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Overall Rating
2.67

Awesome: 7.59%
Worth A Look: 20.25%
Average: 20.25%
Pretty Bad35.44%
Total Crap: 16.46%

6 reviews, 43 user ratings


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Club Dread
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by EricDSnider

"Less than the sum of its parts, but some of the parts are good."
3 stars

The comedy troupe Broken Lizard's new "Club Dread" belongs to a genre that has not been explored very often: It is a true horror comedy.

It has elements that parody slasher films, a la "Scary Movie" and the "Scream" series, but it's not really a spoof so much as it is a straightforward comedy, albeit one set in a horror plot. That Broken Lizard would even attempt such a difficult hybrid as comedy-horror takes guts, as it would have been much easier to simply make yet another slasher spoof.

The blend of yuks and yucks is not an entirely comfortable one, though. The most dangerous pitfall for a film blending genres is that the whole may be less than the sum of its parts, and indeed, "Club Dread" is less funny than a comedy and less scary than a horror. It has several genuinely hilarious sequences, but they are separated by stretches of non-comedy that, while meeting the requirements of a horror plot, are not scary or suspenseful. Being scared is such a different emotion from being amused that it's hard for a movie to achieve true fright after it's established an atmosphere of laughter.

The comedy works, though, when it tries to. The film is set on Pleasure Island, a resort spot near Costa Rica owned by Coconut Pete (Bill Paxton), a Jimmy Buffett-ish former pop star with a few tequila-and-beach-party songs under his belt. You pay a huge amount of money, and then you spend a week on Pleasure Island, with wall-to-wall luaus, keg parties, social events and more keg parties, all presided over by Coconut Pete himself.

Where the horror comes in is that a mysterious figure in tribal garb has begun killing staff members, leaving clues to indicate the entire staff is ultimately a target. Communication to the mainland has been cut off, and the boat won't be back to pick up the guests -- who have no idea anything is wrong, and are too drunk to care anyway -- for several days.

The Broken Lizard troupe members, last seen in the infectiously daft "Super Troopers" (2002) play the major roles, including Jay Chandrasekhar (also the director) as snooty tennis pro Putman, Steve Lemme as an absurdly oversexed cliff-diver named Juan, and Paul Soter as Pete's idiot nephew and staff disc jockey Dave. M.C. Gainey also earns abundant laughs as Pete's cantankerous, alcoholic head of security. (I'm sure I don't need to tell you what usually happens to heads of security in movies about homicidal maniacs.)

I have no major objection to the film, other than that it's not as funny as it feels like it ought to be. It made me laugh often, and occasionally very hard, and the scenes that focus heavily on the serial-killer angle pass by agreeably. It might be wise to stick with just comedy next time, though if they can pull off a good comedy-samurai film, or perhaps a comedy-zombie movie, I'd like to see it.

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originally posted: 02/28/04 19:44:12
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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
6/11/04 Wolf SUCKS ALL ASS. NO REDEEMING VALUE. AVOID. 1 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
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  27-Feb-2004 (R)
  DVD: 28-Sep-2004

UK
  N/A (15)

Australia
  24-Jun-2004




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