The Thin Line Between Comedy and Farce

This article was originally published on Ferretbrain. I’ve backdated it to its original Ferretbrain publication date but it may have been edited and amended since its original appearance.

So, here’s a little compare and contrast: we have two movies taking as their basis the idea that a vampire ends up in the lineup of a failing rock band and ends up taking it to the top of the charts thanks to their mystical vampire charisma. Both films are hilarious, but only one is intentionally so; both films present themselves has having at least some horror component, but only one is scary. One of them is a deliberate parody, the other descends into self-parody. One of them has an entire scene taking place in front of a massive picture of a major character’s crotch, the other doesn’t.

The films we are looking at are 2002’s Queen of the Damned and 2009’s Suck. How do you tell them apart? Well, one of them has Canadians…

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