Film Review: Lesbian Vampire Killers
Lesbian Vampire Killers. The first time I overheard these words in once sentence, I thought I was unintentionally subjecting myself to one of those ‘guys chats’ that I really did not want to hear… Turns out it’s a film! A spoof horror film that does exactly what it says on the tin.
There are lesbians, the lesbians are vampires and the boys are lesbian vampire killers… eventually. The key elements of this age old tale of losers turned unlikely heroes are a traditional mix of gags, girls and gore. And although the script could probably hold it’s own in the B-grade cult horror genre, it’s the casting that gives this feature a comic credibility that this type of film usually lacks.
It seems as if this movie was written for its two young stars, (James Cordon and Mathew Home) despite this not actually being the case. Cordon and Horne who have a well established on screen chemistry resulting from their roles as best mates in UK comedy ‘Gavin & Stacey’ bring the ridiculousness of a story about lesbian vampires into a laugh-a-minute sub-plot in the essence of ’Bromance’
Anyway, Jimmy (Home) has tirelessly put up with the hopeless Fletch (Cordon) all their lives, because that’s what mates do. And for probably the first time in their friendship Fletch comes through for Jimmy – wielding his dildo handled sword (the only weapon capable of killing the Lesbian Vampire Queen), and prepared to fight the lesbian vampires to the death. That’s friendship for you.
What I enjoyed about this film was the English veil that lightened what could be an awful film full of clichés and bad acting, into a natural and genuinely funny movie. The clichés were not totally avoided; pretty much every scene was complimented by a solid soundtrack of unnecessary squelching. Every death of a vampire culminated in a grotesque squirt of bodily fluid from the perished body. But what would these films be without this? It’s all part of the fun… unless you have a sensitive stomach!
This is not an intellectual film. The main demographic is clearly a young male audience – lads mag readers, university students… MTV fans! However, Phil Claydon’s work is quite comfortable in its own skin; it’s not trying to be an Oscar winning work of art. It is what it is, and if you’re prepared to let go and just enjoy, then you will experience Lesbian Vampire Killers for the fantastically fun experience that it is. The one liners, the timing, the great support cast and even the excessive squelching sound effects all combine to make this a fantastic movie that will have you giggling to yourself long after you leave the movie theatre.
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