LESBIAN VAMPIRE KILLERS
No hoper friends Fletch (James Coden) and Jimmy (Matthew Horne) decide to escape their dreary problems and head to the country for a weekend of debauchery. But they find themselves in a cursed village where all the women have been enslaved by a legendary vampire curse, and a prophecy that seems to involve Jimmy, which may bring back the evil vampire queen Carmilla (Silvia Corlocca) from the dead and ruin the peace of the world. As the night unfolds the boys have to put all of their fears (and wet dreams) aside in order to rise to the challenge of becoming Lesbian Vampire Killers.
Review by Andrew L. Urban:
It's Lesbian Vampire Killers - it's about the killers of lesbians who are vampires not lesbian vampires who kill ... well, actually, it's both. But the title refers to the killers of vampires ... anyway, just thought I'd clarify it for you because misunderstandings can lead to the wrong expectations - with dreadful results. That's the moral of this story, too, as two likely lads (BAFTA winning comedy-duo James Corden and Mathew Horne of the BBC sitcom Gavin & Stacey) stumble out of their hopeless, downtrodden London lives into what they expect to be a simple adventure, hiking and meeting girls.
There is just a bit of hiking, true, and there are quite a few girls, also true, but the hiking takes the form of blustering about in dark forests at night trying to stay alive, and the girls, well, they're kinda off limits since they're lesbians .... And vampires. The tone is brashly entertaining, as the filmmakers borrow shamelessly from 50s horror conventions such as the font in which the various advisory captions are displayed on screen, and the faux gothic touches of floating, chiffonned vampirettes, prancing to overstated music cues... among other things.
The humour is deadbeat British, which jangles fearsomely with the vampire theme, but that's exactly the effect director Phil Claydon seems to be after. A bit of Hammer horror with a bit of contempo, deconstructionist humour and some Benny Hill breast gags, too. Although the film has its tongue in its cheek, it invests heavily in the vampire legend that drives the story so it isn't all throw-away. The gore comes in porridge white as well as blood red, the odd decapitation is always surprisingly neat and the droll count is high, with lots of banter from the two ordinary blokes in the middle of a vampire movie.
It is, after all, sheer escapist fun, and the kind of date movie which can generate plenty of post-screening chuckles over a drink.
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LESBIAN VAMPIRE KILLERS (MA)
CAST: James Corden, Mathew Horne, Paul McGann, MyAnna Buring, Silvia Colloca, Vera Filatova, Ashley Mulheron, Louise Dylan, Lucy Gaskell,
PRODUCER: Steve Clark-Hall
DIRECTOR: Phil Claydon
SCRIPT: Paul Hupfield, Stewart Williams
CINEMATOGRAPHER: David Higgs
EDITOR: James Herbert
MUSIC: Debbie Wiseman
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Keith Maxwell
RUNNING TIME: 86 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Transmission
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: May 21, 2009