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Club Dread (2004)



Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 101
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 72

Comedy is too hit-or-miss is this slasher spoof.


Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 21

Comedy is too hit-or-miss is this slasher spoof.



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Following up their breakthrough film, 2001's Super Troopers, the Broken Lizard comedy troupe, comprised of Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, and Erik Stolhanske, took aim at the horror genre and delivered Club Dread. Starring the five members of the troupe along with Bill Paxton, the film is set at an anything-goes tropical resort for swingers. When a psychotic killer starts offing the guests with a razor sharp machete, it's up to the staff to hide the carnage, lest


Horror, Comedy

May 25, 2004


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All Critics (113) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (72) | DVD (23)

In these sensitive, politically correct times, I thought it was refreshing to see a comedy troupe that's perfectly willing to fill the screen with exposed flesh and buckets of blood, in the name of cheap but legitimate laughs.

March 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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The film still may be too bloody and crass for some, and it's by no means hilarious, but all things considered, Club Dread lives up to expectations, which were never really that high to begin with.

February 27, 2004
Washington Post
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About as funny as malaria.

February 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Stunningly unfunny.

February 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Variety
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Club Dread is just stupid, period.

February 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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This slasher/comedy isn't funny or entertaining.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The Broken Lizard quintet follows its quintessential cult-comedy classic "Super Troopers" with something like "Ten Little Indians" interpreted by five big imbeciles - a slasher parody three "Screams" and three "Scary Movies" too late.

September 25, 2010 Full Review Source:

Even if it doesn't really succeed as a thriller or a comedy, the film isn't simply a hack-job either.

September 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

One of the better horror parodies, which if you ask me has been done to death.

June 17, 2005 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

The film's creators use sexual humor as a stand-in when they run out of vacuous little sub-sketches.

September 16, 2004
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

You couldn't unload bootlegs of this asinine flick for free, much less charge money for them.

August 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Only the ending of Club Dread, where the villain keeps coming back for more, shows any spark of imagination or wit. The rest of the time, things are pretty dull.

May 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comments (3)
Movie Metropolis

Half as clever as Scream and too winking in its nihilism to approach the invigorating immorality of Scream 2

May 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Not so much as a movie as a 'Girls Gone Wild' video with the occasional slasher murder thrown in for fun.

May 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

A movie made by guys who laugh at their own jokes, directed at people who will laugh at anything.

April 9, 2004 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

The characters are the only joke in Club Dread, and they're not enough.

March 17, 2004 Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS)
F5 (Wichita, KS)

...the story is just so dull that nothing can save it...

March 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

An intriguing amalgam of straight-up genre movie silliness and a lampoon of said silliness, with no real way to tell which mode the film is in at any given time.

March 11, 2004
Film Blather

The biggest problem with the film is that it's not as funny as it should be.

March 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

These Broken Lizard guys simply aren't funny.

March 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Like a feature-length episode of Girls Gone Wild, with dead bodies dropping with the same frequency as bikini tops.

March 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

Like the unkillable villain Broken Lizard parodies, the guys don't seem to realize when it's time to lay themselves to rest.

March 5, 2004 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Here's an oddball movie that's better suited to rental than the big screen.

March 4, 2004 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Broken Lizard may not yet be Monty Python, but Club Dread is funnier than Super Troopers, and another comedy from the troupe will be a welcome sight.

March 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

The Broken Lizard crew bring a lot of energy, but the movie's rarely very funny, lacking an original perspective on the slasher genre that could make this project worthwhile.

March 4, 2004 Full Review

Audience Reviews for Club Dread

The second film from the comedy group Broken Lizard, "Club Dread" looks, is, and delivers stupid on an impressive scale. That's not to say that stupid is always a bad thing. This film promises stupid, from its obvious premise to its still stupid follow-through, but still entertains despite it not being anywhere as good as its predecessor "Super Troopers" or successor "Beer Fest." The film takes place on a party island, inhabited by throes of drunken, sexually uninhibited, and plied college kids who are looking to blow off some steam. The island is run by musician and Jimmy Buffet-esque performer Coconut Pete, played by a very entertaining Bill Paxton, who provides the bulk of the fun to this film. The film stars the entire troupe of Broken Lizard as the island's staff, who are in charge of such innocuous things as aerobics, running a Pac-man hedge maze, and DJ-ing the drug fueled club dances. Their personas are often obnoxious, addicted, and juvenile, only there to party and have sex with all the people they can. In comes the mysterious killer from the jungle, who slices open the staff with a machete while wearing a mask. A campfire encourages a backstory of a staffer who was tricked into having sex with a corpse and then went insane, killing six other staffers, cutting off his genitalia, and hobbling off into the jungle. The film doesn't work particularly well as a comedy, though it does feature gratuitous nudity, funny accents, and infantile humor. What makes this film still enjoyable after that is that the film actually works really well as a horror film. The best horror films have gruesome and imaginative kills, and with the amount of bloodshed, the variety of deaths, and the murderer having an agenda and all the power in this situation, it becomes a rather riveting film. Even the killer is immensely creepy when revealed, and has a hilarious reason for starting his rampage, which is a joke that I still find seriously funny, even now. Though this might not be the film you're expecting out of a comedy group, the horror in this film is horrifying, which remains its saving grace.
May 7, 2013

Super Reviewer

It's amazing the things you'll stop on when you're absent-mindedly surfing the TV. Why I watched more than 5 minutes of this I'll never know. A Jimmy Buffet type musician (Bill Paxton) owns an island resort. All kinds of partying takes place, but then people start dying at the hands of a maniac. Tried to be a horror movie, but because it was miserably failing at that, decided to be a comedy instead. I have news for them -- it's failed there too.
May 28, 2010

Super Reviewer

I really thought this was funny and a lot different than most comedies. It pretty much took the idea of Scooby Doo and Friday the 13th and made it into a fresh product. While it isn't as perfect at capturing priceless moments as Super Troopers, this still had the great characters and writing.
April 26, 2010

Super Reviewer

This was funny
December 8, 2009
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