NOSFERATU VS FATHER PIPECOCK & SISTER FUNK
Nosferatu vs Father Pipecock & Sister Funk is different than most of Tony Watts films. Where these others are films that quote classic exploitation cinema and set out to be as mind-numbingly bad as possible in every way, here Watt has sourced another entire film and simply laid voice and joke tracks over the top. This is something that horror hosts of the 1970s and 80s would habitually do insert themselves into or interrupt horror films with corny jokes. This reached a nadir with Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988-99), which took classic B and bad movies and wrote them over with smartass jokes and jeered at their technical shortcomings. The modern incarnation of this is cinematic screenings with live hecklings.
There are a few additional scenes that have been filmed but essentially what we have on screen is a Mystery Science Theater 3000 version of Nosferatu (1922). This is a classic that was arguably the worlds first vampire film an uncredited ripoff of Bram Stokers Dracula (1897) and created the indelible image of Max Schrecks rat-like vampire. In that the original Nosferatu is now in public domain, Tony Watt has simply taken a print of this and written his usual bad racial caricatures, fart and clonk sound effects and the like over the top of it. The films equivalent of Renfield is dubbed over with a broad and brassy Noo Yoik accent like some kind of mobster turned comedian (something that seems oddly appropriate for the way Renfield is played in Nosferatu), while other characters deliver their roles in fake British accents or like Monty Python charwomen with fake drag falsettos. Even the musical score that Nosferatu gets is now comprised of open source excerpts of classical music.
In the handful of original scenes shot for the film, Watt turns up as Father Pipecock, which seems something like a classic Hammer-styled vampire hunting priest conducted as a horrendous Black and White Minstrel Show version of a blaxploitation hood where Watt plays the part with ridiculous stovepipe hat, thick glasses and a girly falsetto. Even though these scenes only comprise a matter of minutes, Watts agonising bad acting, silly voices and cartoon sound effects manage to go on and on and on. There is the occasionally amusing line like when Ellen greets Orlocks classic death scene in the sunlight: You idiot vampires dont sparkle.
Yet for all his appropriation of a classic like Nosferatu, Tony Watt oddly fails to fully turn it into another of his bad films. In that what we are watching is essentially 98% of the original film on screen, it, despite the addition of its bad sound effects, is there enough that the creepy magnificent power that the original had still comes through. Try as he might to ridicule it, Tony Watt is not able to take that away from the original.