Writes Eoghan Creedon, Film & TV Editor
It’s almost Halloween, and you know what that means; lots and lots of horror films. However, most modern horror films are pure and utter tripe and rid themselves of any aspects of fear, dread and tension, instead opting for jump scares. Jump scares are not horror. All they are is a long stretch of nothing happening, followed by a very loud noise and something suddenly jumping into shot. That’s all they are. Its literally in the name. ‘Jump’ scare.
To echo the title of this piece, modern horror films are a bunch of crap so here’s some comedies you should watch instead.
The Good Place
The Good Place is one of the finest comedies to be produced in the last 5 years. The show takes place in Heaven, or the good place, as we follow a woman named Elanor Shellstrop (Kristin Bell) who has been mistake for a woman who shares her name. The Elanor we see doesn’t belong in the good place because she was quite a terrible person during her time on earth. Elanor must hide the fact that there has been a huge case of mistaken identity, all the while trying to improve herself to legitimately earn her spot in the good place.
The writing is fantastic. It was the first comedy that legitimately made me laugh in quite some time. The acting is tremendous. The tight group of main characters are completely different from each other but so well defined and portrayed so impressively by their actors. The show is also aesthetically beautiful. The set designers really have done a tremendous job of portraying the good place as a gorgeous eutopia to enjoy the afterlife.
If you haven’t seen The Good Place yet, be sure to check it out on Netflix. The show is currently airing its fourth and final season and will be sadly missed by fans once this season comes to an end.
Rick and Morty
Honestly, what is left to say about Rick and Morty that hasn’t been said already? I mean that in a figurative sense and a literal sense. The show has been analysed and theorised from top to bottom since airing in 2013, and also been quoted relentlessly by anyone and everyone who has seen the show. Anchorman: The legened of Ron Burgundy is the most quotable film of the last 20 years and Rick and Morty is the most quotable TV series in that time.
The show follows a scientist named Rick and his grandson named Morty as they go on bizarre adventures throughout different universes. Like I said previously, there really isn’t anything else to say about this show. You’ve definitely seen it and if you haven’t, have you legitimately been living under a rock for the last 6 years? This show is a cultural phenomenon. Rick and Morty as a comedy has taken the world by storm as Game of Thrones has as a drama.
The shows eagerly anticipated fourth season is set to be released in the near future and is set to continue for many more. You know what that means, more people needlessly quoting lines from the show. Oh goodie.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is the new The Office (U.S). Both shows have hilarious cold openings, they both contain a group of hilarious main characters that range from quite annoying to downright idiotic, and they both use cut-away scenes to add to the humour.
These are not critiques of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I have never met someone who has one bad word to say about the show. The comparisons are a compliment if anything. Look at how popular The Office still is to this day despite ending in 2013. Once that show ended, Brooklyn Nine-Nine took over its mantel and Andy Samberg and co. have done a damn fine job of it.
If anything, just watch the show for Captain Holt. That character is potentially one of the funniest characters ever created for a comedy show and Andre Braugher’s performance is nothing short of magnificent.
So, there are some recommendations for some of the finest comedy series currently on television. And please do yourself a favour this Halloween, do not watch any modern horror films, they’re crap. They’re just a bunch of crap.