There is horror — hide-your-eyes horror! And there is tongue in cheek horror where you are invited to have a bloody good time … horror as comedy; horror mocked (delightfully so).
That’s what Midnight Releasing has planned on May 21 with the DVD release of writer/director Charles Roxburgh’s Don’t Let the Riverbeast Get You (co-written by Matt Farley).
From the John Landis’ Schlock (a 1973 bit of iconic comedy/horror) neck of the horror woods (not the Ed Wood woods, where horror becomes comedy by ineptness) comes the filmmaking duo of Roxburgh and Farley and their tale of a not-so-mythical beast who was on the prowl and is now back on the prowl.
It seems that Neil (Matt Farley) was a famous tutor — not often you hear that one — who imploded a few years back when he claimed to have seen the dreaded creature who was thought to be nothing more than a campfire fable. On the cusp of his wedding to the lovely Emmaline (Elizabeth M. Peterson) he makes the mistake of doing a press interview, the story is published, he become the town joke and the wedding is called off (it’s like he went on a drunken bender, but without the alcohol).
Now he’s back, ready to resume his tutoring career (chuckle) and perhaps win back the hand of Emmaline, but wouldn’t you know it … the dreaded Riverbeast has suddenly resurfaced and Neil’s plans are like so many straws in the wind. Confront the beast or run away again, that’s his choice!
|Neil (Matt Farley) confronts the Riverbeast!|
Roxburgh and Farley are getting their special niche of comedy, horror and the outrageous down to a science after serving up Monsters, Marriage and Murder in Manchvegas (2009) and Freaky Farley (2007). Certainly they must have day jobs, but there is definitely a future for them … Don’t Let the Riverbeast Get You is great fun (storytelling with a twist).
Remember, Landis started off with Schlock and Kentucky Fried Movie, learned the craft and then went big time with Animal House, The Blues Brothers and An American Werewolf in London (among others), so you never know.
Bonus features include commentary from Farley and Roxburgh.
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