Series: The Heart She Holler
From the creators of Wonder Showzen
and Xavier: Renegade Angel
, The Heart She Holler
was a 2011 live-action miniseries (though it only totaled 66 minutes) on [adult swim]
. Described as a "Southern Gothic drama," the show chronicled the machinations of the Heartshe family after the death of their patriarch, the mayor of the town of HeartShe Holler ("holler" being a southern colloquial version of "hollow"). Now has a second 'season', airing in September, 2013.
Think William Faulkner
+Tim & Eric
The Heartshe scions:
- Hershey (played by Kristen Schaal in season 1 and Amy Sedaris in season 2), an amoral slut
- Hambrosia (played by Heather Lawless), a psychokinetic prude in the vein of Carrie
- Hurlan (played by Patton Oswalt), a feral man released from his underground dwelling to take his father's place as mayor
This show contains examples of:
- Age Without Youth: The Heartshe matriarch, Meemaw. Her condition is apparently the "curse of Heartshe Holler," though it is unclear how her decrepit undying state is connected to the town's misfortunes.
- Arc Words: "I'll slobber your dingus!" "No deal."
- "He's cursed with innocence."
- Back-Alley Doctor: "Doc", who uses all sorts of slipshod medical "techniques" to fix the ailments of the townsfolk. He believes he's a good doctor, though, since nobody in town knows any better. They even share a taboo against the evils of dentistry.
- Bestiality Is Depraved: It is most certainly not considered depraved in the town of Heartshe, where there's a "high-quality, classy" dog prostitution house in service. Anyone watching though, should find this guffaw-inducingly sick.
- Body Horror: Numerous scenes include disgorged organs and bloated body parts.
- Catchphrase: "Hot dog!" for Hurlan.
- Creepy Doll: Hurlan fashioned a crude, voodoo-doll-like effigy of a human form while living inside the cave without outside contact; not only is it much more intelligent and articulate than himself, but it can only speak to others using Hurlan's own voice, as a lonely Cutter discovers too late. Later, he manages to somehow pull a female version out of his own body.
- Driven to Suicide: Quite possibly Hurlan. Notice he's carrying a gun with him when he crawls back in his hole.
- He didn't, as the second season reveals
- Hurlan's mother, apparently. Later Hoss and Hurlan trick her into doing it again by faking it themselves.
- Hurshe attempts to hang herself in the first episode in order to take revenge against Hoss personally in the afterlife.
- Expy: Hambrosia's character is not only reminiscent of Carrie, but Heather Lawless even resembles Sissy Spacek who played Carrie in the 1970s film.
- Gainax Ending: Hurlan's father tricks Hambrosia's husband into opening his booby-trapped casket, killing him. Heartshe is sentenced to 're-death' by electric chair, which reanimates his corpse, allowing him to take back control of the town. Meemaw passes away but seems to have taken over Hambrosia's body. Hurlan tearfully crawls back into the hole in the wall from where he came. Although this ending is not that bizarre given the general atmosphere of the show.
- The second season manages to explain the ending of the first, then ends on an even more absurd note. Almost the entire population of the holler manages to escape, Hurlan included, by entering a portal into the city through Meemaw's hoo-ha. They all move into a large apartment together, but when Hurlan walks into a room, he finds another television set of his father's, a massive pile of new video tapes, and his father himself on the TV screen pouring a can of "Fate" out of the VCR drive...
- Grand Theft Me: Heartshe's initial plan is to trick Hurlan into switching brains, but his plan is easily foiled.
- It Makes Sense in Context: As mentioned above, "holler" is a term for 'hollow' or 'valley' and Heartshe is the name of the ruling family who founded the town.
- Leitmotif: "Cemetery Waltz" by Two Steps From Hell shows up often in the first season as the default theme for particularly strange or off-kilter moments, such as Hoss's corpse getting shoved into a jury box to represent himself.
- Magnificent Bastard: Boss Hoss, who sometimes seems in danger of being foiled, almost always gets the proud and pity-filled last laugh.
- Man Child: Though that doesn't even begin to describe Hurlan.
- Mind Screw: It's from PFFR so this trope is a given.
- Mixed Metaphor: "My words are coming back to bite off more of my ass than they can chew!"
- Our Werecreatures Are Different: In "Werelan", the town is plagued by a wolf that turns out to be a manifestation of a curse placed on the holler by a native tribe that once lived there. Whoever is bitten by the wolf undergoes a permanent transformation into...Hurlan (gaining his hairstyle, bad teeth, and "Hot dog!" catchphrase).
- Parental Incest: Played for laughs
- Surreal Humor
- The Tape Knew You Would Say That: Taken up to a thousand. Not only do Boss Hoss's video's manage to hold lengthy conversations with people, but he even responds to knowledge and events that he couldn't possibly have known about before death, but reacts to them with appropriate surprise. He also makes alternate video tapes in case his various plans are foiled, and somehow receives oral sex despite being a face on a tv screen.
- Video Will: Hurlan's father has left him a series of these to help Hurlan cope with the real world, and even manages to hold lengthy conversations from within the TV monitor
- When he fires a gun pointed at the ceiling in the video, it emerges from the top of the TV.
- Your Cheating Heart: The Sheriff, who is in an adulterous relationship with Hurshe, and generally loathes his wife Hambrosia. Meanwhile, Hambrosia gets ridiculously close to finding out about this, but she can't ever put the facts together.
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