Bloodbath at the House of Death
(15) 88min (Nucleus DVD retail)
Out of print for over 20 years, Kenny Everett’s one and only feature film has been unearthed. This horror spoof features a group of monks bumping off anyone who dares enter Headstone Manor, and stars a host of familiar Brit TV faces (Pamela Stephenson, Gareth Hunt, John Fortune), plus a wonderful Vincent Price as the appropriately named ‘Sinister Man’.
The film is surprisingly gory, with a dash of Carry On-esque cheeky black humour. But perhaps even more shockingly, it’s pretty damn watchable, certainly far better than the recent Scary Movie series. It’s a real (admittedly very cheap) film, rather than just an extended sketch sharing many of the aesthetics of alternative comedy stalwarts, The Comic Strip, and Everett, while anarchic, is fairly restrained compared to his various TV shows and rapidfire goofy gags. A bizarre slice of 80s pop culture.