Ben Kent's Stag party goes wrong comedy-horror KILLER WEEKEND is released 13th May 2019.
Stag party goes wrong comedy-horror is a well-trodden path, and if there was a game called 30-something archetype bingo this film would be shouting house. You’ve the slightly pathetic, put upon stag. He is surrounded by the: smarmy git whose a cut above; recent parent who thinks he’s the first person to father a child; the loud, tragic clown in need of love; the brother-in-law whose there under duress; the university drug dealer whose never grown out of the irresponsible lifestyle; and the guy from work you’re obliged to invite because you went to his stag do. Add to that youthful septet the ex-forces father-in-law – Gerald – played by the brilliantly versatile Mark Heap (GREEN WING, FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER) and you’ve got yourself a stag party of eight.
A feature-length British comedy-horror that knows it’s a film so has taken the time to look and feel like one.
Cynical as that breakdown may sound it works beautifully. What makes this film stand head and shoulders above many comedy-horror films is in the writing. Elements of the group, genuinely feel like real, heart-felt friends who’ve just grown apart from each other. When they hark back to being teenagers you can see the flame of nostalgic desire to be kids again in their eyes. It’s beautifully shot and edited. Sounds trite, but in an age of low budget, quick shoots, it’s great watching a feature-length British comedy-horror that knows it’s a film so has taken the time to look and feel like one. Hats off to cinematographer Ewan Mulligan.
Ben Kent’s script excellently exploits the escalating consequences of a gang of numb nuts who accidentally kill a pretend zombie they’re meant to evade and increasingly make their situation worse by being even more stupid for the horror lolz.
FrightFest Presents KILLER WEEKEND (FUBAR) On Digital 13th May 2019, Courtesy Of Signature Entertainment.