Garth Marenghi's Darkplace - Netflix
"Garth Marenghi's Darkplace" is the brainchild of celebrated horror writer and self-styled "fabulist" Garth Marenghi, author of such genre classics as Afterbirth (a mutated placenta attacks Bristol) and Crab! ("One of the three best horror books about crabs I've ever read" - Hard Gore Magazine). Back in the 1980s, he branched out into television production, writing and starring in a series so radical, so scary and so downright crazy that when the bosses of Channel 4 saw what they had on their hands, they ran away screaming, like little girls. Only now, twenty years on and amid the worst programming drought in television history, have the station finally allowed the show on the air. Intercut with new interviews with Marenghi himself and his co-stars Dean Learner and Todd Rivers, Garth Marenghi's Darkplace is perhaps the most disturbing vision of hospital life ever broadcast.
Runtime: 25 minutes
Garth Marenghi's Darkplace - Garth Marenghi - Netflix
Garth Marenghi (born July 13, 1950) is a fictional horror author and actor, created by English comedians Matthew Holness and Richard Ayoade, and played by Holness. To date, the character has appeared in two stage shows, the Perrier Award-nominated Garth Marenghi's Fright Knight and Perrier Award-winning Garth Marenghi's Netherhead, and the Channel 4 TV series Garth Marenghi's Darkplace and Man to Man with Dean Learner. After winning the Perrier Award, the creators confounded media sources by refusing to speak out of character, or give real names or backgrounds. As such, early reports speak of Garth Marenghi, and his publisher, Dean Learner, in character.
Garth Marenghi's Darkplace - Character - Netflix
Garth Marenghi is a spoof pulp horror author; his act, and his works are considered a parody of the horror genre. The name “Garth Marenghi” is an anagram of the phrase “argh nightmare.” The character is highly conceited and narcissistic, often describing himself through epithets such as “the dream weaver”, “shaman”, “titan of terror”, “The One Man Fear Factory” and “master of the macabre.” In interviews, he compares himself positively with James Joyce, Shakespeare, Leonardo da Vinci and Jesus. Despite this, Marenghi displays a general ignorance of many subjects of which he claims knowledge. He claims to be self-taught, having left school young (“I knew by the age of eight that my education had finished”), and despite his claims to being a literary genius he rarely reads books. When he needs to learn about a subject, he will “hire someone to go and find out about it.” In both stage shows, in the official website, and in numerous interviews he claims to have written more books than he has read. Marenghi displays other traits including sexism, xenophobia, and extreme paranoia. He is depicted as married with four daughters, though disappointed at not having a son. The Darkplace episode “Skipper the Eye Child” explains this, and references this in its plot with Marenghi's character Rick Dagless shown as having a deceased son who was half boy, half grasshopper. During the DVD feature 'Darkplace Illuminatum' Marenghi draws further comparisons with himself and Dagless. He comments 'In many ways he is an extension of my own natural abilities. He's got a little more than me. He is a little more tragic than I am, as a character. He's seen the dark side. A little too much.'
Garth Marenghi's Darkplace - References - Netflix