Imagine a town so degenerate that it makes Twin Peaks look like an ideal place to settle. A town with a diseased heart, run by a murderer who worships the god of meat. This town is Annville and it is the setting for the first season of AMC’s brilliant series, Preacher.
Add plenty of bloody violence, and “Misfits” style humour, in a large part thanks to the wonderful acting of Joseph Gilgun and Ruth Negga, and you start to get the flavour of what this superb series is about.
But the recipe is much more complex. We have a dark and dangerous town, we have insane and violent background characters, and then we have equally violent angels (complete with a chainsaw), trying to recover the voice of Genesis, which for some reason has found a home within bad boy preacher Jesse Custer. Custer’s best friends are a vampire and his childhood sweetheart, Tulip. Their enduring friendship and their simultaneously heartbreaking and heart-warming romance is the most realistic thing in the show. If “True Romance” starred a vampire and angels it might still fall short of the glory that is Preacher.
Every episode is a delicious treat, as Jesse tries to bring the townsfolk to God. Forget Ash v Evil Dead and Z Nation. Preacher is the funniest and most violent horror show I’ve seen so far. If you haven’t seen it yet, don’t wait too long. Season 2 promises to be even better.