Darkness Rising (3 stars)

This article is from 2012

Darkness Rising

Comedy-horror mash-up with great character-based moments but some cheesy clichés

Comedy and horror might seem like unlikely bedfellows but when you get it right it can be an inspired mix of pitch black humour and creeping dread. The shocks heighten the relief the gags offer, just witness the gore soaked laughs of Shaun of the Dead or the queasy comedy of The League of Gentlemen.

Unfortunately Heretical Productions aren’t quite up there with these masters of mixing the absurd with the abhorrent to uneasy comic effect, but they are heading in the right direction. A series of Satanic murders lead Inspector Thompson to a creepy Cotswold village populated by inbred yokels, a demon slaying vicar and a coven of devil worshippers. There's some wonderful character comedy, inventive physical gags and a great live score all adding up to some inspired silliness, coming across like The Comic Strip do Hammer Horror. However a few cheesy jokes picking on some tried and tested cliches take the edge off, making this more light entertainment than dark arts.

theSpaces on North Bridge, 0845 5576308, until 25 Aug (not 12 & 19 Aug), 9.10pm, £7 (£5).

Darkness Rising

  • 3 stars

Cult sketch comedy group Heretical Productions return with a bizarre tale of hilarity and horror. Hot Fuzz meets The Wicker Man – accompanied by an original live score, fantastical characters, innovative physical theatre and a bear called Simon. When Inspector Thompson starts to delve into a spate of mysterious murders…

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