In the small town of Dillford, bum-fuck-nowhere USA life is simple and pretty much how it is in other who gives a shit towns. Kids go to schoool, parents just don't understand, the town economy is held together by a processed food plant, and that one goody-two-shoes thinks he actually has a shot with the hottest girl in school. Oh.... also Zombies, Humans, and Vampires live in relative peaceful cohabitation. That is until the Aliens show up...
A cannibalistic immortal must break his self-imposed seclusion when mobsters decide to use a young woman as a chance for revenge. Jack (Henry Rollins) is a no nonsense killer with a heart of gold plated iron who's personal war may truly be his chance for redemption.
Alice and John are a young married couple struggling financially. After a car accident Alice’s eye is drawn to a small bronze teapot in a nearby antique shop. Soon after “acquiring” it they learn that the teapot rewards them for hurting themselves or others with cold hard cash. But when the teapot starts demanding higher and higher sacrifices, what will the couple do to keep their new life style?
The first film from Randy Moore, the picture follows a family on their final day of vacation in Disney World theme park. Odd events surround the family in a sort of surreal psycho-horror manner that, coupled with the monochrome images and low moral character of the protagonists, serves to maintain an unsettling - yet oddly amusing - atmosphere for the audience. As the family tries to both ignore and finally make sense of the disturbing things events transpiring around them they realize that even in a place like Disneyworld… “bad things can happen anywhere.”
If you like British humor or “everything goes fucking terrible” humor (think Meet the Parents, but don't think any of the sequels if you want your day to continue to be nice), read no further; just go watch the movie, being sure it is the Frank Oz version. Hijinks ensue when a man shows up to a funeral attempting to blackmail the family of the recently deceased with....indecent information. The less you know, the better. Anyway, the already barely-holding-it-together dysfunctional British family does not cope with this news well, and lots of different jovial plot arcs combine to create a cacophonous crescendo that has utterly droll results. Bully! And if none of that works for you, the guy who played Wash from Firefly spends almost the entire movie on drugs while wearing nothing but non-sexual male nudity.
THE LIFE OF THE PARTY
You've seen this type of movie before; essentially Final Destination, but a comedy. Literally everything goes as wrong as possible over and over and over, and the audience gets to laugh at fictional grievous inconveniences. Being that this is a British movie, the humor starts out dry and eventually goes to the outlandish. I don't use the phrase “laugh out loud” unless I actually do, but it happened several times in this film. It's genuinely funny. So many of these sorts of comedies end up as “oh, check it out; someone got hit in the face again,” and Death at a Funeral never seems to need to drop into that. It's equally shocking, but not quite as you'd expect it to be. Also, all the characters are very well cast and acted. It's a genuine, empathetic performance, and you also don't frequently get that with comedies. My favorite was Uncle Alfie. Seriously, I want to rent that guy as a motivational speaker.
The typical negatives of British film (from a 'Murican perspective) exist here as well. The accents on a couple of the characters are kindof tough to discern. This is easily circumvented by putting on subtitles like a Philistine, but to those who are used to it (hopefully most people), this isn't even an issue. Also, it starts pretty dry. The payoff is definitely great, but the movie does take its time getting there, even if every detail is important. I guess by default, that adds another flaw from a party-centered perspective; you absolutely have to pay attention to this movie to get benefits out of it, so don't put it on when you're feeling chatty.
THE ATMOSPHERE: Cocktail Party, Casual Gathering
This was a very fun movie. The characters are so empathetic and relatable that it's very easy to distinguish between them and their individual goals. And makes the stupid decisions even more painful to watch. I am willing to say that even though scatological jokes, non-sexual male nudity, and rampant swearing are part of this film, it's still a very classy humor endeavor. So I'd recommend it alongside a $9 Mai Thai or a mint julep in a chalice. Or an environment conducive to the aforementioned beverages. Or, you know, next time you want to drink and watch a good British comedy with friends. That works, too.
Once whenever someone on drugs is onscreen (you'll know)
Every time Uncle Alfie says a line
Every time someone says the word eulogy
(Death at a Death at a Funeral mode) Chug the entire time the coffin is onscreen
An anthology film that tells the story of a number of spooky, yet fun, tales that take place within the same town on the same Halloween night. Trick R' Treat also finally gives us the first real Halloween mascot in Sam, a small child-like Jack-O-Lantern headed demon with a love of tricks and treats and enforces the spirit of the holiday with a rather violent tendency. While this movie is super fun to watch, it is not by any means appropriate for children. But put this in after the kids go to bed or when it's just you and some friends and try not to have a smile on your face by the time the credits roll!
It's Halloween and stoner high school student Anton (Devon Sawa) can't find his parents (Fred Willard and Connie Ray). Mostly this is because they were killed in the night by the murderer terrorizing his town. When Anton and his buddies Pnub and Mick (Elden Henson and Seth Green) realize all evidence points to Anton they soon realize that his hand has become possessed by a demon. His hand murder's his friends, they return from the dead, his hand tries to kill his girlfriend (Jessica Alba), and generally blood and comedy ensue as Anton hunted down by a Druidic priestess played by Vivica Fox (funny, she doesn't LOOK Druish...).
Arthur Blake (Dominic Monaghan) was just a child when he became the apprentice of local grave robber Willie Grimes (Larry Fessenden). Eventually the duo comes across the darker side of grave robbing, that's right… the undead. From there a run in with a more ruthless rival group leads to the pair being framed for murder.
High school senior Rusty Funkouser is an aspiring magician
like his late father. When he finds the mailman dead in his attic
the janitor at his school informs him he comes from a long line protecting the world from vampires - the leader of whom is his current stepdad! This low budget coming of age vampire tale is a throw back to classic 80s films while maintaining a modern edge.
Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton star as the title characters Hansel and Gretel in tale which follows the Grimm Brothers' creations as adults who hunt down and extinguish the remnants of those who attempted to eat them as children. Bloody, dark, and full of attempts at fast paced action this film tries to be a fun genre film and just marginally succeeds.