communicate the nihilistic sentiments at Videoman's core.

/ February 18, 2019

Demon

Darkly absurd humour, with a deeply unsettling score and cinematography that bolster the portentous atmosphere of dread.

/ May 28, 2018

Zombiology

Endlessly packed with memorable quirks and some exquisite anime sequences, this eccentric effort is essential viewing.

/ February 23, 2018

Kuso

With the potential to become an instant cult classic, Kuso is a 90-minute assault on the senses which begs repeated viewing.

/ July 21, 2017

Santa Clarita Diet

Drew Barrymore shines in a stylised affair that revels in a refreshing juxtaposition of viscera with middle-class suburbia.

/ February 3, 2017

Lucifer (TV Series)

Featuring the Devil in his most vanilla of forms, horror fans will be left wanting; Lucifer is disappointingly sparse on strong imagery.

/ October 17, 2016

Holidays

As is generally the case for an anthology, Holidays is a mixed bag, touching all bases between effectively chillsome and irritating.

/ October 10, 2016

Bachelor Games

Ultimately, Bachelor Games falls flat due to lacking commitment to its ideas, but the comedy stitches it together, albeit loosely.

/ July 7, 2016

Night of the Living Deb

A comic, upbeat tone throughout that features more one-liners than you can shake a severed arm at.

/ May 2, 2016

Housebound

A well-written, well-paced screenplay gradually builds tension and intrigue, ensuring the viewer is riveted throughout.

/ July 20, 2015

100 Bloody Acres

100 Bloody Acres is an excellent example of comedy-horror that gets the balance just right, delivering a thoughtfully layered story.

/ July 13, 2015

Burying the Ex

Populated by stock types, the story is backed by little in the way of characterisation, and missing a necessary campiness.

/ June 19, 2015

What We Do in the Shadows

Charming and oddly heart-warming, it’s testament to all involved that the film feels so fresh, energetic and cuspid-sharp.

/ April 12, 2015

Dead Funny

Dead Funny as a collective emphasises the quality, depth and audacity of British comedy, with an enormous amount of surprises.

/ November 2, 2014

Bad Milo!

While the central concept obviously lends itself to crass humour, the film actually unfolds as a delightfully quirky comedy.

/ October 20, 2014

Shrew’s Nest

Begins as a fairly run-of-the-mill supernatural story but unpredictably gives way to a wickedly funny and bloody romp.

/ October 8, 2014

The ‘Burbs

For a film not well received at the time, The 'Burbs has dated very well. There is nothing a hard-core fan could want for in this package.

/ September 15, 2014

Killer Klowns from Outer Space

An absurd, one-gag pony, but these alien clowns look incredible even now.

/ September 14, 2014

FrightFest: All Cheerleaders Die

Not a bad parody of 90s high-school horror, but its deliberate clichés fall short.

/ August 23, 2014

FrightFest: Housebound

It is not just in its writing and direction that Housebound excels; the production design is a feast for the eyes.

/ August 22, 2014

FrightFest: Wolfcop

With its icky transformation scenes, lashings of blood and gore, and bizarre sense of humour, this has cult stamped all over it.

/ August 22, 2014

Hatchet 3

The body count is huge, the dialogue abysmal, the story perfunctory at best, yet the enthusiasm ensures it's never tiresome.

/ March 28, 2014

The People Under the Stairs

While it is often overlooked, it is an effective horror flick with a dark sense of unease that is still incredibly palpable.

/ October 29, 2013

FrightFest: 100 Bloody Acres

The upbeat tone is maintained so thoroughly that, even when the blood rises in gouts, it doesn't dampen the lightheartedness.

/ August 23, 2013

FrightFest: Hansel and Gretel – The 420 Witch

Incredibly fun with some fantastic gore, but falls just short of its own expectations.

/ August 23, 2013

The ABCs of Death

The real standout is "Dogfight" from Marcel Sarmiento, an unsettling piece that lingers longer than any other story here.

/ April 26, 2013

Evil Dead 2

The extras on offer here earn this release its entitlement to the term 'special edition', where so many others fail.

/ April 15, 2013

I Didn’t Come Here to Die

Thoroughly unlikeable characters played by terrible actors spout unnecessary predictive dialogue in lieu of characterisation.

/ April 14, 2013

Piranha

Schlocky good fun, but Piranha straddles the line between dull and entertaining, twiddling its thumbs between fish attacks.

/ January 23, 2013

Some Guy Who Kills People

Wants to be a comedic horror film with hidden depths, but the horror is scarce and the humour largely average.

/ November 8, 2012

Stitches

Lacklustre, featuring little by way of horror or indeed comedy, relying on thinly spread visual gags over real thought.

/ October 26, 2012

Basket Case Trilogy

This limited edition steelbook is a sight for sore eyes; teeming with extras, no B-movie aficionado should be without it.

/ October 23, 2012

Frankenweenie

The puppetry is simply superb as is texture; it's excellent attention to detail from puppet-makers Mackinnon and Saunders.

/ October 10, 2012

ParaNorman 3D

The puppetry is impressive — the ghosts and zombies are a feast for the eyes — and the stop-motion is fluid.

/ September 6, 2012

[REC] Genesis

A bizarrely playful addition to the [REC] series that opts for comedy over horror, despite plenty of blood on offer.

/ August 23, 2012

Supernatural Activity

The humour wears thin due to puerility and the editor needed reining in, but some of the comedy is surprisingly well timed.

/ August 13, 2012

Zombie 108

A reasonably good start rapidly falls victim to a lack of direction, resulting in an incoherence that does not entertain.

/ July 27, 2012

Father’s Day

Has everything one could desire of a daft evening's entertainment, from sibling incest to a meeting with the Devil/God himself.

/ June 11, 2012

Return of the Living Dead

A superb package teeming with extras; a fitting tribute to a film that fully justifies its reputation as a cult classic.

/ June 4, 2012

Juan of the Dead

Zombie fans will enjoy the numerous genre references, but many will see the same old tired and perfunctory plot devices.

/ June 2, 2012

Deadball

Exploitative, splatter-comedy fun that is hugely entertaining and self-knowingly plays to its strengths effectively.

/ May 31, 2012

Dark Shadows

At first glance Dark Shadows is fun, but there is simply little story to be had, with a script that relies on just the one joke.

/ May 11, 2012

The Revenant

D. Kerry Prior's limited experience mostly lies in SFX, but you wouldn't know it from what is perfect comedy timing.

/ April 2, 2012

Dellamorte Dellamore

Its own bizarre entity; a curious commentary on the protagonist’s descent into madness as he combats love, loss and zombies.

/ March 20, 2012

Attack the Block

Stands on its own two feet amongst the usual Brit comedy suspects, which is largely due to its cast of unknowns.

/ April 22, 2011

Wasting Away

This low-budget indie is a star turn, with a clever, funny script that shows life from the point of view of the zombie.

/ April 21, 2011