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½ August 4, 2016
An amazing tribute to the "old dark house" films of the early years of Hollywood (eg. The Bat Whispers, The Cat and the Canary, The Old Dark House, etc - all of which I've reviewed). Many people who don't know one another show up for a nighttime reading of a will in a large mansion. Some of them start to die as suspicion is is cast on the different remaining hopeful beneficiaries of the will. Definitely lovingly made as the creators (cast and crew from Lost Skeleton of Cadavara) sure knew the source material well! (Clue and Murder by Death are other film examples which use this trope.)
April 26, 2015
A hilarious send-up of 30's old spooky house films. Some of the most absurd dialogue ever put to film, a great cast, and an unrelenting sense of fun. A must see for fans of Larry Blamire, as well as pretty much every fan of absurdist comedy.
May 12, 2013
A hilarious and original spoof of a beloved film genre--Salute to 1930s Mystery!!
½ November 25, 2012
i like this director...but in this one...i slept :)
September 16, 2012
Larry Blamire is sort of the Christopher Guest of kitsch--his movies are silly, affectionate parodies of old B-movies, such as The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (still his best) and sequel, Trail of the Screaming Forehead and this movie. He utilizes the same cast of funny, talented (and under-appreciated) actors in all these works, and Dark and Stormy Night uses this to full advantage. It's the weakest of his films (the production design and cinematography are both pitch-perfect recreations of the old dark house movies he riffs on here, but the jokes often fall flat and Blamire's deliriously circular trademark dialogue only sporadically elicits laughs), and is at least ten or so minutes too long, but it's still a passably entertaining bit of silliness.
½ March 18, 2012
Hilarious and entertaining. Pokes fun at classic dark house movies while it becomes a classic its self. Very humorous and enjoyable.
½ January 6, 2012
Blamire and Co. return for yet another old movie spoof. It seems that their style has been firmly grounded in the comedy in an old style, as opposed to the more straight comedy by scenario and dialogue than by the joke oriented scripts they've begun to produce. I don't think thats an entirely bad thing, as the jokes tend to be pretty funny. I just enjoyed the comedy in Trail of the Screaming Head and Lost Skeleton of Cadavra a little more. The style is great, and the movie is a pretty solid comedy for the fan of cinema.
½ October 3, 2011
A great humorous parody with a fine performance by Brian Howe. If your a fan of any dark house films or just Larry Blamire himself, then this film is just for you.
August 31, 2011
Larry Blamire returns with another excellent parody of a genre from days gone by, this time turning his attentions to the '30s era mystery film.

The characters are hilariously stereotyped and the gags come fast and furious.

Well worth a rental, though this won't be for all tastes unless you are familiar with the material being parodied.
April 17, 2011
Another bit of genius from Larry Blamire
March 3, 2011
The absolute best "Dark House Picture," I've ever seen! Brian Howe and Jennifer Blaire are perfect.
½ January 4, 2011
A fun and affectionate spoof of the poverty row old dark house mysteries of the 1930's.
November 28, 2010
This Satire on the Old House murder mystery hits all the right notes.
It's clever witty and echoes the 1940's but with an ironic contemporary sensibility. What Larry Blamire has accomplished with such a low budget film is amazing. highly recommended.
½ October 15, 2010
Goofy take on the James Whale classic, with broadly farcical dialogue and gags, references to Cadavra and Screaming Forehead, and absurd characterization. It feels like a Corky St. Clair community theatre production at times, as if genre-specific material was too inside for much of the cast. But the indecisive approach seemed to weaken rather than enhance the comedy, unfortunately.
½ August 31, 2010
From the makers of the Lost Skeleton of Cadavera series and the result is the same, in trying to pay homage/spoof the haunted house/mystery thrillers of the 50's and 60's they have created another awful and unfunny copy that has none of the humor, charm or warmth of the originals. Unintentional or not, those movies entertained. You can't recreate that on purpose, as this and the Lost Skeleton series most certainly prove.
August 21, 2010
Very funny and silly spoof on the old haunted house/murder mysteries. Similar to "Murder by Death". A very entertaining movie, well worth the rent. ^_^
½ August 17, 2010
Indie cult film favorite Larry Blamire and his company of actors reunite on a DARK AND STORMY NIGHT, a faithful and deadly funny send-up of classic Old Dark House thrillers of the 1930s and fast-talking screwball comedies of the 1940s. The reading of a millionaire's will draws a motley crowd of inheritors, strangers lost in the storm and two newspaper reporters looking for a scandalous scoop. Instead, they all find murder, mayhem and a mysterious phantom wreaking terror in this spooky mansion!

