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Friday, June 11, 2010

The Undertaker and His Pals (1966)

Maintaining the right balance between horror and comedy is a tricky thing.  When it succeeds [Shaun of the Dead] it is most entertaining indeed.  When it fails [Creature From the Haunted Sea] it's like enduring a root canal without novocaine.  The Undertakers and His Pals falls somewhere in between success and failure.  Reviews I've read of this film elsewhere are all over the place.  Some people like it.  Some people hate it.  I guess it depends on what you think it funny.
Here's my take on the film.  The basic premise for the film is good.  An undertaker with no scruples teams up with two psychos.  The three of them go on a killing spree to drum up more business for the undertaker.  Furthermore, body parts from each of the victims end up on the menu at a local greasy spoon that is run by the psychos [it's like Sondheim's Sweeney Todd but not nearly as brilliant or funny.]  
The acting in Undertaker is solid through and through which makes it hard to completely dislike the film.  However, the balance between horror and comedy is a bit off for me.  The horror scenes feel like vintage torture porn which is not a good thing in my book.  The comedy element needs to be upped a bit in order to match the brutality of the horror.
Undertaker and His Pals can be viewed online at fancast.com but the quality of the image is not great.  It can also be rented through Netflix.
Rating: Fair. [Some good.  Some bad.]
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

1 comment:

  1. Wow...that just looks...disturbed. Wow. Hehehe