The last time The Spooky Isles caught up with Peter Davis and Matthew Woodcock was a couple of month ago when we first interviewed the Monster Hunting duo. On Sunday night, we ventured to groovy Camden Town in North London to watch them perform The Monster Hunters at the Etcetera Theatre for the Camden Fringe Festival. REVIEW BY DAVID SAUNDERSON
Comedy and horror are sometimes an awkward mix. But fortunately for the packed audience at The Etcetera Theatre in Camden Town on Sunday night, The Monster Hunters nailed the two like a really big stake into the heart of a screaming vampire.
The Monster Hunters is a tongue-in-cheek tribute to British Gothic horror of the 1970s. The show’s characters were very much swinging Londoners with lots of ladies being seduced, gallons of scotch being drunk and more polyester being worn than is legally advisable.
Sunday night’s Camden Fringe Festival performance saw the celebrated Monster Hunters – Roy Steel (Matthew Woodcock), professional alcoholic and ex-big game hunter, and Lorrimer Chesterfield (Peter Davis), professor of Occult Studies at London’s London University – investigating the mysterious Discothèque of Nights for suspected vampire activity.
During the hour-long show, we saw our intrepid duo face swamp monsters, a mummified hand and the greatest vampire in all of London, Count Orlock, and his deadly Twins of Evil!
Joining Davis and Woodcock was an hilarious supporting cast of Simon Kane, Amy Larcombe and Laura Marshall.
Larcombe’ portrayal of Carlotta and Helga Darknight – twin vampire seductresses – was a cut above the normal “chick in a vampire film” and Laura Marshall was particularly funny playing a number of roles including Minty the dancing Bog Monster!
Special mention must go to Simon Kane, though, as Sir Maxwell House – The Monster Hunters’ oblivious overseer. His lines were probably the funniest in an overall riotous show with an over-the-top Alan Rickman bad guy impersonation for good measure. It was just first class.
The humour was bit slapstick, more Mitchell and Webb (think Sir Digby Chicken Caesar and Ginger) than say, Carry On though, and sometimes verged on silly. But most gags are right on the money. The clever word-plays and wonderful references to the world of 70s horror couldn’t help but raise a laugh from the audience.
If it is any indication, I am still smirking and laughing to myself as I think about the show. It was great fun and my only disappointment is that The Monster Hunters is only a podcast and not a television series – which would be exceptional!
I believe The Monster Hunters is returning to the stage come October and I highly recommend you go see them if you can.
You can find out more about The Monster Hunters and download their podcasts from their website here.
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