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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Club Dread (2004) - Jay Chandrasekhar

I am a big fan of Super Troopers, I thought that it had to of been one of the funniest movies released that year. I was really excited when I heard that Broken Lizard would be working on a new movie, Club Dread. I was really disappointed when I saw this movie for the first time. Maybe I went into it expecting to see Super Troopers 2, what I got was a lame attempt at comedy! Well watching the movie a few years later I found that it was actually a pretty decent horror. 

The movie looks like it parody's 90's slasher horror movies like I Know What You Did Last Summer. The movie also has some pretty decent humor and really funny characters. If you haven't seen the movie I suggest that you go out and rent it. The movie focus's on the staff of an island resort called Coconut Pete's. There is a killer who is picking off people one by one and it is up to the staff to stop them.

The entire time that the killer is stalking and killing resort members, the party just keeps rocking. I think that is what my favorite part of the movie is, you see this in a lot of Horror movies. Sleepaway Camp is a good example of people dying all around you doesn't stop you from trying to have a good time, if that makes any sense. 

Like I said above there are some really interesting characters, some of my favorite being Bill Paxton as Coconut Pete. He is the perfect Jimmy Buffet knock off, stoned all of the time and barely pushing out tequila beach songs. His character is surrounded by witty jokes and puns. For example one of the albums that he recorded is entitled "I could tell ya, but then I'd have tequila!" Hilarious!

The movie has a few jumps and scares, and it really delivers on the blood and guts. This is def. a bloody as hell movie. That kind of thing is really rare in the early 2000's it wasn't until The Hills Have Eyes and Hostel that the movie industry started putting out decent horror movies again. 

I am going to give Broken Lizard's Club Dread a full 6 of 10. I really enjoyed it and I think that if you sit down and forget that Super Troopers happened, you would really like this. 

Pee-Na-Lope!
  • Rumor has it: Broken Lizard screened the film for Jimmy Buffett, who was so amused that he requested permission to sing some of the film's original songs on one of his live tours.
  • Despite the fact that this was filmed in Super 35, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits.
  • Filmed in Mexico.

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