Saturday, March 23, 2013
In many ways the show is similar to Black Dynamite, in that it is a spoof disguised as lost footage with actors playing actors performing in the show; Matthew Holness is Garth Marenghi as Dr. Rick Dagless, much as Michael Jai White is Ferrante Jones as Black Dynamite... In other ways it is very different. Darkplace takes stabs at many aspects of '80s television, be they soap operas, action shows, horror/supernatural thrillers, medical dramas... but also at movies of the time. Not all are stabs, though. I get a definite Fulci feel from the cinematography, as well as some of the music (I am no expert on Fulci, but I was really feeling City of the Living Dead at times). I think there are definite nods to Italian horror masters throughout the show. Fans of old Doctor Who will likely feel some twinges of recognition.
So far, this is not available on DVD in the US, but is on Youtube. The quality varies per episode, but is overall worth the effort of watching. Below is the first episode, "Once Upon a Beginning" which explains the premise and introduces us to the characters.
I think it is hilarious, and well worth your time.