Phil Claydon's 'Lesbian Vampire Killers' marks the transfer to the big screen of 'Gavin & Stacey' pair, Matthew Horne and James Corden.
The careers of Britain's latest favourite comedy duo have been on the rise over the past two years. A feature film is, therefore, the next obligatory step from writing sketch shows and presenting award shows.
However, with success comes a backlash and the pair have been on television more than the test card of late and it is easy to outstay your welcome. A film such as 'Lesbian Vampire Killers' will add grist to the mill of their growing number of critics.
Jimmy (Horne) and Fletch (Corden) are two friends who decide they need a holiday after losing their girlfriend (Jimmy) and crappy job (Fletch). Without the funds for their desired trip to Ibiza, the boys must settle for a walking holiday in a seemingly quaint Norfolk village.
However, any plans for a calm weekend in the country go awry as they unwittingly find themselves confronted by a centuries-old curse.
Jimmy and Fletch, in particular, begin to think that their luck may be in after all as they run into a bunch of scantily clad Scandinavians. The girls are in the village to investigate the myth of Camilla the Lesbian Vampire Queen (Colloca).
It was she who placed a curse on the village of Cragwich that says all girls would turn into lesbian vampires when they reach the age of 18.
The boys suspect all is not as it seems in the village and soon the girls are disappearing at a rapid rate. The group's holiday cottage then comes under attack from a legion of lesbian vampires, who prey on young ladies.
Soon after Camilla cast her curse, Jimmy's ancestor, Baron Wolfgang Maclaren, executed her. Only a Maclaren can now lift the curse from the village. However, the curse also states that if the blood of a Maclaren descendant and a virgin are combined, Camilla will be brought back to life.
With Jimmy and love interest Lotte (Burning), who just happens to be a virgin, held captive by the lesbian vampires, Fletch and the disgruntled local vicar (McCann) must work together to free the loved-up pair, destroy the lesbian vampires and rid the village of its curse.
The jokes in the opening half of the film are funny but you can only be entertained by penis jokes and innuendo for so long, if at all. The script is weak and Corden, who co-wrote 'Gavin & Stacey', could have been seconded to give it a makeover.
The film loses its way as it tries to resolve the plot points and tie up the story. Any comparisons with 'Shaun of the Dead', the benchmark for British rom-com-zom, are flattering.
At only 86 minutes, 'Lesbian Vampire Killers' is short for a feature film but more than long enough for the material. If juvenile puerile humour is your thing, then this is the movie for you. Otherwise, steer clear.