I’m going to say this, but Brits do some great dark movies and TV shows. The Wicker Man is a British classic and as dark as it gets. It’s also one of the movies that inspired the series Inside No. 9.
The series is the brainchild of Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith. To our US readers, you may not have heard of them, but to our UK readers, I will simply say:
“Are you local?”
Inside No. 9 is a completely different, unrelated episode every week. Some of them are very funny. Some of them are very dark. All the episodes star Pemberton and Shearsmith, in different guises, and usually a great guest star.
If you are a fan of horror-comedy I cannot recommend this series enough. Some of the episodes have really stuck with me, but all for different reasons. I just looked through the episode list for the 6 previous series and there are some real belters in there. Being British, there are only 6 episodes per series and they are only 30 minutes long each. Most of the stories are better than you would find in a 2 hour Hollywood blockbuster.
Pemberton and Shearsmith originally came from the League of Gentleman, not the Extraordinary League, but just the League, alongside Mark Gatiss and Jeremy Dyson. It was a “surreal British comedy horror sitcom” first shown on BBC2.
Set in the fictional Northern town of Royston Vasey, The League Of Gentlemen follows the bizarre, wonderful, interesting, and weird characters, all played by Pemberton, Shearsmith, and Gatiss. Here’s a quick sample – Papa Lazarou.
It’s weird, it’s crazy, it’s funny and the series is actually scary at times. It’s a cult classic here in the UK and I still love it.
If it seems like your cup of tea, I would check definitely check out League of Gentlemen and then find Inside No. 9 and watch it! It’s such an original series and set of stories.
Inside No. 9 is set to start series 7 on 20th April.