What We Do In The Shadows

There are two kinds of horror comedies: the scary kind and the silly kind. The scary kind—from Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) to An American Werewolf in London (1981) to Drag Me to Hell (2009)—keep the laughs and the chills strictly segregated, building tension and then releasing it in a laugh (and, sometimes, cutting short that laugh with an even bigger scare). The silly kind—from Young Frankenstein (1974) to Shaun of the Dead (2004)—erase the line between the two, turning the monster into an object of burlesque. This latter strategy is a tricky business that goes wrong more often than right, as you may know if you’ve ever seen Love at First Bite (1979) or Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995) or Dark Shadows (2012). Once you’ve mixed the red and green paints together, you’d better get just the right shade of brown or you’re going to wind up with something that looks like shit. Continue reading >>