Magazine article Screen International

'AAAAAAAAH!': Review

Magazine article Screen International

'AAAAAAAAH!': Review

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Dir/Scr. Steve Oram. UK, 2015, 79 mins.

Inhabiting a waste ground somewhere between radical theatre and slob comedy, Steve Oram's debut as a writer-director-star - following up his writer-actor work on Ben Wheatley's Sightseers - is liable to corner a small but devoted cult following. It's at least as interested in gross-out gags that out-gross the average Hollywood frat-boy film as it is in delivering a skewed yet pointed look at a suburban Britain where everyone communicates in grunts and gestures the way cavemen and women do in Hammer Fillms' well-remembered prehistoric adventure films (One Million Years BC, When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth).

AAAAAAAAH!'s specific precedents might include such one-offs as Richard Lester's post-apocalyptic The Bed-Sitting Room, Akira Kurosawa's rubbish-strewn Dodes'ka-den or Claude Faraldo's Parisian troglodyte drama Themroc, but it's fresh, distinctive and strange enough on its own and tight enough at 79 minutes not to outwear its welcome.

The characters are given names in the end credits, but not the film itself and conform broadly to archetypes. A wanderer (Oram) and his devoted sidekick (Tom Meeten) emerge from what seems a jungle but is actually a patch of rained-on suburban woodland, and are drawn to a house where an aggressive washing machine repairman (Julian Rhind-Tutt) has moved in and taken over.

The former breadwinner (Julian Barratt) loiters in the garden, fed scraps of Battenberg cake by his sulky daughter (Lucy Honigman), while his wife (Toyah Willcox) does her best to please the new tyrant at the table. …

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