Darkplace: Tales From The Hellmouth

Darkplace: Tales From The Hellmouth

 
9.8 (2)
671   0   1   0   0
 
darkplace_tales_front.jpg
Faneditor Name:
Tagline:
"Makes Twin Peaks look like one peak"
Original Movie Title:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2004
Original Running Time:
144
Fanedit Release Date:
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
  • PAL DVD-5
  • MP4/M4V/MOV
Special Features
720x576 PAL DVD-5 (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

Fanedit Teaser

User reviews

2 reviews

Overall rating 
 
9.8
Audio/Video Quality 
 
10.0  (2)
Visual Editing 
 
10.0  (2)
Audio Editing 
 
10.0  (2)
Narrative 
 
9.0  (2)
Enjoyment 
 
10.0  (2)
Overall rating 
 
9.8
Audio/Video Quality 
 
10.0
Visual Editing 
 
10.0
Audio Editing 
 
10.0
Narrative 
 
9.0
Enjoyment 
 
10.0

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)

User Review

Do you recommend this edit?
Yes
Format Watched?
DVD
Was this review helpful to you? 
Overall rating 
 
9.8
Audio/Video Quality 
 
10.0
Visual Editing 
 
10.0
Audio Editing 
 
10.0
Narrative 
 
9.0
Enjoyment 
 
10.0

This was really great!! I have not watched a new fanedit in a long while, but this one was irresistible. There is no escaping the episodic nature of the source material. Being a viewer and not a fellow editor, I always wonder if there is a way to stretch three story arcs so that they run parallel instead of from one to the next. To a total amateur like me, I always think that would make it less episodic. But it also might be impossible to do. Anyway, in some ways the episode feel is fun in itself. The intermission was really cool as well as the previews and the coming attractions. I really really enjoyed it a lot and will rewatch it. (I was someone who watched the tv show, so I wasn't coming in cold. I wonder what reaction from someone who has never seen the source material before will be?) Anyway, I totally loved it and highly recommend to anyone...anyone who gets this kind of humor.

User Review

Do you recommend this edit?
Yes
Format Watched?
MP4/AVI/etc. (SD)
Was this review helpful to you?