horror/comedy

If and when you decide to properly investigate British filmmaker Phil Claydon's cheeky 2009 horror/comedy "Lesbian Vampire Killers," you may find it rather difficult to separate this extremely silly "best buddies" picture from the like-minded genre-bending classic, "Shaun of the Dead." I'm sure the comparison has been made countless times before by more talented, articulate critics, but, to be fair, it's really not that hard to uncover the mountain of similarities between them. Does this glaring sameness derail this otherwise enjoyable cinematic experience?

One of the biggest complaints against slasher movies is that the characters are dull and there’s so little effort put into making us care about them that when they finally do meet the wrong end of a machete it’s never really upsetting. The flip side of this equation is the quirky indie relationship movie where the characters and their interactions are the film’s raison d’etre, which critics contend results in a plotless bore of endlessly talking heads.

This week we take on "Severance" on a skeleton crew, and Joe recalls awkward memories of a young Mark. Not to be missed.

How do you convince a bunch of your friends to go into the middle of Maine to shoot a movie in January? I have o clue, but Dan Fogler (“Balls Of Fury”, “Fanboys”) found a way. Luckily for him his friends are also very talented and from the looks of things “Hysterical Psycho” is going to be a pretty funny movie.

Although other horror fanatics may not necessarily agree with me, I do hold the opinion, as unpopular as it may be, that Jake West's ultra-gory 2005 sci-fi farce "Evil Aliens" is one seriously bad-ass motion picture. All of the elements required for maximum cinematic enjoyment are presented and accounted for: over-the-top characters, an insane amount of violence, and a few incredibly messy anal probes, mixed and blended with the skill of someone who's spent a fair amount of time with the films distributed and/or produced by Troma. Needless to say, I've seen it quite a few times.

For over 25 years now all the world has loved Freddy Krueger. Sure he’s a severely burned murderer who kills you in your dreams, but those one liners really make him a lovable character. With the new “Nightmare On Elm Street” remake coming to theaters early next year there is no doubt that a whole new crop of fans will be popping up.

There's really nothing worse than a comedy that doesn't deliver. It's a black or white issue -- either it's funny, or it isn't. Tony Krantz's highly unbalanced 2008 horror/comedy "Otis" certainly tries to be humorous -- after all, Illeana Douglas, Kevin Pollack, and Daniel Stern are members of the cast -- but Erik Jendressen and Thomas Schnaus' schizophrenic script and some puzzling shifts in tone prevent this otherwise amusing premise from becoming nothing more than an interesting albeit extremely boring way to extinguish 90 minutes of your life.

God dammit. I don't know, as a horror fan, if this is the absolute best, or worst thing I've ever seen. This is the trailer for "Stan Helsing", which seems like what you'd get if "Jack Brooks Monster Slayer", "Scary Movie" and every 80's horror film had a horrific, red-headed child who then became a crack addict. Not helping its case? It stars the comedic power of the guy from "Still Waiting" and the kid from "Good Burger" (ok, and SNL too).

If you’ve seen the trailer for Sakichi Sato’s “Tokyo Zombie” you have a pretty good idea what kind of movie awaits you. Indeed, if you are an enthusiast of the Japanese sense of humor and their flare for melding gore, scat jokes and wildly over-cranked plotlines then you won’t be disappointed. What might surprise you is that rather than being built on a foundation of noisy spectacle, “Tokyo Zombie” is firmly rooted in two strong comedic performances.