Mixing horror and humor is difficult. Horror is the style that almost all offers with Demise, and on its face, Demise just isn’t humorous. It’s bodily, ultimate, the fastened and ceaselessly destiny of each one that’s ever lived and liked. However Demise by tiny corn cob holder?
Nicely, that is slightly humorous.
I simply completed the trailer (above) to Eli Roth’s upcoming slasher Thanksgiving and, do not report me, however there is a smile on my face. It is an surprising smile; as a long-time horror fan with a reasonably sturdy abdomen, I used to be nonetheless deeply disturbed and even depressed by Hostel. So to see a film with Eli Roth’s identify on it and an obvious humorousness intrigues me. Excites me, in actual fact. And never simply because that I am stealing that killer Pilgrim costume for Halloween.
The trailer (and I am saying this as a praise) reads like a Saturday Evening Reside sketch for a horror trailer. It is spooky, threatening, typical of the style, however punctuated with genuinely humorous moments. I discussed the corn-cob factor, however the decapited turkey mascot? The physique sliced in half subsequent to a Black Friday signal studying “50% off”? An SNL writers’ room can be proud!
And the tagline: “There might be no leftovers.” Paging Charlie Kaufman, you are out of a job.
Now, I will not lie, I am slightly nervous too. The origin of this movie is virtually, itself, a sketch. It started as a faux trailer that Roth made for the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez double-feature Grindhouse. And, as sure SNL properties have confirmed earlier than, turning a sketch right into a function can have… diverse outcomes.
However, I am hopeful. Homicide thriller and horror is a superb mixture, and Roth’s story of a city striken by tragedy and a slasher with a vendetta to “set issues proper” looks like that sort of cocktail. Nonetheless, I assume I am simply going to have to attend till this November to make an actual judgement.
Thanksgiving, as a horror comedy, might fail. Then once more, it… Might Flower.
Now come on. That is humorous.
Thanksgiving might be in theaters November 17. Earlier than that, Popverse might be livestreaming the Thanksgiving panel from this yr’s NYCC.