The Heart, She Holler (2011 series)

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Summary

A live-action Southern Gothic soap opera about folk who ain't never used soap or seen an opera. Specifically, it's set in Heartshe Holler, a town with such a long history of inbreeding that its residents aren't, shall we say, normal. When Hurlan Heartshe -- the secret, long-hidden son of the Heartshe dynasty -- returns to run the town, a conflict ensues with his sisters, Hurshe and Hambrosia, who are trying to take over the town themselves.

Details

  • Release Date: 2011-present
  • Country/Language: US, English
  • Genres/Technical: Comedy, Horror (Southern Gothic), Art/Experimental
  • Starring: Heather Lawless, Jonathan Hadary, Kevin Breznahan, Patton Oswalt, Amy Sedaris, Joseph Sikora, Leo Fitzpatrick, Judith Roberts
  • Creator: Vernon Chatman, John Lee, Alyson Levy
  • Producer/Production Co: P.F.F.R., Warner Bros. Television
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Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: TV-MA (Violence, Profanity, inbred Sexual Situations and Adult Content, and graphic and politically incorrect "toilet humor")

This show is not at all kid-friendly - managing to pack more surreal and over-the-top violence and gore, repulsively abnormal sexual content, grotesque deformity and depravity and mutilation, and nightmarish toilet gags into each 15-minute episode than you'll find in most torture porn, exploitation, and other infamous horror subgenre films. It's likely that a viewer's ability to enjoy this series will come from how much humor he/she is able to find in the ludicrously excessive, senseless, and surreal non-sequitur offensive content and in the outlandish spectacle of Southern Gothic "dialed up to 11" and taken to its illogical extreme.

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

Very little "Lovecraftian" content, though there are the occasional "tentacle monsters", and the show is a lurid, gruesome, inbred, blood-soaked parody of the sort of American/Southern Gothic horror that Lovecraft helped form with stories like "The Unnameable (fiction)", "The Picture in the House (fiction)", "The Shadow Over Innsmouth (fiction)", "The Dunwich Horror (fiction)", etc., and the show does frequently delve into some understated form of surreal, paranoid cosmic horror. Actor Patton Oswalt is apparently a fan of H.P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, and Lovecraftian horror.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

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A live-action Southern Gothic soap opera about folk who ain't never used soap or seen an opera. Specifically, it's set in Heartshe Holler, a town with such a long history of inbreeding that its residents aren't, shall we say, normal. When Hurlan Heartshe -- the secret, long-hidden son of the Heartshe dynasty -- returns to run the town, a conflict ensues with his sisters, Hurshe and Hambrosia, who are trying to take over the town themselves.


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