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Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible - Review!,
This review is from: Doctor Terrible's House of Horrible [DVD]  (DVD)
Where to start with this beautifully unique, dark, hammer horror spoof comedy starring the one and only Steve Coogan, in my opinion the ultimate king of comedy!
Unlike Coogans' other work such as I'm Alan Patridge which is indeed a comedy classic this is completely different and fresh, unlike any comedy programme I've ever seen in my life.
Each week Steve Coogan takes on a different guise as he presents six brilliant characters, each in a different spine chilling situation and in a different time zone.
The first show is called 'AND NOW THE FEARING. . .' which sees three people trapped in a lift. The trio then share their vividest nightmares one which includes a fortune teller, a car crash and an oak table. Scary!
Episode 2 is called 'FRENZY OF TONG' and see's Coogan as a camp version of Sherlock Holmers czlled Nathan Blaze. When a lady friend is kidnapped and dragged into the sewers, Blaze must overcome giant killer crabs and his arch enemy, a chinese monster, the king of the sewers. Doesn't sound very funny but believe me it is!
The third show is called 'CURSE OF THE BLOOD OF THE LIZARD OF DOOM' That's a mouthfull and see's Coogan portraying a brilliant scientist who is desperately trying to find a cure for a nasty burn. But everything turns very nasty when is told he has to find a cure of he is fired. Things turn very nasty when he gets a new assistant and a horrifying lizard is on the loose.
Show number four is called 'LESBIAN VAMPIREX LOVERS OF LUST' and is probably the most frightening. Coogan takes on a bold one armed hero called Captain Hans Broccan who is recently married. When they find their hotel is infested with cockroaches, they decide to stay at Castle Kroinsteen )a place of darkness - especially at night!!!) There things go from bad to worse, as the vampires there are creatures of the night and would like nothing more than to kill their guests and suck their blood too!
The penultamate episode is titled, 'VOODOO FEET OF DEATH' and see's Steve Coogan as an award winning ballroom dancer but in a freak accident he loses his feet. Not to worry though, he has an operation and has new feet fitted but unknown to him these feet are killers and are bent of revenge, jealousy and murder!
Finally, my personal favourite episode, 'SCREAM, SATAN, SCREAM' in the last episode of the brilliant series Steve Coogan plays a selfish witch locator named Captain Tobias Slater. As the story unfolds the crooked Captain must pursuade the village that the woman in question is a witch but the woman herself has other ideas.
All in all, a superb series. The disc is packed with special features including a documentary, 'AN APPOINTMENT WITH DR. TERRIBLE' which goes behind the scenes and features rare interviews with Steve Coogan, the rest of the cast and the directors. Also there's an audio commentary on all six episodes by the directors and writers which is also very good indeed, there is also Dr. Terrible's Page A Day calendar and a feature titled 'Behind the Screams'
In conclusion to this review, buy it if you are a fan of Steve Coogan, or if you like comedy with a slightly dark side. All in all I guarantee you won't be disappointed!