I’ve never been one for all the ghoulish, ghastly horrors that popular culture celebrates at Halloween. There is something unnerving, and perhaps unhealthy, about the intensity with which some people indulge in and fetishize the macabre. Yet I acknowledge there’s some innocent fun to be had when playing with “scary” things that go bump in the night, and with clever costumes, good candy, and an abundance of teasing and good-natured joviality.
In such a spirit do I present “The Lady and the Reaper,” an animated black comedy that’s much funnier than it is dark. For once, the Grim Reaper is actually working in someone’s favor — after all, the old lady’s time to die has come about naturally, and she can’t wait to find her husband waiting for her in Heaven. But a handsome rock-star surgeon, wanting to impress all the pretty nurses, just won’t let her die in peace!
It’s only eight minutes long, and moves along quickly. This Reaper is also one of the funniest I’ve seen, reminding me fondly of the Reaper from Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey.