An Amusing, Slightly Disturbing B Flick That's Sadly Overlo
One of many | somewhere in the blur | 05/29/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Basic Plot: A mysterious English man (Christopher Lee) loses his mansion-home in a poker game, passing on not only ownership to the young, naive winner (Benny Young), but something much worse along with it -- a homicidal demon-jester known as the Funny Man (Tim James) who infests the house!
The Funny Man turned out to be pretty much what I expected: A strange, low-budget British horror flick with lots of dark, silly comedy. I can't say it was a masterpiece, or even slightly thought-provoking, but it's definitely a fun way to pass an hour and a half. The humor is pretty over-the-top (which I happen to like), and the story is decently interesting and original. But for the most part, the only reason you should see this is for the scenes with Tim James as the whacky evil jester. It's his witty one-liners and eccentric antics that keep the pace flowing. And that's really all it is -- some guy in a surprisingly impressive suit killing off characters in comedic ways. If you're a fan of B movies, this is certainly not as low as you can go in quality. As a matter of fact, it's above most others of its kind. So go on. Have a nice, sinister laugh with the Funny Man!"
Weird little horror/comedy sort of thing.....
S. Boone | Louisville, KY | 03/11/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a much overlooked film that has a man winning an old house in England in a poker game and finding out that there's something that comes with the house that he wasn't expecting. The man arrives at the house with his wife and kids (and his nose candy problem, which is played up later in the flick) and also his brother is busily bringing his furniture to him in a van, and picking up strange hitch hikers along the way, one of whom is Pauline Black, the lead singer for British Ska band The Selecter. She brings some hoodoo-voodoo knowledge with her and finds she's up against the real 'man of the house', a strange jester that has a low-key but sadistic way of going about things. Sadisticly funny, that is, as one by one the folks that are at the house are dispatched in strange ways. This is quite the weird little flick and well worth seeing if you like things odd. Christopher Lee plays the original owner of the house but he's not on screen for all that long, just long enough to pass the burden to others and be on his way back to the loony bin. A highly worthwhile film, not exactly sophisticated and suave but definitely a hoot."
No rest for the bloody wicked, eh?
xx | xx | 05/31/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I really had fun watching this film. It is a horror-comedy of a higher standard. The movie varies from hilarious to grotesque. The comedy in this movie is derived from the killer being way over the top. Most you see coming, but some catches you off guard. The plot is very rarely on track, and this movie is VERY confusing. However, it gets 4 stars, because the death scenes in this are BRILLIANT on the budget the movie had.
Cheeky comedy, mixed with horrific violence.
Overall, a good buy."