Here’s some good news for those (such as myself) bummed out that HBO’s Flight of the Conchords might not return: the show’s three-headed nucleus of Bret McKenzie, Jemaine Clement, and Rhys Darby are reuniting for a horror-comedy called Diagnosis: Death [as reported by ScreenDaily.com].
The film’s mood is said to be in the vein of 1987’s Bad Taste and 1992’s Braindead (or, Dead Alive), the early films from Lord of the Rings mastermind Peter Jackson that awesomely overdosed on excessive bloodshed, squirms, and dark humor. If this isn’t just a lame attempt at building some excitement for Diagnosis: Death within the horror community and actually feels like young Jackson, we’re going to have some goodness in our grasps.
The plot of Diagnosis: Death centers on a couple of cancer patients locked in a medical clinic over the course of a weekend, and the facility turns out to be a hotbed for supernatural, drug-induced hallucinations.
Flight of the Conchords is one of those hard-to-settle-into comedies that divide before conquering. It took a few episodes for me to really figure out the tone, but once I did every subsequent episode had me laughing consistently. Those I’ve recommended the show to have mostly hated it, others feeling indifferent or confused. Understandable. The same can be said for Napoleon Dynamite, or Hot Rod. Can’t win them all. Bottom line, though: The idea of Bret and Jemaine going the Shaun of the Dead route, minus musical interludes I’d imagine, is cause for hand-clapping.
We’ll see how quickly Diagnosis: Death becomes a tangible reality. Stay tuned.
***Sidenote: Speaking of Peter Jackson’s Bad Taste….I couldn’t let mention of that flick go by without showing love to the brilliantly-wrong poster:
News spotted over at: Shock Til You Drop