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5 Live Review: Lesbian Vampire Killers

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Mark Kermode | 12:00 UK time, Tuesday, 24 March 2009

In front of a live audience at Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds, Mark Kermode delivers his verdict.

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  • Comment number 1.

    Full marks to The Good Doctor for not allowing tweets and mobiles during a film screening. It's unspeakably rude and easily the worst behaviour you can get up to in a cinema - bring in as much spicy food as you like but turn off the phones. Nothing's so important it can't wait, and if it is that important then you shouldn't be at the cinema in the first place. You might be "bored as nuts" but it's basic good manners: show some respect for the film and everyone else in the audience, lit up like Halloween figurines by the displays that can illuminate the moon.

  • Comment number 2.

    I have seen Zombie Strippers, it is awful so I'm hoping I'll enjoy Pegg and Frost lite versus Female Pains in the Neck tomorrow night.

  • Comment number 3.

    yeah, i'm actually amazed that dr. k didn't mention shaun of the dead, it seems like the most obvious comparison.

    two guys who aren't as funny as pegg and frost best known for playing the central character and his mate in a sitcom that isn't as funny as spaced make a horror/comedy that probably isn't as funny as shaun of the dead.

  • Comment number 4.

    Loved the show, great stuff, hope you do it again. I just wanted to say something in defence of Jennifer Anniston who you've picked on quite a few times now and I'm not having it I'm afraid. I don't think you've watched Friends so you missed out on most of her work but she's a talented comic actress in my opinion and I don't completely accept that she's 'small screen' either. The thing that she has control of, the delivery of her lines, she does well. Her timing is excellent, she does the dramatic stuff pretty well and she generally endears herself to the viewer (except for film critics). I haven't seen all her film work but she was fine in 'Office Space', good in 'Along Came Polly' and 'Friends With Money', and as for the rest...I wonder if your judging her by her roles and not her acting. She plays it a bit low-key I admit, perhaps consciously to adapt her style from small to big screen, but so many female roles in movies are poorly written, 'Snake Eyes' comes to mind as a good example. She's not a cinematic great but most of her roles are simply about making herself appealing to the viewer so that, from a male point of view for example, we want the hero to hook up with her because we are living vicariously through his character. That's not really a stretch for an actress but that's the material she has to work with. Should she choose more ambitious roles, perhaps, is there a place for the kind of light frippery she does among 'Of Time and the City' and 'The Exorcist', of course. I think it's a bit of a cheap shot to be snobby about her film work (I hear it a lot which is why I'm writing this). She's not the greatest actress who ever lived but she's well above average and deserves a bit of respect for the things she does very well in particular her comic timing. There's a point where an oft repeated easy quip becomes something a bit unfair and if you look at other television actors who've moved to film I think she can be satisfied. I also think you have to be a bit careful when criticising actresses in particular, that you look at whether it's the acting which is lightweight or the role.

  • Comment number 5.

    Quite a comment. I'm desperate to see Jennifer Aniston in Of Time And The City now.

    Watched Lesbian Vampire Killers earlier. Luckily it was only 80 minutes. Not Shaun Of The Dead, no matter how much it wanted to be. Which was more than a little;

    1. Obviously, horror/comedy.
    2. TV comedy to big screen comedy.
    3. Fat and thin - crass and sensible.
    4. 'Hilarious' pub scene.
    5. Girlfriend gone.
    6. Unsatisfying job, urge for something new.

    Dammit, there must be more...

    Although it certainly did look good for the most part.

    I can't really understand "Angry Lesbians" (an online group, not in general) calling the film's view of lesbians as stereotypical and derogatory either. Yes, the character's views are thus. But bear in mind that this is a stupid film, seemingly for the 'Nuts audience', who (and much as I hate to, I'm grouping them together) will remain happily ignorant and just laugh at swears (which CAN be funny in the right film) and lesbians exploding into spermatic fluid.

    And even suspending disbelief I couldn't rest easy accepting those girls were 18.

  • Comment number 6.

    Dr Mark,





    Did they just pick the words for the title out of a hat?

    The resulting film would have been just the same.

  • Comment number 7.

    On a different matter - were there no bigger tables in Leeds? Poor old Simon had to put his papers on the floor - I know it is radio but ...

  • Comment number 8.

    stephenglass, I know I'm in danger of being mocked for taking this too seriously (you lurve Jennifer Aniston etc) but it's one of these regressive memes that go round, like 'the British have bad teeth' or that 'Shaun of the Dead is a good film'. They're cultural pollution in my opinion. 'Shaun of the Dead', for example, was not a good film, a decent student project maybe but it was laboured and amateurish as a piece of cinema. If it had come out of America it would have been rightly panned. It's part of British culture I don't like, this kind of nerdy celebration of mediocrity, like the British music press, who don't like people who can play their instruments. Jennifer Aniston is a very good comic actress and in no way small screen, 'Shaun of the Dead' is a very poor film. And calling 'O Brother Where Art Thou' shallow quirkiness, with all the themes of redemption etc in it, is just plain wrong. I love the podcast, look forward to it every week, I thought last weeks reviews were spot on, and in all the years I've been listening I can only think of these things I'd personally like to pick Kermode up on. It's about opinions after all :)

  • Comment number 9.

    I have seen both Zombie Strippers and Nymphoid Barbarian in Dinosaur Hell (well, I say watched, but I seem to remember fast forwarding through the astoundingly boring NBDH). Zombie Strippers was just about watchable for the mild interest of what piece of zombie violence would happen next (although it was of course not funny or sexy in any way), so I'll probably be able to make it through Lesbian Vampire Killers. After all, after Nymphoid Barbarian in Dinosaur Hell, you realise how much worse a lot of other films could be.


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