Category Archives: Horror Comedy

WML2020: Cabin in the Woods

This is a digital viewing, so no DVD photo for this one. Instead, here is a book that I (kind of) own that is relevant given that The Cabin in the Woods references ALL the horror movies.

Photo of the cover of Top 100 Horror Movies by Gary Gerani

I only kind of own the book because it isn’t quite a real book. I picked it up for free at a librarian conference, thinking that it was an advanced reader copy. But it’s even less than that, just an “ashcan edition” that shows off the format, but not much else. It’s not just that there’s no index; more than half the entries are just dummy text. Fneh.

Anyway, Cabin. It is good. It is also one of those movies where the less you know about it going in, the more delightful you will find it. So spoiler warning if you haven’t seen it.

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Halloween Postscript

Because I apparently bring this blog out of mothballs exclusively for Halloween fare these days*, I figured I might as well follow up on last year’s epic Simpsons Treehouse of Horror odyssey. If a bit late.

Treehouse of Horror XXVIII (2017)

Opener: There are no credits or couch gag in order to make room for “The Sweets Hereafter,” a marginally clever CGI short that’s practically a separate act of its own. The Simpsons family is depicted as sentient Halloween candy (except for Lisa as a nutritious apple) hoping to survive the night in the trick or treaters’ bowl. Bart as a Butterfinger is a neat in-joke (and also leads into a sick burn on the divisive chocolatey treat), but my favorite is Maggie as a ring pop.

Episode image with the Simpsons as candy

Stories: 1) The Exor-Sis (Maggie gets possessed); 2) Coralisa (Coraline parody using CGI that attempts to kinda-sorta look like stop-motion animation); and 3) MMM… Homer (in which the Simpsons patriarch accidentally discovers his own flesh is the most delicious meat of all).

Favorite quote:
Ned: “I’m afraid that little devil needs an exorcism!”
Rev. Lovejoy: “I’m afraid they didn’t teach me those at Pepperdine.”

Notes: Overall this is a ho-hum episode (the middle segment seems like a particularly wasted opportunity), but it does score some points for extra-cool stunt casting with the guest voices. I like that they invited Neil Gaiman himself to voice Snowball while skewering his work. But, in my opinion, the best call-out is when Ben Daniels (aka Father Marcus on Fox’s The Exorcist show) shows up to yell “Demon get out!” precisely three times at Possessed Maggie.

I think the gag mostly worked for me because I only just recently started watching season one of the re-envisioned horror franchise, and I’m enjoying it more than I thought I would. After suffering through a handful of episodes of both Minority Report (2015) and Lucifer, I felt tolerably convinced that Fox would just convert Exorcist into yet another generic police procedural. But happily it’s a little more interesting than that.


* Seriously, it’s been almost two years since my last non-Halloween post. I probably give the impression that Halloween is my favorite holiday, but it isn’t. I do like it a whole lot, but as a rather boring adult, I can never think of any cool ways to celebrate anymore. This year I didn’t even dress up to get a $3 boo-rito from Chipotle, which is how I phoned it in for 2016.

Deathmatch: Let’s Get Apocalyptic!

The World’s End vs. This is the End!

Posters for The World's End and This is the End

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I’m going to have to give this one to the stoners. And no one could’ve predicted that. Least of all, me.

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Deathmatch: Horror Comedies

Warm Bodies vs. John Dies at the End!

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This deathmatch comes to us from last February. I saw Warm Bodies at the theater, and I streamed John  through Amazon, as part of some sort of deal where slightly more obscure theatrical releases are available concurrently online. John is now already available for normal streaming through Amazon Instant Video and VUDU, but Warm Bodies won’t be released until early June.

Warm Bodies is officially the only zombie movie anyone will ever (accurately) label as “too saccharine.” But I liked it in spite of that. In the pantheon of zombie comedies, it takes a third to (obviously) Shaun of the Dead and even Zombieland, but it was the clear victor in this deathmatch. I was surprised how much I really enjoyed the competition this time, though.

Before I even cued up the opponents, John already had one point in its favor because it’s based on a book written by a gentleman who also wrote this article and this article, which are among my favorite things from the Internet. While I’m at it, I might as well recommend his entire Cracked article oeuvre.

As for the movie itself, John is really inventive and exciting, but also kind of rough. I’d almost say that I’d want to see a version of the same movie with the same actors only made through a big studio, just so that someone would’ve sanded down the edges a bit, but I’d be afraid the weird little bubble would burst and the whole thing would be ruined. As it is, I did belly laugh at least three times, but I’m not sure if it’s because what I was seeing was actually funny or because I was so startled. It feels more like a strange, strange little television pilot than a movie, but damn, I would watch that show.