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is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« on: June 06, 2021, 04:09:40 PM »
yes ✔

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Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2021, 04:11:30 PM »
Only found the little intros at the start funny, but appreciated the loving pastiche back when that was enough

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Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2021, 04:15:15 PM »
It's hilarious from the start. "Just leave!"

Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2021, 04:17:21 PM »
The "King Lear" quote at the top of ep. 1, cited by page number, made me laugh heartily just for starters. So right there, the answer is no.

Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2021, 04:18:42 PM »
No, it's funny.

I enjoy taking the piss out of Shaun Hutson/Richard Layman/James Herbert so that probably helps.

Plus the attention to bad editing/effects is amazing.

Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2021, 04:22:42 PM »
Among other things[1], it contains one of the best lines of the 21st century thus far: "She was like a candle in the wind. Unreliable."
 1. (and there's a lot of them - this may be the only show I've ever seen where every single aspect of it - the lines, the delivery, the camerawork, the ADR, etc. etc. etc. - is a joke of one sort or another)

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Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2021, 04:28:48 PM »
I wouldn't say laugh-free. Some people go crazy for it[1] and good on them but I would just cite it as a decent comedy with plenty of laughs. The follow-up Man To Man With Dean Learner, now that really was bad.
 1. Personally I can only take a couple of episodes at a time, and find the parody aspects a bit hit and miss

Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2021, 04:42:05 PM »
The "King Lear" quote at the top of ep. 1, cited by page number, made me laugh heartily just for starters. So right there, the answer is no.
that was an early peak imo. One of those good references that seems specific but actually is pretty universal for anyone whos been to school in the UK. Downhill after that, but not terrible. Parody that misses the mark by being too broad imo

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Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2021, 04:57:54 PM »
It's great, remarkably high hit-rate. Considering what a waste of time Man To Man With Dean Learner was, lightning in a bottle, etc.

Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2021, 05:01:57 PM »
I love it especially the way it is played seriously with bad effects and cheap sets.

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Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2021, 05:09:17 PM »
no it's great you onion

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Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2021, 05:11:44 PM »
DAMN thing's.... come ALIVE in my HAND

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Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #12 on: June 06, 2021, 05:19:05 PM »
It's fucking great! Only crap one was scotch mist

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« Reply #13 on: June 06, 2021, 05:21:42 PM »
That fateful night for Rick for Aberdeen

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Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #14 on: June 06, 2021, 05:41:40 PM »
Haven't watched it for a few years but I loved it when I first caught it on telly - I thought I'd dreamed Shaun Hutson on the James Whale radio show plugging his film Slugs but it must have really happened. Bought the DVD. Lots of laughs, the padre and his "if you need me, i'll be out in the jeep", one track lover, all good stuff.

Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #15 on: June 06, 2021, 06:26:22 PM »
Even the in-character DVD commentary is great.

“What the FUCK? She looks like a thalidomider”

Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #16 on: June 06, 2021, 06:33:41 PM »
It's fucking great! Only crap one was scotch mist

Nah Rick's haunting tale of Scotland is brilliant.

The show is very good, mad to think it was back in 2004.  It's not as funny as it was then to me, but that's because I rinsed it all those years ago.  Dark Place Illuminatum is as good as the whole series, and probably some of the best DVD extras I've ever seen.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YsZlA6Qeseo

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Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #17 on: June 06, 2021, 07:36:44 PM »
It's marvellous and the OP is wrong.

Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #18 on: June 06, 2021, 07:39:30 PM »
“What the FUCK? She looks like a thalidomider”

:-/ doesn't sound that funny tbh

Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #19 on: June 06, 2021, 08:02:30 PM »
It's brilliant and I enjoy how stupid it is. Helps if you're a horror fan, if you're not may as well not bother with it.

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Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #20 on: June 06, 2021, 08:18:33 PM »
:-/ doesn't sound that funny tbh

yeah, seems like it's funny to that sort of person

Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #21 on: June 06, 2021, 08:30:41 PM »
yeah, seems like it's funny to that sort of person

I was one of the people that signed the petition that got its DVD release to happen, so I'm taking this as a personal slight.

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Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #22 on: June 06, 2021, 08:31:28 PM »
bring it on, i can beat any of you in a fight

Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #23 on: June 06, 2021, 08:32:27 PM »
It’s still great.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgK2CEdvd_E

(sorry, I still haven’t bothered to learn how to tag YouTube clips, but we all have room for growth)

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Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #24 on: June 06, 2021, 09:11:55 PM »
It's funny[1], when I joined here I remember how utterly detested this programme was.
 1. the next clause is funny, not the show. I haven't seen the show in years and can't remember if it's funny or not. This footnote is now longer than the actual post.

Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #25 on: June 06, 2021, 09:13:36 PM »
It's brilliant and I enjoy how stupid it is. Helps if you're a horror fan, if you're not may as well not bother with it.

i don't like horror much but i love this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #26 on: June 06, 2021, 09:25:21 PM »
I like it a lot. There are missteps and perhaps it doesn't fully last the course for a 6 episode series but there are loads of laughs throughout accompanied a lovely feeling of everyone having fun being stupid.

The forum was divided at the time, I remember lots of people loudly detesting it but a similar number saying they liked it but without trying to trample everyone into the soil.

It also seems like it sneaked into a small window in time when making that sort of show on mainstream tv was possible. Anyway, that is my egg in soup on the matter.



Addendum: The forum should be warned: The opener poster doesn't think Airplane is funny. And he fucks dogs - purely so that the dogs cum - he makes special care to ensure he doesn't.

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Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #27 on: June 06, 2021, 09:37:09 PM »
Didn't get on Darkplace at all, but I do like A Gun for George

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fq0xt_gbVH0

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Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #28 on: June 06, 2021, 09:53:39 PM »
Saw the Darkplace show live and thought it was great. The tv series wasn’t a patch on it, but it’s fun in one episode bursts.

Edit: probably wasn’t called ‘Darkplace’ at the time but Garth Marengi was the lead character. Can’t remember now.

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Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #29 on: June 06, 2021, 09:54:17 PM »
I only got to watch Darkplace for the first time a few months back. It can’t sustain itself for the whole six episodes but there is some good stuff in there and it is very well done.

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