After its rollicking Frightfest premiere last year, where it was the favourite of quite a few who attended, Kazakhstan comedy horror SWEETIE YOU WON'T BELIEVE IT gets a Blu-ray and digital release from 101 Films.
Dastan (Daniar Alshinov) wants to spend one last weekend of fun before the birth of his first child. So he and his two hapless idiot friends go on a fishing trip where they end up having to use defective inflatable sex dolls bundled together as a raft. On the way they inadvertently throw a bottleful of urine at some villains and, a short while later and after a trouser-losing incident, they witness the same villains execute a killing. Soon they're on the run, the body count is starting to rise, and who is that mysterious one-eyed man and what does he want?
Billed as CARRY ON DELIVERANCE this is more like the comedy version of those ultra-bleak Australian or French films set in the back of beyond, with accompanying gruesome characters and situations to match, except they are played for (extremely effective) laughs - a bit like if THE LOVED ONES or a Pascal Laugier movie had been done as a comedy.
One lengthy suspenseful sequence works really well as both comedy and horror as you keep your fingers crossed a certain character doesn't break wind again. SWEETIE YOU WON'T BELIEVE IT is a real surprise - an unexpected delight that manages the difficult thing of creating scenes and situations that are as funny as they are horrific. Let's hope we get more of this sort of thing from the same team. 101's Blu-ray has the trailer you can watch below now, but no other extras.
SWEETIE YOU WON'T BELIEVE IT is out from 101 Films on Blu-ray and Digital on Monday 21st February 2022