Garth Marenghi's Darkplace finally gets a DVD release
4th Oct 06
No, we’d not really heard of this one either. Surprising as it’s now classed as one of THE coolest cult TV shows that no-one has ever seen (although the show did apparently enjoy a brief but tumultuous run in Peru).
Well, you’ll be able to get the chance to see it now, as Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace will finally see the light of day when it is released on UK Region 2 DVD on October 16th.
Garth Marenghi's Darkplace was originally filmed in the 1980s and has since earned a cult reputation as one of the most terrifying and radical television programmes ever made.
The series was scripted and directed by the best-selling horror writer Garth Marenghi (the clue was in the title), known to thousands as the author of such classic chillers as The Ooze (can water die?), Afterbirth (a mutated placenta attacks Bristol) and Black Fang (rats learn to drive – seriously, where does he get his ideas?). In addition, Marenghi starred as the show's lead character, Dr. Rick Dagless M.D., a maverick doctor battling against the evil forces lurking beneath a hospital in Romford.
Darkplace was funded by Marenghi's publisher, business associate and co-star, Dean Learner, who plays hospital boss Thornton Reed. The programme also features cult horror star Todd Rivers as Dr. Lucien Sanchez, and Madeleine Wool as Dr. Liz Asher (who vanished during the production and remains missing, presumed dead). Controversy has surrounded the show since its creation, leading to rumours that the production was cursed.
When Darkplace was originally cancelled, it had already claimed six lives, caused three nervous breakdowns and been subject to at least one visitation. Marenghi, however, blames the government for the show's troubled genesis:
"MI8, which is actually three levels above MI6, pulled the plug. And they did it because I knew the truth. They had files on everyone. But mainly on me."
Insane publicity or genuine chills. Well, you can make up your own mind now as the show surfaces on 4-Disc DVD almost twenty years after it was made, fully restored and re-mastered on October 16th, priced at £19.99.
The new DVD is packed with over four hours of extras, including:
- Commentaries on all episodes by Marenghi, Learner and Rivers
- Marenghi's original storyboards penned on the back of a breakfast napkin and shown alongside the final scene
- A vast photo gallery
- Further interviews with Marenghi, Learner and Rivers
- An extended 12" version of Todd Rivers' classic One Track Lover
- Original radio advertisements
- Backstage footage shot by Marenghi’s wife, Pam.
The DVD also includes an exclusive souvenir brochure.