“Whats it about” and “Is it any good” are two of the most common questions that I find myself being asked when Im talking to people about the movies I have watched. In the case of James Bushe’s Cannibals and Carpet Fitters, well yes its very good and do I really need to tell you what its about? Oh okay then I will go into a little plot for you, but not too much. Part of my enjoyment of films is to see where it leads, therefor I think you should find out for yourself too, just where this bonker, insane comedy horror takes you in its feature length journey. Based on an 18 minute short film from 2014 of the same name, Writer Richard Lee O’Donnell’s and Director James Bushe have expanded Cannibals and Carpet Fitters seamlessly into a full length movie which does feature some of the cast from the short film but also has some new wonderful additions to the world including Alex Zane ( Rude Tube), Lee Charles (I Am Soldier), Phil Martin (Prometheus), and Zara Phythian (Doctor Strange)
Ah yes. I said I would tell you a little more about what the film is about. Ill do you a favour and humour you. So, in Cannibals and Carpet Fitters, a group of carpet fitters are sent on a job to an old Country house in the middle of nowhere. but soon discover it’s not your every day job of laying carpet, it is in fact a trap set up by the savage, cannibalistic family, The Hannings. The carpet fitters have a choice, they can either die and become lunch or they can fight for their lives.Unfortunately they are not quite your typical heroes and dont happen to carry around an arsenal or weapons so they do need to improvise somewhat.
I had so much fun watching this film, it never outstays its welcome and perfectly balances the horror (and theres lots of that) with the comedy but never falling into the slapstick arena and being that type of comedy that I love. The realistic sarcastic humour that you might be familiar with in shows such as The Inbetweeners, or films such as Severence,or Cockneys v Zombies. Easily my type of comedy horror films. Whilst there characters in the film that I wish there was more of, the whole cast does a brilliant job of doing what I wish every film would do. Keep me entertained and before I knew it, the end credits were rolling on this film but thats okay. Because I can revisit this film many times over the coming years and with films such as Shaun Of The Dead or several Peter Jackson movies, Cannibals and Carpet Fitters becomes my movie friend that I will visit from time to time, Whether its to laugh at the jokes and situations, whether its to see Zara Phythian performing (as she always does) great fight scenes or perhaps its just to rewatch the film and show it to my friends. Cannibals and Carpet Fitters is a perfect way to spend an evening (just dont watch it whilst you are eating a casserole or hot dogs)- Just saying- remember those words.
Director James Bushe has added another wonderful project to his ever growing CV, and if you haven’t checked out Predator:Dark Ages then I highly recommend you do so, but if you can do me one favour then please add Cannibals and Carpet Fitters to your ‘radar’ and get it watched when you can and you know what. You can watch it as the film it out now for you on DVD. You can buy it here on Amazon