The Funhouse Massacre (2015)

  • Director: Andy Palmerfunhouse massacre
  • Writer: Ben Begley
  • Main Cast: Scottie Thompson, Ben Begley, Jere Burns

Six psychopathic killers escape from a secret secure facility, and take over a Horror Funhouse at Halloween. Carnage ensues!

This is not a complicated film – caricature psychos kill a whole bunch of people in nasty ways. There isn’t a lot of character development here, but it really isn’t needed. I enjoyed the cartoonish nature of the killers – it could make a fun but f***ed up comic book series! There’s an unnecessary attempt at a plot twist towards the end, which really didn’t add anything to the story.

Definitely a comedy-horror, and the humour is hit and miss, but there were a few good giggles to be had. It is much more successful as a colourful gore-fest, and is certainly not for the squeamish. A fun watch if you’re in the mood for some mindless, bloody cinematic violence. Check out my Top Five Comedy-Horror List for some more comedy-horrors suggestions.

Double Bill: Creep and Creep 2

Creep (2014)creep

  • Director: Patrick Brice
  • Writer: Patrick Brice and Mark Duplass
  • Main Cast: Patrick Brice and Mark Duplass

‘I love wolves, because they love deeply, but they don’t know how to express it, and they’re often very violent and, quite frankly, murder the things that they love’

A videographer, Aaron, answers a craigslist call for a well paid one day job up in the mountains. When he arrives, it becomes clear this will not be a straightforward job and his client Josef is a very curious character. Is Josef simply a bit quirky and creepy, or is he deranged?

Creep 2 (2017)creep 2

  • Director: Patrick Brice
  • Writer: Patrick Brice and Mark Duplass
  • Main Cast: Mark Duplass and Desiree Akhaven

‘What am I doing trying to make the films I used to make? What if I made a documentary? And this is where you come in.’

Sara makes documentaries about society’s outcasts, and cannot resist travelling into the forest to meet a man who claims to be a serial killer. As you do. If he’s telling the truth, the resulting report will be her pièce de résistance…but at what cost?!

Creep was such a treat! I screamed, swore and squeaked repeatedly. There was a monologue right at the end of the film that – I’m not ashamed to admit it – made me look behind myself to check no-one was there! Mark Duplass is what really elevates this movie: he manages to be sweet, scary, charming, attractive and creepy all at once – no easy task. I look forward to seeing what he, and the Director Patrick Brice, will do in the future.

I did wonder how on earth Creep 2 could live up to the first film. Cleverly, the team didn’t just try to make the same film again, but approached the main character from a different angle. I actually found the film really sweet, bordering on romantic – both main characters are lying their arses off, but there seems to be a genuine kinship.

There is apparently a Creep 3 in the pipeline. I can’t wait!

Killing Ground (2016)

  • Director: Damian PowerMV5BMjI0MjE4MDI1OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMDkwOTc3MjI@._V1_
  • Writer: Damian Power
  • Cast: Harriet Dyer, Aaron Pedersen, Aaron Glenane

‘You’ve gotta make the most of your opportunities!’

A likeable couple, on a New Year’s Eve camping trip, set up their tent just down the beach from what turns out to be an abandoned campsite – a discovery that sets off a chain of horrific events which will see the couple fighting for their lives.

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