Saturday, October 19, 2019

Spook Out! Day 18 ~ I Had a Bloody Good Time at House Harker (2016)

Amazon Says...
"It's been generations since the Harkers' great-great grandfather killed Count Dracula. Now the Harker brothers and their best friend Ned are a town joke - until a real vampire turns up."

I Say...
The bros may've benefitted from the vampire's arrival but the townsfolk sure didn't.

Horror Type...
Horror comedy, Vampires

Main Players...
Jacob Givens as Gerry (Artiste)
Noel Carroll as Charlie (Artiste's Bro)
Derek Haugen as Ned (Artiste's BFF)

I liked...
  • Gerry's enthusiasm for his artistic project--and the bits at the start, showing how he envisions certain scenes, are nicely done
  • Ned snarking at/about his rival for his dream gal's affection
  • the good-natured rival's determined, and genuine, friendliness toward Ned
  • that Ned's last name, Morris, is the last name of the second man responsible for putting an end to Dracula in the Bram Stoker tale (the other man, of course, being Jonathan Harker) (And don't come crying to me about spoilers, the book's been out for over 120 years, for fang's sake.)
  • the hidden, steely depths of old man Walter
  • when the jokes stuck the landing (surprised a few chuckles out of me, they did!)
  • the vampire, who was actually kinda scary (that freaking voice, yo)
  • the scene after the end credits
  • the cheesy goodness of the two Right Said Fred tunes they somehow obtained for the movie, particularly this one:

The Meh...

  • as this reviewer writes, the Amazon ratings led me to believe this film was of a higher caliber but it's B movie level at best
  • with all due respect to the efforts and passion of the makers of I Had a Bloody Good Time at House Harker, it's an amateurish production
  • the plot's pretty dang weak and the pacing could be better
  • for all the actual LOL moments, there's a lot more goofiness which fails to elicit even a groan bc who can be bothered?
  • the male gaze is pretty evident in parts (ugh)

Would I recommend it...?
Ehhhhhh...Well. If you're already an Amazon Prime member and you want to set your brain to autopilot while tossing back a few beers with friends in the mood for nonsense, sure. But if mostly sophomoric humor and lots of gushes of blood aren't your cuppa, go watch What We Do in the Shadows instead (either the film or the TV series--both are excellent vampire comedies).

This Indie was supported by a Kickstarter campaign!

My Grade: C+
Rotten Tomatoes Scores: Tomatometer=Not Available, Audience Score=77%

Details, Schmeetails...
I couldn't find a Wikipedia page for I Had a Bloody Good Time at House Harker

This concludes day 18 of


  1. Alrighty then. I'll take a pass, though I did guffaw at the pic from the movie promo. I'm more interested in What We Do in the Shadows. I'll have to look for that movie and/or TV series. I think I remember that Right Said Fred song. Hahahahahaha.


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