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Total Crap: 16.46%

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Club Dread
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by Scott Weinberg

"Paxton? Horror Spoof? Bare Boobs? Yep, too good to be true."
2 stars

What sounded like a surefire recipe for Weinberg Love (a goofball horror spoof with the 'Super Troopers' guys AND Bill Paxton) ends up a limp, obvious and sadly flaccid farce - by a collection of subversive comedians who really should have known better.

Though advertised, ineffectively, as some sort of Horror Movie spoof, the truth is that the Broken Lizard's second feature is actually more of a broad comedy/mystery thing, more like Jonathan Lynn's Clue (though not nearly as manic) than the rapid-fire barrage of silliness that was the original Scary Movie. Are we so entirely bereft of clever ideas that we're now bankrolling comedy versions of the sequel to I Know What You Did Last Summer?

Or perhaps the Lizard fellas took their profits from Super Troopers on a six-month tropical vacation, deciding near the tail-end of their free time to order in a few cameras and a handful of actors because, hey, why not film a movie while we're on vacation? We're comedians! We can just make it up as we go! My agent's kids have play-dates with Bill Paxton's kids; let's send him a plane ticket as see if he shows up!

Please don't think I'm being unkind just for the sake of it, because I went into Club Dread fairly certain that it was right up my alley; I adore slasher flicks, effective slapstick is a favorite side dish of mine, the "Troopers" guys had filled me with a sense of goofball good will, and let's be fair: any modern-day movie freak worth his salt simply loves Bill Paxton. It's almost impossible not to.

So as Club Dread unspooled, and the "killer loose on a sex-laden tropical island" schtick kicked into second gear, I found myself annoyed that the laughs were so few and far between. Oh, you can SEE where the chuckles are supposed to go: loud and exasperated vulgarities are punctuated by long airy spaces, because this is where the audiences' laughter is meant to appear. And when the laughter doesn't show, the movie starts to feel a little...uncomfortable.

Schizophrenic to the core, Club Dread begins as a straight-on comedy, yet feels beholden to the Horror Fans, and thus we get a collection of gory dispatches in the flick's final reel. Filmmakers considerably more talented that Lizard director Jay Chandrasekhar have tried to find the humor in a slasher flick setting. None have really succeeded. Despite a somewhat worthwhile collection of amiable chuckles (and two or three truly amusing sequences that work only because of shock value), Club Dread is a limp and lethargic affair. And that's the kiss of death for a slob comedy. The flick has no forward momentum, no real cohesion between its myriad caricatures/victims, and (most importantly) a distressingly low batting average where the yuks are concerned.

It's clear to me that the Broken Lizard guys are very funny chaps. Filmmakers they are not. Perhaps for their next go-round they could hire a director familiar with their sort of material. After the success of Gimmick Comedies like "The Brady Bunch Movie" and "Private Parts", one suspects that director Betty Thomas could rein these guys in, trim off the fat, and help the crew to create something truly hilarious. 'Club Dread' feels like a step back from 'Troopers', and one would hate to see the Lizards step back much further.

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User Comments

10/26/08 Shaun Wallner Was'nt all that great! 2 stars
10/27/07 art this "CLUB DRED" rate's up there with "SCARY MOVIE"as a parody of slasher film's 4 stars
2/22/07 Beau this film was made to attract sterotypical teenagers who love sexual pointless films 2 stars
2/12/07 Abs The only thing interesting on screen were the super toned babes with minimal clothing 2 stars
12/29/06 David Pollastrini HORRIBLE, ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE 1 stars
12/15/05 funk evil shinanigans 2 stars
9/12/05 Total Crap Unfunny, pornographic garbage of a movie. OK? It's Fucking Stupid. 1 stars
4/20/05 Jack Sommersby Tries hard, but it's neither scary or funny enough. Brittany Daniel, though, is hot! 2 stars
3/31/05 tatum Lots of energy and a good cast, but almost zero laughs 2 stars
3/27/05 ELI "gore"? where the fuck was the gore????? And how is this piece of shit funny? 1 stars
3/24/05 indrid cold Slightly above unwatchable, but quite unfunny and unscary. 2 stars
10/22/04 kristy 30.88% what the hell's that supposed to mean??!! 5 stars
8/27/04 Mike Stanbridge Great for poker night as long as you pause on the boobies 3 stars
8/11/04 howdinski this is a funny film not quite as good as super troopers but worth a look 4 stars
8/07/04 jmsynth Well the 8 people (me+my friend included) in the cinema all seemed to enjoy it... 4 stars
7/27/04 flavio dread 1 stars
7/24/04 Phoenix II Jordan Ladd's tits made my cock so hard, and Britney Daniel was Hot. 5 stars
7/08/04 Denise Duspiva If the movie was trying to mock itself i think they did a good job 3 stars
6/21/04 milehigh Thank God for boobs. 2 stars
6/12/04 DJ ERIC 88 funny, scary and gross, jumped out of my seat after the first death! 4 stars
6/06/04 SF ridiculous in bits and ridiculously bad in bits. The ending is a travesty. 3 stars
5/31/04 Troy Kuprash Funny Movie 5 stars
5/27/04 Mike this movie sucked 1 stars
5/21/04 Blakers a good film 4 stars
4/17/04 Michael Greenwaldt Dreadfully boring and unbelievably unfunny. I wanted to leave 20 minutes in. 2 stars
4/07/04 re a good film 4 stars
3/25/04 Mike V Couldn't decide what it wanted to be. 3 stars
3/23/04 Movieguy a good funny film 4 stars
3/09/04 Eeon Not bad, not bad at all. 4 stars
3/08/04 movieguy a very good film 4 stars
3/06/04 Andrew Dunn I had fun with this movie. It gave me Pacman fever. 4 stars
3/06/04 Tiredofbadfilms Six audience members walked out in an empty theater for the most part. Got refund. 2 stars
3/05/04 movieguy a great film I loved it. It was funny 5 stars
3/04/04 me a great film I loved it. it was so funny 5 stars
3/03/04 bill great 5 stars
3/03/04 me a good film 4 stars
3/02/04 The Grinch Mostly funny movie that doesn't take itself too seriously...Bill Paxton rules! 4 stars
3/01/04 ashley bevis ashley bevis 4 gary betts 4 stars
2/29/04 michaelb14 not as scary as a true horror or as funny as a spoof, but unique and worth watching 4 stars
2/28/04 Paul Dennis one of the worst films ever made 1 stars
2/27/04 sanders smarter than Scary Movie 4 stars
2/26/04 Mike Definatly the new kind of Horror film. Not a spoof, but a horror movie with a comedic side. 4 stars
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  27-Feb-2004 (R)
  DVD: 28-Sep-2004

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