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Booth's Blog: Laugh Or Die - The Perfect Genre Mash Up
By Emily Booth, Sunday 28th February 2016
Emily Booth Laugh Or Die SeasonWe love our seasons here on Horror, it gives us the chance to revel in the huge ‘dynamic’ horror has to offer, and have some creative fun at the same time. With that in mind March sees our first Laugh Or Die Season as two seemingly opposing genres come crashing together in imperfect harmony!

So why does fear and humour blend so well together? How can we scream and laugh within the same heartbeat? If anything horror taps into extremes, it enjoys teasing us, manipulating our physical reactions with its suspense, red herrings and double jumps scenes. It’s as if horror is saying “don’t be stupid – as if the killer would be hiding in there – duh!” after we’ve watched a young girl, our hearts in our mouths slowly approach a cupboard door, yanking it open, only for a cat to suddenly jump out... So then we laugh, with nervousness, relief and slight embarrassment that the movie ‘got us.’ There are many reasons why horror blends so well with comedy.

Extreme gore can become ridiculous and taps into our slightly sick sense of humour. It’s no different to Tom and Jerry – only with a lot more blood and entrails. I also think on a deeper level after we’ve dipped our toe in the sea of death we need to feel that sense of relief quite quickly afterwards! Yes everything’s fine “It’s only a movie, ha ha ha…?!!!” Who doesn’t laugh when they’re nervous? So with our text-book psychology lesson over what’s in store in our superb Laugh Or Die Season? Well, four movie premieres including one of my very own Doghouse directed by Jake West!

First up comes a brilliantly fun and extremely well executed Irish comedy called Grabbers on the 5th. I remember when this premiered at FrightFest and it went down so well, the entire crowd loved it and you will too. Set in a small Irish fishing town a meteorite crash brings with it alien creatures….heard it before right? Wrong….! This freaky looking tentacled squid has one weakness and, it just so happens to be alcohol. It cannot digest drunk people’s blood. Yeah! Join us for the best lock in ever!

The following Saturday comes Idle Hands starring Final Destination’s Devon Sawa in the leading role of this 90’s slacker comedy horror. A lazy teenager wakes one Halloween to find his right hand possessed by a homicidal maniac. I don’t want to know what this teenage boy’s hand gets up to! The movie also stars Seth Green and Jessica Alba.

Now, I like to think I have good intelligent taste in horror movies but I know how much the boys love a bit of pointless nudity. I have to say Zombie Strippers on the 19th pretty much ticks every box of every fan boy – and quite a few girls too! Robert Englund, hot strippers, Jenna Jameson and slobbering zombies. Quite an intoxicating mix! They might be ‘beautiful’ but they’re literally brain dead!

The climax of the season sees Doghouse (March 26th) take the reins of Laugh Or Die, and I have to say this is one very funny, very British flick with a unique spin on the battle of the sexes. A group of lads all with their own problems with ‘women’ head to a small village for male bonding but instead find a ghost town where the female villagers have been turned into man - hating messed up zombies, or in this case ‘Zombirds.’ Without too much self-promotional waffle, I take on the role of lead Zombird ‘The Snipper’ (previous local hairdresser) and let’s just say ‘get ready for the snip!’

So, if you don’t laugh your head off, we’ll do it for you!

Don’t forget to join the banter on twitter using #laughordie and enjoy below the rather tasty trailer below.

Be warned, the Laugh Or Die Season trailer contains flashes of brutal gore and violence and should not be viewed by those of a nervous disposition.


Related show tags: DOGHOUSE, GRABBERS, IDLE HANDS, ZOMBIE STRIPPERS
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