Darkplace: Tales From The Hellmouth

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Tagline:
"Makes Twin Peaks look like one peak"
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Original Release Date:
2004
Original Running Time:
144
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Fanedit Running Time:
106
Time Cut:
43
Time Added:
5
Brief Synopsis:
I love the hilarious spoof 80s Horror/Sci-Fi/Action TV show 'Garth Marengi's Darkplace' but I always wondered what it would be like to view it without any of the mock interviews which make up a quarter, to a third, of the runtime. Then I also thought it would be nice to make a movie-length edit of the remaining material.
Intention:
To cut together all the non-interview material from the 6 episodes into one long narrative. I wanted to make the joins as seemless as possible without removing large parts of the show (As it's all comedy gold) but let's be honest, it's still fairly episodic. Which is why I called this edit "Tales From The Hellmouth" in a nod to similar anthology horror films.

I've presented this as if it was a lost 16mm film version of 'Darkplace'. Maybe Producer Dean Learner cut the TV episodes into a movie to show in one of his "Gentleman's Cinemas", in an effort to squeeze a few more quid out his investment. To further this fun idea, I've added a cinema style introduction as if it was a low-rent 1980s British cinema release. Plus there are trailers, previews, adverts, an intermission and I've even created a little tribute to a certain infamous Peter Cushing Horror movie, which I call "The Darkplace Break".
Other Sources:
Garth Marengi's Darkplace DVD
The Peter Serafinowicz Show DVD
Man To Man With Dean Learner DVD
Look Around You DVD
The Peter Serafinowicz Show DVD
The Beast Must Die DVD
King Diamond - Let It Be Done
Various Public Domain soundFX and Video Clips
Special Thanks:
Special thanks to TMBTM for the helpful King Diamond music suggestion. Thanks also to Neglify, Rogue-theX and JJE-187 for contributing to the ITW thread.
Release Information:
  • DVD
  • Digital
Special Features
720x576 DVD (Animated menus, Teaser Trailer and Chapter Selection)
960x720 2.3GB MP4
Editing Details:
- I wanted to preserve as much of the material as possible, while also trying to make this into one semi-seemless whole. So I've hopefully struck the right balance.
- The material has been presented as a vintage Grindhouse movie, but not slavishly. So I've kept obviously televisual things like the superbly cheesy opening titles, monologues and establishing shots.
Cuts and Additions:
General Changes:

- Added "Film Damage" throughout
- Added crackles and other film soundFX at various points but used sparingly
- Added film-grain
- Added extra transition SoundFX and other moments
- Added various trailers and clips
- Removed all but one of the episode titles and Garth introductions
- Removed all mock-interview footage
- Removed or cropped-out all onscreen titles
- Removed all advert-break intros and outros
- Removed some but not all, of Dagless' voiceover prologues and epilogues. Also some have been trimmed

Specific Changes:

- Added FE.org and TM2YC titlecards
- Added vintage "Coming Soon" intro
- Added trailer for 'Garth Marengi's Bitch Killer'. I had to painstakingly remove the laughter track and re-format it shot-by-shot in 4:3, using panning & scanning
- Added shortened trailer for 'Pising in the Driving Seat'
- Added "Coming soon to VHS" titlecard to end of Pising segment
- Added vintage "Pearl & Dean" titlecard
- Added a Darkplace vintage looking BBFC X-Certificate
- Added "Tales From The Hellmouth" subtitle to the original Darkplace titlecard
- Added custom "Darkplace Break" blending stills and slowmo shots from Darkplace, with hand animated graphics, soundFX from 'The Beat Must Die', looped music from King Diamond and heavily treated voiceover from myself
- Added Intermission intro and outro, plus trailers
- Added trailer for "Jenny" toothpaste
- Added a warning about the "Smoking Ghost"
- Added "The Taste of India" advert
- Reworked all 6 closing title sequences into one set to Todd River's "One Track Lover"
- Added "Special Preview" titlecard
- Added preview of "War of the Wasps" re-formated shot-by-shot in 4:3, using panning & scanning
- Added film-burn coda
Cover art by TM2YC (DOWNLOAD HERE) image

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I got introduced to Darkplace some time ago and I loved it. It was great from start to the end while also introducing funny characters, story and a concept while being made as a "80's" show that was supposedly not shown to the public which is a funny joke, I might add.

This edit by TM2YC is a great alternative to watching the show. It removes the commentary sections while still somehow keeping a coherent, but weird structure to it's story. The cover made for the edit is stylish and the grindhouse aesthetic is very cool and fits into the 80's vibe of the show. I recommend this edit to those who want to watch a shortened version of the show and find out what Darkplace is and why it gets a lot of praise nowadays. The "commentary" version is also great to watch afterwards. Watch this edit, you won't regret it.

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Brilliant stuff. Works just fine, arguably better in some places, without the interview sections/commercial breaks. Great cover/disc art too. TM2YC continues to be just an endless supply of quality edits and top-quality aesthetics to go along with the films.

If you're showing Darkplace to the uninitiated, I'd even recommend showing them this version first, and then hitting them with the original "commentary" version. There's plenty enough hilarity and action here to satisfy a first-time viewer entering Garth's... DARKPLACE.

In short, watch this edit or you'll get a knuckle supper.

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Delightfully goofy!
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Only seen the series once before and it's been a long time. My brother is a big fan and so I burnt this to DVD to watch with him when I went to visit recently. Naturally, he loved every bit of it. I enjoyed it a lot too, and because it's been so long since I saw the original series I couldn't tell where the interview segments used to be.

Narratively, it's very episodic and doesn't flow like a feature film, but it's a fun alternative to the original and works surprisingly well. The interval was entertaining and very well done as were the various other additions at the beginning and end of the film.

Editing was pretty much seamless as far as grindhouse goes. The nature of the style makes it hard to tell what's intentional. Video and audio was good as I expected them to be and the DVD menus were simple, but well presented. Love the poster art :)

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I was so pleased to see an edit of one of my all-time favorite series here! It's not a radical edit, but a nice alternate way of watching without the stories being interrupted. (people new to the series will want to see those interview clips later on as well, though) The intermissions and previews were a fun touch, matching the rough quality of the series. Nice animated menus, too.

Highly recommended. (including to the Scotch)

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