For those of you looking for a decent horror comedy you may not have heard of, I might point you in the direction of 'Bloodsucking Bastards'. Think of the film as combining 'Office Space' with 'Buffy' with 'Workaholics' - except the only element from 'Buffy' is the rather similar, though perhaps more made up portrayal of vampires (at least I see it). Meanwhile, the comedy hangs out more on the comedy stylings of 'Workaholics', and 'Office Space', where it just teeters on that low-brow tier, but manages to be clever enough to be kind of awesome.
We open the movie with two opposing personalities; Acting Sales Manager, Evan Sanders (Fran Kranz), who is striving to become Sales Manager full time, and Tim, one of several office slackers. Evan's potition may lay in the balance of Tim (Joey Kern) getting an upcoming presentation done for "Phallucite" (an obvious-sounding male enhancement drug). But Tim keeps slacking off, playing video games at the office with his coworkers and friends, Andrew (Justin Ware) and Mike (Neil Garguilo). To make matters worse, Evan has to deal with the head of HR, Amanda (Emma Fitzpatrick), whom he was once romantically entangled until he screwed something up. I won't say what because it's pretty funny stuff, and it involves no cheating.
When Branch President, Ted Plunkett (Joel Murray) arranges an office meeting to discuss something, Even thinks it may be his ticket up the ladder to his permanent position as Sales Manager. Realizing he was only half right about what the meeting entailed, however, Ted gives the position to Evan's arch nemesis, Max Phillips (Pedro Pascal - who we all know now as The Madalorian), who once slept with Evan's girlfriend. Just to add to things, Max starts hitting on Amanda right away. It isn't long after that Evan starts finding evidence (sometimes graphic evidence) that something horrifying is going on under everyone's noses, and he may have a better reason to hate Max than just being the guy who stole his girlfriend one time in the past.
I have to say that this was pretty well up my alley as far as the type of film goes. I don't know if I'd say any of it is knee-slapping-hilarious, but it is funny, and the way the comedy unfolds is often pretty clever. There's a running gag, for instance, that involves the idea of everyone else, not just the main character, knowing what's going on. You also get a kick out of the slacker characters, namely Tim, who plays the guy who knows everything's happening, he just doesn't seem to care and is carrying on with life - much like an Ed from 'Shaun of the Dead', but at least Ed clues in at the end. This guy takes the role all the way through as if to say people like this aren't about to change. To top it all off, the office security guard, Frank (Marshall Givens) is one of the best parts - a security guard who's practically robotic and takes his job way too seriously.
This brand of comedy may not be for everyone, but I tend to love when a good comedy can be blended with not just a horror, but a gore-fest of a horror. It's not so much guts as blood though. Just think - every time a vampire gets staked here, it just explodes into a pool of blood-splash, and without spoiling much, there's a fair share of this. I will say sometimes the comedy tries a bit too hard with thinks like obnoxious screaming reactions, and some of the humor is just plain low-brow. But it's often enough that they get a clever joke in there that I can hold on, not just relying on the horror aspect of things. It's a solid blend, an I recommend it to fans of things like 'Zombieland'; a parodic comedy with big balls of steel.