Monday, 20 March 2017

Santa Clarita Diet Season 1 - Netflix Film Review

It seems that these days whimsy and being zany is commonly mis-construed as comedy and being funny. While Santa Clarita Diet is both Zany and Whimsical, it’s also pretty funny.
Horror seems to be seeping into everyday TV more and more and I’ve got to admit, I’m a big fan of this. I love good horror films and series because, while being scary, they can also be funny, interesting and occasionally moving. I think that the genre lines are blurring these days which is great, why can’t a series or film be a Romantic Action Comedy Sci-fi Horror Thriller?
Anyway, back on subject, Santa Clarita is a horror comedy and by this I mean is a comedy where supernatural elements usually akin to horror are present.
What makes this show is its cast and more specifically Timothy Olyphant. He has always been one of my favourite actors but when I read that he would be playing a frustrated middle aged Estate Agent I was a little sceptical. He plays the badass (Justified) so well and I couldn’t see this role working, but he nailed it.
The story is relatively engaging if a little strained at times and the supernatural theme keeps things moving along. The primary source of humour is the normal suburban family finding, killing and eating people which may run a little thin if things don’t get shaken up a bit during the second season.
I was a little surprised at the problem people seem to be having with the gore. Yes, its gory, but it’s a horror comedy. If a TV show about a Suburban wife becoming a Zombie with constant swearing and sexual references wasn’t gory, it would be really strange. It’s not as gory as Dexter or Game of Thrones, so if you don’t like gore go watch New Girl and shhh.

Good cast, good writing, quite a few laughs and generally very watchable.
4/5 Slices

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