HANS CRIPPLETON: TALK TO THE HANS

PrintE-mail Written by Joel Harley

A hard sell, this one: a faux-documentary about a semi-celebrity inbred hillbilly and his equally deformed family who live together on a zombie infested farm selling moonshine infused pickles. With its ultra-low-budget and complete lack of interest in remaining palatable to audiences (maybe bypass the popcorn this time around), Hans Crippleton: Talk to the Hans is about as 'indie' as indie cinema gets. Embrace that cheap grotesquerie, however, and what you'll find is one of the most dementedly original backwoods subgenre movies you'll ever see.

It's essentially Honey Boo Boo meets Borat by way of a Texas Chainsaw Massacre sequel (probably the one with Matthew McConaughey), as horror TV presenter Barnaby Hunt meets the Crippleton family at their remote rural farm. There's rising star Hans, brainless Bo Selecta lookalike Cousin Bumpkin, the one legged, well, One Legged Sis, obese MaMa Crippleton and the creepy surgeon who acts as the family's doctor and resident inventor. A bunch of drooling idiot stereotypes and walking, talking near-the-knuckle jokes, it's a vein of humour that will offend as many who find it to be hilarious.

Its divisive writing (effective, whether you're appalled or amused by it) is backed up by strong performances across the board and some truly repulsive special effects work. Reminiscent of The Evil Dead or early Peter Jackson, it's like an Adult Swim cartoon made reality - there's no interest in being scary, but it certainly brings the requisite gore and schlock.

Inevitably, not all of the jokes do land, and its runtime feels a little long for what it is, but Hans Crippleton is a work of independent cinema to be celebrated: original, funny and surprisingly heartfelt. By the end of it all, you'll want to be a Crippleton too. Good talk, Hans.

HANS CRIPPLETON: TALK TO THE HANS / CERT: TBC / DIRECTOR: JIMMY LEE COMBS / SCREENPLAY: KEVON WARD / STARRING: KEVON WARD, ANDY HANKINS, HEATH C. HEINE, KATIE BEVARD / RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 17TH (US), TBC (UK)
 


Suggested Articles:
No other animated Disney movie has captured audiences’ imaginations quite like Beauty and the Beas
Ben Wheatley follows up his J. G. Ballard adaptation of High Rise with an original project, Free Fir
It’s a not-so-distant future and a remote nuclear facility has gone offline. This new kind of nucl
Nicolas Pesce's The Eyes of My Mother is easily one of the most disturbing and beautiful horror film
scroll back to top

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Other articles in Movie Reviews

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 22 March 2017

FREE FIRE 20 March 2017

ATOMICA 14 March 2017

THE EYES OF MY MOTHER 13 March 2017

A SILENT VOICE 13 March 2017

KONG: SKULL ISLAND 04 March 2017

SEARCH/DESTROY – A STRONTIUM DOG FAN FILM 03 March 2017

GET OUT 02 March 2017

BLOOD OF THE TRIBADES 02 March 2017

THE STAKELANDER 01 March 2017

- Entire Category -

Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner