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Garth Marenghi's Darkplace

By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Retro horror parody is creepy, not scary.

TV Syfy Comedy 2004
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The show is faithful to the '80s mystique, complete with intentionally bad acting, cheap sets, gallons of fake blood, and costumes heavy on the polyester. Much like other horror shows from the period, Darkplace features oddly timed zoom shots and piercing sound effects during dramatic moments, which might be disturbing to some viewers.

It's not quite clear whether this parody is meant to be funny or scary, but it doesn't really matter, because the supposedly terrifying lost Darkplace episodes aren't scary, nor is Garth Marenghi's Darkplace funny, and the overall result isn't much fun to watch.

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