Monday, 12 November 2007

Delirious Comedy/Horror films

I need some recommendations from my esteemed readers.

The gorier and more ridiculous the better.
And now I must go - I've scripts to write and wimples to scrub!

20 comments:

Jon Peacey said...

I'll kick off with the obvious ones before everybody else chips in shall I? The Frighteners, Braindead, Evil Deads 1, 2 and 3, Severance, Shaun Of The Dead...

Jon Peacey said...

Having delved a little further into the crypts I could mention...

Accion Mutante, El Dia De La Bestia (I think this qualifies as delirious... I can't recall a nun with a gun here but there's a priest who's well armed and knows where we live!), Cannibal- The Musical, Dellamorte Dellamore, Eight Legged Freaks, From Dusk Til Dawn, The House On Haunted Hill (Remake), 13 Ghosts, The Howling, the thoroughly enjoyable Razor Blade Smile, Re-Animator, the Scream Trilogy and Return Of The Living Dead Part 3 (if I remember rightly).

If you like the idea of something not so gory and fancy a nostalgia trip try: The Cat And The Canary (Bob Hope version), The Black Cat (40's version), Carry On Screaming, Young Frankenstein, The Fearless Vampire Killers, The 'burbs, Innocent Blood, Jabberwocky, The Lair Of The White Worm (compleat with nuns!) and the brilliant Theatre Of Blood (which everybody should watch anyway!).

....and last but not least, morbid thouhg not gory: The Corpse Bride.

And now I shall retire to recuperate...

Elinor said...

Crikey Jon! That is one exhaustive list.

Some I have seen but it's films of the ilk of Cannibal - the Musical I was looking for. And the European ones.

I remember giggling at Lair of the White Worm and I remember with great fondness all the early ones you mention.

Have you seen Satan? Not literally, I mean the French film Sheitan. Vincent Cassel and a load of sex-mad teens in a remote farmhouse on Christmas Eve. Now there's a pitch!

Jon Peacey said...

Just a quick rifle through the vaults with Igor... well, actually Igor went through the vaults while I pointed a rifle at him!

I've just remembered that the director of Accion Mutante and El Dia De La Bestia was also behind Perdita Durango (but I can't remember whether it was particularly gory, horrific or funny).

Lair is a wonderfully silly film and when I see the floppy-haired-one I always remember him in it... that and Bitter Moon.

I'd like to catch Sheitan some time but I'm hampered on keeping up with recent releases by geography... there isn't a large cinema carrying a decent range in the whole county so I wait for the DVD (preferably in a sale!). Will have to check the price right now. The pitch is also enhanced by the words Monica and Bellucci. Not that I'd ever be swayed by such things!

As for Satan, I think Igor tripped over him hiding in the vault... he gets frightened by the firework noise...

Elinor said...

Ah, Perdita Durango! Which involved the transport of live foetuses over the border - as you do. Actually, I'll add it to the list anyway.

La Bellucci does pop up in Sheitan as a vampire. Rent it off Amazon Jon, you know you want to!

Jon Peacey said...

La Bellucci, Vampires...

...and now I find it's very cheap at HMV...

...and that reminds me of the non-gory , deeply strange, deeply wonderful Le Pacte Des Loups... all the things I like to see (bar the odd vampire) blended into one film!

Tom said...

I don't remember Return of the Living Dead Part 3 being any cop at all (but I was extremely drunk at the time) - Return of the Living Dead, however, is fantastic. Evil Aliens is Jake West's follow up to Razor Blade Smile - haven't seen it though so can't say how good it is. I think it's meant to be quite gory. Reanimator is very over the top. Bubba Hotep is well worth watching - not gory but very, very funny! (It's got Bruce Campbell playing Elvis - what more could you want?) Slither is meant to be good (on my list - mainly on account of Nathan "Mal Reynolds" Fillion being in it). Don't forget American Werewolf in London either.

Jon Peacey said...

...oops, forgot American Werewolf. And don't forget La Belle Loup-garou Parisienne. ;-) Not as bad as it was painted.

Chip Smith said...

Why not try something a little bit mentalist like Santa Sangre (directed by Jodorowsky)? Been a few years since I saw it, but if you're looking for something like Cannibal: The Musical, it might be right up your street. Or how about something a bit classier - Videodrome perhaps? An oldie but a goodie...

And happy wimple scrubbing by the way - I prefer a bit of badger lacquering myself, but each to his own...

Chip Smith said...

Oh - I've just realised you requested 'comedy' - not exactly a natural fit for Videodrome, but it could be seen as amusing in some quarters (OK, perhaps not).

Jon Peacey said...

Next, Cries & Whispers and The Time Of The Wolf re-imagined as comedy! ;-)

Elinor said...

Thanks guys, plenty to 'get my teeth into'!

I'm so old I remember going to see Videodrome at the cinema before it got banned. The scene where James Woods hides the gun in his own stomach stays with me still.

Chip Smith said...

I thought Cries and Whispers was a comedy! (I laughed anyway, which I guess makes me a bad person) ;-)

Jon Peacey said...

Three Hail Marys and a sound birching courtesy of Father Borowczyk!!!

Elinor said...

Bad Chip!

Jon - did you mean Time of the Wolf or Brotherhood of the Wolf re-imagined as comedy?

Jon Peacey said...

Time Of The Wolf by Michael Haneke... which wins my award for best movie shot in Stygian darkness! But I could have said Bergman's Hour Of The Wolf which runs it a close second. ;-) Brotherhood Of The Wolf is pretty light already. Just noticed it's 'des loups'... 'wolves'... that's British down-sizing for you. And what is it with European film-makers and wolves anyway!?!?!

Aroooooooooooo!!!!

Elinor said...

Down boy!

Chip Smith said...

Time of the Wolf is great - there's one particular scene in it that makes me sick just thinking about it - but there again, that's what I go to the cinema for these days ;-)

You don't mind if I pass on the birching do you? It's just that I hear Lucy Vee is limbering up for METLAB with a bazooka and I'm going to need my wits about me...

Elinor said...

My dear Chip - a bazooka is not the half of it...

Jon Peacey said...

Time Of The Wolf's a fine film... though most terribly, terribly bleak. Not quite sure which scene you thought so nauseating. Unless it was the one with the horse: in which case I'd avoid the excellent Maitresse and the irritating Le Week-end.

And, go on Chip, take the birch... you might even enjoy it! Might release a few endorphins, sharpen the senses for bazooka avoidance strategies...