Thursday, March 19, 2009

BBC reviews the Lesbian Vampire Killers

It's hard to escape Gavin and Stacey stars James Corden and Mathew Horne at the moment.

As well as a new BBC Three sketch show, Horne's West End role in Entertaining Mr Sloane, and Corden's turn on Comic Relief, the comedy duo star in the film Lesbian Vampire Killers.

Corden and Horne play two no-hopers who go on a hiking holiday and find themselves stuck in a village where the women have been enslaved by a vampire curse.

Early reviews have been lukewarm and the film has been the target of criticism from an internet campaign by a pro-lesbian group.

Horne told the BBC this week that the the film was "a lot less gratuitous than you might think… it's like Confessions of a Window Cleaner, but in a forest with vampires".

MATHEW HORNE as Jimmy McLaren (left) with VERA FILATOVA as Eva
Horne (above) and Corden were cast before Gavin & Stacey became a TV hit
The film's 15-certificate is a clue as to the target audience. The publicity material promises "gags, girls and gore" - although most of the jokes revolve around swearing and a phallic sword handle.

There are horror film references galore, and it's obvious that the makers of Lesbian Vampire Killers would love to emulate the success of Shaun of the Dead.

Here, Corden and Horne discuss vampires, the influence of Shaun and the perils of over-exposure.

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