A wacky, affectionate blend of THE CAT AND THE CANARY's haunted horror, the mystery laughs of MURDER BY DEATH and the rapid-fire patter of HIS GIRL FRIDAY, writer/director Blamire demonstrates a fine eye and ear for such classic genres while delivering outright parody of their formulaic content. The more you have watched such classic genre films, the more in-jokes you'll laugh at in DARK AND STORMY NIGHT, but these specific parodies only enhance this entertaining comedy.

Driven by a talent-rich cast led Daniel Roebuck, Jennifer Blaire, Dan Conroy, Brian Howe and Fay Masterson, the characters are the richest and most satisfying in the Blamire filmography. This observation merits an asterisk in that Blamire and crew have made their indie careers satirizing the flat, cardboard characters of notorious B- and Z-grade low-budget groaners. As evidenced in his LOST SKELETON parodies, his characters obey the stiff acting and stilted dialogue delivery of their predecessors, a la bad-film meister Ed Wood. Only Team Blamire's laugh-earning results are entirely intentional, and this quirky gaggle of mystery hounds are their best yet.

Roebuck and Blaire play the battling reporters and their union of talent, tone and comedic timing impel DARK AND STORMY NIGHT ever forward with true '40s-style sizzle. Rival news hounds Eight O'clock Farraday (Roebuck) and Billy Tuesday (Blaire) fondly salute the his-and-hers banter of Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell in HIS GIRL FRIDAY without the edgy cynicism. Think of their teaming as the male/female casting of Abbott and Costello, zinging their one-upping repartee but with a romantic twist on top. Blaire and Roebuck's pairing yields big laughs and then some.

Tagging along with Farraday and Tuesday is their dim-witted cab driver Happy Codburn (Conroy), cracking wise and cowering at mansion frights like a Bowery Boy whose unending mission is to obtain the thirty-five cents owed on his fare to Cavinder Manor. Of course that was before a spirit medium (Alison Martin), money-hungry schemer (Kevin Quinn) and complete stranger (Blamire) barge in out of the rain to witness the will reading. It wouldn't be an old dark house mystery without a sniveling nephew of the dead millionaire (Howe), his unfaithful and self-absorbed wife (Christine Romeo), their scared-silly maid (Trish Geiger) and taciturn butler (Bruce French). Throw in a demented hunting guide (Jim Beaver), dotty brother-in-law (James Karen), and a British twit (Andrew Parks), and you've got the classic whodunit recipe for murder when the clock strikes thirteen. Blamire and cast have delicious fun playing these mystery archetypes to perfection while poking fun at genre cliches with nimble dexterity. Hollywood veterans Tom Reese, H.M. Wynant and Betty Garrett keep pace in supporting roles with comedy legend Marvin Kaplan making a delightful appearance as a disembodied spirit warning of doom at the seance. Watch for a hilarious, ad-lib laden cameo by Susan McConnell, a mysterious figure hurling absurd insults in her thick Scottish brogue.

Shot on HD video, the cinematography of Anthony Rickert-Epstein, production design by Anthony Tremblay and original score by Christopher Caliendo are all spot-on in duplicating the black-and-white style of the spooky classics. Blamire's script plays with classic mystery and old house plot conventions while twisting them for his own parodic intent. His own trademark touches carry over from previous films, including his penchant for devising ridiculous character names ? meet Burling Famish, Jr., Sabasha Fanmoore, Teak Armbruster and Seaton Ethelquake for starters ? and riddling the dialogue with inane exposition. The latter trait was always a bit overdone in Blamire's LOST SKELETON parodies but is tempered quite well here with the 1940s verbal jousting style.

A bounty of bonus features include a cast and crew audio commentary track (quite entertaining itself), a making-of featurette, and a laugh-filled gag reel. Viewers also get the option to watch the film in color as originally photographed, and while this is a handy feature for those unfortunates who don't like black-and-white films, this version loses much of its gothic mystery and parody strength when seen in color.

If you're searching the shadows for a witty, affectionate and silly send-up of classic mystery-horror-comedies you grew up watching, you'll enjoy getting caught up in this DARK AND STORMY NIGHT. Retro-style laughs and harmless murder intrigue get a lift from winning performances with glib, fast-talking '40s delivery and a careful eye for dark house details. Step in from the storm and you may just die laughing!
June 4, 2009
Maybe if I hear anything good I will watch this one.
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