The remake of Maniac in 2012 with Elijah Wood, the movie was so good (at least four and a half stars out of five) that I had to watch to the end, but there were several scenes where I had to look away because I didn’t want to have those gory events inserted anywhere in my visual memories.
I think the horror genre has become too hardgore. I prefer movies that have humour, aren’t filmed entirely at midnight, and where most of the scary action takes place off camera (and in the mind). I’m thinking Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, Trick or Treat – you know, scary but funny.
The Inbetweeners (Damon Beesley and Iain Morris) and Fresh Meat (Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain) are two British comedies that thrive on their cringe-worthiness. They are by and large, well written situational comedies but guaranteed to raise a cringe or seven per episode.
The first time I was exposed to cringe-humour was when I watched The Office (Ricky Gervais) and at the time I wasn’t sure about whether it was funny or stupid, but giving it a chance, and relating it back to real things that happened in places I worked in the past, I started to see the humorous merit. I’m still not immune to cringing though.
An Idiot Abroad series three where Warwick Davis joins Karl Pilkington along the Marco Polo route. It’s clear that the two of them have very different values, playing one off against one another. There were moments that were unbelievably tacky (cringeworthy too), in a “I can’t believe you are paying to watch a freak show with Warwick Davis so clearly upset by it!” kind of way.
Thinking back to the first two, there was a lot of tackiness – many many facepalms – but it’s still my favourite travel series of all time because Karl is just naturally hilarious, his reactions authentic, and his observations genuine.