Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead (2009)
Written by Jordan Galland
Directed by Jordan Galland
Starring Jake Hoffman, Devon Aoki, John Ventimiglia
a lazy guy is made the director of a vampire version of "hamlet". funny things go on. vampires.
This exceeded my admittedly meager expectations. The premise is actually ridiculous enough to be funny and the whole thing landed right on what you'd expect from a modern B movie.
As a series of interconnected items, the plot has a level of complexity which one doesn't often see on the sharer of its target demographic known as SyFy. There are actual subplots which resolve into the finale. The chronicle is comprised of cockeyed conceits, but they make a fertile field from which funny flourishes in many forms. Lines such as "The Random Vampire Laws" (or whatever; I didn't write it down and there's nothing even apocryphal on IMDB) land squarely in your gut. The whole notion of Hamlet the Vampire is in its way genius; and the secret organization is amusing on many levels.
Hoffman's Julian acts as a perfect surrogate for the audience in incredulity if not in choice of bedchamber (or diversity of bedmates). He delivers his lines in exactly the way we do here on the couch while watching movies which take themselves just a little more seriously and stands just outside those characters who are essential to the mythos. There's an odd patient-dude who feels like a callback to Wes Anderson. And there's Ralph Macchio, who just might be the worst actor in the whole thing.
This weird little thing might have found that line which predecessors such as Snakes on a Plane failed to find.
i had really low expectations for this, but it was an extremely pleasant surprise. i simply put it on the queue because ralph macchio was in the trailer and we are huge ralph macchio fans in this house and it didn't look unwatchable. this was actually pretty awesome. the last two or three independent, low budget vampire comedy movies we have put on have been totally lame (aka "netherbeast incorporated") so i was a little jaded. this had loads of great lines, and it didn't remotely pretend to be anything other than what it was. which was a great low budget comedy. good job guys. i approve. vampires.