Broken Lizards Club Dread
Written by Broken Lizard
Directed by Jay Chandrasekhar
2004 - 20th Century Fox
Cast: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan. Steve Lemme. Paul Soter. Erik Stolhanske. Bill Paxton.
Eclectic Rating: stars
I wanted to give this one a try after seeing Super Troopers, another Broken Lizard film. While Club Dread falls short compared to the comical impact of Super Troopers, it does have some hidden gems and may appeal to most Broken Lizard fans. These guys are just the kings of brainless humor.
I'm a fan of horror/comedies and this one does an okay job. The scares work, and there are a few parts where you'll actually find yourself inching toward the edge of your seat, but not necessarily on the edge of it. One reviewer mentions Shaun of the Dead in their Club Dread review. There is no comparison. In no way does Club Dread reach the caliber of Shaun of the Dead, which is one of the funniest, and scariest horror/comedies I've ever seen.
Club Dread is funny in some parts, scary in some parts, and I will watch it again (someday) because it is entertaining. But it is not one of the best horror/comedies I've ever seen, and can't be lumped in with the likes of Shaun of the Dead. Club Dread is campy, dumb, full of sexual innuendo and drunk partiers. It works on its own level. Come on, we're talking about Broken Lizard here.
The drawbacks of the film are Jay speaking in a faux British accent while wearing a dreadlock wig. I was expecting a more caribbean sounding accent, but after a while it grew on me and was just as dumb and comically effective as the rest of the stuff.
I've seen better, but I've seen much worse too.
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Last Update: 09 May, 2019