Post from @DailyMovieSketch

Post from @DailyMovieSketch
Shaitaan Haveli (2018)Created by Varun ThakurStand-up comedian Varun Thakur created and stars in this Amazon Prime Web Series. This is an homage to the 1980s low budget pulp horror movies made by the Ramsay Brothers, and includes all the tropes one might expect – an old mansion, a witch, an ancient 200 year old evil, a sorcerer – and weaves it into a comedy-horror story. The storyline concerns down-on-his-luck director Hariman (Bhupesh Singh – who also sings the title track), who decides to shoot a horror movie hoping it will be a hit, in order to pay off his debt to gangster Ponty. So he assembles a cast and crew, and goes off to an abandoned mansion to shoot his film, but an emerging evil may threaten the lives of the crew.The show is pretty entertaining and emulates the source material quite well, right down to using plot themes and character names as well. While I enjoyed watching it, I thought they didn't push the comedy or horror elements enough. I did get the feeling at times, that they were trying to be funny but it didn't always work, especially when attempting to blend the 1980s tropes with more modern elements. I also thought it was kind of predictable at times. The best part of the series though, is that it's quite short – just 8 half-hour episodes. I completed it in just two sittings, so even if you don't find it that good, it goes by very quickly.The episodes credit Monica Gupta as "Chudail", I drew her. She looks quite like a deadite from Sam Raimi's "Evil Dead" movies. The drawing was done with 0.5mm 2B pencil, @prismacolor pencils and a white gel ink pen on my Brustro sketchbook, and scanned.A bit of trivia about this drawing is that, much of it was drawn at Annapurna Film Institute yesterday morning, footage of which would be part of a documentary project. More details on that eventually.#329 / 17-Mar-18#dailymoviesketch #shaitaanhaveli #amazonprime #chudail #bollywood #ramsaybrothers #varunthakur
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