Having relaunched in 2010 with the promise of delivering solid horror films for a modern audience, the output from the rebooted Hammer Films has been something of a mixed bag. While its inaugural release, remake Let Me In, was received with great fanfare, subsequent films The Resident and Wake Wood have been less successful. So with its first big release, The Woman in Black, Hammer has much to prove – and has piled on the pressure by choosing to adapt a story that’s not only a bestselling novel but also a long running West End play.
Anyone who has seen surreal British TV comedy series The Mighty Boosh may think they know what to expect from its creator Paul King’s feature debut. But while it does share many of the same traits as Boosh – outlandish humour, visual inventiveness and some of its cast members – Bunny and the Bull is more accessible to a wider audience thanks to a solid and inspired story, which combines comedy and pathos in equal measure, and a two outstanding central performances from Ed Hogg (who put in a blistering performance in last year’s White Lightnin) and Simon Farnaby.